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Medics for the Community Fund launched to support health and wellbeing projects in the North East »

Medics LogoThe Medics for the Community Fund was launched at a celebration event at the Great North Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 16 March 2015. The event was attended by over 50 guests including many senior medical and academic professionals who were asked to join the new initiative and support grassroots community and voluntary organisations deliver preventative health work in the North East.

The launch featured a community marketplace with a range of organisations demonstrating the role of the voluntary sector in tackling health inequalities at a local level. Research from Vital Signs suggests that the community-led health prevention plays a major role and often supports the work of and reduces the burden on the NHS in a non-prescriptive way.

With loneliness said to be as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad 2010) community projects such as Equal Arts provide a lifeline to many older people in the community. HenPower is project by Equal Arts which uses chickens as a way to engage pensioners in social activities to reduce loneliness and increase mental wellbeing. The Project helps vulnerable older people gain a sense of purpose and being part of something worthwhile. Other exhibitors at the event included HealthWORKS, NIWE Eating Distress Service, Sunderland Cardiac Support Group, Them Wifies, People and Drugs Ltd and North Tyneside Art Studio.

Lisa Cappleman, Head of Philanthropy Development, said:

“Our event was an opportunity to show medics the breadth of projects in the community and the good work that this is achieving. Organisations such as Equal Arts and healthWORKS operate in a way that isn’t about finger wagging, but about meeting the needs of local people in the neighbourhood. This non-prescriptive environment is important and by creating a dedicated Fund we hope to give our communities the tools they need to grow.”

Hen power


The second half of the event featured a panel discussion led by Caroline Theobald with views from Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, Board member of the Community Foundation, Sally Young, Chief Executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, Douglas Hunter, Director of Equal Arts, Sarah Cowling, CEO, HealthWORKS and Annemarie Norman, Project Manager, NIWE Eating Distress Service.

Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, who worked as a GP in the West End of Newcastle for 27 years, said:

“I worked through the ‘80s, a time of disruption and riots, and one thing I learned was that health problems are socially determined as well as medically determined. Plenty of exercise, a good diet, stopping smoking and drinking less are key factors to a healthy life, but a lot of these are out of the control of the NHS. So we have to find ways of engaging people through community-led projects.

“We are targeting medics to contribute to this Fund because they are seen as healthcare leaders. We want them to support the message we are trying to get out there and, in turn, support the communities that need help.”

The Community Foundation is encouraging medics to support the Fund with a minimum level donation of £1,000 per year. For a higher rate tax payer this can equate to as little as £46 per month. By creating a network of medics, the Fund will seek to support health and wellbeing at a grassroots level but supporters will be consulted on which priorities should be funded.

For more information on the Medics for the Community Fund visit the Fund page here.

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The George Loggie Bursary for young artists »

The George Loggie Bursary Scheme was set up in 2002 in memory of George Loggie, former Chair of Northern Arts.

 George Loggie

Grants are given to promising young artists in the North East to facilitate imaginative and inspiring creative ideas to aid their personal and artistic development. Applicants must be under 21 and can be working in any art form.

In 2015, this fund will award three £1000 bursaries, one in each of the following regions: Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. The bursaries will be awarded in May and run for 12 months until the following May.

Examples of grants

• To a visual artist to lead a graffiti art project for young people
• To a filmmaker to develop a new short film
• To a performer to host a cabaret evening in partnership with a theatre company
• To a glass artist to produce a new piece of work
• To purchase photography equipment for a visual artist

When applying please make sure you mark the application for The George Loggie Bursary

Guidelines: The George Loggie Bursary guidelines

Closing Date: 10 April 2015

Contact Person: Ellie Turner

Apply offline: Download a word version of the application form

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Kellett Fund 2015 is open for applications »

030The Kellett Fund, established in 1996 following a £5m legacy from Mr Douglas Kellett, supports projects that enable active ageing. Funding is available to community and voluntary sector agencies active in in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Chester-Le-Street to support projects that:

1. support the active participation of older people in all aspects of community affairs,


2. provide leisure and learning activities for older people.

We are particularly interested in supporting projects that deliver against both, offering older people opportunities to benefit from and contribute to service provision.  A minimum requirement for all applications will be that projects should involve older people in their governance, service planning and delivery.

A long-standing priority of the Kellett Fund has been to ensure its projects benefit those in most need.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate an active approach to engaging with hard-to-reach communities, and report on the progress achieved.

The fund offers grants of up to £30,000 a year over three years. Grants will be made for up to two years in the first instance, with funding in year three restricted to those projects that have demonstrated significant achievement against Kellett Fund priorities.

Please read the “Kellett Fund 2015: Guidelines for Applicants” before applying. Applications must be made on the online “Kellett Fund 2015: Grant Application Form”. Applications open on March 17 2015. The closing date is 12 noon on 28 April 2015. Successful projects will be notified in June 2015, and projects must have commenced by 1 September 2015.

There will be a further round of Kellett Funding in March 2016.

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Over £10,000 raised by International Women’s Day Lunch in aid of Women’s Fund »

The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation has been boosted by over £10,000 thanks to the eighth annual International Women’s Day Networking Lunch. Around 270 women attended the lunch which featured speeches from special guests Dame Margaret Barbour and Baroness Diana Maddock. The lunch was supported by Hay & Kilner Solicitors and the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.


Lady Maddock, a firm advocate of women’s rights, discussed how a visit to Fourth Action in Amble , Northumberland, had inspired her to think about the importance of enterprising women in our region.

Lady Maddock said on visiting the project:

“’I was delighted to be able to see at first hand a building put up by women who acquired skills during the process. It is very encouraging to see community-led projects such as Fourth Action which address the needs of local communities. There is a common misconception that construction and DIY is a man’s job, but this is not true and projects such as this empower local women by overcoming barriers to learning skills that otherwise may be hard to attain.”

Women_GJmr-8077The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation was established by Dame Margaret Barbour in 1999 to encourage collective philanthropy to support women-only causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Fund has since awarded over £280,000 to help women to feel safe, supported and confident when confronted by abuse, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. The Fund supports projects such as Fourth Action; however applications to the Fund are often three times higher than the amount of revenue available. Money raised at the lunch will be used to support more women’s projects.

Gill Lowing, Fund Development Manager, said:

“When Dame Margaret Barbour established the Women’s Fund it was identified that there was a need for a dedicated Fund to support women-only projects in our community. As the Fund has grown so too has the need and currently we are unable to meet the demand for support. Those attending the Women’s Fund lunch were helping us achieve our goal of growing the Fund to help more women in our region.”


Alison Hall, Partner of Hay & Kilner Solicitors and Chair of the Women’s Fund Panel said:

“Hay & Kilner was delighted to support the Women’s Fund lunch. As chair of the Women’s Fund Panel I see first-hand the need for women-only provision in our region. This could be counselling or support projects helping women in situations of domestic violence and abuse through to social and skill learning activities which tackle a range of barriers that prevent women fulfilling their potential.”

For more information about the Women’s Fund please visit

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North Arts Sector Trusts & Foundations Event »

A day of insight, sharing and surgeries with local and national Trusts and Foundations for cultural organisations in the North of England.Style: "70's look"

Tuesday 28th April 2015, 10am – 4pm

Level 1, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, South Shore Road, NE8 3BA

Downloadable booking form: Booking Form North Arts Sector T&F Event 28 April

This day is for people whose role it is (or will be) to engage and manage relationships with Trusts & Foundations. The day will especially cater for small/medium sized organisation.

The theme for the day is Why Trusts and Foundations fund the arts? We will hear the voice of both the local T&Fs and the national and explore how to be competitive in fundraising.


10.00               Registration & Coffee

10.30               Welcome and the purpose of the day. Arts Council England.

10.45               Panel discussion followed by questions. Why we fund culture. The founders of three locally focused trusts or foundations (North East, North West, Yorkshire) reflect on why cultural activity is one of their priorities.

11.30               Panel discussion followed by questions. How to compete for the attention of national trusts and foundations. Three well known funders talk about why some applicants from the cultural sector are more successful than others in securing their support and what applicants can do to increase their chances of success.

12.15               Lunch and networking

1.00                 Surgeries, round tables and a workshop (delegates must sign up for surgeries & workshop beforehand these activities run simultaneously)

  • Surgery with a funder 10 min slot terms and conditions apply please see booking form for details.
  • How to write a good funding application with Mark Butcher 1hr
  • Join a table of your peers to discuss one of the following topics (or bring a topic!):
    • Using who we know and what we know
    • Success stories in raising funds from trusts and foundations
    • How we use our boards to support our fundraising

3.30pm            Closing remarks

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Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards »


The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) for 2015. The award is a national community investment programme, to help support growing social enterprises and enterprising charities working for the direct benefit of their community. The criteria list can be found here.

Launched on 2nd March 2015 the awards for the north of England are available through the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside and are open to Registered Charities and Constituted Community Groups who can demonstrate an enterprising element to their work and income.

Prizes of between £5,000 or £10,000 are available to help Registered Charities and Community Groups grow their enterprise activities and services under one of the following social outcomes: improving social inclusion, supporting disadvantaged people through skills, training and employment, or creating a greener environment.

In addition to the financial awards, the winners will also have access to a business support programme including; the opportunity to have a three month intern working in the organisation to help implement enterprising growth plans and specialist social enterprise consultancy support from Inspire2Enterprise.

For further information, detailed guidelines and to enter please click visit (administrator of the awards in North of England) or

The deadline for entries is 10th April 2015.

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International Women’s Day »

International Women’s Day recognises women’s achievements and highlights the continued struggle for equal rights and equality for women. On 6 March 2015, Baroness Diana Maddock will address a crowd of leading professional women at the eighth annual International Women’s Day Networking Lunch, a premium event to celebrate International Women’s Day in our region. The lunch is in aid of the Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation and is supported by Hay & Kilner Solicitors and the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

The Women’s Fund was established in 1999 by Dame Margaret Barbour, with an initial donation of £250,000 from the Barbour Foundation. Dame Margaret Barbour had a vision that the Women’s Fund could become a collective pool for women to support other women in our region.

The Women’s Fund seeks to help women to feel safe, supported and confident when confronted by abuse, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. The Fund is currently open for applications, and supports voluntary and community groups and projects such as Aspire 2 B, an initative created by Fourth Action to support black, minority and ethnic women who suffer from urban, and/or rural isolation in Blyth, Alnwick and Berwick.

In an interview with the Community Foundation, Adeline Keogh discusses how a grant from the Women’s Fund helped the project encourage BME women in Northumberland to aspire to further education, or employment. Adeline discusses how confidence is often a barrier for women who feel isolated and, with funding from the Women’s Fund a support line was created to help women network, share their problems and seek advice and guidance around aspiring to change their lives.

The Women’s Fund has awarded over £280,000 to support women-only activity in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland since the Fund was established. But sadly applications to the Fund are currently three times greater than the amount of grant-making revenue available. This International Women’s Day we would like to encourage local people to make a change by donating a gift to the Fund.

To make a gift to the Women’s Fund, or find out how to apply please visit

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Time To Talk : May and June 2015 »

its-time-to-talk-logo-300x167Time to Talk is the Community Foundation’s monthly lunchtime discussions on a range of topics.  They are usually on the first Wednesday of each month, but please note the June session is on a Tuesday so that anyone who is unable to attend on a Wednesday has an opportunity to join us.

There is no formal agenda but it is an opportunity for representatives from a range of groups and organisations to share thoughts, ideas, good practice, and hopefully learn a little. Each session will be hosted by two Community Foundation staff and will give you a chance to network and make new contacts.

We’ll provide tea, coffee and biscuits and you are welcome to bring along a sandwich.

Wednesday 6th May: How can the Community Foundation support arts activities?

Tuesday 2nd June: How do groups put themselves in the best position to be successful with the Community Foundation?

The sessions will run from 12.30pm to 2pm at the Community Foundation, Cale Cross, 156 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SU.

Advance booking is essential and spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. As numbers will be limited, one representative per organisation may attend (unless you require a support worker).

If you would like to come to more than one of these three sessions please prioritise your choices and we hope to be able to guarantee at least one place for this round of talks.

You can reserve a place by emailing:

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Deadline extended for Red Nose Day Community Cash! »

rednosedayRed Nose Day Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 are still available to small organisations in the North East that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.  If this sounds like you, make sure you apply for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant now!

You can apply via the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland at

The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 9 March.

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Jon Goodwin appointed as Fund Development Manager »

Jon GoodwinThe Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is pleased to welcome Jon Goodwin to the role of Fund Development Manager.  Jon will handle a portfolio of individual, family and corporate funds seeking to support our communities with effective giving.

Jon is a seasoned third sector professional whose previous experience includes roles as Executive Director at Synergy VCS Consortium, Projects and Partnerships Manager at North Tyneside VODA and a trustee of the East End Community Development Alliance.

With a thorough knowledge of the sector at a national, regional and local level Jon will be a welcome addition to the Philanthropy Services Team and is due to begin his role in early April.

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