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

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.

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

John D Grassroots

Projects in Tyne & Wear that encourage young people to achieve and raise their aspirations through arts activities

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.

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.

Port of Tyne Community Action Fund

The Fund will support community projects in North and South Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead and the River Tyne corridor that help young people gain skills and confidence towards work, improve the environment and help communities thrive.

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.