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. 2 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.

Charles Robert Bell

The Charles Robert Bell Fund aims to support those with mental health issues and advancing mental health in North Tyneside, including ex-service personnel.

Enviresearch Fund

To inspire 10 to 13 year old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science, through visits to the museums, science field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside of school. The main geographic areas will be Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South East Northumberland.

High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme

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

High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards Scheme

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

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.

John D Endowment Fund

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

Lady Betty Martin Fund

The purpose of the fund is to support arts activities benefitting children and young people (age range 0 – 21) in communities across the North East of England. The fund will consider applications to support individuals to develop their practise.

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.

New Beginnings Fund

A fund to help refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome in UK communities in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria

Newcastle Culture Investment Fund

The Fund will support cultural activities that fulfil the Newcastle Vision for Culture as well as the Council’s aims for the city. Specifically, the fund will enable the development of a rich, diverse and accessible independent cultural sector in Newcastle that reflects the creative needs and aspirations of all residents and visitors, and gives them the opportunity to participate in the creative activity of their choice.

North East Fund for the Arts

The aim of the fund is to enable and strengthen community engagement in the arts and give everyone the opportunity to enjoy them.

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.

Pen & Palette Club Fund

The Pen & Palette Club Fund celebrates the history and principles of The Pen & Palette Club which was founded for men in Newcastle in 1900. Grants are made to organisations and groups for activity associated with literature, music and visual arts.

Robert Wood Trust

Group work that enhances educational experiences and personal development for young people aged 12 to 18 years living in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland.