Guy Readman Endowment Fund – Philanthropy Tackling Poverty 2017

In November 2016 Julia Unwin from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) spoke at the Community Foundation’s AGM about the role of philanthropy in helping to address poverty.  Inspired by this call to action, the Guy Readman Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation has allocated £100k in 2017 to focus on this issue in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The focus is further influenced by poverty-related issues identified from the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs reports for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and the recently published Third Sector Trends report commissioned by the Community Foundation. This includes:

Whilst mindful of the complex and multi-layered issues that affect poverty in the North East, and that philanthropy will not and cannot be the only answer, we are keen to see how philanthropic funding can make a real difference to local people’s lives and are looking to support inspirational projects designed to address poverty ‘on our doorstep’.

The Guy Readman Endowment Fund “Philanthropy Tackling Poverty 2017” is seeking applications from charitable organisations working in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland with an annual income of between £50k and £1m. Grants of up to £15,000 are available as unrestricted funding to organisations combatting poverty at a local level, and in particular those that will address issues we have identified through the Third Sector Trends Study and Vital Signs.

To read the full guidelines and make an expression of interest please visit