£1000 grant

Our £1000 believe housing community grant supports the setting up of new group and established groups to deliver activities or projects that will help make a real difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.

We welcome applications for projects that meet one of our key themes:

  • Bringing the community together
  • Improving health, confidence and wellbeing
  • Increasing the family income
  • Tackling worklessness and low levels of skills and qualification attainment.

To apply for this grant your project must also benefit the local community in one of more of the areas that believe housing operates in. Scroll down to view our locations.

Please be aware this is not a core funding grant and cannot be used to fund ongoing costs of existing groups/activities.


what does the believe housing £1000 community grant support?

The £1000 community grant can be used to help and support the communities of County Durham, with assistance to set up a new class, new session or other new residential activity for the community. This can include:

  • Community activities which can include buying equipment 
  • Contributing towards marketing and promotional costs to increase participation in activities up to the value of £200
  • projects with an element of fixed capital costs up to 60% of the grant.
  • Contributing towards venue hire and rent up to 30% of the grant to a maximum of £300
  • Supporting activities that encourage social integration, develop sustainable communities and start-up projects.
  • Start-up costs for a not for profit community group
  • Activities that support people to develop new skills, gain a qualification or to access work experience leading to increased employability. 
  • Projects that increase levels of health and wellbeing such as healthy eating workshop, events or fitness activities 
  • Art and craft events leading to improved mental wellbeing and activities leading to reduced isolation. 
  • Activities that reduce anti-social behaviour and enable people to feel safe in their communities creating an increased sense of belonging. 
  • Costs can be considered for sessional workers or hiring in coaches, however we are unable to fund existing staff. 

We want a number of our customers to be involved in the projects we fund and a minimum of 15% of beneficiaries need to be a believe housing tenants. If you are unsure about this element of the reporting please contact the Funding Office by calling 0300 1311 999 or through our online form, before submitting your application.


our locations

To apply for believe housing community grant your project must benefit one or more of these areas: 

Bearpark Billy Row Bishop Auckland Blackhall
Bowburn Brandon Brasside Carville
Cassop Castle Eden Claypath Coundon
Coundon Grange Coxhoe Crook Crossgate
Croxdale Easington Eldon Lane Elvet
Escomb Esh Winning Framwellgate Moor Fir Tree
Frosterley Gilesgate Gilesgate Moor Haswell
Hawthorn Hesleden Horden Howden-le-Wear
Hunwick Hutton Henry Kelloe Langley Moor
Leeholme Littletown Ludworth Meadowfield
Murton Nevilles Cross New Brancpeth Newton Hall
Parkside Peterlee East Peterlee West Pittington
Pity Me Quarrington Hill Rookhope Seaham
Shadforth Sherburn Hill Sherburn Road Sherburn Village
Shotton South Church South Hetton St Helen Auckland
St Johns Chapel Stanhope Station Town Sunnybrow
Thornley Tindale Crescent Tow Law Trimdon Station (Deaf Hill)
Ushaw Moor Wearhead West Auckland West Rainton
Westgate Wheatley Hill Willington Wingate
Witton Gilbert Witton Park Witton-le-Wear Wolsingham










apply now for a £1000 believe housing community grant

Click the button below to complete the application form for the £1000 believe housing community grant.

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Before completing the application, please make sure your project will be of benefit to one or more of the areas believe housing operates in, you have a bank account with two unrelated signatories and you can provide us with two named contacts for your project, otherwise your application will be unable to be considered.
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