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.


October 2018

Sir James Knott Trust - 5th October
Gillian Dickinson Trust - 5th October
Gannett Fdn / Hexham Courant - 8th Oct
Ray Wind Farm - 14th October
Community Partnering Fund - 16th Oct
Rothley Trust - 19th October

November 2018

Women's Fund - 1st November
High Sheriff Award
- 1st November
Tampon Tax Community Fund - 5th Nov
Youth Music (Max £200k)
- 9th November
Virgin Money Foundation NE Fund - 10th Nov
Wingates Wind Farm - 12th November
Banks Community Fund - 15th November
NCC Sport & Play - 16th November
Greggs NE Core - 16th November
The Joicey Trust - 30th November

December 2018

Robert Wood Trust Fund - 1st December
Children in Need (Small)
- 2nd December
Coalfields Regen Trust
- 7th December

Youth Music (Max £30k) - 7th December
Pen & Palette Club Fund - 7th December
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm - 10th December
Growth & Resillience Fund - 10th December
John D Fund - 17th December
Northern Powergrid Community Fund - 17th December
#iwill Take Action Fund - 31st December

January 2019

Children in Need (Main) - 13th January
Hadrian Trust - 13th January
High Sheriff Award - 26th January

February 2019

NCC Sport & Play - 15th February

March 2019

Children in Need (Small) - 3rd March

April 2019

May 2019

Children in Need (Main) - 19th May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2019

Children in Need (Small) - 2nd June


July 2019


August 2019


September 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!



This fund will provide grants and non-monetary support to organisations with a turnover under £1m who want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities. The fund will prioritise organisations working in the areas of poverty; mental health and wellbeing; diversity and inclusion; and educational disadvantage.

The Fund aims to make grants of £5k to £25k over one or two years and provide access to non-monetary support via existing Community Foundation initiatives (e.g.  pro-bono support  and TrusteeMatch) and external schemes.

In addition, the Fund will also support some groups who are unsuccessful in getting a grant but are identified as one that would benefit from some consultancy/development support. These will be identified from the main grants programme. This support cannot be applied for separately.

To this end groups could be looking at any of the following areas to develop though this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Exploration of new income generation opportunities/expansion of existing activities.
  • Takeover of community assets or to bring assets to life
  • Expansion of existing activities
  • Formal partnerships/mergers but not TUPE costs.
  • Restructuring of management or services
  • Board development/governance reviews and improvements
  • Leadership development (e.g. mentoring programme or learning visits for CEO)
  • Strategic business and financial planning
  • Piloting of new approaches/services
  • Introduction of service efficiencies

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is 9am on 10th December. Stage 2 is a panel presentation.

Full details are available on the Community Foundation's website.

Priority will be given to applications originating from within Blyth, Cambois, East Bedlington and Seaton Valley. Consideration will also be given to applications for funding originating from outside the Priority Area, as long as people living within the priority area can benefit.

The permitted purposes of the fund are as follows:

  • capital, activities and development
  • access to training and /or educational activities for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people
  • access to amateur sport or the arts for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people
  • sustainable development by the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration


The Fund will consider applications between £500 and £10,000, in exceptional circumstances application will be considered for up to £20,000.The closing date for applications is 10th December.


Full details are available on the Community Foundation's website.


The Digital Fund will open in phases over the next two years. The first phase, open from 22nd October 2018 to 5pm 3rd December 2018, will accept proposals in two strands.


Digital Fund Strand 1 offers grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package. The aim is to help established charities use digital to take a major leap forward.Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a firm commitment by organisational leadership to changing the way that the organisation serves people and communities.
  • Contain a plan that has been developed in accordance with good digital practices, such as committing to an iterative approach, and making sure that people are in the lead.
  • Supply evidence that the organisation has already invested in digital, prior to this proposal.
  • Show a commitment to working generously, sharing what you learn and the products or services you produce with others.
  • Have an income over £500,000 per year.
  • Be incorporated within the UK, and must work primarily in the voluntary and community sector


Digital Fund Strand 2 offers grants of up to £500,000 for newer organisations that have already launched promising services that use digital to achieve scale or impact.Applicants must:

  • Have made use of user-centred design.
  • Clearly demonstrate either the potential to scale your impact at low cost, or clearly demonstrate potential to use digital to bring substantial benefits to a specific group of people.
  • Be driven by teams that combine knowledge of an issue that matters to people and communities, with experience of digital delivery.
  • Relate to a product or service that is far enough through its development process that people are currently benefiting from it.
  • Provide evidence of impact upon those people.
  • Have a theory of change or similar document showing how the product or service will achieve aims that benefit a specific group of people.
  • Show an understanding of the challenge of sustaining impact after the ending of Big Lottery Fund support.
  • Have been incorporated after the year 2000
  • Currently operate a product or service that is functional and being used by the type of people and communities you plan to serve in future


Full details are available on the Big Lottery Fund's website.


Do you have a fantastic idea for a project that will excite and enthuse people in your community, engaging them in fun and interesting activities?

Grow Wild is awarding grants of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups across the UK to deliver projects in their community focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi. 

Applications for funding will close at midday on Monday 10 December 2018.More information is available on the Grow Wild website.


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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

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.


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.

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



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

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.

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


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 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.

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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