believe housing community grant: how can I apply? - believe housing

£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:

  • Health and wellbeing: improving mental and physical health as well as building the confidence of individuals
  • Employability and training: including volunteering and other upskilling activities
  • Increasing household income: activities including debt and benefit advice, feeding families and employing people
  • A greener, fairer future: by reducing, reusing and recycling
  • Tackling inequalities as a result of Covid-19

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.

Note: Groups can apply twice in a financial year for the £500 grant and once per financial  year for the £1000 grant. Groups can not apply for both the £500 and £1000 grant in the same financial year.

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

All projects must be deliverable in either central Durham, east Durham or west Durham where believe housing have properties. Please see the list below for a breakdown.

central Durham areas

Bearpark Belmont Bowburn Brandon
Brasside Carrville Claypath Coxhoe
Browney Crossgate Croxdale Elvet
Esh Winning Framwellgate Moor Gilesgate Gilesgate Moor
High Pittington Kelloe Langley Moor Littletown
Ludworth Meadowfield Merryoaks Neville’s Cross
New Brancepeth Newton Hall Pity Me Quarrington Hill
Shadforth Sherburn Village Sherburn Hill Sherburn Road
Sherburn Road Estate Ushaw Moor West Rainton Witton Gilbert

east Durham areas

Blackhall Cassop Castle Eden Dalton-Le-Dale
Easington Easington Colliery Haswell Hesleden
Horden Hawthorn Hetton-le-Hole Hougton-le-Spring
Hutton Henry Milldale Murton Newbottle
Peterlee Ryhope Seaham Seaton
Shotton South Hetton Station Town Thornley
Trimdon Station Wheatley Hill Wingate

south-west Durham areas

Auckland Park Billy Row Bishop Auckland – Henknowle, Town Centre and Woodhouse Close Chilton
Coundon Coundon Grange Crook Eldon Lane
Escomb Fir Tree Frosterley Howden-le-Wear
Hunwick Leeholme Middlestone Moor Oakenshaw
Stanhope Sunnybrow Tindale Crescent Tow Law
Wearhead West Auckland Westgate Willington
Witton-Le-Wear Wolsingham

Not all people living in these areas will be believe housing tenants. We aren’t able to provide address lists but if you would like to see a more detailed breakdown of street names prior to application please request this by emailing:

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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