Help for families with budgeting, finances and funding

This page provides links to organisations who can provide funding to support families in County Durham.

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS)

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Alliance team work with a range of organisations, including the One Point Service, Police, Health Visitors, Schools and voluntary organisations in our communities to help children, young people and families to access activities and services near to where they live.

The team work closely with organisations to gather information about what is happening in our communities.  This information is shared with professionals so that they can support families to access and engage in a range services and activities in the community.  By doing this we hope to see an increased confidence and resilience in our children, young people and families.

If you would like to find out more about what is happening near to where you live, or need support in sourcing information or services please contact a

Welfare assistance scheme

Our welfare assistance scheme helps you get short term support, or help to live on your own - when you need it.

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are stand alone payments that support tenants who need further financial assistance to help meet their housing costs.

Family Holiday Association

The Family Holiday Association provide holidays and days out for families who experience disadvantage. 

The Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation distribute over £1million per year to charitable organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

NEFirst Credit Union

NEFirst Credit Union have been providing savings and loan accounts for their members across the North East for more than 20 years.

Buttle UK

Frank Buttle Trust provide individual grants to children and young people whose development, health and wellbeing are at risk and who have experienced a range of health, social and emotional difficulties.

County Durham Community Foundation

County Durham Community Foundation are an independent local charity who aim to improve the quality of life for people in County Durham and Darlington by channelling funds to grass roots communities. 

Citizens Advice – work out your budget

Citizens Advice’s budgeting tool helps you understand what you’re earning and spending and where you might be able to cut costs. Find out more on their work out your budget page.

Illegal money lending

Visit our illegal money lending page to find out how to protect yourself from illegal money lenders, more commonly known as loan sharks.


Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services’

Funding Information North East (FINE)

Funding Information North East (FINE) provides funding information to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, offering a package of information services covering a wide range of funders and funding programmes, including grants, contracts and loan finance.


Glasspool provide small, one-off grants to individuals and families in need of financial support for everyday items to help them set up or remain in their home; improve their wellbeing Grants are sometimes provided to support training which helps applicants to take up a job offer.

Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK. We act as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need.

The Brian Roycroft Fund

The Brian Roycroft Fund provides financial support to care leavers aged 16-25 from or living in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to achieve their aspirations and ambitions as they start their future lives.

Save money on your energy bills

Find out about free and impartial advice to help you save money on your energy bills and keep your home warm available from our Managing Money Better Service.

Energy providers

The British Gas Energy Trust

The British Gas Energy Trust focus on fuel poverty, helping those who are struggling to pay for their consumption of gas and electricity get back on their feet and remain debt free going forward.

United Utilities Trust Fund

United Utilities Trust Fund help people out of poverty and debt - thanks to donations by United Utilities Water Plc. People unable to meet the cost of water charges and who live in the United Utilities area can apply for help.

EDF Energy Trust

EDF Energy Trust focus on fuel poverty and helping families and individuals who are struggling to pay for their domestic supply of gas and electricity.

nPower Energy Fund

The nPower Energy Fund can help domestic customers of npower who are experiencing hardship and struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills regain a hold on their finances with the ability to meet future bills.

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