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.

Culture Bridge North East Fund

Grants are available to support working relationships between arts practitioners/cultural organisations on one side and schools/youth settings on the other. Applicants can be education or community settings working with children and young people aged 0 – 25 years, e.g. schools, youth clubs, Pupil Referral Units etc. Help notes are available here.

The Edwin John Easydorchik Travelling Scholarship

An annual scholarship will be awarded to a young artist under 25 years old. They do not need to be living in the North East but, must provide evidence that they were born in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear or County Durham.

Enviresearch Fund

The fund will support activities that inspire 10 to 13 years old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science. This is through visits to museums, science field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside of school.

The Gateshead Fund

The Fund aims to support the provision of services and develop the capacity of community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations in Gateshead, creating stronger communities by building on the voluntary efforts of residents, local community assets and the work of elected members in their wards.

Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available in cash or in-kind (or a combination of both) to voluntary organisations in Gateshead who provide support to Gateshead Housing Company tenants.

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 Tyne & Wear Awards Scheme

To reward young people in Tyne & Wear for their contribution to the community

Innogy Renewables 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.

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 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.

Newcastle Culture Investment Fund

The Fund aims to support independent cultural organisations working in the Newcastle City Council area.

REEDS Grassroots

The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities.

Thornton Family Grassroots Fund

To support constituted community or voluntary group running healthy living services or activities in Tynedale – from Prudhoe to Haltwhistle – that have an annual income of less than circa £80,000.

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.