John D Endowment Fund

What the fund supports

Grassroots projects in Tyne & Wear that encourage young people to achieve and raise their aspirations through creative arts activities.

Artistic projects that are innovative and inspiring that allow young people to have fun whilst exploring their creative and/or artistic side. They should encourage young people to spend their free-time constructively and the more ‘whacky’ the project the better.
Grants are for pieces of artistic equipment and project resources; creative sessional costs and activities.

Who can apply

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations based and working with young people in Tyne and Wear with an annual income of less than £75k.


Dougherty_GJmr-1024rThe John D Fund was established in 2009 by Brian Dougherty in memory of his late Father, John. The donor-advised fund involves Brian, his wife Christine, his brother Keith and his sister Sheila.

Their collective aim is to encourage yoiung people to raise their aspirations by taking part in artistic activities that could lead them to take up new hobbies or interests.

Brian said:

“Setting up a fund in the name of my father John was a way for our family to remember an important person who shaped all of our lives. As a family we can collectively make our decisions on where best to support our local community and the Community Foundation allows us to reach young people through their depth of knowledge and local network.”