Medics for the Community Fund

Our Vital Signs research indicates that ill-health is an issue for many members of our local community. There is evidence to suggest that inequalities in our region play a significant role in the life expectancy of people who live in less affluent areas and are more likely to suffer adverse health affects such as depression, poor physical health and the misuse of drugs and alcohol. But voluntary groups are gaining considerable experience in engaging local people in health and wellbeing activities as a gateway to improved health.

The Medics for the Community Fund aims to support health and wellbeing projects in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Fund is held at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and is endorsed by senior healthcare professionals and medical academics in our region.


How does the Fund work?

The Fund will open once a year to community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for funding through an open application process at the Community Foundation. Applications will be encouraged against broad criteria which will be agreed by the Fund panel. Criteria will be based on priorities from our Vital Signs research and will cover a vast range of health issues such as healthy eating,healthy older age, alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, mental health and other interrelated issues which will be agreed by the panel to serve the needs of our local communities.

Levels of donor support

Level 1: £1,000 per annum. Donors will join our Medics for the Community network, be invited to an annual event and be listed as a supporter on the Fund’s webpage.

Level 2: £5,000 per annum. Donors would receive all of the benefits above as well as additional membership of the Community Foundation. They would also be able to join a grant-panel to make recommendations on groups to support and take part in project visits.

Level 3: £10,000 per annum. Donors would receive all of the benefits above and be able to nominate themselves as fund advisors, helping to set longer-term goals for the development and grant-making of the Fund.

Please note: for the first £50,000 a cost contribution of 10% will be taken by the Community Foundation and 7.5% thereafter. This is to cover the cost of administering grant rounds and the management of the Fund.

How to give

The minimum level contribution to the Medics for the Community Fund is £1,000 per annum which equals £46 per month for higher rate tax payers through payroll giving. Direct donations can also be made tax effectively with Gift Aid and means your donation can go further in supporting local causes in your community.

Payroll giving

Payroll giving is the easiest way to make a gift in a tax effective way as contributions are deducted at the tax effective rate by your employer. This is shown in the table below.

Download Form A if you are an NHS Trust employee. This must be returned to your employer.

Download Form B if you are a Newcastle University employee. This must be returned to your employer.

Your pledge  Level of gift 20% tax payer pays 40% tax payer pays 45% tax payer pays Fund receives
Annual £1,000 £800 £600 £550 £1,000
Monthly £84 £67 £50 £46 £84

Direct donation

Direct donations are a tax effective way to make a contribution and through this method we can claim Gift Aid to increase your donation, and if you are a higher rate tax payer then you will be eligible to claim tax relief on your donation. An example can be found in the table below.

Your Gift Gift Aid to Fund (basic rate tax payer) 40% tax payer can claim back 45% tax payer can claim back Fund receives
Annual £800 £200 £200 £250 £1,000
Monthly £67 £17 £17 £21


Make a direct donation via Cheque or Card and complete Section C2 to add Gift Aid.

This must be returned to the Community Foundation, Floor 9, Cale Cross House, 156 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SU.

For more information please contact Lisa Cappleman, Head of Philanthropy Development at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

T: 0191 222 0945 E: