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Community Foundation awards £7.9 million in grants

The Community Foundation is delighted to announce that in the financial year 2022-23, we made grants totaling £7.9 million. This takes the overall amount awarded by the Community Foundation since being established in 1988 to £160 million. 

The sum for 2022-23 comprises 1,406 grants made to 633 organisations and 118 individuals across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, with a small percentage made to organisations outside this area. 

Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation said: 

“During another challenging year, it is hugely gratifying to see that so many organisations have received grants and, in turn, how many local communities have benefitted. It proves how active and resilient the charitable sector remains in North East England. 

“The Community Foundation has nearly 300 funds established with gifts from generous donors and businesses across the region that make grants throughout the year. We’ve also responded to the challenges facing our communities by introducing a holiday Playschemes Fund last summer and a Cost-of-Living Fund during the autumn. I’m proud that these funds reacted quickly to get grants out to small, local organisations facing greater demands on their services at the same time as rising costs. 

“Thank you to our donors, grantees, trustees and staff who have ensured that our funding is having the biggest possible impact. We remain committed to supporting local charitable and voluntary organisations as we move into the new financial year.”