The Growth and Resilience Fund will provide grants and non-monetary support to organisations with a turnover under £750,000 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 £5,000 - £25,000 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 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.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) 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 be:
Organisations MUST demonstrate that the EOI is driven by the lead staff person in the organisation and it has the support of the Trustees or management committee.
Charities and social enterprises based in the north east of England can apply for support to cover the costs of activities that help them to change, survive, adapt and grow, to better address need in their communities. To this end, organisations could consider any of the following areas for development, though this is not an exhaustive list and we are keen to hear your ideas:
Grants could be used to:
Examples of activities supported in the first round included:
Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 will be available over a one or two-year period, commencing April 2020. If required, pro-bono 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 us with a completed EOI form, which can be found via the "Apply Online" button above.
Please complete the EOI form, 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.
The deadline for submitting an EOI is 5pm Friday 8 November 2019
Your EOI should be emailed to email@example.com.
Stage Two – Panel Presentation
Applicants shortlisted to progress to Stage 2, will be notified by mid- December 2019, and invited to present to a panel made up of the funding partners during the week commencing 20 January 2020, the date and time will be confirmed.
Applicants not shortlisted to go through to Stage 2 will also be informed by mid-December 2019.
Applicants will be asked to talk 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 two, successful applicants will 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.