Supporting Gateshead-based, voluntary and community sector organisations

  • Grant Range: £500 to £2,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme – see guidance section 3
  • Apply Online

About the Community Grants Programme

Part of Gateshead Council’s Thrive Fund, Community Grants are administered on its behalf by the Community Foundation to support Gateshead-based voluntary and community sector organisations delivering activities and services for the benefit of people in Gateshead.

2. Helping to deliver the Thrive agenda

Applications must demonstrate how they support the development and delivery of one or more of the Council’s five pledges in its five-year strategic approach, ‘Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives’. The Pledges are:
• 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
Further information on the Pledges can be found at: 2

3. How much funding can be applied for?

Applications can be made for between £500 and £2,000. Funding for Community Grants is limited and will be awarded using a fast track system; once the allocated funding is awarded, the programme will close.

4. Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, based or working in Gateshead, and with an annual income under £250,000. Examples of eligible groups include:

• Constituted voluntary or community organisations
• Registered charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations
• Charitable companies
• Social enterprises
(for example, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and Co-operatives)

5. What type of project objectives can be funded?

Project objectives which can be funded include those that:

• support the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Gateshead
• support the most vulnerable residents, such as children, young people, older people and those with disabilities
• enhance the environment
• help address poverty, such as school holiday activity projects and foodbanks

Projects which develop and increase volunteering, including activities associated with Gateshead Volunteer’s Month, will also be considered. For example:

• a taster event or volunteering awareness-raising day to recruit new volunteers
• activity which benefits the growth and development of volunteers, both new and
existing; for example, training and team development
• Publicity and promotional materials
• demonstrable and reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by volunteers
linked to a specific volunteering event or activity

6. What type of costs can be applied for?

Community Grants will support applications for:

• start-up costs for newly constituted community organisations
(CICs can apply for support within the first 12 months of operation)
• a contribution to core costs, such as accountancy fees and liability insurance
(except CICs)
• publicity materials, including website design/social media, film and print
• consultation and feasibility research
• events/activities
• professional fees, such as planning, building regulation, architects, surveyors
• capacity building activity, such as training and development for volunteers and
management committee members, organisation accreditation/quality standard
compliance, for example, Trusted Charity Mark
• purchase of small items of equipment, such as tablets, printers, display banners

7. Exclusions

The Community Grants Programme will not fund:

• organisations with an annual income over £250,000
• organisations in receipt of a Community Grant awarded in the last 12 months
• contributions to general appeals or circulars
• one-off events that do not demonstrably meet the Fund’s priorities
• religious activity, which is not for the wider public benefit
• 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 and sole traders

8. How to apply

Applications can only be made using the Community Grants online application form available via the "apply online button" above.

Please ensure you are using the correct application form, as we cannot consider applications made on the general online application form; if you are unsure, please seek advice using the contact information below.

Paper applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances; please
contact us first if you are unable to use the online system.

9. Feedback

As a condition of grant, successful applicants are required to provide monitoring information detailing how the funding has been used, its impact and the outcomes achieved. This should be submitted once the funded activities have been completed or no later than 12 months following receipt of the funding, whichever is soonest.

10. Further information

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