How to apply

There are two application channels for groups:

General Community Foundation grants

A general application is the best way to apply to the Community Foundation. Once information is received we will try to match your needs to one or more of our donor funds.

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Current calls for applications


The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust

Applicants must provide a letter of application not exceeding 2,000 words in length (approx. 4 sides of A4).

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust will fund charitable activities benefitting residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Priority will be given to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community and the quality of life of individuals within that community.

The EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Windfarm Community Benefit Fund

To support community projects within  a 10km radius of EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Wind Farm.

Frederick Milburn

The Fund aims to support communities and projects with an association to the River Tyne.

Henry Smith Charity North East Grants

The fund will support registered charities across the North East region with an income of less than £250,000 p.a. Projects should benefit communities experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and those that tackle problems in areas of high deprivation.

High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme

To reward young people in Northumberland for their contribution to the community

Innogy Renewables UK Middlemoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

The RWE Innogy UK Middlemoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund makes grants to voluntary and community projects based in the Parish of Eglingham.

Local Environmental Action (LEAF)

The fund will support community groups in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland that are seeking to deliver projects that tackle environmental issues in their local area. There will be two funding streams for the next round. See guidelines for full information.

Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) – Fast Track System

To support community groups in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to take action on, and educate and raise awareness of environmental issues in their local area.

Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed

The fund supports community energy projects in the North East of England, Yorkshire and Humber, and North Lincolnshire that have a focus on generating energy, reducing energy use, managing energy , or for communities that are collectively purchasing energy.

P&G Community Fund

For projects offering sustained benefit through education and social well-being in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Platten Family Community First Fund – Raspberry Pi grants

State primary schools in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland are eligible to apply for grants of either £1,000 or £2,000 which can be used to purchase Raspberry Pi equipment, for use in enhancing the computing curriculum and establishing out-of-school coding clubs.

Rose Joicey

Supports the cost of holidays or short breaks for individuals and families in need from Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Sir Tom Cowie

To give disadvantaged and disabled children and young people in Sunderland opportunities to fulfil their potential. Open to organisations based in Sunderland or neighbouring South Tyneside with annual income of not less than £50,000 and not more than £500,000 in the most recently completed financial year.

Ted Weekes

The Fund supports children and young people's projects based in the areas of New Hartley and Seaton Sluice.