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. 2 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.

CNL Young People’s

The fund will support charities and voluntary and community groups delivering projects to help disadvantaged young people in Northumberland to overcome the barriers to a successful transition to adulthood.

Comic Relief Local Communities

Grants will be made to support community groups to offer projects that increase local services; build skills of local people; advance people’s physical and mental health; increase community cohesion and/or respond to local economic needs.

Dickon Trust fund

To support charitable activities in North East England, Cumbria and Scotland.

Enviresearch Fund

To inspire 10 to 13 year old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science, through visits to the museums, science field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside of school. The main geographic areas will be Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South East Northumberland.

High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme

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

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 Gas Networks Community Promises Fund

Leeds Community Foundation is working with Northern Gas Networks to deliver their Community Promises Fund.

Out and About Fund

The Out and About Fund will support small community projects in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Applications are welcome from small organisations for projects which are encouraging people to garden, grow food or experience nature. Grants will fund tools or equipment.

RWE Innogy UK Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

The Fund supports constituted community and voluntary groups, schools or other such organisations based in the Parish Council area of Shotley Low Quarter.

RWE Innogy 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.

Three Valleys’

Applications are sought for projects benefitting the rural communities of the Upper Bream, Coquet & Aln Valleys in Northumberland. Applicants should have a clear local presence. Projects can be for specific activities , events or equipment needed by voluntary groups that support specific sections of the community, the general public or wildlife conservation. Projects can meet any of the Vital Signs themes although most will probably help to strengthen local communities or improve the local environment.


Applications are sought for projects based in Tynedale that are seeking to maintain the health and well-being of local people. Applications are preferred from grassroots groups with an annual income under £80,000. Projects can be for capital expenditure or for running costs of specific programmes.

Women’s Fund

Applications are welcome from voluntary and community groups that provide services specifically targeted at women that clearly demonstrate how they help women overcome their gender disadvantage. Beneficiaries should be over 18 year’s. See guidelines for more information before applying.