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.

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 Energy Renewables 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 Gateshead Fund (Capacity Building Fund)

Please make sure you use the correct application form when applying to The Gateshead Fund (Capacity Building Fund).

To support, develop and build capability, capacity and sustainability in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Gateshead and to help create stronger, cohesive and connected communities.

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

John D Grassroots

Grassroots projects in Tyne & Wear that encourage young people to achieve and raise their aspirations through creative arts activities.

Local Environmental Action (LEAF)

The fund will support community groups in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland that are seeking to deliver projects that tackle environmental issues in their local area. There will be two funding streams for the next round. See guidelines for full information.

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.

Northern Powergrid Fund

The Fund aims to support projects working in education, environment and safety particularly in rural and ex-industrial areas of Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

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.

The Wellesley Trust Community First

Youth projects based in and working in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham, including Darlington.