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

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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.

Fresh Ideas Fund

A grant programme to enable voluntary, community and social enterprises in the North East of England to explore opportunities to develop new earned income streams in order to improve long term sustainability.

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.

REEDS Grassroots

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

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.

Youth Social Action Fund

The fund will make grants for social action opportunities of up to one year’s duration amongst young people aged 10 to 20 years old when the programme begins, or 25 years old for disabled people. Application help notes can be downloaded here.