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.

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.

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.

REEDS Grassroots

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

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.

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.