Emma Newton Fund

Emma died when a tree fell on her car on May 23 2011 aged just 18.  Her family and friends felt the need to do something positive and created a named fund to help remember Emma and support young people in the Performing Arts.


The initial goal was to raise £25,000, which has now been achieved. The fund currently stands at almost £90,000 with the aim to reach £100,000.

After Emma’s tragic death on May 23 2011, family and friends felt the need to do something positive.  They decided to create a permanent grant-making fund to help remember Emma.

Sarah Heppell, one of Emma’s closest friends said, “To discover so many people want to remember Emma by supporting the fund is wonderful. And having a permanent way to make grants in Emma’s name is very special.”

The fund is managed by The Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Permanent Endowment

The fund is a permanent endowment.  This means all money raised is invested through the Community Foundation and grants are made from the fund’s income.  The fund will grow over time and continue making grants forever. In fifty years time young people in the Arts will still be receiving grants in Emma’s name – a fitting tribute.

How to Apply

Grants are given to young people living in in Tyne, Wear and Northumberland, to support their pursuits in the performing arts. Groups can also apply to the fund if they are assisting young people to access performing arts opportunities. For more information please view our grants for individuals by visiting www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply


To read about recent success stories from the fund please click here.

How to Give

The quickest and easiest way to get involved is to make a donation right now by clicking here.

Further information

If you would like to learn more about the Emma Newton Fund please contact Ellie Turner, Culture Parnerships Manager on 0191 222 0945.

If you would like to organise an event in aid of the Emma Newton Fund then you can download a pack by visiting the fund website  http://www.emmanewtonfund.com/.