The Growth and Resilience Fund was set up by Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, in partnership with NorthStar Foundation, County Durham Community Foundation and Mercers’ Charitable Foundation. It is a three-year programme with 2021 being the final year.
The aim of the fund is to support excellent charities and social enterprise organisations wanting to change, survive, adapt, and grow in order to better address need in their communities. The fund will consider applications from organisations based or working in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley tackling poverty, mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion and educational disadvantage.
During Covid-19 many organisations have been supported to respond to the immediate needs of communities during the pandemic, however, the partners are aware that support to change, survive and adapt from April 2021 will be essential for organisations long-term sustainability. The Growth and Resilience Fund will therefore welcome applications that help groups reflect on their response to recover from the crisis by planning for the future. Grants will support activity from April 2021 onwards.
The Fund aims to make grants of £10,000 to £30,000 and provide access to non-monetary support via existing Community Foundation initiatives, such as pro-bono support, Trustee Match and other external schemes.
In addition, the Fund may also offer consultancy and development support to organisations who are unsuccessful in securing a grant, eligibility for which will be determined by an Advisory Panel; please note, this support cannot be applied for separately.
Applications are sought from charitable organisations and social enterprises in line with standard Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland eligibility and exclusion criteria. Applicants must:
Organisations MUST demonstrate that the application is driven by the lead staff person in the organisation and it has the support of the Trustees or management committee.
Purchasing equipment including software, telephone systems to provide better services to beneficiaries
Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 will be available over a one or two-year period, commencing May 2021. If required, pro-bono support for grant recipients will be agreed when offers are made.
Stage One: Application form
Please complete the online application form here: https://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply giving an outline of how you would use a grant to help the organisation change, adapt and grow, to better address community need. This should include up to three identifiable SMART objectives, which your proposal will be evaluated against if you are successful.
If you intend to work with consultants and have already identified them, please also include this information.
Please note when completing the application form:
Q21 is to be used to give a brief summary of your proposal (Max 100 words).
Applicants are also asked to send a supporting document (no more than two sides of A4) detailing the proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be uploaded by the Community Foundation to your application.
The deadline for submitting an application is 5pm Monday 25 January 2020, applications received after this time will not be considered.
If you have not already registered on our online portal, you will need to do so before you can apply, please call 0191 222 0945 if you need advice or support to do so.
Stage Two – Panel Presentation
Applicants shortlisted to progress to Stage 2, will be notified by the end of March 2021, and invited to present to a panel made up of the funding partners during the week commencing 19 April 2021. The date and time will be confirmed and will take into account any Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.
Applicants will be asked to present to a Panel for 10-15 minutes about their proposal and objectives, which will be followed by up to 15 minutes of questions and discussions with the Panel.
Following Stage 2, successful applicants may be required to meet with one of the partners to further identify any consultancy needs they require. Unsuccessful applicants at stage two may be offered support for consultancy and development.
Those applicants not shortlisted to go through to Stage 2 will also be informed by the end of March 2021.