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Call for applications »

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To support voluntary and community groups based in or with projects to benefit the residents of Seahouses or Beadnell

Projects suitable for consideration including the costs of equipment required by groups, refurbishment projects where it is clear what aspect the grant would support, costs of trips or activities or special celebratory events.  Projects that benefit any sector of the community will be considered.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply
In writing: Download an application form or call 0191 222 0945 to request a form.

Any questions please contact Gill Lowing, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at gl@communityfoundation.org.uk

CNL Young People’s Fund

The fund will support charities and voluntary and community groups delivering projects to help disadvantaged young people in Northumberland to overcome the barriers to a successful transition to adulthood.

  • Projects will be for young people aged 13-19 (and aged up to 25 if special needs)
  • Priority will be given to projects serving isolated communities
  • Proposals must be well defined with a clear objective, outputs and measurable outcomes
  • Capital and revenue projects considered
  • Requests for general running costs only considered in exceptional circumstances

Ways to apply:

Esmée Fairbairn North East Fund

This fund supports organisations and projects to develop and strengthen good practice and should challenge convention, take risks to address difficult issues and test out new ideas or practices and should come within one of the following strands: Arts; Education and Learning; Environment; and Social Change.

Who can apply?

Groups with an income between £50,000 and £250,000 and who work in areas of deprivation in the North East (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Tees Valley)

Additional information

Full guidelines can be downloaded here. This is the fourth panel and there will be one remaining round in 2015.

The EDF Energy Green Rigg Windfarm Community Benefit Fund

The fund is open to applications from community and voluntary groups, schools or other such organisations based within ten miles of the Green Rigg Windfarm. Please see a map here for the inclusion area.

What can be funded?

Capital items that will have a long lasting benefit;  Play equipment, items for leisure activities and community groups; Biodiversity and habitat conservation;  Energy conservation and increased use of renewables;  Community trips and events;  Start-up costs for new groups.  This list is not exhaustive!

How much money can be applied for?

Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available, with up to £9,000 in exceptional circumstances.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply
In writing: Download an application form or call 0191 222 0945 to request a form.

Any questions please contact Karen Daglish, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at krd@communityfoundation.org.uk

The Gateshead Housing Company Community Action Fund

Community groups and charities based or working in Gateshead.  At least a third of those benefitting from funded projects must be tenants of The Gateshead Housing Company.

  • Help tenants of The Gateshead Housing Company and their families overcome disadvantage by mitigating the impacts of welfare reform including areas of fuel and food poverty as well as capacity building of individuals
  • Create stronger communities by supporting community groups who are undertaking an asset transfer
  • Improve the health and wellbeing opportunities for young people and the elderly

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply
In writing: Download an application form or call 0191 222 0945 to request a form.

Any questions please contact Karen Daglish, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at krd@communityfoundation.org.uk

Henry Smith Charity North East Fund

Civil society organisations in the North East (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Tees Valley and County Durham) that are registered charities which have been operating for a minimum of two years, with an average annual income of less than £250,000 over the last two years.

Additional Information:

Priority will be given in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to applications that meet areas of need identified in the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs reports.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply
In writing: Call 0191 222 0945 to request a Henry Smith Charity North East Fund form.

Any questions please contact Sue Martin, Grant Programme Executive on 0191 222 0945 or at sm@communityfoundation.org.uk

High Sheriff of Northumberland Youth Awards

The High Sheriff of Northumberland Youth Awards Scheme makes awards in recognition of groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for young people, supporting them to be upstanding citizens and deterred from criminal activities and/or to positively turn their lives around.

Awards are made to voluntary and community groups and registered charities based and working in Northumberland. The project must focus its work with children and young people aged 10 to 25.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Iain Riddell, Communications and Development Executive on 0191 222 0945 or at ir@communityfoundation.org.uk

High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards for Young People

The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards Scheme recognises and rewards local organisations, big and small, which support children and young people, in a safe and secure environment, to develop confidence, to build skills, to find fun and friendship, learning to be part of a community and in turn learning how to play a part in the community.

Awards are made to voluntary and community groups and registered charities based and working in Northumberland. The project must focus its work with children and young people aged 10 to 25.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Iain Riddell, Communications and Development Executive on 0191 222 0945 or at ir@communityfoundation.org.uk

John D Fund and John D Grassroots

Community groups working with young people providing out-of-school artistic activities that enhance their free time and inspire young people to take up creative hobbies and interests.

What can be funded?

Creative workshops and informal learning experiences, creative resources and equipment, sessional worker costs, and inspirational trips and outings to relevant places.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Su Legg, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at sl@communityfoundation.org.uk

The Lady Betty Martin Fund

Grants are given to young people (age range 0 – 21) living in the North East of England to support their pursuits in the arts.

Who can apply?

Groups can also apply to the fund if they are assisting young people to access arts opportunities. Individuals who apply must provide a reference to demonstrate their commitment to the arts.

What can be funded?

Costs towards attending courses / art fair / residential / summer school

Individual music lessons

Purchase of equipment related to arts activity

Costs towards an arts related experience i.e. a visit to Florence to visit the Uffizi gallery

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Ellie Turner, Culture Partnerships Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at et@communityfoundation.org.uk

North East Fund for the Arts

The aim of the fund is to enable and strengthen community engagement in the arts and give everyone the opportunity to enjoy them. Projects the funds support may have a social or economic impact on participants but the emphasis is always on the arts activity.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to artists and arts organisations but we would especially welcome applications from non-arts community and voluntary groups who wish to work with professional artists/arts organisations. We can also help find the right artist or arts organisation for your proposed project. Applications from artists/arts organisations must show a real understanding of the community needs/interests and address them.

What can be funded?

The focus of grants is to enable community groups to access professional, quality arts activities, on their own terms. Projects could therefore engage a community in arts activity for the first time, develop their engagement, or inspire participants to seek further opportunities in the arts. The project may lead to the creation of a piece of art but an ‘end product’ is not a requirement.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Ellie Turner, Culture Partnerships Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at et@communityfoundation.org.uk

The Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed Fund

The fund is open for applications from community groups looking to deliver community energy projects.

What can be funded?

Seed funding to help communities in the very early stages of community schemes to receive the support they require to get projects up and running through funding which may help them access expert advice, feasibility studies, meeting spaces etc.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Mark Pierce, Head of Policy and Programmes on 0191 222 0945 or at mp@communityfoundation.org.uk

Northumberland Group Fund

The fund is open to community groups based and working in Northumberland which are providing support and development for young people, aged 16-25 years, who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET).

What can be funded?

Grants of up to £10,000 are available, for up to one year, to groups who can demonstrate they are making a sustainable difference to the prospects of NEET young people by providing educational training, skills based training or employability skills to disengaged young people who live in Northumberland.

Additional Information

The closing date for this round is Friday 31 October 2014. The grants panel will meet in February 2015.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Su Legg, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at sl@communityfoundation.org.uk

The Pen & Palette Club Fund

Grants are made to organisations, groups and individuals for activity associated with literature, music and visual arts.

What can be funded?

The fund will look for the public benefit of proposals to enhance the quality of events (for example; poetry readings, art workshops and master classes) to improve facilities & equipment and provide support towards the cost of exhibitions.

Additional information:

The Pen & Palette Club Fund was established in April 2014 by the committee and members of the Club.  It celebrates the history and principles of The Pen & Palette Club which was founded for men in Newcastle in 1900.  114 years later and as a result of the sale of their headquarters, which were in Higham Place next to the Laing Art Gallery, the club members established the fund as a permanent legacy of the Club.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Ellie Turner, Culture Partnerships Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at et@communityfoundation.org.uk

The P&G Community Fund

This fund will support community groups and charities working with groups of vulnerable people who require personal health and hygiene education

1)    Creating the Experience of Home —Turning houses into homes and providing the comforts of home to people without them or who have been displaced.

2)    Everyday Health and Confidence — Enabling healthy lives through everyday healthy behaviours and hygiene education that enable confidence and self-esteem.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Su Legg, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at sl@communityfoundation.org.uk

Ron and Louise Bowey Fund and Bowey Family Grassroots

Funding opportunity for locally based charitable and voluntary organisations in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Applications are particularly encouraged from small and medium sized organisations.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Derry Nugent, Head of Philanthropy Services on 0191 222 0945 or at dn@communityfoundation.org.uk

The RWE Innogy UK Kiln Pit Hill Windfarm Community Benefit Fund

A funding opportunity for constituted community groups based and working within the Parish of Shotley Low Quarter, Northumberland.

What can be funded?

- Capital items (for example, games, resources, or equipment)
- Revenue items (for example, trips and entrance fees)
- Sessional worker costs (for example, workshop tutors)
- Repairs and/or refurbishment to a community building
- Start-up costs for new community groups

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Su Legg, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at sl@communityfoundation.org.uk

The RWE Innogy UK Middlemoor Windfarm Community Benefit Fund

A funding opportunity for constituted voluntary and community groups and individuals based and working within the boundary of the Eglingham Parish.

What can be funded?

The fund will support requests from groups that are charitable, educational, philanthropic and benevolent in purpose;

It will make grants to community and voluntary organisations and schools (for non-statutory purposes) only;

Capital items with a tangible, lasting benefit, including improvements to community buildings;

Biodiversity and habitat conservation;

Energy conservation and increased use of renewables; and

Other projects which are community-based and/or community-led.

Individuals in the parish of Eglingham may apply for funding aged 16 to 25 years, who wish to access employment, a vocational training course, a further educational college course or to take up a life enhancing opportunity.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Su Legg, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at sl@communityfoundation.org.uk

Sage Community Fund

The Fund aims to support local people of all ages to nurture talent and / or provide life and employability skills which make a lasting contribution towards improving the quality of life of those it helps.

What can be funded?

Direct project costs, capital items and contributions towards salaries and core costs can be funded, to a maximum of £5,000 per grant.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Su Legg, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at sl@communityfoundation.org.uk

The Women’s Fund

The Women’s Fund was created by women to support voluntary and community groups that provide services that help women overcome a gender disadvantage.

Ways to apply:

Online: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Any questions please contact Gill Lowing, Fund Development Manager on 0191 222 0945 or at gl@communityfoundation.org.uk

Posted on 12/09/2014 @ 2:41 pm
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Engage creatively with our donors! »

It is important for us to measure the impact and success of our grant-making. We asked the Port of Tyne Community Action Fund beneficiaries to send us a short video about how a grant from the Fund helped their project come to life. The results were excellent, and groups not only found that making a video was easier than they first thought but it was also a lot of fun too!

Video is a brilliant way to personally thank the donors who help make our grant-making possible. Please see the stories of the Port of Tyne Community Action Fund in the video below.

We would like more groups to share their stories with us as an effective way to provide feedback to our donors about the support which they have received. Please download our hints and tips guide for effective video production here or for more information please contact Iain Riddell, Communications and Development Executive on 0191 222 0945 or ir@communityfoundation.org.uk

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Improving Board Leadership governance survey 2013 »

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Culture Partnerships is working alongside Business in the Arts: North West in Liverpool on a Grants for the Arts funded programme to deliver a series of governance initiatives across the North of England over the next 18 months.

The programme has begun with a survey to establish some current benchmarks around governance standards and to try to establish information about the quality, effectiveness and diversity of governance in the arts. This information will be used to inform the design of the other services, see Improving Board Leadership.

Executive summary

There were some encouraging results in the survey, but also a number of areas requiring focus.

Perhaps the most surprising result of the survey was the very small number of disabled people on boards, only 44 out of 837 board members. Whilst not a surprise, the number of board members under 30 years was also disappointing – just 22. This is perhaps inevitable given the reliance on using personal contacts to identify new board members; it is generally accepted that this method of recruitment does little to increase diversity on boards.

It has been observed that the size of boards has reduced over the last 15 or 20 years, but perhaps too far, almost a third of those surveyed encountered quoracy problems. This could also reflect the increasing pressure on board members who also work full time.

Whilst the number of organisations that provide job descriptions / role specifications for their board members has probably increased in recent years, almost 40% still do not have any such document and 42% do not have a job description for their chair. Given that clarity around the board role helps to support board performance, this is an area for improvement.

Comments reveal that there is a difference in the expectations of CEOs and board members themselves about the nature of fundraising support that would be most valued.

Other concerns are the relatively low number of organisations with written remits for their committees; the number without a disaster plan and the number without a process for appraising their CEO. There is also work to do around areas such as delegation by the board and policy review.

Finally, arts organisations are not meeting the training needs of their board members, and probably linked to this, there is little use of rigorous methods of board review.

 

Summary Results

Responses - 110 organisations responded in the form of 105 CEOs and 79 board members of whom 45 were chairs. Most responses were received from the North West, similar numbers of surveys were completed in the North East and Yorkshire.

The organisations – 86% of the organisations had existed for 6 years or more. There was a good spread in terms of turnover with 26 organisations having turnovers below £150,000 and 20 with turnovers above £1 million. Numbers of staff ranged from 180 FT staff down to zero.

Board composition - The average board size was 8 people and 47% were female.

Of 827 board members, 79 were Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic; an average of 0.76 people per board and 62 organisations reported their boards had no BAME members. There are regional variations reflecting the demographic differences between regions.

The number of board members considering themselves to be disabled was 44, an average of 0.46 per board, with 70 organisations reporting they had no disabled board members.

Age – 47% of board members were between 46 and 60 and only 2.8% (22 individuals) were under 30 years.

88% of organisations checked the eligibility of board candidates; 78% had an induction process for new members and 92% gave them a copy of the governing document.

Length of service – 46% had retirement by rotation for members, the rest had terms of office ranging from over 8 years to less than 4 years.

Board recruitment – all reported recruitment on the basis of skills; 71% also considered diversity and 70% networks. Personal contacts were by far the most popular method of identifying candidates, followed by the use of board matching services and use of e-networks.

Job descriptions – 58% had job descriptions for the chair and 62% had a job description for board members.

Meetings – 47% met 5 or 6 times p.a. and 35% met between 2 and 4 times. Most (55%) were attended by 75% or more of members. But 29% encountered problems with quoracy.

Committees – Just over half had standing committees and the majority of these dealt with finance with the second most popular area being HR, but only 48% had written remits.

Board training – only three organisations reported that they identified and fully met board members’ training needs, though 65% said that they did this to some extent.

Legal responsibilities - 82% of board members felt the majority of their board was clear about their legal responsibilities.

Board delegation - both CEOs and board members were asked about the clarity of delegation by the Board. The answers were similar, but over a third of both CEOs and board members felt that there was a lack of clarity.

Fundraising – this is another area where both parties were asked questions. 81% of board members said that they helped with fundraising, but this often included discussing strategies rather than doing anything tangible outside meetings. 84% of CEOs said that some of their board members were helpful; 11% said none of their board members were helpful.

Strategy and planning – 97% of board members felt they made a contribution to this area and a number mentioned the use of away days. Just over 90% of boards assessed risk annually.

Budgets – 5 boards did not approve an annual budget and 3 did not monitor budgets regularly.
70% received a cash flow forecast at every meeting.

Policy – all board members said they approved some (21%) or all (79%) of organisational policies, but only 45% reviewed all these regularly; 47% reviewed some.

Disaster plan – 63% of board members said there was no disaster plan for their organisation.
CEO appraisal – Only 58% have an appraisal process for the CEO and of these 68% carried this out annually.

Board review – 55% of boards do not carry out a regular review of their own effectiveness and of those that do, there is reliance on a discussion of whole board performance and little review of individual performance. This is despite the fact that many comments highlight that some board members perform well, whilst others do not.

Board effectiveness – Both CEOs and board members were asked to rate the effectiveness of their board. Board members rate the performance of the board higher than CEOs though there is not much in it. The average score given by CEOs is 7.18 and that given by board members is 7.51, both out of a possible 10.

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Deadline Extension: European Social Fund – 15 September 2014 »

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The final deadline for applications to the ESF Community Grants programme has been extended by County Durham Community Foundation to Midday on Monday 15th September 2014.

The ESF Community Grants Programme provides awards of up to £15,000 to groups undertaking activities including help with basic skills, work experience, training advice and guidance, job search assistance, confidence building, personal development and support to overcome barriers to training and employment. Within this £15,000 limit, groups may also apply for support costs to help with Capacity Building their organisation.

Full details can be found on the County Durham Community Foundation website at:

http://www.cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups/esf-community-grants-programme-2014-2015

 

Posted on 09/09/2014 @ 12:01 pm
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IMPROVING BOARD LEADERSHIP GOVERNANCE SURVEY 2013 »

Culture Partnerships is working alongside Business in the Arts: North West in Liverpool on a Grants for the Arts funded programme to deliver a series of governance initiatives for the arts across the North of England over the next 18 months.

The programme has begun with a survey to establish some current benchmarks around governance standards and to try to establish information about the quality, effectiveness and diversity of governance in the arts. This information will be used to inform the design of the other services, see Improving Board Leadership.

Executive summary

There were some encouraging results in the survey, but also a number of areas requiring focus.

Perhaps the most surprising result of the survey was the very small number of disabled people on boards, only 44 out of 837 board members. Whilst not a surprise, the number of board members under 30 years was also disappointing – just 22. This is perhaps inevitable given the reliance on using personal contacts to identify new board members; it is generally accepted that this method of recruitment does little to increase diversity on boards.

It has been observed that the size of boards has reduced over the last 15 or 20 years, but perhaps too far, almost a third of those surveyed encountered quoracy problems. This could also reflect the increasing pressure on board members who also work full time.

Whilst the number of organisations that provide job descriptions / role specifications for their board members has probably increased in recent years, almost 40% still do not have any such document and 42% do not have a job description for their chair. Given that clarity around the board role helps to support board performance, this is an area for improvement.

Comments reveal that there is a difference in the expectations of CEOs and board members themselves about the nature of fundraising support that would be most valued.

Other concerns are the relatively low number of organisations with written remits for their committees; the number without a disaster plan and the number without a process for appraising their CEO. There is also work to do around areas such as delegation by the board and policy review.

Finally, arts organisations are not meeting the training needs of their board members, and probably linked to this, there is little use of rigorous methods of board review.

SUMMARY RESULTS

Responses - 110 organisations responded in the form of 105 CEOs and 79 board members of whom 45 were chairs. Most responses were received from the North West, similar numbers of surveys were completed in the North East and Yorkshire.

The organisations – 86% of the organisations had existed for 6 years or more. There was a good spread in terms of turnover with 26 organisations having turnovers below £150,000 and 20 with turnovers above £1 million. Numbers of staff ranged from 180 FT staff down to zero.

Board composition - The average board size was 8 people and 47% were female.

Of 827 board members, 79 were Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic; an average of 0.76 people per board and 62 organisations reported their boards had no BAME members. There are regional variations reflecting the demographic differences between regions.

The number of board members considering themselves to be disabled was 44, an average of 0.46 per board, with 70 organisations reporting they had no disabled board members.

Age – 47% of board members were between 46 and 60 and only 2.8% (22 individuals) were under 30 years.

88% of organisations checked the eligibility of board candidates; 78% had an induction process for new members and 92% gave them a copy of the governing document.

Length of service – 46% had retirement by rotation for members, the rest had terms of office ranging from over 8 years to less than 4 years.

Board recruitment – all reported recruitment on the basis of skills; 71% also considered diversity and 70% networks. Personal contacts were by far the most popular method of identifying candidates, followed by the use of board matching services and use of e-networks.

Job descriptions – 58% had job descriptions for the chair and 62% had a job description for board members.

Meetings – 47% met 5 or 6 times p.a. and 35% met between 2 and 4 times. Most (55%) were attended by 75% or more of members. But 29% encountered problems with quoracy.

Committees – Just over half had standing committees and the majority of these dealt with finance with the second most popular area being HR, but only 48% had written remits.

Board training – only three organisations reported that they identified and fully met board members’ training needs, though 65% said that they did this to some extent.

Legal responsibilities - 82% of board members felt the majority of their board was clear about their legal responsibilities.

Board delegation - both CEOs and board members were asked about the clarity of delegation by the Board. The answers were similar, but over a third of both CEOs and board members felt that there was a lack of clarity.

Fundraising – this is another area where both parties were asked questions. 81% of board members said that they helped with fundraising, but this often included discussing strategies rather than doing anything tangible outside meetings. 84% of CEOs said that some of their board members were helpful; 11% said none of their board members were helpful.

Strategy and planning – 97% of board members felt they made a contribution to this area and a number mentioned the use of away days. Just over 90% of boards assessed risk annually.

Budgets – 5 boards did not approve an annual budget and 3 did not monitor budgets regularly.
70% received a cash flow forecast at every meeting.

Policy – all board members said they approved some (21%) or all (79%) of organisational policies, but only 45% reviewed all these regularly; 47% reviewed some.

Disaster plan – 63% of board members said there was no disaster plan for their organisation.
CEO appraisal – Only 58% have an appraisal process for the CEO and of these 68% carried this out annually.

Board review – 55% of boards do not carry out a regular review of their own effectiveness and of those that do, there is reliance on a discussion of whole board performance and little review of individual performance. This is despite the fact that many comments highlight that some board members perform well, whilst others do not.

Board effectiveness – Both CEOs and board members were asked to rate the effectiveness of their board. Board members rate the performance of the board higher than CEOs though there is not much in it. The average score given by CEOs is 7.18 and that given by board members is 7.51, both out of a possible 10.

Posted on 03/09/2014 @ 2:09 pm
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Alan Hull Award & Young Musicians Fund now open »

The Alan Hull Award was established in memory of Alan Hull, the Newcastle-born songwriter and founder member of North East group Lindisfarne, who died in 1995. The aim of the award is to encourage young composers and songwriters in the North East.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to write and/or perform new compositions during the year when he/she holds the bursary. To support that development and thanks to partnerships with Loft Music Studios, Sage Gateshead and Amazing Radio the bursary holder will also receive:

  • the opportunity to record a track in a Loft Music studio and have it professionally mixed and mastered ready for release;
  • a suitable slot to perform at Sage Gateshead;
  • professional quality material played on Kathryn Tickell’s show (or other relevant programme) on Amazing Radio.

It is hoped that winning the award and receiving the above package and funding will open up new opportunities for the holder beyond the year.

Applicants must be :

  • Passionate about composing and/or songwriting.
  • Based in the North East at the time of applying and for the duration of the bursary period.
  • Aged between 16 and 25 years.

To apply, please fill in the online application form here. Please detail your experience, influences and ideas for composing and songwriting. Please also send examples of your songs or compositions on CD or via links in your application or to et@communityfoundation.org.uk

Details of the Young Musicians Fund can be found on our website http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/culturepartnerships

Any questions call Ellie 0191 2220945 or email et@communityfoundation.org.uk

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High Sheriff Awards for young people in Tyne & Wear »

The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards for young people are now open for applications in 2015. The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards recognise and reward local organisations, big and small, which support children and young people in a safe and secure environment to develop confidence, to build skills, to find fun and friendship,  and in turn learn how to play a part in the community. Awards are made from The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Fund which is held by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

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 The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear judging at North Tyneside Disability Forum’s Got Talent

 

 

Hundreds of children and young people have benefited from the awards since the Fund was established in 1995. The awards can make a real difference to the work of the many clubs, centres, and organisations involved.  They are presented at an annual ceremony which celebrates the achievements of all the children and young people involved and recognises the volunteers who make this all possible.

High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear, Mrs Ruth Thompson OBE said:

“The position of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in the UK, going back over 1,000 years. As well as supporting the Crown and the judiciary we also raise money for the High Sheriff’s Fund through a series of events to allow the Youth Awards to go ahead annually, but anyone can make a contribution to our awards which means that more young people can benefit in 2015.”

Awards are made to groups in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, and Sunderland.  A standard award is in the region of £500, with more awarded to the champion of each region, as well as a runner up award and a top award. There is an award for the most inspirational volunteer through the Roger Spoor ‘Unsung Hero’ Volunteer Award. Anyone can donate to the High Sheriff Fund, which means that more groups can benefit in 2015. In 2014 a total of £28,500 was awarded to 50 groups.

Tony Bell, Director of the Box Youth Project and Top Prize Winner of £2,000 in 2014 said:

“We were delighted to have been given the top award at this year’s High Sheriff Awards.  The award has helped our Box Youth programme which engages young people and develops their skills and knowledge through youth work and organising fundraising events.  The Box Youth Project helps build confidence and work experience for young people, enhancing their opportunities for future employment.”

Iain Riddell, at the Community Foundation added:

“The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Youth Awards is a fantastic occasion and an opportunity to recognise the work of young people in our community. Young people in Tyne & Wear face many barriers in life, from access to employment, to public perceptions of anti-social behaviour and stereotyping. Our awards ceremony is here to break that barrier, and recognise the shining examples of many young people who are valuable members of our community.”

To find out more about how you can apply for a High Sheriff Award, or if to show your support please visit http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/twhs

Posted on 02/09/2014 @ 4:33 pm
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Charity appeals for volunteers »

GPNR from Pyle Hide © Keith Cochrane permission grantedA local charity is asking for volunteers to help build a new wildlife viewing hide and boardwalk in one of the area’s best nature reserves.

The Natural History Society of Northumbria has spent 18 months fundraising for the £32,000 needed for the project, which will see a new hide built so that visiting school children can look for rare wildlife such as Otters and Kingfishers.

The project has been made possible thanks to individual donations and combined funding from the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear Northumberland through the Roland Cookson Fund, Local Environmental Action Fund and Northern Powergrid Fund. The project is also supported by the Ridley Family Charity. The hide and boardwalk, at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in Newcastle, will be made by volunteers and the Society is organising work days when people can come along to help out.

Volunteers managing Gosforth Nature Reserve - webcropGeoff Lawrence, a trustee for the charity, is appealing for people to give him a hand: “We will be starting work on Saturday 30th August from 10am-1pm and after that we will be organising regular work sessions. Everyone is welcome as long as they can carry out physical work and don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Most of the work in the reserve is carried out by volunteers, I will be giving a lot of my time and I hope that people will join us so that we can get the new hide open before the winter.”

Su Legg, Fund Manager at the Community Foundation added:

“We manage a large number of charitable funds here at the Community Foundation with an endowment of nearly £60m. We’re delighted to be able to pool the resources of family philanthropists such as the Roland Cookson Fund, corporate donors such as Northern Powergrid and everyone who has donated to our LEAF programme. We’re delighted to support the Natural History Society of Northumberland with effective grant making and hope that the new wildlife viewing hide will become a regional treasure for local communities.”

To find out more about how you can volunteer at the Gosforth Park Nature Reserve please visit: www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/news/cms/hidehelp/

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Opportunity blossoms with new energy seed fund »

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The Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed Fund has launched at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Applications can be made during September with a total of £50,000 available. Applications are encouraged from groups and projects that are looking to develop new energy schemes in the community.

The fund will offer support for community energy projects in the inception stages, and offer seed funding to provide support such as expert advice, feasibility studies, and meeting spaces. The project aims to encourage a broad range of community energy schemes in the region as well as more prolific renewable energy projects. Grants are available for up to £10,000, but smaller applications of between £1,000 to £5,000 are encouraged.

Mark Pierce, Head of Policy and Programmes at the Community Foundation said:

“We hope that the fund can help to raise awareness of community energy projects, and encourage more participation in managing energy and reducing energy use, particularly in those areas experiencing fuel poverty.”

Siobhan Barton, Head of Communications at Northern Powergrid added:

“Through the seed fund we can identify community energy schemes in our geographical location who we can engage early in discussions about connecting to the network. We’re looking to identify and support a wide number and range of community energy schemes in the North East and Yorkshire.”

The fund deadline is 30 September 2014 and applications must seek to deliver community energy projects in one of four categories. For full guidelines and further information about how to apply to the fund please visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

Posted on 29/08/2014 @ 8:00 am
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Effective partnership between Community Foundations and Comic Relief »

kevin-cahill-201407221202039701_thumb-376x250Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, praised the long-standing partnership between Community Foundations and Comic Relief in building stronger communities.  Talking to Third Sector magazine, he paid special tribute to the work of Community Foundations as effective vehicles for charitable giving. Kevin Cahill said, “It would be impossible for us to replicate that knowledge and understanding”, to read the full article please click here.

Posted on 20/08/2014 @ 12:06 pm
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