Funding Opportunities

Included in this section are summaries of available funding opportunities which community groups may wish to apply for. For more detailed information, community groups are advised to visit the individual website of the funder. Please take note of the timescales / deadlines for applying for funding and the funding criteria which you will need to meet in order to be eligible to apply.

The information contained in this section of the website was correct at the time of publication.


The Tree Council organised the first National Tree Week in 1975 and now up to a million trees are planted nationally each year as a result of this campaign.  Since 1979, Durham County Council has taken part in National Tree Week. 

This year’s Tree Week will run from 23 November to 1 December 2019.

A 100% grant up to a maximum of £150 is available to Parish Councils, Community Groups and Schools wishing to undertake well-planned tree planting projects during National Tree Week.

Please note, you will be required to fund the work and then claim the grant from the County Council.  Please ensure that you keep a complete record of spending on the project.  Notes on tree planting and aftercare are available upon application.

Due to the outbreak of the potentially serious disease Chalara dieback which affects Ash trees, as a precaution - Ash hedgerow trees will not be permitted to be planted under this grant scheme until we know the full impact that the disease will have.

Should you wish to apply for a grant and for an application form, please contact:  

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Tel: 03000 267133/267144

As requests will be on a first come, first served basis provided you fit the criteria, early application is recommended.


Please return completed form along with documentation to:

Tree Week, Landscape & Arboriculture,

Regeneration & Local Services,

Durham County Council,

County Hall,




Tel: 03000 267133/267144

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Applications must be received by Friday 15th November 2019




Karbon Homes Community Investment Fund

The Karbon Homes Community Investment Fund is available to organisations to apply for projects and initiatives that support our priorities, which are: financial management, employability, health and wellbeing, living environment & public realm, positive futures for young people and promoting digital inclusion.

We have two types of grant that can be applied for, our small grants are available from £50- £1000 and will support both capital and revenue expenditure.

Our Investing in Communities Fund is open to applications from £1,000-£20,000 and is targeted at initiatives that make significant impacts on the lives of Karbon Homes’ residents and communities. The fund is aimed at supporting projects and initiatives and is not targeted at large scale capital investment in the applicants assets.

You can read more about our funding and find out how to apply at:


Life Changing Transitions grant

The MSE Charity is funded by Money Saving Expert and gives grants to UK not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

The grant opened on 2 September 2019 and will close after 40 applications so be quick!

For more information:

Grants available for older persons projects


The Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP) currently has a budget of £28,332 available to help reduce the social isolation of some of its older residents.


We are asking organisations to come forward with project ideas that aim to improve outcomes for older people who are socially isolated, encouraging their participation in activities that provide opportunities for them to contribute positively to their local communities. For the purposes of this fund, an older person is someone over the age of 50 years.



Projects must take place in the Derwent Valley Partnership area and satisfy the criteria outlined in the attached ‘Guide to the AAP Older Persons Social Isolation Fund (OPSIF) 2019/20’


Please note that only not for profit organisations are eligible to receive a grant from us and any prospective projects should have a start date no earlier than 30th March 2020 to allow time for applications to go through our full funding process.


The minimum grant that can be applied for is £5,000, there is currently no upper limit. Applications that have an element of match funding or ‘in-kind’ support will be viewed favourably.


The closing date for completed applications is 5:00pm on Friday 13th December 2019. We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application by Friday 31st January 2020.


To request an application pack or for further information, please contact the DVP Team on 03000 260725 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Feel free to share this information via your own networks as appropriate – thank you!

Public Health England Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund 2019-20


This year, Public Health England Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund will also support projects that offer new and innovative ways of improving Reproductive Health and Sexual Health (including STI prevention) as well as HIV.  PHE are particularly interested in projects that address at least two out of the three domains: reproductive health, sexual health and HIV prevention


  • The fund is open to charitable, voluntary sector and community interest companies only

  • Applications are invited to deliver projects of up to 12 months in duration at a cost of between £25,000 and £100,000

  • To ensure that projects align with local or national priorities it is required that proposals have endorsement from a local commissioning body responsible for reproductive health, sexual health and HIV (for example, local authority, integrated care system or clinical commissioning group)

  • Deadline for submitting your application to the fund is 25 September 2019 


Please use this link for further information about the fund, criteria, guidance and timelines etc


Innovation Fund webinar – A webinar to provide guidance on how to apply for the fund will be held the week commencing 2 September 2019.


The webinar will explain the application process in more detail and there will be an opportunity to ask questions to the team.  Organisations that register interest will be informed about the webinar and any other supporting activities via email.