£10,000 - £20,000 Capital Community Grant

Our large community capital grant supports community investment programmes and to deliver innovative projects that put our customers on a pathway to improving their lives.

The total grant fund available for the 2022/23 round was £120,000, funding a minimum of six projects.  This grant is now closed and will not re-open until 2023.

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 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.

There is one open call for the Community Investment Capital 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


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.

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

To help you prepare to make a large grant application please consider some of the following questions:

  • What are you wanting to do, where and when will it happen and who will take part?
  • How do you know there is a need for your project? Do you already have a waiting list of people or do you have more demand for your service? Have you found a gap in services for the people you support? Have people come to you asking for this support? Do you work with other organisations who will direct people towards your activity? How do you know people will access your project?
  • How will you ensure at least 30% of your beneficiaries are believe customers?
  • What are your project milestones? These are the key stages in your project and could be planning, marketing and publicity, purchase of resources, delivery of events, recruitment of volunteers etc.
  • What are your targets? How many people will benefit from your activities? Targets should be specific and outline how often an activity takes place – for example, we will deliver weekly craft activities over 40 weeks, 25 people will attend overall with an expected average weekly attendance of 10-12 people.
  • What are the outcomes of your project? These are the difference your project will make in the long term. Do your outcomes reflect our priority themes?
  • What are your project costs? These should be detailed and give us an idea of how you have calculated these costs. For example, staff costs should show the hourly rate for the member of staff and the number of hours they will be working.
  • What is the long-term impact of your project? If it is to continue beyond our funding period, how will this happen?
  • How could believe staff volunteers support your project?

It is expected that projects would last between 6 – 12 months. Priority will be given to projects that are sustainable and have long-lasting impact.

Projects need to start within a month of receiving the first payment instalment, this can include planning time.

You need to identify any required permissions, for example, building regulations, leaseholder permission, planning permission, prior to submitting your application.

  • 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 that are open to all may be funded)
  • Loans or debt repayments
  • Projects/activities for personal profit.

Organisations can apply for grants of between £10,000 – £20,000.

The grant allocation will be spread equally between central, east, and west areas of County Durham where believe housing have properties. Please see the locations list above for the breakdown of areas.

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

Your application will then be reviewed and be part of a shortlisting process. If your application is shortlisted, this will then go to a grant panel within 6 weeks of the closing date. 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.

You may be asked to provide additional information prior to a final decision being made.

If your application is successful, we will contact you to agree the payment schedule and reporting dates. You will need to provide us with:

  • a copy of the organisation’s bank statement dated within the last 3 months
  • relevant paying in bank details (name of bank, account name, sort code, account number and business address)
  • policies and procedures that will support your project. For example; safeguarding, equality and diversity, health and safety etc
  • a copy of your constitution or relevant document.

We will also require three quotes for capital works over £5,000.

Once initial checks have been carried out, you will then receive an agreement letter which is a contract between your organisation and believe housing for the project delivery. We will also discuss 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 e.g. invoices or staff wages claim form.

Grant funding will be paid via BACS in instalments.

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.

Notify me

If you would like to find out more about our community investment capital grant please get in touch using the form below.

I would like to find out more about:(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Community Funding

Our believe housing community grant scheme supports projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.

Find out more

Your Community

We are passionate about providing homes in safe and welcoming communities.

Find out more

About Us

We are an innovative, multi-award-winning, not-for-profit housing association. It is investing heavily to deliver life without barriers in homes and communities.

Find out more