Apply for funding

We award grants through nearly 300 different funds at the Community Foundation set up by people and organisations who want to make a difference. We know that applying for funding can be difficult, so we’re here to make it as straightforward as possible. Please take the time to 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. 

*Important notice*

This December, the Community Foundation will be implementing a new IT system to manage our grants and back office.

We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. 

We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

If you’re planning on making an application to us in the coming months please be aware of this and adapt your plans accordingly especially as we do not accept applications for activities that have already taken place. For more information please click here

 

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.

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 songwriters, aged 16 to 25 years old, in the North East and must be used to further new composition / song writing and send examples of their work via online links with their application.

  • Grant Range: £1,000
  • Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 4 November 2019

Support for talented young people to progress and develop towards a career in their chosen art form.

The Lady Betty Martin Fund aims to support arts activities benefiting children and young people (age range 0 – 21) in communities across the North East of England. The fund will consider applications to support individuals to develop their practice.

  • Grant Range: Up to £1,000
  • Closing Date: 9am on 6 November 2019

Young people who have been in local authority care living in or from Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The Brian Roycroft Fund helps young people who have been in local authority care, and are now entering adult life, to achieve their aspirations.

  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

Grants for children and young people to pay towards music tuition or to buy an instrument

The Young Musicians Fund grants are given to children and young people under the age of 18 in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham, who are struggling to continue to pay for tuition fees or to purchase an instrument.

  • Grant Range: £250 to £800
  • Closing Date: Monday 4 November 2019 at 5pm

Support for Talented and Gifted Young People in the NE4 area of Newcastle

David Dockray West End Young People’s Fund at the Community Foundation makes grants to support individual young people, aged 16 to 25 years, who live in the NE4 area of Newcastle. The fund will support exceptionally talented or gifted young people to gain access to a specific training course or to contribute toward the costs of progressing in their skill

  • Grant Range: £500 - £1,000
  • Closing Date: 5pm Friday 15 November 2019

Supports applications from organisations and individuals that benefit the residents of Eglingham Parish, Northumberland

Innogy Renewables Middlemoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund supports applications for both capital and revenue funding from charities and voluntary groups that are of direct benefit to the residents of Eglingham Parish.

  • Grant Range: £250 to £2,000 for individuals
  • Closing Date: 27 May 2019

Apply as a group

We make grants to a wide range of groups from nearly 300 funds.

Generous people and organisations set up funds at the Community Foundation to make a difference to causes they care about. No two funds are the same, so our job is to match eligible applications to each fund’s interests.


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.

Before you start, please note that we do not fund:

  • activities which are not charitable in law;
  • organisations that do not have adequate safeguarding arrangements;
  • contributions to general appeals or circulars;
  • religious activity which is not for wider public benefit;
  • where the primary benefit is to enable a public body to carry out its statutory obligations;
  • activities where the primary benefit is the advancement of animal welfare;
  • activities which have already taken place;
  • grant making, or equivalent gifts in kind, by other organisations;
  • privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships.

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

We make grants to a wide range of voluntary and community organisations. 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 specific charitable purpose. 

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 group’s name with at least two unrelated signatories. You must also have adequate safeguarding arrangements in place. 

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 existing 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.

We don’t usually fund large national charities unless they already have strong connections in our area and the work will make a big difference to our communities.

Which area do we need to be in to apply?

If your organisation's activities take place in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland you can apply at any time.

If you are in Durham, the Tees Valley or elsewhere in the UK you should apply only if we have a current call for applications covering your area. 

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

You can apply whatever your income, but we are particularly keen to help grassroots and small-to-medium-sized voluntary organisations. 

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. 

What can we get funding for?

You can apply for funding towards:

  • keeping your 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 running costs (including salaries and overheads), project costs, equipment or capital developments. The work can be new, continuing or a one-off initiative. Whatever you are seeking funding for must have a strong 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 to the intended beneficiaries or cause.

How much can we apply for?

We mainly make small grants of £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.

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 a group

We make grants to a wide range of groups from nearly 300 funds.

Generous people and organisations set up funds at the Community Foundation to make a difference to causes they care about. No two funds are the same, so our job is to match eligible applications to each fund’s interests.

Ways to apply

Make a general grant application

Some of our funds will consider applications all year round, with no set deadlines or special requirements. You just need to complete our standard application form. We will assess your proposed activity and see if one or more of these funds is able to provide the money you need.

Apply online here

Answer a call for applications

Some of our funds support specific activities, and may only consider applications at set times of the year. You can apply to them only when they make a call for applications. This involves applying by a set date, usually on a special form. We will assess your proposed activity, and if it matches the fund aims will see if it can be supported. If you aren’t successful we will consider whether a general grant can be made.


Apply as a group

We make grants to a wide range of groups from nearly 300 funds.

Generous people and organisations set up funds at the Community Foundation to make a difference to causes they care about. No two funds are the same, so our job is to match eligible applications to each fund’s interests.


Current calls for applications

Tackling environmental issues in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) main grants round supports community groups to take action on, educate about and raise awareness of environmental issues in their area. Key priorities are woodland creation, litter and waste, and encouraging sustainable transport use.

  • Grant Range: £2,000 to £20,000
  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

Funding for charitable activities within a 10km radius of the Ray Wind Farm

Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Small Grants Programme will accept applications for capital and revenue funding for charitable activities from organisations, community groups and charities based within a 10km radius of the Ray Wind Farm.

  • Grant Range: £500 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: 29 October 2019

Supporting targeted activities for disadvantaged people

Ringtons Fund supports activities that benefit older people, families, people with disabilities or women only projects.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £5,000
  • Closing Date: Friday 25 October

Supporting organisations working with tenants of The Gateshead Housing Company

The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund makes grants of between £750 and £5,000 to voluntary organisations in Gateshead who provide support to The Gateshead Housing Company’s tenants. Applications can be made for financial or in-kind support (e.g. support with building work) for up to £10,000.

  • Grant Range: Cash grants of £750-£5,000 or in-kind support of up to £10,000
  • Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 25 November 2019

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: £500 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

Children 10-13 learning about science

The Enviresearch Fund supports activities that inspire children aged 10 to 13 to learn about science by adding that extra 'wow factor' to the school curriculum through visits to museums, field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside school.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1,000 with one or two up to £4,000
  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

Rewarding young people in Northumberland for contributing to the community

High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme provides small awards to groups working with young people in Northumberland.

  • Grant Range: £750
  • Closing Date: 29 November 2019

Funding for cultural organisations working in Newcastle

The Newcastle Culture Investment Fund is a grant programme for independent cultural organisations working in the Newcastle City Council area. The Fund will support cultural activities that fulfil the Newcastle Vision for Culture as well as the Council’s aims for the city. Specifically, the fund will enable the development of a rich, diverse and accessible independent cultural sector in Newcastle that reflects the creative needs and aspirations of all residents and visitors, and gives them the opportunity to participate in the creative activity of their choice.

  • Grant Range: £1,000 - £10,000
  • Closing Date: Monday 18 November 9am

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

High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards Scheme provides small awards to groups working with young people in Tyne & Wear.

  • Grant Range: Standard awards start at £600
  • Closing Date: 9am on 25 October 2019

Supporting those with mental health issues and advancing mental health needs in North Tyneside

The Charles Robert Bell Fund provides grants to community groups and charities based and working in North Tyneside supporting service users living in North Tyneside with diagnosed mental health conditions.

  • Grant Range: £750 to £5,000
  • Closing Date: Monday 11th November 2019, 12 noon.

Taking action on environmental issues in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) exists to help people to deliver projects that address and/or raise awareness of environmental issues in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

  • Grant Range: Under £2,000
  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

Creative experiences for children and young people in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The John D Fundencourages young people’s participation in out-of -school creative arts activities. Community and voluntary groups based and working in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland are invited to apply for projects which encourage and support children and young people to use their spare time in a constructive and creative way.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £2,500
  • Closing Date: Monday 11 November, 12 noon

Improving life chances in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

REEDS Grassroots Fund supports efforts to help groups that are tackling disadvantage and inequalities that limit the lives of individuals and groups.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

Funding for charities and community groups in Blyth, East Bedlington, Cambois and 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: £500 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: 15 November 2019

Volunteering schemes in Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and south-east Northumberland

William Leech Charity and Leech Challenge Funds support work across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland focusing on volunteering and volunteer-led organisations. This call is for organisations in the areas identified with an income of under £500,000 that are looking to continue, expand or set up new volunteering schemes, and to train and support volunteers.

  • Grant Range: £5,000 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday 29 November 2019

Resources and activities for community projects in Gateshead

The Akzo International Paint Fund at the Community Foundation supports community projects based in Gateshead with grants for resources and activity costs.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1,000
  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

Supporting organisations across North East England wanting to change, survive, adapt and grow, to better address need in their communities

The Growth and Resilience Fund supports charities and social enterprises based in the north east of England to cover the costs of activities that help them to change, survive, adapt and grow, to better address need in their communities.

  • Grant Range: £5,000 to £25,000
  • Closing Date: 8 November 2019

Community Environmental and/or Educational Projects located in ex-industrial areas of Northumberland or Tyne & Wear

Northern Powergrid Community Fund supports grassroots projects that strengthen vulnerable communities. This includes out-of-school educational activities and environmental activities in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland. The fund does not contribute to larger projects.

  • Grant Range: £1,000 - £5,000
  • Closing Date: Monday 11th November 2019. 12 noon

Support for children and young people's activities in the West-End of Newcastle upon Tyne

David Dockray West End Young People’s Fund supports charities and voluntary community organisations that offer projects and activities for children and young people in the west end of Newcastle to support their social and personal development.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 15 November

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