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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Find funding for your community group


There are hundreds of funding schemes available for voluntary and community groups in County Durham from EU, national, regional and local sources. Our AAPs and councillors also have funds available that you may be able to apply for.

Use our community funding website

If you are looking for funding for your community group - including sports clubs, local charities, school fundraising groups and credit unions - sign up to our free, easy to use, community funding website to:

  • search for funding schemes available for your group
  • apply for funding
  • get advice on producing your funding application

Login or sign up to our Durham 4 Community website to search for funding available.

AAP funding

All AAPs have access to the funding below.

FundingWho can applyAmount you can apply forTotal available
Area budgetProjects that address main AAP prioritiesOver £5000£100,000
Older Person's Social Isolation FundProjects looking to address issues of social isolation with the over 50'sOver £5000£25,000
Welfare Reform fundProjects that are looking to tackle issues relating welfare, benefits and employmentOver £5000£10,000
Youth FundProjects working with young people 11 years and overBetween £1000 and £3300 £9902

In addition, each of our AAPs has access to its own funding.

How to apply 

If you're interested in applying for AAP funding, contact your AAP for more information (see Area Action Partnerships for a list of AAPs). We are able to help you with the application process.

Neighbourhood budget 

Each county councillor has a budget of £19,400 that they can allocate to projects in the local community. You have to apply for funding.

How to apply

If you have a project idea you will need to discuss this with and get the support of your local County Councillor before an application can be considered.

See Your Councillors for a list of councillor contact details and information on the local projects they have supported with their Neighbourhood Budget.

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