Welcome to your regional PTA page. County Durham is a beautiful county where rivers Tees and Wear wind their way across the county, down from the Pennines between gentle hills. At its heart Durham, a city of learning and the arts and famous cathedral and castle.

Local Grants & Support

4 schools - museums & attractions Provide online sessions give school groups of all ages the opportunity to explore Durham University’s museums, attractions and collections.
Council for Voluntary Service (CVS): Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Alliance-Durham The VCS Alliance team work with a range of organisations, including the One Point Service, Police, Health Visitors, Schools and voluntary organisations in the communities to help children, young people and families to access activities and services near to where they live.
County Durham Community Foundation Provides a range of grants for voluntary and community groups, registered charities, community interest companies, and organisations with charitable aims. All Community Foundations (UK)
County Durham Sport Funding provided for Durham (Derwentside, Chester Le Street, Durham, Easington, Sedgefield, Teesdale and Wear Valley).
Durham County Council

Links to free school meals, school shoes and coat, home to school transport.

Durham Learning Resources Offers schools the loan of a wide range of quality resources to support an enriched curriculum and inspire creative teaching and learning.
Durham Music Trust Supports young people in with their musical endeavours and to create exciting musical events to give our young people the chance to display their musical talents to our wider community.
Durham University Talks & Masterclasses The University offer a range of free school talks for GCSE and A level students.
Ednorth Ednorth is a programme that aims to inspire change in all classrooms across the North East by promoting an educational culture led by informed debate, research, collaboration, and excellence.
Parent Reaching Out Grants A grants program to provide funding with a focus on the identification and removal of barriers that may prevent parents and families from participating and engaging fully in their children’s learning.
School shoes and a winter coat grant The School Benevolent Fund is an independent registered charity which offers a grant towards shoes and coats for school pupils.
Schools North East

A regional network of schools, led by Head Teachers. Together they focus on shaping the future of education in the North East.

SHINE Trust - School Grants SHINE offers support to projects that can make a real difference to the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the North of England.
The Durham & Chester-le-Street School Sport Partnership  Fund A partnership of schools hosted by Durham Sixth Form Centre that develops sport and physical activity for young people and their families in the Durham City and Chester-le-Street areas.

Tees Valley Sport

Funding provided for the Tees Valley (Hartlepool, Stockton, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar).

Local service organisations

Find your local Lions Club or Rotary Club.

Tip: For Lions Club, search using town names for the most accurate results.

National retailers' local branches

National retailers can also assist local schools. Please reach out to your local branches for the following retailers: 

The Asda FoundationCo-op (Local Community Fund), Pets At Home, Tesco Community Grants (contact tracy.roberts@groundwork.org.uk), The WHSmith Trust (Community Grants), Wickes Community Programme

Supermarket Community Champions

Online contact/email: ASDA

Visit in person: Aldi, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks & SpencerM&S store locator, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, SPARSPAR store locator, Tesco-Tesco store locator, Waitrose

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK.

Review successful grant awards from your local area(s), below:

County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees

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Below you will find links to a directory of local suppliers and your regional Facebook group.

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