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Small grants available

Grants between £250 and £2,000 are available for community groups based in the Hendon and Ryhope wards of Sunderland.  Projects can be supported which demonstrate how they provide opportunities for individuals to engage and actively contribute in their community, ensuring people are proud of the place they live and are confident in making friends.

For an application pack and deadlines please click here.

For Hendon grants contact Pat Johnston – telephone 0191 514 7844 or email

For Ryhope grants contact Joanne Cooper – telephone 0191 514 9062 or email

Large grants programme has now closed

The Fourteen large grants programme has now closed.  For further information about future priorities please contact Karen Daglish or on 0191 222 0945.

About Fourteen

Fourteen is a programme funded by Spirit of 2012 from the legacy of the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.  Spirit of 2012 is a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country; tackling disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action. In Sunderland, the Fourteen programme is run by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and is funded in partnership with Sunderland City Council, the Community Foundation and the Spirit of 2012. Fourteen aims to support local communities to improve individual wellbeing, perceptions towards disability, help people overcome isolation and connect communities through social activity and volunteering.  The Community Foundation is advised by a Local Reference Group, made up of community representatives, local agencies and programme partners.  The group agreed on a local vision for the programme, under which all funded projects and activities fall:

Our vision is that Hendon and Ryhope will be a place where people are actively involved in their community leading to an improved quality of life and personal wellbeing.  This will be achieved through an increase in volunteering opportunities, and local organisations having increased capacity to support volunteers.


What has been funded?

The following table summarises all grants made to date

Organisation Project Amount Area
Large Grants  
Ryhope Community Association Two year activity programme targeted at elderly people, supported by volunteers.  Contribution to Ryhope Carnival for 2 years. £34,238 Ryhope
Back on the Map ‘Volunteer Capacity Building’ programme – appoint two part time trainee Community Development Trainee posts. £25,000 Hendon
Young Asian Voices To set up a Sports Academy, offering opportunities to try new sports, gain coaching qualifications, and set up several new teams £20,000 Hendon
Blue Watch Youth Centre Young people volunteering programme £26,014 Ryhope & Hendon
Heritage Coast Partnership Project Officer post to set up a coastal volunteering programme in Hendon and Ryhope £30,000 Ryhope & Hendon
Sans Street Youth & Community Association Positive Impact Project – programme of sport and activities from April 2016 £30,000 Hendon
B Active N B Fit Two ‘Social Navigator’ posts as part of the Social Retreat Project £30,000 Ryhope & Hendon
Hendon Young People’s Project We’ar Safe, Fishing, Cooking, Positive, Active and Happy £25,760 Hendon
Small Grants
Community Spirit Resident/parent-led group whose children attend Valley Road School; educational trip to the Centre for Life £850 Hendon
Ryhope Cricket Club Venue hire costs £2,000 Ryhope
Ryhope Seaview Angling Club Volunteer expenses to run community angling sessions. £1,558 Ryhope
Ryhope Colliery Welfare Juniors Coaching and session costs. £1,420 Ryhope
East Community Association Christmas Party £1,100 Hendon
Hendon Social Art Group Oriental Print Making Workshops £958 Hendon
Hendon Community Allotment Programme of events during 2016 £2,000 Hendon
BME Khushi Women’s Group Swimming sessions £1,500 Hendon
Sans Street Youth & Community Association Parent led after school activities for children £1,716 Hendon
Ryhope Cricket Club Coaching programme £320 Ryhope
Ryhope Terraces & Avenue Group Family Project £1,995 Ryhope
Ryhope Seaview Angling Club Likely Lads £1,835 Ryhope
Ryhope Heritage Society 50th Anniversary Pit Closure £1,744 Ryhope
FUSHIA Reducing Social Isolation £1,855 Hendon

Case Study

Young Asian Voices have received £20,000 to develop a sports academy, which will offer opportunities for children and young people in Hendon to try new sports, gain coaching qualifications, and set up several new teams to sustain activity.   Two youth workers and a qualified sports coach will run weekly supervised community sports sessions from its own centre on Villiers Street, Hudson Road school, and Sans Street Youth & Community Centre.  Sessions will be offered in football, cricket, badminton and table tennis, with up to 20 participants anticipated per session on a drop in basis.



YAS_GJmr-9957Mr Kumareswaradas Ramanathas, Project Manager at Young Asian Voices said:

“We’re delighted to receive a large grant from the Fourteen programme at the Community Foundation. The project is in response to a lack of opportunities for children and young people in Hendon to try sport outside of school. Feedback from our local school tells us that young people are becoming less active due to a lack of opportunity outside of school. We know that young people want to engage in sport and take part in healthy and fun activities so this funding will really make a difference to the lives of young people in Hendon.”

Karen Daglish, Principal Advisor, Community Programmes at the Community Foundation said:

“Our Vital Signs research suggests that healthy living is a main concern our region. Whilst we are gradually improving statistics indicate that life expectancy in Tyne & Wear remains amongst the very lowest in England. Through the Fourteen programme’s large grants pot we are able to make a big difference at tackling this issue head on in Hendon and Ryhope, and we would encourage groups to apply for our next round of funding which is now open until February.”