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.

CNL Young People’s

The fund will support charities and voluntary and community groups delivering projects to help disadvantaged young people in Northumberland to overcome the barriers to a successful transition to adulthood.

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.

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.

Henry Smith Charity North East Grants

The fund will support registered charities across the North East region with an income of less than £250,000 p.a. Projects should benefit communities experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and those that tackle problems in areas of high deprivation.

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 Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

The Fund supports constituted community and voluntary groups, schools or other such organisations based in the Parish Council area of Shotley Low Quarter.

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.

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 Gas Networks Community Promises Fund

Leeds Community Foundation is working with Northern Gas Networks to deliver their Community Promises Fund.

Three Valleys’

Applications are sought for projects benefitting the rural communities of the Upper Bream, Coquet & Aln Valleys in Northumberland. Applicants should have a clear local presence. Projects can be for specific activities , events or equipment needed by voluntary groups that support specific sections of the community, the general public or wildlife conservation. Projects can meet any of the Vital Signs themes although most will probably help to strengthen local communities or improve the local environment.


Applications are sought for projects based in Tynedale that are seeking to maintain the health and well-being of local people. Applications are preferred from grassroots groups with an annual income under £80,000. Projects can be for capital expenditure or for running costs of specific programmes.

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.