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.


January 2018

NCC Community Chest - 15th January Deadline Extended
Rothley Trust - 15th January
Green Rigg Wind Farm - 23rd January
Middlemoor Wind Farm - 26th January
Northern Powergrid - 29th January

February 2018

Local Env Action Project - 1st February
Wellesley Trust  - 5th February
P&G Fund - 5th February
Sisters & North Steads Wind Farm - 9th Feb
Ted Weekes Fund - 19th February
Northumbrian Water - 28th February

March 2018

Sir James Knott Trust - 1st March
Three Valleys Fund - 2nd March
Enviresearch Fund - 2nd March
Rose Joicey Fund - 7th March
Greggs, NE Core - 8th March
Greggs, Environment - 9th March
Greggs, Local Projects - 9th March
Hadrian Trust - 23rd March

April 2018

Rothley Trust - 3rd April
Co-op Local Fund - 8th April
Newcastle Building Society - 12th April
Women's Fund - 12th April
Comic Relief Core Strength - 13th April
Musical Traditions Fund - 15th April
Northern Angel Fund (Berwick) - 16th April
Ray Wind Farm - 16th April
Kellett Fund - 20th April
Social Action Fund - 20th April
Hospital of God - 27th April

May 2018

Wingates Wind Farm - 14th May
Chysalis Trust - 15th May
Culture Bridge NE Fund - 21st May
Calor Rural Community Fund - 21st May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2018
July 2018

August 2018

Hospital of God - 31st August

September 2018

Newcastle Building Society - 24th September

October 2018 November 2018

December 2018




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 Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm Small Grants Programme (the Fund) at the Community Foundation distributes £100,000 annually to support charitable activities through voluntary and community groups, charitable organisations and social enterprises. Priority will be given to applications from organisations and individuals based within a 10km radius of the Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm. Applications from organisations based outside this area may be supported if the Fund considers there is compelling evidence of benefit to residents of this area. Grants of £500 to £10,000 are available for projects of up to one year’s duration. Requests for capital and revenue funding will be considered for projects that are charitable in purpose, priority may be given to capital items with a tangible, lasting benefit, including improvements to community buildings. The Fund will consider all applications on their merits, but is particularly interested in supporting projects that meet 4 priorities identified through consultation with local people:

  • Developing community assets (g. improving IT infrastructure; maintaining and developing village halls and community buildings; maintaining church buildings)

  • Boosting the local economy (e.g. support services for new and existing local businesses; developing community businesses; tourist development initiatives)

  • Improving local quality of life (e.g. local leisure and sport activities; extra-curricular provision in schools; apprenticeships and training for young people)

  • Looking after the environment (e.g. creating nature trails; protecting local animals and plants; clearing waterways)

The deadline for submitting applications for consideration at the spring 2018 meeting of the Fund Advisory Panel is 16 April 2018. The Advisory Panel comprises of 12 members, all who live within the Ray Wind Farm Fund area of benefit. Full details, including a map of the area of benefit is available on the Community Foundation's website.

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The Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation. 

The application window is now open and is due to close on Thursday 29 March

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Female teams – u7s to adult 
  • Disability teams

Full details on the Football Foundation's website.

If you wish to apply to the next round of the Tree Council's planting grants for National Tree Week 2018, the grant packs for Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls, are all now available.  The deadline for all grants is 31st March 2018. The Tree Council's Tree Futures grant scheme offers help for tree planting through two programmes: the Trees for Schools and the Community Trees funds. Any school or community group within the United Kingdom that is planning a project which actively involves children under the age of 16 is encouraged to draw on the fund to plant trees and make a greener future.  In addition, funds are available for the planting of orchards by schools and community groups through the Orchard Windfalls fund, first launched for the 2013 planting season. Grants are between £100 and £700 and successful applicants will receive up to 75% towards their planting costs. For example, if your project totals £700, The Tree Council would offer up to £525. The remaining 25% will need to be secured by your school or organisation. More information is on the Tree Council's website.


The Coastal Communities Fund Round 5 is now open with £40 million available for spend from April 2019 to end of March 2021.

Funding goes to projects over £50,000 that will ultimately lead to regeneration and economic growth whilst directly or indirectly safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs.

Within this round 5 there are 2 separate funding rounds, each with their own timetable.

  • a ‘fast track’ early round for revenue projects only for which some funding will be available in 2018 to 2019. Stage 1 closing date 2 April 2018.
  • the main funding round for which funding will be available from 1 April 2019. Stage 1 closing date 30 April 2018.

Full guidance notes and application forms are available on the Government website.

The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation is open for applications for the next grant panel meeting in May. Grants are for a maximum of £3,000.
Applications are welcome from voluntary and community groups that provide services specifically targeted at women that clearly demonstrate how they help women overcome their gender disadvantage.  Beneficiaries should be over 18 years old.
The deadline for applications is 12th April and applicants should use the Community Foundation's standard application form, indicating that it is for Women’s Fund. More details on the Community Foundation website.


The Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants up to £150,000 to provide new or improve existing community facilities.

Through the Anniversary Fund, Garfield Weston will consider funding the entirety of a project, or help to complete your fundraising, with grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000.

Applications will be considered for the following type of projects:

  • New building or extension to an existing building for community use e.g new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
  • Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
  • New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field.
  • Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to your work in supporting local people e.g. minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out etc.
  • Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.


Weston Anniversary Fund Snapshot

  • One off grants scheme in 2018 to support Capital projects that will benefit local communities across the UK
  • Open to UK registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools only
  • Grants range from £30,000 – £150,000
  • Applications to be submitted online
  • Applications open on 5th January and close on 30th June 2018
  • You can apply to the Fund even if your organisation is currently in receipt of a grant from, or has been rejected by the Garfield Weston Foundation within the past 12 months
  • Planning permission (where relevant) will need to be in place prior to submitting your application by the 30th June
  • Grants will need to be spent and projects fully completed by the end of 2020.


Full details are available on the Weston Anniversary Fund 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 are changing the application process for Reaching Communities, to make it easier for groups and communities to apply for National Lottery funding.


In order to do this, there will be a temporary pause on the submission of Reaching Communities applications between Monday 15 January and Monday 2 April. All applications received before 15 January will be processed in the existing manner.


If your current grant is coming to an end soon and you are working on an application for continuation funding, or if you have any other questions, please contact the Big Advice team:

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  • Call 0345 4 10 20 30


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:

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

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