Grants for organisations: application help notes

The notes below will help you complete your organisation's grant application and make sure you give us all the information we need.

Time to talk

If you want to find out more about our funding, come along to one of our Time to Talk sessions.

Sessions are open to staff, trustees and volunteers from groups seeking funding, and to people and organisations who advise them on making applications. Time to Talk gives an opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, good practice, and understand more about how we work.

Sessions are run at our office, Philanthropy House in Newcastle upon Tyne, and at locations around the region. Advance booking is essential and we limit numbers to one per group (unless you have a support worker or carer with you). We provide lunch and refreshments.

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Our sector support and development work

As well as grants, we broker training and development to help groups in our area be more effective and resilient.

Find out more about the opportunities currently on offer.

Organisations in the region that provide advice and support

It’s often a good idea to discuss your funding application with someone who can give you independent advice. The organisations below specialise in helping groups get started, expand and solve problems along the way.

Northumberland CVA

Information, support and advice to voluntary and community groups throughout Northumberland.

Visit their website

Community and Voluntary Action Blyth Valley

Independent specialist support and information for voluntary and community organisations in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley.

Visit their website

Community Action Northumberland

A voice for rural communities to influence policy on issues from housing, health and transport to broadband, services and fuel poverty.

Visit their website

Connected Voice

Supports to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Visit their website

North Tyneside VODA

Advice, training, information and support to volunteers and to voluntary and community organisations working in North Tyneside.

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Inspire South Tyneside

Supporting an effective and efficient voluntary sector in South Tyneside.

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Voluntary and Community Action Sunderland

Support and development to voluntary and community organisations working to enhance the lives of Sunderland residents.

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Voluntary Organisations Network North East

The support body for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in the North East of England.

Visit their website

National advice and information

The Charity Governance Code is a practical tool to help trustees. There are several national professional organisations which may help you in your work. Some of the best known are the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Charity Finance Group and Institute for Fundraising. The Small Charities Coalition has a range of free resources covering all areas of work.

NCVO’s Funding Central grant finding database is free to organisations with a turnover of less than £100k. 

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