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Apply for support from
the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation provides grants and other support to groups and individuals in the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland areas, thanks to the donors who choose to give through us. We match applications from groups and individuals to our donors’ interests.
The majority of our support is in the form of grants to groups. Many groups who receive grants are small and volunteer-led, but we also fund larger organisations seeking small grants to support particular activities or developments. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply, but the work you ask us to support must be legally charitable. We make occasional ‘Trademark’ grants. These are larger awards combining contributions from our flexible and targeted Thriving Communities fund and contributions from our donors. And some of our funds support individuals seeking to improve their lives.
In most cases we do not have specific deadlines and you should apply using our general application form. A few of our funds have specific criteria or deadlines, which means we have a call for applications at particular times in the year. Current calls for applications are shown below.
How to apply: general Community Foundation grants
- Apply online here. If you are applying to a specific fund, please check below in the current calls for applications that it doesn’t have its own application form. You can expand each fund by clicking on it.
- Log in to your online application account here.
- Download help notes here.
- If you want to hand write your application, download and print a pdf version of the application form here.
- Apply for bursaries here.
- For guidelines and further support click here
Current calls for applications
The Kellett Fund
The Kellett Fund, established in 1996 following a £5m legacy from Mr Douglas Kellett, supports projects that improve the welfare of active older people. Funding is now available to community and voluntary sector agencies active in in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Chester-Le-Street.
The Kellett Fund will prioritise projects that provide inclusive leisure and learning activities for older people and/or support their active participation in all aspects of community affairs. We will seek to ensure that our grant making supports a balanced range of projects across these two priorities, and are particularly interested in projects that deliver against both by offering older people opportunities to both benefit from and contribute to service provision. Grants of up to £30,000 per annum over three years will be available.
Please read the “Information for Applicants” provided before completing your application.
These are available at here
We are open for applications from 26 April 2013. The closing date is 12 noon on 14 June 2013.Funded projects must be ready to start in September 2013.
Following the current round the work of the fund will be reviewed prior to a call for applications being made for Kellett Fund 2015-2016
To apply online click here
For further information, or to discuss your application, contact Mark Pierce, Head of Policy Projects and Programmes.
The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund
The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund is looking for applications from community and voluntary groups that primarily support residents of Gateshead Housing Company.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available and in-kind support is also offered up to the value of £5,000. The deadline for applications is 17th May 2013.
Please complete the standard Community Foundation application form and clearly mark it ‘Gateshead Housing Company’.
For further information click here.
Any questions please email Karen Daglish or call 0191 222 0945.
Rolling grant programmes
Readman Family Grassroots Fund
Does this describe your organisation and the work you do?
• A smaller organisation run predominantly by volunteers
• In a deprived area in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland, including low income rural areas
• A project where a small grant of up to £4000 or so will have long term benefits and make a tangible difference to local people or communities, but not as a contribution to a larger project.
• A project in an area of low employment which provides positive and innovative activities for young people or gets young people involved in sport when costs would otherwise be a barrier
• A project to get people involved in their wider community
• A project to get older people socialising who may otherwise be isolated
If so, the Readman Family Grassroots Fund would welcome an application from you.
To apply online please use the standard Community Foundation application form and put ‘Readman Family Grassroots Fund’ at the start of the section where you describe the project you want a grant for.
Northumberland High Sheriff Award
The Northumberland High Sheriff’s Award Scheme makes awards in
recognition of groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial
pursuits for young people, supporting them to be upstanding citizens and
deterred from criminal activities and/or to positively turn their lives around.
Awards are made to voluntary and community groups and registered charities based and working in Northumberland. The project must focus its work with children and young people aged 10 to 25 years old.
Click here to download the guidelines
Click here to download the application form
Any questions please contact Su Legg on 0191 222 0945 or at email@example.com
Northumberland Group Fund
The Northumberland Group Fund is providing grants of up to £1,000 to individuals, aged 16 to 25 years (at 1st September 2011), residing in Northumberland who are accessing employment, a vocational training course or a further educational college course in Northumberland for the first time and who need funding for training fees, materials or equipment to enable them to take up the education, training or employment opportunity.
- Click here to download the application form and guidelines.
Young Musicians Fund
Established in 1996 by Kathryn Tickell to develop the musical skills of children and young people in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham under the age of 18 who are struggling to pay for tuition fees or want help to purchase an instrument.
- To apply online to the Young Musicians Fund click here
Alan Hull Award
The aim of the award is to encourage young composers and songwriters (aged 16-25) in the North East and must be used to further new composition / songwriting.
- To apply online to the Alan Hull Award click here
Emma Newton Fund
Grants are given to young people living in in Tyne, Wear and Northumberland, to support their pursuits in the performing arts. Groups can also apply to the fund if they are assisting young people to access performing arts opportunities.
- To apply online to the Emma Newton Fund click here
Organisations applying to the fund should use the general Community Foundation application form above.
Dulverton Trust Fund
Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available to community and voluntary groups with an annual income under £200,000 in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley that provide youth opportunities; address disadvantage and improve the natural and built environment.
You can apply online using the standard Community Foundation form above and please let us know when you send your supporting documents that you wish the application to be considered by the Dulverton Trust Fund.
To download the Dulverton Trust Fund advice notes click here.
Terms and conditions
When you receive a grant from us, you must agree to our terms and conditions about how the grant will be used, and how you will report back to us. For more information, click here.
After you have received a grant from us you must complete and return a monitoring form when the project is finished or within seven months from the date of the final payment of the grant (whichever is shortest), unless we have approved a longer reporting period. To download a copy of the monitoring form click here.