£5,000 - £10,000 revenue community grant

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

This grant is now closed for applications. In the meantime, please read the grant information and contact us if you would like to discuss a future application.

We are giving organisations the opportunity to apply for grant funding between £5,000 – £10,000 to support community investment programmes and to deliver innovative projects that put our customers on a pathway to improving their lives. While open to projects supporting all of the priorities listed below, we’d be particularly interested to hear from projects that help to tackle the issues around the cost of living crisis.

our key themes

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 be for revenue costs and a minimum of 30% of the beneficiaries of your project will need to be believe housing tenants from areas identified to satisfy the funding criteria. Please scroll down to view our areas.

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.

There is one open call for the Community Investment Revenue Grant per year and it 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: communitygrant@believehousing.co.uk or call us on 0300 1311 999.



All projects must be deliverable in one of our patch areas, these are central Durham, east Durham and west Durham. Please see the list below for a breakdown.

The funding will be split equally across the areas, we ask when completing the application form that you select which area your project will cover.

Some potential projects may have delivery outcomes that overlap in the delivery areas, which may be acceptable, but please discuss this with the Community Investment Team prior to submitting your application. Groups can apply for multiple projects in more than one area.

Bearpark Belmont Bowburn Brandon
Brasside Cassop 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


Blackhall Colliery Blackhall Rocks Hesleden Acre Rigg
Chapel Hill Denehouse Eden Hill Howletch
Passfield Sunny Blunts Horden Easington Colliery
Easington Village Shotton Colliery South Hetton Haswell
Haswell Plough Hawthorn Wheatley Hill Thornley
Wingate Water Avens Village Station Town Deaf Hill
Trimdon Colliery Trimdon Village Byron Denehouse
Deneside Eastlea Harbour Milldale
Northlea Parkside Princess Road Seaton
Westlea Dawdon Murton Dalton-le-Dale
Hutton Henry Castle Eden Hetton-le-Hole Chilton Moor
Newbottle Ryhope


Auckland Park Billy Row Bishop Auckland 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


more about the grant

The Community Revenue Grant can be used to help and support our communities, this can include:

  • Set up of classes, sessions, activities, and events for the community
  • Buying equipment for a community-based activity that does not qualify as capital
  • On costs of the project for example, staff time, sessional workers, room hire, equipment and resources required to deliver the project
  • Providing refreshments, snacks, and meals as part of an activity
  • Marketing and promotion to increase participation in activities
  • Travel costs which are integral to an activity

We welcome applications from:

  • Registered and exempt charities
  • Community groups
  • Schools
  • Social enterprises
  • Voluntary groups
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Town, Parish or Community Councils
  • Faith groups/venues

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from:

  • Individuals
  • Party political groups
  • Private companies or ‘for-profit’ organisations
  • Those whose objectives and ethos do not meet believe housing’s charitable objectives.

To be eligible for the Community Revenue Grant it is expected that your project would last 6 to 12 months. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate sustainability beyond the funding period.

Projects need to start within a month of receiving the first payment instalment.

Organisations can apply for grants of between £5,000 – £10,000 for projects to start delivery in 2022/23.

If an organisation has been successful in securing the Community Revenue Grant, they can apply for the same project for one more consecutive year, up to a total of two years funding.

If an organisation is successful in securing funding for two years, they can apply again the following year, but this must be for a different project.

Please note that the funding is very limited and there are no guarantees to an organisation of continuous or multiple funding. Funding is intended to support projects that last between 6 – 12 months that aim to become sustainable.

Please speak to a member of the Community Investment Team if you are unsure about your eligibility.

We are unable to accept applications for the Community Revenue Grant to support:

  • Items that are purchased on behalf of another organisation
  • Applications to develop the financial reserves of the organisation
  • Ongoing running costs of an organisation
  • Religious, party political or lobbying activities (non-religious and multi-faith activities may be funded)
  • Loans or debt repayments
  • Projects and activities for personal profit
  • Capital costs (e.g. a new roof)
  • Individuals requesting funding.

Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you to acknowledge receipt of this with five working days.

Your application will then be reviewed and be part of a shortlisting process, we may contact you for additional information at this stage. If your application is shortlisted, you will be informed, and this will then go to the grant panel for decision. A grant panel will be made up of the director of corporate strategy & assurance , engagement and corporate social responsibility manager and community investment performance team leader.

Once a decision has been made, we will then contact you to advise you of the outcome.

We aim to complete the decision process within seven weeks of the closing date so please bear this timescale in mind when developing your project milestone dates.

If your grant application is unsuccessful, we will provide you with feedback on request. We can also signpost you to other sources of funding from believe housing and alternative grant providers on request.

If your application is successful, we will contact you to agree the payment schedule and reporting dates which will be followed up with an agreement letter. The agreement letter is a contractual agreement between your organisation and believe housing for the project delivery.

We will also discuss with you the details of publicity and quarterly reporting requirements, these include:

  • Evidence that the purpose for which the grant was awarded was achieved including a written update detailing progress against targets, milestones and outcomes. It should also include case studies and photos where possible.
  • Records of attendance
  • Data from participant surveys (the details of the survey will be agreed at your start-up meeting)
  • A detailed statement of expenditure including receipts and/or evidence of spend for example invoices or staff wages claim form.

All grant funding will be paid via BACS in instalments.

All projects must be delivered safely in line with the current restrictions and adhere to coronavirus (COVID-19) government guidelines. It is the responsibility of the project coordinator to familiarise themselves with these guidelines, keep up to date with any changes and implement any required actions in line with government guidelines throughout the duration of the project.

If believe housing agree to award a grant to help fund your project or activity, then you will be required to agree to terms and conditions.

To read the full terms and conditions, please click here.

get in touch

If you would like to discuss your project idea before submitting your application, please get in touch below to speak to our Community Investment Team.

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