Funding Information and Support

As the coronavirus restrictions are lifting, many charities and community groups are beginning to reopen and re-engage within their communities. They are considering how to adapt their services in response to new circumstances and the changing needs of their beneficiaries to ensure their long-term sustainability.

It is our aim to support organisations with funding advice and we will be working hard to promote funding opportunities as they arise through our website, news bulletins and through the continued operation of our dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance service offer. 

Virtual Meet the Funder Sessions

We regularly run a series of virtual funding information sessions with a range of funders and grant giving organisations for representatives of voluntary and community groups across County Durham. Full details can be found here

Durham Community Action Guide to Funding

We have produced a guide to provide you with a short introduction to funders supporting not-for-profit organisations in County Durham, helping you to choose which funds best meet your needs and the needs of those you are supporting.

The guide is not an exhaustive list; there are other funds available and new funds are regularly released.

We will endeavour to keep the information in this guide as accurate as possible and respond to updates from funders as quickly as possible.

Download the guide here

Durham County Council Funding Guide

Durham County Council have produced a guide that outlines Grant Funding to Improve Energy Efficiency in County Durham Community Buildings here (updated 01/05/22) 

Funding Searches

You can also access funding searches to look for available grants:


Durham County Council manage a funding portal called Durham4Community for community groups which you can sign up to for free. It allows you to search for funding schemes available to your group, apply for funding and get advice on producing your funding application. 

Contingency Planning and Financial Implications

NCVO have made freely available information on what you need to do to manage the potential impacts of coronavirus on your charity's or voluntary organisation's operations and finances, including information on what to expect from funders.

Visit the NCVO website here 

Good Finance Funding and Investment Guidance 

Good Finance have a wide range of information on grants and social investment funds and updates and articles supporting charities and social enterprises with financial resilience. 

Visit the Good Finance website here 

How we can support you

If you have any queries or require any support with funding applications, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email and your enquiry will be directed to a member of our Community Support Team.

Please check our social media pages for the most up to date information on funding opportunities or sign up to receive our e-bulletins here