Apply for funding

We award grants to support causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England, from nearly 300 different funds set up by our donors. 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. If you have any questions, please get in touch. We can also suggest ways you can get help and support with applying. 

Apply for a grant for an individual

The Community Foundation has some funds that have been set up to help individuals. 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 some funds which help individuals. They are mainly targeted at 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 for a grant for an individual

The Community Foundation has some funds that have been set up to help individuals. 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

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

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 for a grant for an organisation

We make grants to organisations 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 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 check your organisation is eligible to apply. If you are, you can make a general application or answer a call for applications. Our help notes cover all our questions 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?

We 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. We will consider applications from larger charities where they are the best organisation to meet a priority need. By local, we mean organisations based and working in our area of benefit (see 'which area do we 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 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, setting up to trade goods in a new market or developing new goods and services to trade in line with a sound business plan. We do not normally support CICs and other non-charity social enterprises for 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 for the size and type of organisations. In those cases, we will have a call for applications stating the extra criteria you must meet. 

Which area do we need to be in?

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, although our trustees sometimes prioritise certain places and issues. You can apply for funding towards:

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

Funding can be towards 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, you need 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 for a year. The average grant is around £6,000. We don’t accept applications for less than £750. 

Some of our funds make larger or longer-term grants. In those cases, we will have a call for applications stating the amounts available.

Can we have more than one application at the same time?

Yes, if each application is for a different activity (for example, one for your core costs, one for a capital purchase and another for a project). But if you do put in multiple applications, we will look at them all and think about how much funding in total we could offer you. So please plan carefully. 

What happens to our application and when will we get a decision?

We first check that your application is complete, eligible for our funding and we've got reports on any previous grants you've had. If we cannot consider your application at any stage, we will tell you as soon as we can.

If your application is complete, eligible and we have all previous reports, the process runs like this.

  • We see if your application matches one of our available funds. If you've applied in response to a call for applications, it goes to that fund first.
  • One of our team assesses your organisation and funding request, looking at the strengths and any weaknesses. We may contact you for more information.
  • We shortlist assessments for the funds they've been matched to. There are usually more shortlisted than we have money to support. In many cases a donor or advisory panel is involved in recommending which shortlisted applications should be funded.
  • We decide whether to offer you a grant based on the recommendations from donors and panels.

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've had funding 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 us, you must submit satisfactory monitoring or an agreed progress report before we will consider further applications.

Can we apply again if we were unsuccessful?

Yes, and many organisations do go on to get funding from us. But there may be things we ask you to change or get advice about before you apply for something we've previously turned down.

What happens if we're successful?

We will write to tell you how much we are offering and from which of our funds. We will include up to three results we’ve agreed to help assess whether the grant is successful. There’ll be a link to our standard grant terms and conditions. We’ll also say whether there are any extra conditions. We then ask you to send us an acceptance slip to say you agree our offer. Once you do, we can usually pay the grant into your bank account within 14 days. But if we don’t hear from you within a month, we’ll cancel our offer.

At the end of the period of work we fund, you’ll need to complete an online monitoring form. It asks how you’ve done against the results agreed. We’ll also ask for stories, photos or other evidence to describe the difference you’ve made. We may want to visit you to learn more. You need to keep proper records of your activity and spending relating to our grant. Sometimes we ask for interim monitoring if a grant is being paid in more than one instalment or over more than a year.

Once we’ve checked your end-of-grant monitoring, we’ll write to say the grant is closed and to give you feedback on its success. We take this into account when we look at future applications from you, and when we recommend organisations to our donors and to other funders.

Apply for a grant for an organisation

We make grants to organisations 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 for a grant for an organisation

We make grants to organisations 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

Grants for Multi-Use Game Areas

The Readman Family Grassroots Fund at the Community Foundation is intending to make four grants of up to £25,000 each for a Multi-Use Games Area, to benefit young people living in disadvantaged communities within Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

  • Grant Range: Up to £25,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 3 July 2022

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 gaps in provision for summer playschemes to address holiday-hunger

The Summer Playschemes Fund supports summer activities for children who would otherwise be excluded from playschemes, particularly in areas with above-average deprivation across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

  • Grant Range: up to £10,000
  • Closing Date: midnight Sunday 29 May 2022

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

Passionate about Realising Potential in environmental/green careers

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.
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme

Supporting capital projects within Gateshead

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Fund supports capital projects within Gateshead and applications will be considered from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations.

  • Grant Range: Up to £25,000
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme

Supporting community activities in Shilbottle, Northumberland

The Lendrum Family Community First Fund supports organisations based in Shilbottle, Northumberland. This fund will support community activities that encourage social interaction; enhance education, and personal development and help community organisations to thrive.

  • Grant Range: £750 – £2,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 5 June 2022

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 school holidays for families in need whose children aged 10 -13. 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

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 29 May 2022

Supporting small grassroots organisations addressing domestic violence, poverty, racism and disadvantage.

The Jackie Haq Fund at the Community Foundation focuses on supporting small grassroots community organisations and groups helping to address domestic violence especially against women and children, fuel and food poverty, racism and disadvantage. Organisations and groups are to be based in the West End, east end (Byker, Walker and Walkergate) and North Tyneside.

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

Alleviating poverty, distress and sickness amongst children

The Northumberland Village Homes Trust Fund supports organisations working to relieve poverty, distress, and sickness amongst children and young people under the age of 21, living in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Tees Valley.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £5,000
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme

Tackling issues around Employability; Debt Management; Food Poverty, Homelessness, Social Isolation, and the environment

The Newcastle Building Society Community Fund supports charitable organisations in and around places it has branches across County Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Teesside, and Tyne & Wear. In this round it is focusing on issues that address hardship linked to employment, debt, food poverty, homelessness, social isolation, and the environment.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 19 June 2022

Grants for environmental activities

Grants for Environmental Activities that provide access to the environment, community involvement, raise awareness and tackle the issues facing the environmental and climate change. This call out brings together two funds; The Local Environment Action Fund (LEAF) and The Lawrence Campbell Community First Fund that exist to provide opportunities for the people of the North East to understand and tackle environmental issues and climate change.

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

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. Applications related to career development are welcome.

  • Grant Range: Grants of between £500 and £1,000 per year for up to three years
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme

Children and young people’s projects - Seaton Sluice and New Hartley

The Ted Weekes Fund at the Community Foundation benefits children and young people’s projects in Seaton Sluice and New Hartley.

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 31 July 2022

Supporting bright young people from disadvantaged parts of Newcastle

The Guy Readman Rising Stars Programme, one of a number of Funds established thanks to the generosity of Guy Readman OBE, will be making grants of up to £20,000 per year, over two years, to registered charities that support young people living in and around Newcastle from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not have sufficient backing at home to help them fulfil their potential.

  • Grant Range: Up to £20,000 per year (up to £40,000 over two years)
  • Closing Date: midnight, Sunday 22 May 2022

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