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Local Charities Fund

Any money raised for DUCK is placed in a central fund, which is distributed to a range of local charities once a year. The DUCK Local Charities Fund was designed to help charities fund specific projects in order to make a real difference to people's lives and is part of DUCK’s commitment to supporting the local community.


Applications open in February and each charity can apply for a grant of up to £1000 to fund a specific project or need.  Only local charities are eligible to apply, where ‘local’ is defined as working within a 50 mile radius of Durham or Teesside.  Sadly, we cannot accept applications from international charities, even if they are based locally (so a charity based in Newcastle, yet working in Africa, would not be eligible to apply). However, we can accept applications from local branches of national charities.


Each charity must fill out a form, so we can ensure you meet our criteria. Although it is not a necessary requirement, we particularly welcome applications which can specify exactly how the money will be spent to support a specific project or goal – for example: to pay six months’ rent for an art group, to pay for a new piece of equipment in a hospice, to fund a ‘sports day’ for a youth group. However, we understand that it is not always possible to be this specific, and we encourage charities to use our fund in whichever way will best fulfil their needs. Typically, DUCK distributes grants of between £100 and £1000 through this fund.


Once applications have closed the panel, made up of a CDCF representative and members of the student body, meet to decide where the money raised will be distributed. The process follows the DUCK Giving Strategy and DUCK follows up any funding to ensure real, tangible changes are made.




Applications open at 9AMon MONDAY 4THFEBRUARY 2019and close at 9AM on MONDAY 1STAPRIL.


For more information on how to apply please contact our Charities Officer, Katie Avis, by emailing 

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