The Growth and Resilience Fund will provide grants and non-monetary support to organisations with a turnover under £1m who want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities. The fund will prioritise organisations working in the areas of poverty; mental health and wellbeing; diversity and inclusion; and educational disadvantage.
The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland developed the Fund in partnership with NorthStar Foundation, County Durham Community Foundation and The Mercers’ Company to support excellent north east charities and social enterprise organisations which want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities.
The Fund aims to make grants of £5-£25k and provide access to non-monetary support via existing Community Foundation initiatives (e.g. pro-bono support and TrusteeMatch) and external schemes.
In addition, the Fund will also support some groups who are unsuccessful in getting a grant but are identified as one that would benefit from some consultancy/development support. These will be identified from the main grants programme. This support cannot be applied for separately.
Applications are sought from charitable organisations and social enterprises in line with standard Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland eligibility and exclusion criteria who are:
Applicants MUST demonstrate that the application is driven by the lead staff person in the organisation (CEO etc.)
North east charities and social enterprises can apply for support to cover the costs of activities that help them change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities. To this end groups could be looking at any of the following areas to develop though this is not an exhaustive list:
An example of what grants could be used to:
Grants of up between £5,000 and £25,000 will be available and can be used over one or two years, commencing April 2019. If required, non-monetary support for grant recipients will be agreed when offers are made.
There is a two-stage application process.
Stage One – Expression of Interest
The first stage is to provide apply online using the form provided via the "Apply Online" button above.
Your application form needs to outline how you intend to use a grant to help your organisation change, adapt and grow so it can better address needs in communities. If you would like to work with consultants and have already identified them, please include this within your information.
The deadline for submitting an application is 9am Monday 10 December 2018
Stage two – Panel Presentation
Applicants selected following stage 1 will be invited to present to a panel made up of the partners in the week commencing 4 March 2019. Applicants will be asked to talk about their plans for 10-15 minutes which will be followed by up to 15 minutes of questions and discussions with the panel.
Following stage two, successful applicants will be required to meet with one of the partners to further identify any consultancy needs they may require. Unsuccessful applicants may be offered support for consultancy and development if appropriate.