28th Mar 2018

The Port of Tyne Community Action Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 2007 with three key aims:

  • To help young people gain skills and confidence towards work
  • To help communities thrive
  • To improve the environment

Since then, almost £500,000 has been awarded to over 165 community projects along the River Tyne corridor. Projects supported most recently in 2018 include Emmaus North East, Friends of West Park Jarrow and the South Tyneside Churches KEY Project.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs, says: “We are committed to supporting our local community, and value our relationship with the Community Foundation that helps guide our philanthropic funding and ensures that we can make the greatest impact.”

Elaine Holdsworth, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation adds: “Working with the Port of Tyne is really important as our Vital Signs research identifies South Tyneside as a cold spot in terms of local and national funding. It is an area where communities face less opportunity than in other parts of the region, as such it is increasingly important for local businesses to support their local community.

“The Port of Tyne is an excellent example of a business that aims to create positive opportunities through its corporate responsibility programme that can help transform the lives of people within its operating area.

“Over the past ten years the Port of Tyne Community Action Fund has invested in a wide-range of projects, from educating young people about their natural habitat to supporting local people out of work, and the Port continues to help local community groups across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.”

For more information about giving opportunities at the Community Foundation visit http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/givingandphilanthropy/

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