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.

Combatting Isolation Fund (Older People)

To support projects working with older people to reduce isolation and increase involvement in the community in 2017-2018

The EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Windfarm Community Benefit Fund

To support community projects within  a 10km radius of EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Wind Farm.

The EDF-ER Green Rigg Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

To support community projects within a ten mile radius of EDF Energy Renewables Green Rigg Wind Farm.

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.

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.

High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme

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

Local Environmental Action (LEAF)

Projects should have a very clear environmental focus, but should also show how they can have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities. See guidelines for full criteria. Priorities are woodlands and trees, pollution and litter and projects that encourage walking, cycling as sustained transport options to address environmental issues.

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.

P&G Community Fund

For projects offering sustained benefit through education and social well-being in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.