Community Ventures – open for applications now!

Community Ventures is a Community Foundation programme that provides in-depth support to voluntary organisations in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, helping the sector to be as effective, responsive and resilient as possible.

The programme can provide you with time and expertise from experienced senior leaders from the region’s business, public and charitable sectors and has supported more than fifty organisations to date.

In 2016 Community Ventures partners provided voluntary organisations with more than 500 hours of free support.

Feedback from recent beneficiaries includes the following:

  • “Community Ventures encouraged a braver and more confident vision”.
  • “The support was very helpful to me personally, and helped me to secure the medium term future of the organisation.”
  • “We cannot thank you enough for your support so far … the support we have received far exceeded our expectations … significant impact.”
  • “The support helped us ask deep questions about the organisation’s purpose and our strategic response.”
  • “We were matched to some very experienced professionals and we have received high quality support.”

Our Community Ventures experts work, pro bono, with organisations over a sustained period of time, usually up to a year, and can help you identify challenges and opportunities, embed new working practices, and think afresh about your role in society and your relationship with service users.

The following is a general list of the areas in which Community Ventures can help you. Using this as a starting point, we can put together tailored support packages based on your needs and the availability of our experts.

Organisational strategy  –  Governance – Business planning – Fundraising strategy – Income diversification – Human resources – Legal issues – Marketing, communications and public relations –  IT – Financial management – Strategic alignment – Coaching and mentoring in management and leadership –  Service design and improvement – Organisational culture.

Community Ventures partners act as critical friends, challenging you to think differently and do things differently. They won’t do the work for you, and you should be ready, willing and able to commit significant amounts of your own time to this work. It will be worth it!

To find out more about our current roster of Community Ventures partners who may be able to support your organisation, click here –

And to express your interest in receiving support from the programme, visit

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