Apply for funding

We award grants to support a wide range of causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England. Our grants come from nearly 300 different funds set up by generous people and organisations. We know that applying for funding can be difficult, so we try to make it as straightforward as possible. Please read these pages carefully before starting an application and, if you have any questions, please get in touch. We can also suggest ways you can get help and support with applying. 

Apply as an individual

The Community Foundation has a number of funds which have been set up to make a difference by helping individuals in the community.

These funds are particularly targeted towards young people leaving care, those in education and those developing talents in the arts, sports and science.


It is important that you read the information very carefully before applying to make sure you are eligible and, if so, that your application reaches us through the right channel. If you have any questions about applying, you can call us on 0191 222 0945

Please only apply if your request fits with one of the funds shown.

Our current opportunities for funding will be shown once you've read this information. 

Generally grants are for individuals living in Tyne and Wear or Northumberland, but some funds help people in other parts of North East England. The information about which areas are eligible is explained in the details for each fund.

Please note:

  • Some funds have deadlines.
  • You will normally get a funding decision from us within 12 weeks from the date we receive your completed application.
  • Please only apply if your request fits with one of the funds shown.

The Community Foundation has a number of funds which have been set up to make a difference by helping individuals in the community. These funds are particularly targeted towards young people leaving care, those in education and those developing talents in the arts, sports and science. Please download and read the guidance before starting an application in response to a current call.

Apply as an individual

The Community Foundation has a number of funds which have been set up to make a difference by helping individuals in the community.

These funds are particularly targeted towards young people leaving care, those in education and those developing talents in the arts, sports and science.


Current calls for applications

£1000 bursary in memory of the prestigious, Alan Hull, which recognises one young song writer or composer every year

The Alan Hull Bursary is to encourage young composers and song writers in the North East. Applicants must be aged 25 or under, based in the North East at the time of applying and be passionate about composing and/or songwriting. The award must be used to further new composition/song writing. The successful applicant will be encouraged to write and/or perform new compositions during the year when they hold the bursary. It is hoped that winning the award and funding will open up new opportunities for the holder beyond the year.

  • Grant Range: £1,000
  • Closing Date: 5pm Monday 22 November 2021

Educational bursaries for individuals living within the Parish of Newbottle, Sunderland

The Taylor Fund was established in 2005 by the Estate of Mr. Francis William Taylor, whose legacy was in-part to provide educational bursaries to residents of, and those with close ties to, the Parish of Newbottle in Sunderland.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1,000
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme

Grants for young people (up to 21) to pursue musical ambition

The Young Musicians Fund supports children and young people (up to 21) in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to pursue musical ambitions. Grants may pay for musical instruments, tuition fees or other associated costs. Priority is given to households with an income of less than £35,000 per year

  • Grant Range: £250 to £1000
  • Closing Date: 5pm Monday 22 November 2021

Seed funding for artists working in traditional folk music and dance in the North East of England

The North East Endowment for Musical Traditions exists to support activities that encourage engagement with traditional folk music song and dance. We are seeking applications for grants of up to £1500 for individuals working in the field of traditional music to pursue an artistic project.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1500
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 24 October 2021

To support individuals living within Eglingham Parish in Northumberland

RWE Renewables Middlemoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund will consider applications for charitable activities from individuals resident within Eglingham Parish. Applicants can apply for support for activities that are charitable and of public benefit.

  • Grant Range: £250 - £2000
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme

Apply as an organisation

We make grants from nearly 300 funds set up to benefit causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England. No two funds are the same, so we match eligible applications from organisations to each fund’s interests.


It is important that you read the information on these pages very carefully before applying to make sure your organisation is eligible and, if so, that your application reaches us through the right channel. If you have any questions about applying, you can call us on 0191 222 0945.

 

Please use the information below to check your organisation is eligible to apply. If you are, you can then make a general application or answer a call for applications. Our application help notes cover all the questions on our form and explain the information we need. Please read the notes before starting an application. You can download them here.

We do not fund applications:

  • for activities which are not charitable in law;
  • from organisations that do not have adequate safeguarding arrangements;
  • for contributions to general appeals or circulars;
  • where the primary benefit is the advancement of religion;
  • where the primary benefit is to enable a public body to carry out its statutory obligations;
  • where the primary benefit is the advancement of animal welfare;
  • for activities which have already taken place;
  • for grant-making, or equivalent gifts in kind, by other organisations (although we can fund provision of goods necessary for a service e.g. food parcels or activity packs);
  • from privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships.

What sort of organisation do we need to be to apply?

We generally focus on small, local charities and community organisations. By small, we mean those with income up to £1 million, with priority to those with income up to £0.5 million. But we will consider applications from larger charities where they are the best placed organisation to meet a priority need. By local, we mean organised based and working in our main area of benefit (see 'which area do I need to be in to apply' below).

Your organisation must have a governing document (a constitution, rules, articles of association etc.), a governing body of at least three unrelated individuals, and a bank account in the organisation's name with at least two unrelated signatories. You must also have adequate safeguarding arrangements in place. You don’t have to be a registered charity, but the work you want us to fund must be legally charitable. We can only make grants for general running costs or unrestricted purposes to charities. If you are any other sort of organisation, funding from us must be restricted for a charitable purpose. Organisations like schools usually only get grants from us where we have a specific fund for that purpose. 

Community Interest Companies (CICs) or other social enterprises that are not charities can apply for the charitable costs of starting up the enterprise, setting up to trade goods in a new market or developing new goods and services to trade in line with a sound business plan. The Foundation does not normally support CICs and other non-charity social enterprises with the costs of continuing services, which should be financed by the sale of goods and services in line with the governance model they have chosen.

Some of our funds have more specific requirements about the size and type of organisations eligible. When this is the case, we have a dedicated call for applications stating the extra criteria you must meet. 

Which area do we need to be in to apply?

Our main area of benefit is Tyne & Wear (Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland) and Northumberland. If you are based here or your organisation's work benefits all or part of our area, you can apply at any time.

If your work is in Durham, the Tees Valley or elsewhere in the UK, please only apply if we have a current call for applications that says we will award funding in your area. Otherwise your application will not be eligible. 

What can we get funding for?

We support a wide range of causes in line with our donors' wishes. But our trustees sometimes prioritise certain places and issues in line with our strategy. You can apply for funding towards:

  • keeping your current services or activities going, expanding them or working in new areas;
  • making your organisation stronger, through improving services, developing your staff and trustees or working on your longer-term plans;
  • influencing relevant policy and practice that could improve the situation for the people and communities you help.

Funding can be towards your core running costs (including salaries and overheads), projects, equipment or capital developments. The work can be new, continuing or a one-off initiative. Whatever you are seeking funding for must have a good case for support. That means being able to explain what you will do with the grant, who will benefit and how you know the work will make a difference.

How much can we apply for?

We mainly make grants of around £1,000 to £10,000. The average grant is around £6,000. We don’t accept applications for less than £750. 

Some of our funds make larger grants. When this is the case, we have a call for applications stating the amounts available. Occasionally we make larger awards where we combine contributions from different funds to address a particular issue. We do this by inviting proposals from groups working in that area. 

How quickly will we get a decision?

If we cannot consider your application, we aim to tell you as soon as we can. 

For eligible applications, we aim to give you a decision within 12 weeks of receiving all the information we need. If we think your application fits one of our funds but it will take more than 12 weeks to make a decision, we will contact you.

Can we apply again if we have before?

If you applied to us and were successful, you can apply again so long as you have sent us any outstanding reports from previous grants. For organisations receiving their first grant from the Foundation, you must submit satisfactory monitoring before trustees will accept further applications.

If your most recent application to us was unsuccessful, you may be able to apply again but we might suggest things that you need to change or get advice about before you do.

 

Apply as an organisation

We make grants from nearly 300 funds set up to benefit causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England. No two funds are the same, so we match eligible applications from organisations to each fund’s interests.

Ways to apply

Make a general grant application

We consider applications all year round from organisations in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland with no set deadlines or special requirements. You just need to complete our general application form. We will assess your proposed activity and see if we have one or more funds available that could support you. If we do, we will assess your application for those funds.

Apply online here

Answer a call for applications

Some of our funds are for specific activities, or are open to organisations outside Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Others only consider applications at set times of the year. You can apply to these funds when we make a call for applications. We will look at your proposed activity and, if it matches the fund aims, we will assess it to see if we can offer support.


Apply as an organisation

We make grants from nearly 300 funds set up to benefit causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England. No two funds are the same, so we match eligible applications from organisations to each fund’s interests.


Current calls for applications

Helping care leavers aged 18 – 25 from or living in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to achieve their aspirations.

The Brian Roycroft Fund supports care leavers aged 16 – 25 living in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to achieve their aspirations. Grants will help young people to move into settled, safe accommodation; enter further or higher education; find satisfying employment or achieve good health and a positive sense of wellbeing. The grant request should be to meet exceptional or difficult costs that are not the statutory responsibility of the Local Authority.

  • Grant Range: Up to £1,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling applications with panel meetings held twice a year

Supporting community organisations within 10km of the Barmoor Wind Farm.

The EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund will support community organisations with grants of £250 towards the costs of setting up online videoconferencing services. Applicants must be based within a ten-kilometre radius of the Wind Farm, with priority given to those within five kilometres. Funds are limited, so you are advised to apply as early as possible. Once the allocated funds are expended, the Fund will close.

  • Grant Range: £250
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme

£90,000 available to charities and community groups based within 10km of the Ray Wind Farm

Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is available for charities and community groups based within a 10km radius of the Ray Wind Farm. Activities must be charitable in nature. Priorities include developing community assets e.g. improving IT infrastructure, maintaining and developing village halls and community buildings, maintaining church buildings, boosting the local economy e.g. support services for new and existing local businesses, developing community businesses, tourist development initiatives;* improving local quality of life e.g. local leisure and sport activities, extra-curricular provision in schools, apprenticeships and training for young people and looking after the environment e.g. creating nature trails, protecting local animals and plants, clearing waterways. This list is not exhaustive, please contact the Community Foundation to discuss your proposal.

  • Grant Range: £500 to £10,000, up to £20,000 in exceptional circumstances
  • Closing Date: midnight Monday 25 October 2021

Supporting disadvantaged communities and vulnerable people in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Ringtons Fund is open for applications from charitable organisations working with some of the most isolated and/or disadvantaged people in our communities. We are particularly keen to see applications for projects supporting women; disabled people; activities for families and activities for older people.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £5,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 17 October 2021

Supporting community activities primarily in south- east Northumberland; west-end Newcastle and Alnwick

The Appletree Fund offers support to charitable organisations providing activities addressing social isolation; providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to thrive, or addressing issues linked to poverty and hardship. Priority is given to organisations based in south-east Northumberland, Alnwick, or the west-end of Newcastle.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £5,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 14 November 2021

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust

Applicants must complete the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust application form. The Trust funds charitable activities benefitting residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Applications are administered by the Community Foundation. Priority goes to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community, and the quality of life of individuals within that community.

  • Grant Range: £750 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

Children 10-13 learning about science

The Enviresearch Fund will support activities that inspire 10 to 13-year-old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science This is through visits to the museums, science field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside of school. The fund will also support the purchase of science activity packs for home use during term time and school holidays for families in need whose children aged 10 -13 are required to stay at home due to Covid-19. The fund will support activities in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland with a priority given to Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and South East Northumberland.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1,000 with one or two up to £4,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

Rewarding young people in Tyne & Wear for contributing to the community

The Tyne & Wear High Sheriff's Awards Scheme rewards youth organisations that encourage and provide positive pursuits for young people, providing them with role models and helping them to develop into upstanding citizens. To achieve this, the Fund makes awards to community youth projects and other similar not-for-profit organisations that engage young people aged 10-25 in constructive and developmental activities that encourage their personal development and deter them from anti-social activities. The Fund also acknowledges the work of volunteers and encourages the development of young volunteers.

  • Grant Range: £750
  • Closing Date: midnight Sunday 24 October 2021

Improving life chances in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Reeds Grassroots Fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve mental health, and tackle disadvantage and inequalities that limit life chances, especially for children and for disadvantaged communities. It also supports community choirs and singing.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

Support for charitable activities in Blyth, Cambois, East Bedlington and the Seaton Valley

EDF ER Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, £55,000 each year focuses on initiatives which ease disadvantage and make the area a better place to live, including support for groups, young people, sports activities, art activities and capital items.

  • Grant Range: £750 to £10,000 and up to £20,000 in exceptional circumstances
  • Closing Date: midnight Sunday 28 November 2021

Support for Grassroots Community projects in Gateshead

The Akzo International Paint Fund at the Community Foundation is inviting grant applications of up to £2,000 for small charitable organisations (income levels up to £100,000) based and working in Gateshead to provide services and activities adhering to new Covid19 guidelines.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £2,000
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme

Funding to address poor health, the environment, disadvantage, and homelessness.

The Bellway Fund at the Community Foundation was established in 1992 to support voluntary and community organisations across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. In 2021-22 the fund is seeking to support health, young people, the environment, disadvantaged people, and to tackle homelessness. Applications are welcome from organisations working in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, for grants of between £750 and £2,000.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £2,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 17 October 2021

Passionate about Realising Potential

The Curtin PARP Fund supports individuals in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to realise their potential. The fund particularly prioritises support for carers of all ages, women and girls, Black and Minority Ethnic people including those with asylum seeker/refugee status, disabled people, homeless people and people who are experiencing disadvantage that prevents them from realising their potential. Grants for people who wish to study or develop a career in environmental/green jobs (e.g. horticulture, parks and gardens, sustainable energy) are also a priority for the fund, but applications related to all careers are very welcome.

  • Grant Range: Grants of between £500 and £1,000 per year for up to three years, with the condition that evidence of attendance and progress/completion is provided for each year of study. One off-grants of between £500 and £1,000 to help remove barriers to employment e.g., travel costs or work-related equipment. Grants of up to £5,000 for activities that benefit groups of people e.g. for the delivery of training courses.
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

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