Help us tackle poverty in the North East

In November 2016 Julia Unwin from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) spoke at the Community Foundation’s AGM about the role of philanthropy in helping to address poverty.  Inspired by this call to action, the Guy Readman Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation has allocated £100k in 2017 to focus on this issue in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The focus is further influenced by poverty-related issues identified from the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs reports for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and the recently published Third Sector Trends report commissioned by the Community Foundation. This includes:

  • the need to support individuals and families to overcome the problems associated with poverty. For example difficulties with benefits, low pay or debt through to the negative effects of exclusion from community life;
  • the gap in educational attainment between rich and poor communities;
  • the additional challenges that face people in poverty who experience multiple disadvantage (e.g. those experiencing a combination of homelessness, mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems and/or offending behaviour);
  • health inequalities arising from poverty;
  • hidden poverty in rural areas;
  • the particular needs of people from communities at greater risk of social exclusion as a result of poverty (e.g. ethnic minorities, the LGBT community, people with mental health issues, people with physical or learning disabilities);
  • the need to ensure that vital community organisations in the most deprived neighbourhoods achieve sustainability.

Whilst mindful of the complex and multi-layered issues that affect poverty in the North East, and that philanthropy will not and cannot be the only answer, we are keen to see how philanthropic funding can make a real difference to local people’s lives and are looking to support inspirational projects designed to address poverty ‘on our doorstep’.

The Guy Readman Endowment Fund “Philanthropy Tackling Poverty 2017” is seeking applications from charitable organisations working in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland with an annual income of between £50k and £1m. Grants of up to £15,000 are available as unrestricted funding to organisations combatting poverty at a local level, and in particular those that will address issues we have identified through the Third Sector Trends Study and Vital Signs.

To read the full guidelines and make an expression of interest please visit

Posted on 21/04/2017 @ 3:06 pm
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