The Roseline Foundation Fund has been set up to support charities and community organisations based in Sunderland recover from the impact of the Coronavirus on their work so they can continue to meet community needs in the city.
The focus is organisations that have a strong track record of working with people that have been most severely impacted by the pandemic: those already experiencing poverty and health inequality, Black and Asian communities, those with mental health problems and isolated older people.
To be eligible, your annual income must be not less than £50,000 and not more than £500,000 in the most recently completed financial year.
You can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. In total there is around £90,000 available in the fund and we anticipate making around 10 to 15 grants.
You must explain in your application how funds would help you recover from the impact of the pandemic on your organisation’s work, and how a grant would ensure your activities could continue. Funding can support core running costs and any one-off costs associated with having to make changes to your operations so they can continue once the pandemic eases.
Please note, the Fund won’t support applications for emergency relief and response work tied to the pandemic’s impact now – organisations seeking such funding should make a general application to the Community Foundation.
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. Sir Tom’s motivation in establishing the Fund was his recognition that not all young people had the same life chances, but that through engaging with voluntary and community projects, they could be helped to overcome barriers and succeed in life.
There is now a call for applications for voluntary organisations based in Sunderland to apply to the Fund to support work with children, young people and their families in the city during the year ahead, with a particular focus on addressing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. That could be related to, for example, mental ill-health, reduced learning/training opportunities, bereavement, or loss of employment. To be eligible, applicant organisations must have an annual income of not less than £50,000 and not more than £500,000 in the most recently completed financial year.
Groups can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £15,000 to support activities over a year that work with children and young people aged 8 to 25, and their families, in the ways described above. Applications for amounts outside this range, or for organisations not based in Sunderland, will not be considered.
The preference with grants from this Fund is to support an activity in full, or to make a major contribution towards the full costs. Previous recipients of grants from the Fund may reapply, so long as previously funded work has been completed satisfactorily.
In making grant decisions, we will seek to prioritise organisations with plans in place to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their own finances and operations.
Please check the criteria above to ensure you are eligible for one of the funds. This will also help you to tailor your application and will give you the best chance of securing some funding. Please also carefully read the Grants for Organisations application form help notes. If you are not eligible for these funds, you may still be able to make a general application to us.
To make an application, please click apply online above