12th Mar 2021

A message about our Coronavirus response and funding

Over the past year, small, local charities and community organisations have done an amazing job helping our area’s people and places deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the generosity of our donors and partners, we have supported many of them with grants of more than £2m across all our funds. But we know more support will be needed in the months ahead. 

Inevitably the pandemic, and the measures to contain it, will have the biggest long-term impact on the most vulnerable in our communities. So, we want to encourage any eligible organisations that need funding for continued response and relief work to apply to us using our general application process. There are no deadlines, and we will try to match suitable applications to available funds we hold. That will include any further money we have to distribute from the National Emergency Trust’s Coronavirus appeal.

We know many organisations are worried about longer term funding. So we’ve kept money aside to help organisations recover and renew following the impact the virus has had on their work and finances. Our Board of trustees has agreed that we will focus recovery support on organisations that meet some or all the following priorities.

  • Addressing poverty, mental health and well-being, and diversity and inclusion;
  • Being based in places less well served by philanthropy, especially Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and south-east and rural Northumberland;
  • Having a turnover between £50,000 and £1m;
  • Being able to adapt governance, services and finances to ensure continued impact.

We know some organisations are concerned that funders will only award grants that are about Coronavirus. Although the above priorities will guide us over the coming months, we will still award other kinds of grants in line with the wishes and interests of our donors.

Most of the money we have left in our dedicated Coronavirus pot is being targeted at organisations we've identified which are vital in serving people and places likely to be most vulnerable. But any eligible organisation can make a general application to us for recovery work. Just bear in mind the priorities we’ve set out above, the types of grants we make (usually under £10,000) and all our other usual criteria.  

All the information you need about funding from the Community Foundation can be found on our website 

Our office, Philanthropy House, is not open and our team is working from home. If you want to get in touch, you can do so in the usual way - email using general@communityfoundation.org.uk or call us on 0191 222 0945 in normal office hours. We are not currently arranging or attending any face-to-face events or meetings, but we are happy to speak by phone or arrange a video call using Teams or Zoom. 

Last updated: 12 March 2021

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