This list includes information on funders that have a North East or Northumberland focus and will be updated as and when we receive information on funding deadlines. It is important that you check with each funder directly as deadlines may change.

 

July 2018

MG Northumbria - 1st July
Rothley Trust - 6th July
Manor Walks Community Fund - 13th July

August 2018

Local Env Action Fund - 1st August
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm Fund - 3rd August
P&G Fund - 3rd August 
High Sheriff Nld Award - 6th August
Wingates Wind Farm - 13th August
Sisters & NS Wind Farm - 14th August
Banks Community Fund - 16th August
NCC Sport & Play - 17th August
Barmoor Wind Farm - 20th August
Youth Music (Max £30k) - 24th August
Hospital of God - 31st August

September 2018

Coalfields Regen Trust - 7th September
Greggs - NE Core - 18th September
Newcastle Building Society - 24th September
Hadrian Trust - 24th September
NCC - Community Chest - 28th September
Greggs Foundation - Local - 28th September
Greggs Foundation - Environment - 28th September

October 2018

Sir James Knott Trust - 5th October
Gannett Fdn / Hexham Courant - 8th Oct

November 2018

Youth Music (Max £200k) - 9th November
Virgin Money Foundation NE Fund - 10th Nov
Wingates Wind Farm - 12th November
NCC Sport & Play - 16th November
Banks Community Fund - 18th November

December 2018

Coalfields Regen Trust - 7th December
Youth Music (Max £30k) - 7th December
#iwill Take Action Fund - December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

NCC Sport & Play - 15th February

March 2019
April 2019 May 2019

June 2019

 

 

 

No specific deadlines

1989 Willan Charitable Trust Local Environment Action Fund (Under £2k) Sir James Knott Trust (Under £1k)
Ballinger Charitable Trust William Leech Charity  

 

 

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Don't leave your application until the deadline, as some funds may close early!

 

 
 
 

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Round 13 of the UK Small Grants Scheme will close on Tuesday 8th January 2019 at noon. More information is available on the Theatres Trust website

Voluntary and community groups across the county in need of financial assistance, are being invited to apply for funding from Northumberland County Council’s community chest fund.  Grants are available for a  wide range of community causes and projects including events or for the purchase of equipment.  The community chest will also support one off initiatives, including those that will help support the development of long term projects that are seen as valuable to the area.  It cannot be used for revenue funding such as wages or running costs For local schemes, there will be a £5,000 upper grant limit with a maximum award of 75% of the costs eligible for funding under the scheme.  
 
For countywide initiatives the upper limit is £10,000, subject to to the same 75% maximum of eligible costs.
 
The deadline for the next round of funding is May 25, 2018; the deadline for the second round is 28th September 2018. The community chest budget is managed and allocated locally by each local area council and based broadly on the population living within that area. The community chest fund has been in operation in Northumberland since 2009 and over its lifetime 1,650 awards totalling £3 million have been made to voluntary and community groups to develop projects that enhance the environment, improve health and wellbeing and strengthen communities.
 
For more information or to apply to the fund you can go to www.northumberland.gov.uk  or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North East Fund

In partnership with Clay Hill Trust Virgin Money Foundation are launching the 2018 North East Fund. They want to hear from community organisations in the North East of England working to promote long-term change in the neighbourhoods that need it most. They are encouraging applications from voluntary organisations working within their local neighbourhood to:

  • Help disadvantaged young people to find and keep a job. 

  • Help homeless people or people at risk of homelessness to find a new home. 

  • They are also looking for ambitious, locally-led community enterprises, providing social and economic benefit to an area, who want to explore new ways of generating income and, by doing so, achieve greater impact in their neighbourhoods. 

Grants can be for an amount between £10,000 and £50,000. Grant awards are to cover running costs (not capital costs) and are for one year only. 
 

You can apply for a grant at any time between the 16th April and 10th November 2018. Full details on the website.  

#iwill Take Action Fund

The Virgin Money Foundation is match funding £850,000 from Big Lottery Fund to create a £1.7million, three year #iwill Take Action Fund. Funding is available under three themes:

  • Our Physical Environment: We want to foster a sense of community pride and empower young people to make the communities they live in a better place.

  • Our Health: We want to encourage young people to tackle health issues that affect their community using sport and peer networks to raise awareness and to campaign.

  • Our Culture: We want the voice of young people to be heard. We want young people to use art and media as a tool to raise awareness of the issues that matter to them and their communities.

The fund is for projects working with young people aged 10 to 20 or up to 25 for disabled people. To be able to apply you must provide evidence that young people have been involved in the planning of your project and how that will continue for the duration of the grant. Activities must include volunteering, campaigning or fundraising. Each applicant will be expected to work with at least one of the following groups:

  • Young people living in the top 10% deprived areas of the North East

  • BAME youth

  • Young parents

  • Young offenders

  • Young homeless people.

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000. The main grants programme is open now and will close to applications in December 2018. More information is available on the Virgin Money Foundation website.

 

Round 2 of Small Grants Fund is NOW OPEN.
The closing date is 18 May 2018 at 23.59. Round 2 of Large Grants Fund will be open from 26 April 2018.
It will be for projects between £2,000 and £65,000. The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018. More information on the website.

 

Big Lottery Fund have made changes to their funding so that it's easier to apply for National Lottery funding.

They have nearly tripled the number of staff across England, and they will be working more closely with communities that they support. This means you'll have the same local point of contact throughout your application.

They're also moving away from standardised application forms so that they can focus on supporting the best ideas, not the people who are best at filling in forms. You can now submit your ideas online, by phone or in person. Big Lottery Fund support ideas that meet their three funding priorities. These are projects that:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities

  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities

  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Big Lottery Fund now offer three types of funding: National Lottery Awards for All

The National Lottery Awards for All scheme offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Find out more about National Lottery Awards for All funding

 

Reaching Communities

Reaching Communities offers grants of over £10,000 to support single organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. 

Find out more about Reaching Communities funding

 

Partnerships

The Partnerships funding provides grants of over £10,000 for groups or organisations who have great ideas to do amazing things together. 

Find out more about Partnerships funding

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and the Coast Care Initiative have launched a £5,000 Community Environmental Projects Fund.

This exciting new grant scheme will enable local community volunteers make a contribution to their village or parish. Funding will be available for built environment or environmental projects. It can be used towards the cost of tools or for professional support.   

Initially, £5,000 is available in the fund until April 2019, although it is hoped that the scheme will continue for further years. Grants will normally be in the range of £750 - £1,000. In general, the scheme will provide 100% funding, although this is at the discretion of the advisory panel.

Gary Campbell, Coast Care Project Co-ordinator, said: "This exciting new funding opportunity will help to give volunteers the tools to make a real difference in our area. In so many different ways volunteers play a vital role in looking after our coast. This grant fund will help to support and develop this even further”.

The grant scheme is open to those based in, or operating in, any parish within or adjacent to the AONB (which runs along the coast between Amble and Berwick).

The scheme complements the existing Sustainable Development Fund run by the AONB Partnership, which provides grants of up to £3,000 for projects that benefit the environment, communities and visitors to the AONB.

Anyone wanting further information on either of the AONB grant schemes should contact Catherine Gray, Funding and Communications Officer on tel. 01670 622644; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the AONB website. Or contact any member of the Coast Care team www.coast-care.co.uk

 

Community grants usually range between £5,000 and £25,000 and are awarded towards projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. National Churches Trust are interested in a wide range of projects but all will include toilets or catering facilities. To qualify, projects should have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees).

 

Places of worship of any denomination and age can apply. Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK. For 2018 NCT continue to encourage applications from their priority areas - North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches, but other churches may still apply.

 

The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. Please answer these questions accurately. If you are eligible you will be able to continue to the application form.

 

The next deadline is 30 October 2017 for a decision in March 2018.

Subsequent deadlines will be: 5 March 2018 for a decision in July 2018, 2 July 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

 

Full details and guidance is available on the National Churches Trust website.

 

National Churches Trust Micro-Grants in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network

Launched in 2016, applicants with necessary facilities soon to be in place can also be considered for National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network. These are additional £2,000 micro-grants available to successful applicants to set up a new Cinnamon Network Recognised Project that meets the needs of local people.

The J A Clark Charitable Trust was set up in 1971 by John Anthony Clark as a family charitable trust.

The objective of the JAC Trust is to use the Trust’s income to provide financial and other support to organisations and projects that help to make change for those in real need in the UK and the wider world.

The Trust gives grants to charities and other non-profit making organisations.  To maximise the impact of our grant-making we focus our funding on organisations that are effective, share our ambitions and whose projects are most aligned with our interests and passions.

 

2017-2022 Strategic Period

The Trustees have identified two areas they wish to support during the current strategic period:

a) Women’s Empowerment in Africa and Asia, 

b) Disadvantaged Youths in deprived areas of the UK, specifically East London and the North East.

From time to time the Trustees will review the Trust’s funding policy and areas of focus. The most recent changes were made in March 2017. More information is available on the Trust's website.

The North East Fund offers grants of up to £50,000 to organisations to help make a long term difference to local communities. To find out more about current funded organisations click here.

The Foundation want to hear from community organisations working to promote long-term change in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the North East. We all know that local knowledge is vital to the success of any new idea and they are looking for applications from voluntary organisations working within their local community to:

  • Support vulnerable people into quality housing

  • Get young people into long term jobs

  • Create opportunities through social enterprise.

The foundation are receiving and assessing applications now!

The fund will close when all funds have been committed. As the closing date will therefore be determined by the number and quality of applications received, organisations are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they are ready. They will be considered in date order. For more information or to apply to the North East Fund visit the website.

The Virgin Money Foundation is match funding £850,000 from Big Lottery Fund to create a £1.7million, three year #iwill Take Action Fund.

Funding is available under three themes:

  • Our Physical Environment: We want to foster a sense of community pride and empower young people to make the communities they live in a better place.
  • Our Health: We want to encourage young people to tackle health issues that affect their community using sport and peer networks to raise awareness and to campaign.
  • Our Culture: We want the voice of young people to be heard. We want young people to use art and media as a tool to raise awareness of the issues that matter to them and their communities.

They are looking for projects working with young people aged 10 to 20 or up to 25 for disabled people. To be able to apply you must provide evidence that young people have been involved in the planning of your project and how that will continue for the duration of the grant. Activities must include volunteering, campaigning or fundraising. Applications will be assessed on how well they reflect the #iwill 6 principles of great social action. There is further information on the 6 principles here: http://www.iwill.org.uk/about-us/principles/

In addition, each applicant will be expected to tell us how they intend to work with at least one of the following groups:

  • Young people living in the top 5% deprived areas of the North East
  • BAME youth
  • Young parents
  • Young offenders
  • Young homeless people.

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000 for up to two years activity.

The main grants programme is open now and will close to applications in December 2018.

More information is available on the Virgin Money Foundation website.

As well as continuing to fund the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, grants will are now available for general community projects.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.

These are just some examples of projects that are now eligible as the green light will be given to many other schemes that meet the programme’s aims and objectives to fund projects which will benefit the local community.

To ensure that the programme is really local the number of projects funded every two months has been increased and there are new funding amounts – with £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 up for grabs. You do not have to be near a Tesco's shop to apply. More information is available on the Groundwork website

Suez Communities Trust have launched a new and improved online application process.

From now on, applications can be made at any time via a two-stage online application form.  There are no longer any application deadlines.

The stage one application form can be completed quickly and captures brief information which will help to establish if a project is likely to be eligible for funding.  When a stage one application form is received it will be review and responded to within five working days.  If your project appears to meet the funding criteria we will invite you to stage two.

Stage two is a full application form which requires more detail about the project, along with supporting documents.  When they receive a stage two application it will be reviewed and a funding decision made within 5 to 16 weeks.

 

The funding criteria has not changed as a result of the new two-stage application process.

 

For more details visit the Suez Communities Trust website.

Big Lottery Fund have revised and simplified their application form and guidance for the Reaching Communities programme to better reflect their Strategic Framework 2015 - 2021.

A key component of the new framework is their vision of 'People in the lead' and this runs through both the application form and guidance.

 

Big Lottery Fund's description of this in the guidance for Reaching Communities is:

People in the Lead 

We believe that the best way to improve communities is through harnessing and supporting the ideas, skills and energy of the people who live in them. Our ‘People in the Lead’ approach focusses on ensuring people are able to drive change in their community right from the start, and remain in the driving seat from design through to delivery. By doing this, our funding can help ensure that people and places are better prepared to make the most of their potential, and overcome the range of challenges they may face in the future.

 

Funding Priorities

Reaching Communities has new funding priorities, these are:

The most important thing is that you tell us what your ideas are for making positive change in your communities.We particularly want to hear about ideas that support:

  • Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
  • Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
  • Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage

Full details and the new stage one application form is available on the Big Lottery website. You are strongly encouraged to contact BIG Lottery on 0345 4 10 20 30 before starting an application.

 

Reaching Communities Buildings This stream of Reaching Communities funding will close at 5pm on 31/1/17. We anticipate that a revised buildings programme will launch in the near future.

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