Supporting smaller, Gateshead-based, voluntary and community sector organisations

  • Grant Range: £500 to £1,500
  • Closing Date: Friday 30 November 2018
  • Apply Online

About the Community Grants Programme

Gateshead Council has established a £40,000 fund at the Community Foundation to support Gateshead-based voluntary and community sector organisations delivering activities and services for the benefit of people in Gateshead.

The Community Grants Programme will support applications for:

  • core running costs (except Social Enterprises for example, CICs)
  • start-up costs
  • events/activities
  • project costs
  • capacity building activity; for example, volunteer and management committee training, creating new systems
  • purchase of small items of equipment; for example, IT equipment

2. How much funding is available?

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available.

3. 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 £50,000. Examples of eligible groups include:

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

4. What can be funded

Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate greatest need, as well as clear support for 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

Types of projects which can be funded include:

  • Projects which support the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Gateshead and/or the most vulnerable residents; for example, children and young people, older people, people with disabilities
  • Building social capital/networks and increasing ownership within communities
  • Projects which improve the environment
  • Projects which address poverty
  • Developing and increasing volunteering
  • Projects which will establish ‘Community Soup’ events
  • Projects which mark the centenary of the end of the First World War

5. Exclusions

The Community Grants Programme will not fund:

  • organisations with an annual income over £50,000
  •  contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • 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

6. How to apply

Funds are limited and will be awarded using a fast track system; we advise applicants to apply as early as possible. Once the allocated funds are awarded, the Programme will close.

Applications should be made using the online application form 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.

7. Further information

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