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

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 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

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

The EDF Energy Green Rigg Windfarm Community 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 and up to £9,000 in exceptional circumstances
  • Closing Date: Sunday 28 March 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

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 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

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

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

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 that offer: advice and support for families, cares and those experiencing hardships, arts, culture and heritage projects, community activities and events, development of local amenities, education and training provision, environmental projects, healthy living activities, sport and physical activity provision

  • Grant Range: £750- £10,000 normally for projects of up to one year’s duration
  • Closing Date: Tuesday 09 March 2021

Funding for local charities and community organisations in Sunderland with income of £50,000 to £500,000

The Roseline Fund and the Sir Tom Cowie Fund are seeking applications from organisations based in Sunderland with income of £50,000 to £500,000. The Roseline Foundation fund will award grants to support organisations that help people experiencing poverty and health inequality, Black and Asian communities, those with mental health problems and isolated older people to recover from the impact of the pandemic on their work. The Sir Tom Cowie Fund will award grants to organisations working with children, young people and their families.

  • Grant Range: £5,000 to £15,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Monday 12 April 2021

Support for community projects based and working in the North East of England or Cumbria* tackling food poverty or employability

Newcastle Building Society Community Fund invites applications from registered charities and constituted community groups based and working in the North East of England or Cumbria, near to where they have a branch. Focus on supporting voluntary and community groups tackle issues around food poverty or employability at a local level.

  • Grant Range: £1,000 to £3,000
  • Closing Date: midnight, Friday 30 April 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

  • 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

Support for community projects in Seaton Sluice and New Hartley in Northumberland

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

  • Grant Range: £750 - £3,000
  • Closing Date: Sunday 7 March 2021

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