Supporting community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations in Gateshead

  • Grant Range: Up to £10,000
  • Closing Date: Friday 18 October 2019, 5:00pm
  • Apply Online

1. About the Main Thrive Grants Programme

Gateshead Council has established a fund at the Community Foundation to support voluntary and community sector organisations, based or working in Gateshead, that deliver activities and services for the benefit of local people.

The Main Grants Programme aims to support organisations to achieve funding stability and to help plan for the future. Funding is available to support the following objectives:

  • business and financial planning
  • the development of new ways of working
  • capacity building activity, including staff, volunteer and management committee training, strengthening organisational structures and systems
  • costs associated with pursuing asset transfers, property purchases and leases

A contribution to core running costs will be considered, but only where it can be clearly demonstrated to support delivery of one or more of the above objectives. The Fund will not support core cost requests from Social Enterprises, including CICs.

The purchase of small items of equipment, for example furniture, computers and printers, will be considered where it also supports delivery of objectives. Requests for large capital funding will be considered but must be accompanied by a robust business case.

2. How much funding is available?

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 October 2019 and grants of up to £10,000 for one year are available.

3. What can be funded

Priority will be given to projects which demonstrate how they are addressing the needs of the most vulnerable communities or residents in Gateshead. The application must outline how the funding will be used to strengthen and grow the organisation, supporting the development and delivery of one or more of the Council’s five pledges within its five-year strategic approach, ‘Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives’:

  • Put people and families at the heart of everything we do
  • Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
  • Support our communities to support themselves and each other
  • Invest in our economy to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth across the borough
  • Work together and fight for a better future for Gateshead

More information can be found at:


The Fund is also particularly interested in supporting organisations with match for Community Led Local Development (CLLD) funded projects. Further information about the Gateshead Goes Local CLLD programme can be found at:


Applicants will be required to identify three objectives related to the increased sustainability and capacity that will be achieved as a result of a grant. Successful applicants will be required to provide an end of grant monitoring report explaining the impact of the funding within their local community, evidence of need and progress against their grant objectives.

4. Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, based or working in Gateshead, with an annual income under £1million. 

  • constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • registered charities including charitable companies
  • social enterprises, for example, CICs and Co-operatives, subject to the normal restrictions on funding for the costs of continuing services outlined at

The Fund will not normally consider applications from organisations with over six months’ running costs in reserve unless they can demonstrate why they cannot use their reserves for the proposed work.

(CICs will be required to submit their business plan with their application)

5. Exclusions

The Main Grants Programme will not fund:

  • organisations with an annual income over £1m
  • contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • religious activity, which is not for the wider public benefit
  • routine building or equipment repairs and maintenance
  • activities which have already taken place/retrospective funding
  • grant making by other organisations/third party funding
  • privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships
  • organisations with unrestricted reserves that exceed one year’s running costs
  • individuals

6. Decision making

The Community Foundation’s recommendations are considered by the Gateshead Thrive Fund Advisory Group, whose recommendations are submitted to the Council’s Cabinet for approval. If the Fund becomes oversubscribed, the Advisory Group will have sole discretion as to which applications are put forward for approval by Cabinet. The Community Foundation expects to notify successful applicants in January 2020.

7. How to apply

Applications can only be made by clicking the apply online button above.

We are unable to consider applications made on the general Community Foundation application form. Paper applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us if you are unable to use the online system.

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