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.

Funding to boost rural broadband access

More funding is being made available to help County Durham’s rural businesses and residents access a faster internet connection.

Durham County Council is adding £500,000 to top up a government funding scheme, helping to connect properties in some of the hardest to reach areas of the country.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) offers a one-off contribution to businesses and residents in rural areas to subsidise the installation costs of a gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband connection.

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of March 2021, when applications to the scheme will close.

Find out more here 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme has a further two rounds of funding available.  Fixed grants of £35,000 is available for projects developed by and for veterans.  Projects should aim to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing by getting veterans out and active.

To find out more about the fund, eligibility and how to apply visit

Deadline dates: 4th round closes at noon on 25 August 2020 with a decision made in November 2020. The 5th round will close at noon on 30 November 2020 with a decision made in February 2021.

Small Grants Community Fund

IIC grant


Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants to develop and implement community-based activities that will have a positive effect on the mental health and emotional wellbeing, particularly those people who are the most vulnerable or isolated within our communities.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and all projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding.

The deadline for applications is 20 July 2020.

The Application form and Guidelines are available by clicking on the following link:

If you have any questions then you can email Lucy Wilkins:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tesco Covid-19 Emergency Funding

Tesco's Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Funding is open for not for profit organisations to apply.

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations, including schools, who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities. Find out more at:

Applications are being processed quickly in order to provide support to communities in need.

Switchaid - Covid-19 Telecoms Fund

Switchaid have launched a fund to support charities with emergency telecoms needs during COVID.

If you are a charity or organisation that is in need of some help with telecoms, communication and remote working, check out their website

  • Ideal for remote and office workers or a combination of both
  • Use your existing charity number
  • Reduce missed calls
  • Add a welcome message
  • Direct call to individual users or teams
  • Full set-up and support
  • All features and call included