Apply for funding

We award grants through nearly 300 different funds set up at the Community Foundation by people and organisations who want to make a difference. Through their generosity, we invest in effective voluntary groups and provide support to individuals. 

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 for funding. 

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.

  • Grant Range: £1,000
  • Closing Date: Friday 8 February 2019 at 10am

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.

Young people in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland in the performing arts

The Emma Newton Fund supports young people in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to support pursuits in the performing arts. Groups can also apply if they are assisting young people to access performing arts opportunities.

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.

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.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1,000
  • Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 21st January 2019

Travelling bursary for young artists, under 25 years old, to enhance their practice by travelling out of the UK

The Edwin John Easydorchik Travelling Scholarship is open to young artists up to the age of 25 years to travel out of the UK. Applicants do not need to be living in the North East but, must provide evidence that they were born in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear or County Durham.

  • Grant Range: £3,000 bursary
  • Closing Date: 12pm Wednesday 6th February 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: 15 February 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:

  • 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 group 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 group 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. 

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 group’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 group 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 groups. 

Some of our funds have more specific requirements about the size and type of groups 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

Supporting the cost of holidays for individuals and families in need

The Rose Joicey Fund is a small Community Foundation fund that offers a limited number of one-off grants that can be used to support the cost of holidays or short breaks for individuals and families in need from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham. Registered charities that support individuals and families in need are able to apply.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £2,000
  • Closing Date: Monday 11th March 2019, 9.00am

Supporting charities, community and voluntary projects within a 10 km radius of the Barmoor Wind Farm

The EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund accepts applications from voluntary and community projects based within a ten km radius of the Barmoor Wind Farm, with priority given to those within a five km radius. Applicants can apply for a minimum of £250 up to £10,000. In exceptional circumstances applications of up to £20,000 may be considered.

  • Grant Range: £250 to £10,000, in exceptional circumstances applications up to £20,000 may be considered
  • Closing Date: 25 February 2019

Supporting access and inclusion to quality arts for young people across the North East

The Culture Bridge North East Fund provides grants of between £250 - £1500 to support working relationships between arts practitioners/cultural organisations on one side and schools/youth settings on the other. Priority will be given to projects working with young people from whom access and inclusion with quality arts activities and provision is an issue.

  • Grant Range: £250 - £1500
  • Closing Date: Friday 22 February 5pm

Supporting young people in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham

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. Organisations who received grants from the fund in spring 2018 should not apply to this round.

  • Grant Range: £500-£10,000 per year
  • Closing Date: Monday 4th February 2019, 9.00am

Supporting community activity in Bellingham and the North Tyne valley.

The Bellingham Fund is a small Community Foundation fund that makes grants in support of community activity in in Bellingham and the North Tyne Valley. The fund primarily provides benefit to the Bellingham community, including Greenhaugh, Lane Head and Greystead areas; support to this community will be prioritised over projects elsewhere in the North Tyne valley.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £2,000
  • Closing Date: Monday 18th February 2019, 9.00am

Sunderland voluntary groups supporting disadvantaged and disabled young people.

The Sir Tom Cowie Fund at the Community Foundation aims to give disadvantaged and disabled children and young people in Sunderland opportunities to fulfil their potential. The focus is on schemes which help young people achieve goals, improve skills and explore their talents.

  • Grant Range: £10,000 to £15,000
  • Closing Date: 12 noon Monday 18 February 2019

Supporting community groups within a 10-mile Radius of the Green Rigg Wind Farm

The EDF ER Green Rigg Windfarm Community Benefit Fund supports applications from community and voluntary groups working within a 10-mile radius of the Wind Farm, priority is given to those within a 3 mile radius.

  • Grant Range: £250 to £5,000, up to £9,000 in exceptional circumstances
  • Closing Date: 28 January 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: Rolling grants programme

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: £500 - £1,000 with one or two up to £4,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

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: £500 - £750
  • Closing Date: 9am on 26 January 2019

Taking action on environmental issues in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) fast track system supports community groups to take action on, educate about and raise awareness of environmental issues in their area.

  • Grant Range: Under £2,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

Improving life chances in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

REEDS Grassroots Fund supports the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty.

  • Grant Range: £500 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grant programme

Community projects in Gateshead

The Akzo International Paint Fund at the Community Foundation will support small, grassroots projects benefitting residents in Gateshead. Applications are invited from constituted community groups with an income of under £300,000.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £1,000
  • Closing Date: 9am, Monday 4th February 2019

Projects benefiting communities in West Northumberland

The Community Foundation invites applications from constituted community groups and/or registered charities working in West Northumberland. We are interested in supporting intergenerational projects; projects that encourage young people to access the countryside; projects that instill good values and social interaction.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £2,500
  • Closing Date: 4pm, Monday 4th February 2019

Supporting community groups within a 5km radius of the Sisters and North Steads Wind Farm, with priority given to those within a 3km radius

Ventient Sisters and North Steads Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund supports applications for both capital and revenue funding from charities and voluntary groups within 5km of the wind farm.

  • Grant Range: £500- £10,000
  • Closing Date: Monday 4 February 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 £81,000 for groups and £250 to £2,000 for individuals
  • Closing Date: 15 February 2019

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

David Dockray West End Young People’s Fund supports activities and projects for children and young people ages 5 to 19 years living in the West End of Newcastle.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 21st January 2019

Supporting grassroots charities with projects that have a link to the River Tyne

Frederick Milburn Fund supports projects related to activities on the river, those involving communities situated on the river or projects with a link to the heritage of the river ie. the shipyards or coal mining.

  • Grant Range: Usually up to £2,000; occasionally larger amounts available. Minimum grant size is £750
  • Closing Date: Wednesday 20 February 2019

Applications needed for the P&G Fund at the Community Foundation

The P&G Fund offers grant under one of two main themes. 1) Creating the Experience of Home - Helping to provide homes with a level of basic comfort to people who cannot afford them or who have been displaced. 2) Everyday Health and Confidence - Enabling healthy lives through everyday healthy behaviours and hygiene education.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £5,000
  • Closing Date: 9am, Monday 18th February

Children and young people's community projects in New Hartley or Seaton Sluice

The Ted Weekes Fund provides grants to benefit children and young people’s projects based in New Hartley or Seaton Sluice.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: 4pm, Friday 1st March 2019

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