Apply for funding

We award grants to benefit people and places in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England, through nearly 300 different funds 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 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 23 November 2020

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 23 November 2020

Support for Children and Young Peoples projects in the west-end of Newcastle

David Dockray West End Young People’s Fund at the Community Foundation makes grants to support individual children and young people who live in the west end of Newcastle. Most grants will be ‘one off’ but exceptionally, repeat grants could be considered to support individual young people who are not able to pursue realistic, achievable dreams and ambitions because of financial difficulties. Support will also be considered to support gifted and talented young people.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1,500
  • Closing Date: Midnight Sunday 10 January 2021

Apply as a group

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 to each fund’s interests.


It is important that you read the information on these pages 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 use the information below to check you are eligible to apply. If you are, you can then make a general application or answer a call for applications. We've produced guidance to make sure you give us all the information we need, which you can get here.

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.

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 your work benefits all or part of this area, you can apply to us 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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. 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 a group

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 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 a group

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 to each fund’s interests.


Current calls for applications

NET Coronavirus Appeal Fund

The Community Foundation welcomes applications to the NET Coronavirus Appeal Fund. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for activities delivered from November 2020 to July 2021

  • Grant Range: £1,000 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling programme subject to availability of funds

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

Supporting young people in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham, including Darlington

The Wellesley Trust Fund supports organisations working with young people in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham, including Darlington. In this round, we’re welcoming applications for one-year projects, though where a project is of a continuing nature, the panel may wish to select exceptional projects for multi-year support. Priority consideration will be given to organisation with an income up to £500,000

  • Grant Range: £750-£10,000 for projects of up to one year in duration.
  • Closing Date: 5pm Friday 18 December 2020

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

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

The EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund accepts applications from voluntary and community organisations based within a ten km radius of the Barmoor Wind Farm, with priority given to those within a five km radius.

  • Grant Range: £250 - £10,000
  • Closing Date: Sunday 14 March 2021

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: Rolling grants programme

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: rolling programme

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: Rolling grants programme

For out of school activities that support and enhance the educational experiences of young people living in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The Robert Wood Trust Fund awards grants to charities and voluntary groups, based in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland, running projects that enhance the educational experiences of young people aged 12-18 years living in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £2,500
  • Closing Date: Sunday 9 January 2021

Support for organisation to thrive in South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley

The Growth and Resilience Fund will support organisation based or working in South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley can apply for support to cover the costs of activities that help them to change, survive, adapt and grow, to better address need in their communities. The Growth and Resilience Fund will also welcome applications that help groups reflect on their response to recover from the crisis by planning for the future. Grants will support activity from April 2021 onwards.

  • Grant Range: £10,000 to £30,000 over a maximum of two years
  • Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 25 January 2021

Support for Children and Young Peoples projects in the west-end of Newcastle

David Dockray West End Young People’s Fund at the Community Foundation makes grants to support children and young people who live in the west end of Newcastle. The fund will support 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: midnight Sunday 10 January 2021

Passionate about Realising Your 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, 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.

  • 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. Grants of up to £3,000 for activities that benefit groups of people e.g. for the delivery of training courses.
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

Supporting community development in the Coquet Valley / South East Northumberland

The Coquet Fund is seeking applications for projects which facilitate community development in the Coquet Valley and catchment area, and/or the parts of Northumberland affected by declining or disappearing industries (in particular coalmining). The fund is particularly interested in projects which help the community in affected areas to adapt and thrive in changed economic and social circumstances; for full details see the attached guidelines.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £4,000
  • Closing Date: Midnight, Monday 4 January 2021

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