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TT2 Ltd connecting communities through Give2 Funds at the Community Foundation »

TT2 Ltd has contributed £10,000 to support local communities in North Tyneside and South Tyneside. The donation from the company, which manages the Tyne Tunnels, has received a match of £5,000 to support the Give2 North Tyneside Fund and Give2 South Tyneside Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

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TT2 has committed to support local communities in the areas that it operates and the total donation of £15,000 will be split equally between North Tyneside and South Tyneside to support grassroots community causes. In recognition of this donation, TT2 Ltd has been awarded corporate life membership at the Community Foundation and joins a number of other high profile businesses that hold this position.

The Give2 funds support local projects across a wide range of vital themes. The Give2 North Tyneside Fund made an award of £1,000 to the Making Waves Community Choir in North Shields, as a contribution towards their room hire and music tutor costs. The 15th South Shields Boys Brigade received £500 from the Give2 South Tyneside to compete in the Boys Brigade National 5-a-Side Finals in Belfast where they finished as runners up. The young finalists are ranked the top Boys Brigade side in England and competed against the top teams in Scotland and Northern Ireland in May thanks to a grant from the Give2 South Tyneside Fund.

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Alan Greener, leader of 15th South Shields Boys Brigade added:

“The Boys Brigade is delighted to receive a grant of £500 from the Community Foundation which allowed us to attend the national finals in Belfast. To play in a cup final was a really special achievement and a dream that has been realised for many of the young players.”

The gift from TT2 Ltd means more grassroots projects can receive the support they need. Give2 Funds at the Community Foundation allow people and business to make a gift of any size to support grassroots social action in their local area.

Rachel Turnbull, Chief Executive of TT2 Ltd added:

“Through the Give2 Funds we can support local projects directly in our area of operation such as the Making Waves Community Choir in North Shields and the 15th South Shields Boys Brigade. The Tyne Tunnels connect local communities, and through the Give2 Funds we are committed to supporting local grassroots voluntary groups access the support they need to continue their work in the community.”

Lisa Cappleman, Head of Philanthropy Development at the Community Foundation added:

“TT2 is a great example of a corporate supporter who believes strongly in giving back to their local community. Corporate philanthropy is an important part of how a business can operate, and we’re delighted that we have been able to recognise this commitment by awarding TT2 with life membership status.”

The Give2 Funds are held by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and match is available from a Government scheme called Community First through which the the Fund can receive £1 for every £2 given. The scheme is designed to encourage giving by individual, family and corporate donors, and to make effective use of charitable trust funds that have not been in active use. The match is coming to an end, and is currently available on a first come first served basis as part of a national pot.

For more information about the Give2 Funds at the Community Foundation please visit: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/give2

Posted on 16/10/2014 @ 11:59 am
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Vital Signs Update 2014 »

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has launched a Vital Signs Update 2014, to present the impact of the Vital Signs Tyne & Wear and Vital Signs Northumberland reports that were published in 2013.

Vital Signs is designed to help inform the work of community philanthropists by starting a discussion about local priorities for charitable giving. The good news is that Vital Signs Update 2014 finds a reasonably good match between charitable spend through the Community Foundation and priorities identified through research into local needs and consultations with local residents.

The Community Foundation uses its unrestricted Vital Tyne & Wear and Vital Northumberland funds to support the development of community philanthropy. Around 75% of fund expenditure goes directly in grants to community and voluntary organisations, and the rest for fund development and policy initiatives.  Vital Grants are used to invest in projects that support vulnerable communities and services at risk and donor engagement with less popular causes; demonstrate good or innovative practice; enable organisations and communities to respond to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. natural disasters); contribute to the Community Foundation’s leadership work in relation to community philanthropy; address priorities identified in the Vital Signs reports.

In 2013 the Community Foundation made 8 Vital Grants worth £41,900. In 2014 the Community Foundation expect to match this figure, but with an additional allocation of £50,000 for a small number of projects that demonstrate how community philanthropy can help those at risk of exclusion from Work.

Building Futures East suffered catastrophic damage after two feet of water engulfed its premises in December 2013. The Vital Tyne & Wear Fund awarded £3,867 to help with additional costs not covered by insurance. The charity offers training to unemployed local people of all ages, helping them gain formal qualifications. The grant enabled it to temporarily repair workshops and training areas to preserve training on site, and reduce disruption to services.

Anthony Woods-Waters, Chief Executive of Building Futures East said:

“During the flood, the water levels rose so quickly that a huge amount of damage was caused. The Vital Grant we received was invaluable and we are very grateful that an emergency award was provided so quickly meaning our service could continue to support local unemployed people in our region.”

However there are gaps. Vital Signs Update 2014 reveals that many people believe that supporting work-related projects is one area where philanthropy could add value to existing provision particularly for younger people. The report sets out the Community Foundation’s intentions for further action on this issue.

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

“Vital Signs is a community health check that looks at the problems that our local communities are facing. It is an important way for us to help our donors think about the impact of their philanthropic giving and it’s not the end of a conversation; but the beginning of a conversation about how we can use philanthropic giving to support the vital issues in the area which we live.”

Vital Signs is now being used by local philanthropists, regional and national grant makers and grantees to help support the good work that is being done in local communities. In 2015 – 2016 the Community Foundation will be publishing further Vital Signs reports to look at how charitable donors can help build on the many positive aspects of life in our local communities.

For more information about Vital Signs and to download the 2014 update please visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/vitalsigns

Posted on @ 11:57 am
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Local woods receive financial boost through LEAF »

LEAF 4The Woodland Trust has received a grant from a Local Environment Action Fund (LEAF) at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to re-vitalise two woods in the North East.

Letah Wood in Northumberland and Harraton Woods in Tyne and Wear have benefitted from a grant to make the woods more visitor and wildlife friendly.

Harraton Woods was awarded over £4,000 to put towards improving access through the creation of new paths and the thinning of existing woodland. It is hoped that the changes will encourage even more locals to visit the woodland. Letah Wood was also in need of aid, and will receive over £6,000 to remove non-native conifers and plant replacement trees. This work will encourage more native species to return to the woodland.

Funding was awarded through the LEAF, which empowers local individuals and groups such as Letah Woods, by funding projects which aim to encourage local communities to engage in environmental activities, change behaviours leading to more local environmental action, have a positive impact on the environment and share learning about the environment with others. The Fund is due to launch an appeal for further funders to join the environmental collaboration.

Katie Wellstead, Environment Partnerships Manager at the Community Foundation said:

“LEAF is a collaborative Fund between the Community Foundation, the Greggs Foundation, the Shears Foundation, and an anonymous donor. We’re looking for further funders to join us so that we can support more community and voluntary sector groups to make a positive difference such as Letah Woods with impactful environmental grant-making in our region.”

Sara Wood, regional development officer for the Woodland Trust said: “It’s brilliant to receive support like this from LEAF. The works that are now being completed mean the woods will be more welcoming to people and wildlife.  We hope that people will want to come and explore more woods in the North East as a result. We have additional plans for Letah Wood, and another of our woods in Northumberland, and still need more funding to make some vital improvements. You can find out more and make a donation at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/northumberland

Letah and Harraton Woods are just two of many fantastic woods to visit in the region. To find out more about local woods, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk  To find out more about LEAF please visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/LEAF .

Posted on @ 11:52 am
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Grants of £1.4m to be made through the first round of the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund »

Newcastle Vision for Culture bigAn innovative new fund aimed at cultural organisations across Newcastle has awarded £1.4m during its first round.

The Newcastle Culture Investment Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland will award grants to 17 organisations totalling £1,420,000 across the city in its first round. The fund, a partnership with Newcastle City Council, was set up with a commitment of £600,000 a year from the local authority. Organisations in the city were able to apply for up to three years’ support for core activities or for a one-year project grant. The successful organisations include several who had not previously had regular funding from Newcastle City Council.

To oversee the fund, the Community Foundation established an independent panel with experts from the arts, health and business, as well as two members nominated by Newcastle City Council. The panel was chaired by Fiona Ellis, former Director of Northern Rock Foundation, who said:

“The panel were impressed by the range and quality of cultural work being done in the city. In making our recommendations, we took account of other sources of support and funding facilitated or provided by the local authority. We also sought to balance the needs of applicants in this first round with the flexibility of being able to respond to new requests in future years. We are delighted that the 17 organisations that will receive grants represent such a broad range, including those who had not received regular funding from the Council previously.”

The Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, who instigated the fund and sat on the panel, said:

“Today the first beneficiaries of the Newcastle Cultural Investment Fund have been announced. I’d like to thank our partners the Community Foundation for managing this process so well.

“I know all the projects awarded funding will benefit our city and demonstrate the difference that culture can make to people’s lives. The task now begins to grow this innovative approach to arts funding which aims to combine public sector support with donations from individuals and institutions.”

Now that the first round is complete, the Community Foundation and City Council will consider plans for extending the Fund through philanthropic gifts.

Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation said:

“The Community Foundation has a long-standing interest in developing philanthropy in the arts. Now that the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund is established, we look forward to working with the City Council on finding ways to grow giving through the Fund. We hope the first-round projects will inspire a range of donors, and that the remaining public sector element of the fund will act as a catalyst for new gifts.”

For more information about the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund please contact Adam Lopardo on 0191 222 0945 or email al@communityfoundation.org.uk

Posted on 15/10/2014 @ 2:48 pm
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Vital Signs Update 2014 »

 

 

 

Today sees the launch of Vital Signs Update 2014, bringing you up to speed on the impact our Vital Signs reports have had since their publication in 2013.

The report is available now on our website here, and many of you will receive a copy in the post within the next few days. If you would like further copies, please contact us at the address below, and please share our Vital Signs video to continue the conversation about the vital issues that face our community.

Our Vital Signs reports are designed to help inform the work of community philanthropists by starting a discussion about local priorities for charitable giving. The good news is that Vital Signs Update 2014 finds a reasonably good match between charitable spend through the Community Foundation and priorities identified through our research into local needs and consultations with local residents.

However there are gaps. Vital Signs Update 2014 reveals that many of you believe with us that supporting work-related projects is one area where philanthropy could perhaps add value to existing provision particularly for younger people. The report sets out our intentions for further action on this issue.

We are pleased to report that Vital Signs is now being used by local philanthropists, regional and national grant makers and grantees to help support the good work that is being done in local communities. In 2015 – 2016 we will be publishing further Vital Signs reports. These will look at how charitable donors can help build on the many positive aspects of life in our local communities. As always, we will look forward to hearing your views on the issues raised.

Kind regards,

 

 

Rob Williamson
Chief Executive

Posted on 07/10/2014 @ 10:30 am
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UKCF announces manifesto for community philanthropy »

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UK Community Foundations (UKCF), the national body of which the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is a member, is calling on the next government to make charitable giving easier and more strategic with its manifesto for the next general election.  Special Giving Zones, modelled on Social Exclusion Zones, would prioritise investments in areas of greatest need, making it more attractive and tax efficient for donors to target their donations into geographical areas.

Stephen Hammersley, CEO of UKCF, said: “Our evidence is that philanthropists who have created their own wealth are interested in ways of using that wealth to achieve social good beyond traditional grants. They want to invest back in their communities to promote sustainable development and to see their investment grow and achieve results beyond the initial sum. Treating donations as a social investment means money goes further and is used in a more sustainable way.”

As part of the manifesto for community philanthropy released last week, UKCF recommends that Government continues to use match-funded endowment challenges to promote more local giving. The current 50% match challenge programme run through community foundations, Community First, created £45 million worth of extra money for small charities and community groups last year, based on a £15 million investment from the Cabinet Office.

The other key recommendations from the UKCF manifesto are:

  • Establishing a one-off £30m ‘Philanthropy Infrastructure Investment Fund’ providing seed capital for projects that release giving.
  • Investing in smaller organisations that have high impact volunteer work that could be scaled up, rather than investing in programmes that just increase the supply of volunteers who may or may not offer skills needed by charities to carry out their work.

Of the manifesto, Hammersley said: “With £65 million invested in small charities and community groups last year, community foundations already provide invaluable funding and support across the UK. We see how the philanthropic acts of many accumulate to develop highly resilient webs of support for communities across the nations. But we are working in challenging conditions, with growing demand and decreasing funding. The recommendations in this manifesto are a strategic response that will mobilise people to make local communities more resilient and self-reliant.”

To download of copy of the UKCF manifesto please click here.

Posted on 30/09/2014 @ 6:27 pm
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North East Fund for the Arts supports photography project for young parents in South Tyneside »

camera-phone-tipsSouth Tyneside Churches KEY Project is celebrating the success of a photography exhibition with young families thanks to funding from the North East Fund for the Arts (NEFFA) at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. KEY was awarded £995 to develop a participatory photography project for socially excluded young parents, teaching them how to take photographs, store photographs digitally and print their photographs online through various e-commerce websites.

The project worked with a group of eight young people to challenge the perceptions around being a young parent. Workshops provided the group with training to use a SLR camera, and provided transferable photographic skills that the subjects could apply to using their own mobile phone camera.

Ellie Turner, Culture Partnerships Manager at the Community Foundation said:

“The project is a really successful example of the impact of the North East Fund for the Arts. Whilst the project trained young people on how to use a SLR camera, it was working with their camera phones, camera apps and online photo websites which really engaged the young people. This gave young people the skills and confidence to continue what they had learned through the project in their everyday lives.”

The project taught photographic techniques, how to edit camera photos, and how to store photos online in a secure way. The young people studied portraiture and taking pictures of their families in various activities, and outdoors.

Tracy Wade, Young Parents Project Worker at Places for People discusses how the benefits of how project allowed young people to explore being a parent as a family:

Stuart Meikle, Fundraiser at South Tyneside Churches KEY Project and photographer discusses how the project raised the confidence of young parents:

The project is a collaboration between South Tyneside Churches KEY Project, and Places for People. The organisations work in a consortium with Depaul UK to deliver a housing service for Southside Council. For more information about the North East Fund for the Arts please visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/culturepartnerships

Posted on @ 6:22 pm
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Ringtons grows community Fund by £150,000 to support local causes »

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A community fund set up by North East tea merchant Ringtons at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has grown by £150,000 thanks to a donation of £100,000 by the family run business and added support of £50,000 through the Community First Endowment Challenge.

The Ringtons Community Fund was set up in 1996 by the fourth generation of the Smith family to go towards charitable causes in the local area which support women, families, the elderly, disabled people and those living in disadvantaged areas.

The Fund recently awarded over £34,000 to community and charitable organisations such as social and recreational activities provider Pathways4All in Benton, specialist hospice care provider St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth, and the North Shields Live at Home Scheme which provides companionship for elderly people within the community.

By growing the fund, Ringtons has ensured that more local groups will be able to access support in future funding rounds. To celebrate the donation Ringtons staff visited South Tyneside Ability Football Club who received a grant of £2,500 to develop an 11-a-side disability football team and support more advanced members to secure their coaching badges.

Mike Rowell, Trustee of the Ringtons Community Fund said: “I was delighted to meet parents and players who have been able to complete their level 1 coaching badges at South Tyneside Ability FC thanks to support from the Ringtons Community Fund.  As a company we have a long history of donating to various local charitable causes and we are passionate about continuing this family tradition.  Our recent commitment which has seen our fund grow by £150,000 and will allow us to support more local communities for many more generations to come.”
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Justin Laidler, Project Coordinator at South Tyneside Ability FC added: “The club was established in October 2011 after a need for disability football in South Tyneside was identified.  We support adults with disabilities whose ages range from 16-44 years.  The grant from Ringtons has enabled us to develop 11-a-side disability football which is played throughout the UK, the grant has allowed us to develop our coaching, and also pay for support and travel costs for the team to attend the disability league and cup fixtures.”

Gill Lowing, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation added: “Ringtons is an example of a local family business which believes passionately about the area in which it operates. The Ringtons Community Fund has a total value of nearly £1.2m which is a fantastic investment to support local causes in our region for generations to come.”

For more information about corporate funds at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/corporate, or contact us on 0191 222 0945.

Posted on @ 6:16 pm
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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: the MBE for volunteer groups »

The-Queens-Award-for-Voluntary-Service-Logo-MBEThe Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

Any group of two or more people doing voluntary work can be nominated for the Award. The majority of the group must be volunteers and more than half of the volunteers must have the right to live in the United Kingdom, and the volunteer group should have been running for at least three years or more.

To be nominated the group should undertake work that:

I. Provides a service and meets a need for people living in the community

II. Is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and those who benefit from it

III. Is run locally

This year, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Sir Nigel Sherlock, KCVO, OBE, would like to encourage more nominations from Tyne & Wear to illustrate the fantastic work of our voluntary sector.

Details of how to apply can be found on the .Gov portal here.

Posted on 24/09/2014 @ 10:07 am
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Deadline Extension: The Young Musicians Fund and Alan Hull Award – 29th September 2014 »

Young Musicians Fund

Established in 1996 by Kathryn Tickell to develop the musical skills of children and young people in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham under the age of 18 who are struggling to pay for tuition fees or want help to purchase an instrument.

Contact Person: Ellie Turner
Apply online: Click here
 

Alan Hull Award

The aim of the award is to encourage young composers and songwriters (aged 16-25) in the North East and must be used to further new composition / songwriting.

Closing Date: Rolling grant programmes

Contact Person: Ellie Turner
Apply online: Click here

Posted on 16/09/2014 @ 4:11 pm
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