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large community capital grant £10,000 – £20,000

We invest in our communities every day, by maintaining homes, building new homes, supporting diverse customers and by funding various activities and projects.

We are giving organisations the opportunity to apply for grant funding between £10,000 – £20,000 to support community investment programmes and to deliver innovative projects that put our customers on a pathway to improving their lives.

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.

Projects must include both capital and revenue elements and a minimum of 30% of beneficiaries need to be a believe housing tenant to satisfy the criteria.

In each community, the key themes may need to be addressed in different ways. We will give priority to those projects and activities which we believe will best achieve our key themes with special consideration being given to those which support the development of sustainable communities and new projects and activities with limited resources.

All projects must be deliverable within, and adhere to, current coronavirus (COVID-19) government guidelines.

The total grant fund available for the 2022/23 round is £120,000, funding a minimum of 6 projects.  The grant allocation will be spread equally across central Durham, east Durham and west Durham where believe housing have properties. Please see the list below for the breakdown of our areas.

Each round is likely to be oversubscribed, so please consider all the criteria carefully before applying.  It is important that your application demonstrates a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) approach and contains a clear and concise account of your proposal. We have included prompts and examples in the application form to assist you.

If you would like to discuss your project idea before submitting your application, we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your project idea. You can contact the Community Investment Team by email: or call us on 0300 1311 999.

what does the large community capital grant support?


Capital costs can include either new assets or the refurbishment of existing assets. These are expected to have community benefit and to have an expected lifespan of at least 5 years.

Examples include:

  • New buildings and repairs/refurbishment to existing buildings
  • Outdoor space including play areas, gyms, gardens and allotments
  • Assets for community/village halls e.g. PA and audio/visual systems or broadband routers, cabling and installation
  • Vehicles
  • Artwork for public display/enjoyment.


Revenue funding can be used where there is no lasting asset.

Examples include:

  • Setting up classes/sessions/activities/events for the community
  • Travel costs which are integral to an activity
  • Buying equipment for a community-based activity
  • Marketing and promotion to increase participation in activities
  • On-costs of the project (e.g. staff time, equipment and resources required to deliver the project).

If you are unsure as to whether your proposal includes eligible costs, please contact us to discuss this with us so we can advise prior to 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
Crossgate Croxdale Elvet Esh Winning
Framwellgate Moor Gilesgate Gilesgate Moor High Pittington
Kelloe Langley Moor Littletown Ludworth
Meadowfield Merryoaks Nevilles Cross New Brancepeth
New Durham Newton Hall Pity Me Quarrington Hill
Shadforth Sherburn Sherburn Hill Sherburn Road
Sherburn Road Estate Ushaw Moor West Rainton Witton Gilbert

east Durham areas

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

west Durham areas

Billy Row Bishop Auckland Coundon Coundon Grange
Crook Eldon Lane Escomb Fir Tree
Frosterley Howden-Le-Wear Hunwick Leeholme
Middlestone Moor Rookhope South Church St Helens Auckland
St Johns Chapel 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 the large community capital grant

Click the button below to complete the application form for the large community capital grant fund .

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