Supporting community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations in Gateshead

  • Grant Range: Up to £10,000
  • Closing Date: Friday 12 January 2018, 5:00pm
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The Gateshead Fund

Gateshead Council has established a fund at the Community Foundation to support projects that:

  • develop the capacity of community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations in
  • support the provision of services by voluntary and community organisations in
  • create stronger communities in Gateshead by building on the voluntary efforts of residents, local community assets and the work of elected members in their

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000. Examples of eligible groups include:

  • Constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • Charitable companies
  • Social enterprises (for example, CICs and Co-operatives)

Priority will be given to groups based in Gateshead, except where there is a compelling case for funding applications from out of the area.

How much funding is available?

Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects of up to one year’s duration. Only one grant may be held at any time and groups will not be funded for more than three years in any six-year period.

What can be funded?

The Gateshead Fund will make revenue grants for projects that meet these guidelines. It will prioritise applications which have a focus on change and innovation, develop best practice and/or champion collaboration.

The Fund will also provide capital grants for building improvements and refurbishments where these will support the sustainability of community organisations and/or contribute to Gateshead Council’s community ownership of assets and Green Gateshead priorities.

The Fund is also particularly interested in supporting organisations with match for Community Led Local Development (CLLD) funded projects. Further information about the Gateshead Goes Local CLLD programme can be found at:

Social Enterprises, for example CICs, may apply for the specific costs of set-up and expansion. We will not normally support the costs of continuing services.

Applicants will be required to identify three grant objectives related to the sustainability and capacity building that will take place as a result of a grant. Successful applicants will be required to collect evidence on progress during their project and provide an end of grant monitoring report that shows what they have achieved.


The Gateshead Fund will not provide grants for:

  • contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • religious activity, which is not for the wider public benefit
  • activities which have already taken place/retrospective funding
  • grant making by other organisations/third party funding
  • privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships
  • organisations with unrestricted reserves that exceed one year’s running costs
  • individuals

Decision making

The Community Foundation’s recommendations are considered by the Gateshead Fund Advisory Group. Decisions are then submitted to Cabinet for approval, before being processed by the Community Foundations for notification and payment.

Please note that it can take up to three months after the closing date of each round for formal offer letters to be sent to successful applicants.

Further information

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with the Community Foundation in advance of applying; please contact:

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