Sherburn House Fund (County Durham Community Foundation)

This fund is only open to applications from intermediaries or support workers

The ​Sherburn House Fund (managed by County Durham Community Foundation) gives welfare grants to people in extreme hardship who live in the North-East of England, typically up to £300, to purchase essential domestic equipment and furniture (or provide other financial support).

Applications must be received by an organisation supporting the applicant who is willing to undertake a supervised spend on behalf of the person who needs the grant.

Last updated on 19 September 2019

Who is eligible?

People experiencing extreme hardship, who live in North-East England, including:

  • Individuals

  • Families with children under 16 years or in full-time education

What the charity might fund

  • Essential domestic equipment and appliances

  • Children’s equipment

  • Furniture

  • School uniforms and other critical clothing items

  • Decorating materials

  • Furnishings, such floor coverings or carpets, will only be considered in exceptional circumstances (evidence will need to be provided that this is an essential item i.e. there are pre-school children in the home or children with physical disabilities)

What the charity doesn't fund

The charity can't fund:

  • Items that have already been purchased

  • Payment of debts or arrears

  • Payment of bills (for example: central heating or telephone)

  • Specialist medical equipment

  • Driving licence and driving lessons

How to apply?

Applications must be received by an intermediary organisation supporting the applicant that is willing to undertake a supervised spend on behalf of the person who needs the grant. This includes social care professionals or advice workers.

You can request a link to the online application form on the County Durham Community Foundation website

Please read the Sherburn House Fund grant guidelines before completing an application.

Application process

Requests for help are looked at as soon as an enquiry is submitted.

Grant applications are processed within four weeks on average.

The charity notifies all applicants of the outcome of their application.

Ask any support workers or organisations you are in touch with if they can apply on your behalf. They might be an adviser, housing officer, someone from Citizens Advice or another charity.

If you can't find a suitable professional, contact the charity directly to find out if they can help.

Other information

County Durham Community Foundation manages a range of charitable funds, donated by local individuals, families, businesses and trusts. This builds up a source of long-term support for the community and acts as the vital link between donors and local need.

The charity has a range of grants available for organisations working in North-East England, via different funding programmes.

For full details of the funding available, please visit the County Durham Community Foundation website

Contact details

County Durham Community Foundation
CDCF Victoria House, Whitfield Court, St John's Road
Meadowfield, Durham
County Durham

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