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 2019

Hadrian Trust - 3rd October
Kiln Pitt Hill Wind Farm - 3rd October
Leeds Building Society - 7th October
Rothley Trust - 9th October
Tampon Tax Fund - 13th October
Middlemoor Wind Farm - 14th October
Community Partnering Fund - 15th October
NCC - Community Chest - 18th October
Gannet / Hexham Courant - 18th October
Ringtons Fund - 25th October

Ray Wind Farm - 29th October

November 2019

Wingates Wind Farm - 11th November
John D Fund - 11th November
Northern Powergrid Fund - 11th November

NCC Sport & Play - 15th November
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm - 15th November
Greggs NE Core - 16th November
High Sheriff Award - 29th November
Leech Volunteering Fund - 29th November
The Joicey Trust - 30th November
Ballinger Trust (small grants) - 30th November

December 2019

Children in Need (Small) - 2nd December
Coalfields Regen Trust - 6th December
Chrysalis Trust - 15th December
Shears Foundation - 24th December

 

January 2020

Hadrian Trust - 15th January
Culture Bridge NE Fund - 27th January

February 2020

Wingates Wind Farm - 10th February
Greggs Local Projects Fund - 23rd February

March 2020
April 2020

May 2020

Wingates Wind Farm - 11th May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May
Ballinger Trust (small grants) - 31st May

June 2020

 

July 2020 August 2020

September 2020

 

 

 

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  Reeds Grassroots Fund

 

 

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

 

 
 
 

The Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund at the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities. The fund is now open for an initial round of funding applications. In this initial round, NLCF will support up to 15 place-based community-led partnerships to make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Funding expectations:

  • The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:
    • Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months)
    • Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years)
  • Successful applicants will have experience in implementing meaningful action on climate change
  • NLCF expect to fund a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK
  • NLCF will use learning from the first round of funding to help shape what happens next and we will test and learn throughout the programme. Further rounds of funding will be available at a later stage.

The deadline for the first round of funding is 18th December 2019.

Full details are available on the NLCF website.
  

 

Youth Music

Youth Music are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances.

Youth Music's vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music. In order to achieve this, they’re working collaboratively to transform music education in England.

They have five priority funding areas: Early Years, SEN/D, NEET, Youth Justice and Coldspots.

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach. Projects they invest in support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, and they also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce.

Fund A awards smaller grants (between £2,000 and £30,000) for high-quality projects, with grant duration between 6 to 24 months.

Next application deadline is 6 December 2019, 5pm.

Please take a look at the following link to find out more https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/i-need-funding

If you would like to have an informal chat before you submit an application, please contact Youth Music at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Toyota Parasport Fund

Sport England are committed to ensuring that everyone can take part in sport and physical activity and are working with disabled people to make sure that they have access to a range of quality opportunities to realise the many benefits that come from being physically active.

Up to £200,000 will be available in each year of the fund, with awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help ensure that when disabled people are active, they have access to quality equipment to help give them the best possible experience.  

This is the first in a series of funding rounds focusing on different areas that we know impact the quality of experience – this round is looking at equipment.

The window for applications is now open and closes at 5pm on 20 December, 2019.

Full details are available on the Sport England website.

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award
In memory of Elspeth Thompson

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award provides funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

No fixed amount is set but awards do not usually exceed £5,000. Funding could cover, for example, site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators), hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.

Full details are on the NGS website. The deadline for applications is the 31st December 2019.

Armed Forces Day 2020

Local organisations around the country are encouraged to host a local event within two weeks of Armed Forces Day, including weekends so the dates would be Saturday 20 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.

Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK can apply for a grant of up £10,000 (providing the grant funding accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

The funding can be used to pay for:

  • Road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches.
  • Decorations, flags and banners.
  • Newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event.
  • Marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event.
  • Insurance.
  • PA and communications systems.

The first step is to register an event on the Armed Forces Day website. This will enable groups to access details on how to apply for the funding.

The deadline for funding applications is 27 March 2020.

For more information, visit the Armed Forces Day website.

Your Voice Fund

Healthwatch Northumberland is committed to gathering the views of people from all sections of our community and making sure that health and social care services are made better for everyone.

Healthwatch Northumberland recognise that there are some people whose experience and views they do not hear enough.
In particular:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • People from the LGBTQ+ communities
  • Young people
  • Black and minority ethnic communities
  • People living in Northumberland through asylum or refugee resettlement programmes

Healthwatch have a small amount of funding available for community groups in Northumberland to help them engage with and make a difference to the lives of people in these circumstances.

They want to support projects that will:

  • Gather people’s views and experiences of health and social care services in Northumberland; Or
  • Respond to views you have already gathered, deliver an activity, create a resource or run a promotional campaign about a health and care issue in Northumberland.

The projects funded must involve people from one of the identified groups in the planning and delivery.

The total funding pot available is £5,000 and it is expected to fund 5 or 6 projects of different scales from this.

The maximum £1,000.

The deadline for applications is 3rd December 2019.

More details are available on the Healthwatch website.

The Vantage Fund

Northumberland CVA (the operating name of Wansbeck CVS) developed The Vantage Fund in memory of Sheila McGuckin, Wansbeck CVS’s Chief Executive and community sector champion, who died suddenly in February 2010.

Limited donations to the fund has meant that it has not been active for a short while, but it has recently received donations that will enable the fund to focus on reducing the impact of child poverty during 2020. If you are interested in donating to the fund, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Voluntary and community sector organisations (including PTAs and Schools) based in the old Wansbeck District of South East Northumberland are eligible to apply for grants up a maximum of £1000. Organisations (other than schools) must have an income of no more than £100,000 and priority will be given to smaller organisations.

Applicants must be members or associate members of Northumberland CVA.

Examples of possible projects:

  • breakfast clubs in schools
  • activities that often exclude those children in poverty
  • reducing school holiday hunger
  • clothing schemes

 

Applications are by a short expression of interest with a deadline of 9th December. Groups successful at this stage will be invited to come and discuss their project at a date to be agreed in January 2020.

Further details and an application form are available on Northumberland CVA's website.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential project please don't hesitate to get in touch with Marc Johnson on 01670 858688  

Pocket Parks

Helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched the new £1.35 million Pocket Parks, which will provide grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks.

This programme defines pocket parks as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass, but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict.

The funding is intended for communities to develop new green spaces or improve existing ones that are in poor condition, that provide people with better quality spaces; increasing opportunities for social mixing, healthy living, relaxation, play, food growing and contact with nature addressing health and wellbeing, integration social isolation or loneliness.

Groups will need to come up with match funding and be able to spend the grant by the end of March 2020.

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019 (5pm).

Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Aviva Community Fund

Over the last four years, Aviva has supported over 2000 small charities and community groups across the UK via the Aviva Community Fund programme.

Many of you have found the application process clunky; getting votes takes a lot of effort; and that for many charities, there’s no pot of gold at the end of all that hard work.

So the Aviva Community Fund is changing. They're expanding the way they support charities from just providing a cheque once a year, to driving sustainable fundraising, building capability and leveraging the power of their talented and enthusiastic workforce via volunteering.

Aviva Community Fund are kicking this off with a small invite-only trial in Autumn 2019 ahead of a fuller launch in January 2020.

We’ll post an update when applications open in the New Year.

Contract: Northumberland Coast & Lowland LEADER Evaluation

The supplier will be expected to undertake an evaluation and provide a final programme evaluation report together with a summary,

The programme evaluation report must include analysis and representation of the data in infographic form as well as written to cover changes achieved by the Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER programme against

  1. Progress of the programme against delivery of the Local Development Strategy covering outcomes and outputs
  2. The LAG experience of the programme and lessons emerging from this.
  3. Conclusions and lessons learnt: Overall conclusions based on analysis of the above areas.

Value: Not more than £3,000 inc VAT.

More info is available by logging in to the Pro-contract website.

Northumberland CVA (the operating name of Wansbeck CVS) developed The Vantage Fund in memory of Sheila McGuckin, Wansbeck CVS’s Chief Executive and community sector champion, who died suddenly in February 2010.

 

Limited donations to the fund has meant that it has not been active for a short while, but it has recently received donations that will enable the fund to focus on reducing the impact of child poverty during 2020. If you are interested in donating to the fund, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

Voluntary and community sector organisations (including PTAs and Schools) based in the old Wansbeck District of South East Northumberland are eligible to apply for grants up a maximum of £1000. Organisations (other than schools) must have an income of no more than £100,000 and priority will be given to smaller organisations.

 

Applicants must be members or associate members of Northumberland CVA.

 

Examples of possible projects:

  • breakfast clubs in schools

  • activities that often exclude those children in poverty

  • reducing school holiday hunger

  • clothing schemes

Applications are by a short expression of interest with a deadline of 9th December. Groups successful at this stage will be invited to come and discuss their project at a date to be agreed in January 2020.

Download an application form here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential project please don't hesitate to get in touch with Marc Johnson on 01670 858688

Leech Fund for Volunteering Schemes

Sir William Leech was a notable North East philanthropist. Through the charitable trust he established, the William Leech Charity, he made gifts to the Community Foundation to inspire more philanthropy in our area.

The Community Foundation has a continuing relationship with the Leech family to this day through the two funds they hold: the William Leech Charity Fund and the Leech Challenge Fund. Together, these funds support work across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland with a focus on volunteering and groups led by volunteers. Groups can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to support activities over a year. In total we expect to award around 10 grants in this round. The aim is to support volunteer and user-led work that statutory bodies do not. Examples of the kind of activities that we want to support include: 
  • continuing or expanding existing volunteering schemes, or setting up new ones
  • training, co-ordination and support costs for volunteers.
Applicants must fit the usual Community Foundation criteria and: 
  • have an income under £500,000 in the most recently completed financial year
  • be working in less well served parts of our area i.e. Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and south-east Northumberland
  • demonstrate they are volunteer or user-led and/or strongly engaged with the communities they serve.
The fund will prioritise organisations working with people experiencing poverty (including food poverty), people with mental health problems, or people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities. To apply please complete the standard Community Foundation form and clearly mark it for ‘The Leech Funds’. The closing date is 12 noon on Friday 29 November 2019. Further information is available on the Community Foundation's website.
 

Applications for British Science Week 2020 are now open!

There are two grant schemes available to support British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) activities: one for schools and one for community groups.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.

 

Kick Start Grants

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are four options available:

  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity organised by students aged 10-19
  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity for students at your school
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to run an activity which involves your students and the local community
  • NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: A grant of £450 for your school to run an activity for British Science Week as well as an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19

Find out more and apply here.

Community Grants

This scheme offers £500 to £1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Find out more and apply here.

Suicide Prevention Small Grants Fund

The Northern Sub Regional Suicide Prevention Group is a multi-agency partnership and includes people with lived experience, both in terms of membership and involvement in the associated sub groups. It is one of three sub-regional Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) groups working to the Regional Zero Suicide Ambition – Every Life Matters Steering Group, established to develop and deliver local suicide prevention plans and mental health improvement activity in the area. The partnership covers the 6 Local Authority areas of; Sunderland, South Tyneside, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead.

We aim to reduce the impact and stigma of suicide and improve support for those affected by Suicide so that fewer people die by suicide, including those in high risk groups (both adults and children and young people). The allocation process will avoid heavy governance requirements and will enable small grant funding to reach grass roots organisations quickly and subsequently provide a direct timely support to the target group.
 
Objectives 

  • To develop a mechanism to deliver community-based support for those people in high-risk groups for suicide.
  • Provide access to local support for people who may be at risk of suicide in the Northumberland and Tyne & Wear area.
  • To target those at risk of suicide and develop flexible, innovative and creative ways of working to meet local need for example; peer/ mentor support.
  • To provide small grant funding to local community projects to help to strengthen existing community groups specifically engaged with building resilience and targeting vulnerable groups across the partnership area.

 Desired outcomes

  •  Build resilience to Mental Health problems in local communities
  • Promoting Positive mental Health in local communities
  • To reduce the stigma of self-harm and suicide.
  • To increase the community-based support for those at risk of suicide, including in high risk groups.
  • To reduce the incidence of self-harm and repeated self-harm.
  • To reduce the impact of self-harm and suicide.

Grants up £5k will be available where groups can demonstrate meeting needs of local populations at risk although the average Grant amount applied for is expected to be lower than this.

Applications must be submitted before 30th November 2019.

For full details and the application form email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

HM Prison and Probation Service launches 2020-2022 Grants Programme

The HM Prison and Probation Service is inviting voluntary organisations that support the rehabilitation of people in the criminal justice system in England and Wales to apply

for funding for projects that trial new ideas and approaches or develop current programmes within new settings or with a new group of service users.

Registered charities, exempt charities and social enterprises can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 to develop and test out approaches which complement core provisions for people in the criminal justice system and enhance outcomes for service users.

The funding is divided across four different themes:

There are four grant themes that organisations can apply for funding under. The four themes are:

  • Improving support for families and significant others (ITT 3674)
  • Improving outcomes for those with protected characteristics (ITT 3675)
  • Improving health and well-being (ITT 3677)
  • Improving safer custody across the prison estate (ITT 3676).

Projects can take place in any prison, with any National Probation Client and/or within the Youth estate. They may be limited to one prison, one probation area/office or cover multiple sites.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2019 (10am).

Full details can be found on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Sourcing Portal under the Project number Prj_1662 which is available here. You must create an account.

 

Potential Contract - Rough Sleep Accommodation

Northumberland County Council is seeking to procure safe overnight accommodation for rough sleepers.

We would like to seek views from the market and explore opportunities that will enable us to identify whether a procurement exercise would attract sufficient interest in the provision of a rough sleeper accommodation service and if so, what this model would look like.

We would ask Providers to complete the Soft Market Questionnaire.

More info on the Pro-contract website.

North of Tyne Combined Authority - Employability & Skills Programme

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) has set aside £3m of funding to be used as match funding for ESF projects.

Applications are now open to NTCA and will close on 3rd October, they will assess these applications and approve (in principle) in time for the open call from DWP which closes on the 2nd December. This will mean applicants can prove they have match funds in place. Although the fund is aimed at this call they will potentially match any ESF funding.

NTCA are looking to allocate no less that £200k to each project, so minimum project size is £400k. This is over a max of 3 years. NTCA would welcome consortium bids which bring smaller organisations together.

The link to the NTCA info is here https://www.northoftyne-ca.gov.uk/employability-and-skills-programme

The link to the DWP call is here https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/inclusive-labour-markets-north-east-region-oc25s19p1510

Comic Relief Community Fund

 

The Comic Relief Community Fund is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.
  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women and girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender or sexuality.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
 

Capacity Building Grants

Grants of up to £500 to support a wide range of activities, from developing better organisational governance, policies and procedures to increasing understanding of beneficiary needs, to increasing organisational delivery capacity.

Examples of capacity building grants:

  • A project to increase the capacity of the organisation through increasing volunteering, including to development of  a volunteer strategy, volunteer policy, recruitment and training  of volunteers.
  • Project to train trustees and senior management, to ensure good governance is in place, and organisation has capacity and capability to manage new projects.
  • Developing an organisation website and/or social media channels to enable an organisation to communicate more effectively with its beneficiaries
  • Developing social value processes to better record impact of work
  • Project to increase the diversity of trustees, encouraging more lived in experience members.
  • Engaging with service users, clients and the community to develop models of delivery

Capacity building grants do not require match funding and are available as a rolling programme with decisions made within 6 weeks of the application. Funding should be spent within 12 months of receiving the award.

Northumberland CVA has experience of delivering capacity building programmes across all of these themes and can offer added value to any organisation through our NCC commissioned services. Please get in touch to discuss what we could offer if you are considering applying.

Information on the Capacity Building Grants is available here.

Project Delivery Grants

Grants of up to £4000 will support grassroots organisations to deliver projects that address Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Projects should be able to clearly show, the local need for the project, robust planning, and legacy.

Examples of project delivery grants: 

  • Training for parents and carers to help support  their children’s development before starting school
  • Activities for girls or women to help them make healthier life choices
  • Supporting people with mental health issues to improve an outdoor space or create a meeting space
  • Setting up a peer support network for people experiencing homelessness
  • Hire of room where homeless people can access support

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of projects that can be funded.

All projects must be completed in 12 months. Core organisational costs, may be included but the fund will not fund projects which only contribute to organisational general running costs or solely a continuation of services. Project delivery grants do not require match funding, however if they do the Comic Relief Community Fund should be the main funding source.

Details on the Project Delivery Grants can be found here.  

The Coalfields Community Investment Fund Open for Applications

Projects should predominantly focus on one or more of the following three themes:

  • Skills – providing appropriate training, non-vocational or vocational, to enable people to increase their skills and knowledge. The training should provide progression routes to volunteering, further training and/or employment opportunities. Examples of projects include improving levels of literacy/numeracy, English not as a First language, IT or coaching in order to provide a service.
  • Employment – providing a range of skills and experience to help people to create pathways into employment and accessing job opportunities. This could be job creation, work placements or job clubs which assist with job searches and applications, CV development and interview skills.
  • Health and wellbeing – supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and quality of life of people in former coalfield communities. This could include projects that address food poverty, debt advice, mental health issues, substance misuse, social isolation or projects increasing participation in physical activity.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available.

January 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 16th September 2019 and closes on at 5pm on 29th November 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th December 2019 at 5pm.

Full details available on the website.

Ernest Cook Trust

The Ernest Cook Trust have recently reviewed their grant giving strategy:

All grants awarded from 2019 will be for environmental education projects, outdoor learning and ‘learning from the land’. The Trustees would like to see applicants addressing key global concerns through educational projects which focus on issues such as (but not exclusive to):

  • connecting with nature
  • climate change
  • environmental pollution
  • loss of biodiversity
  • farming and food production
  • renewable energy
  • mental and physical wellbeing
  • social justice

Two grant schemes are now open and the trust will be phasing in more new grant streams over the next few months.

The two grant schemes are:

  • Apprenticeship and Scholarship Programme Grants
  • Outdoor Learning Officer Grants

Both of these programmes close on 27th September 2019.

Details can be found on the Ernest Cook website.

Thursday 24th of October 2019, appointments from 1pm to 4:30pm
Tynedale Farmer Function Suite, Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG.

Our next Funding Fair is taking place at Tynedale Farmer Function Suite (next to Hexham Mart) on 24th October 2019.

The event gives you the opportunity to have 10 minute appointments with some of the funders listed below.

We have 12 funders due to attend:

  • Ballinger Charitable Trust
  • The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Greggs Foundation
  • Hadrian Trust
  • The Joicey Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • Karbon Homes
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Northstar Ventures
  • Northumberland County Council – Community Chest
  • Northumberland National Park Authority

The booking form and directory of funders is now available. The booking deadline is 9am on the 14th October.

Early Bird Booking - The first 10 booking forms received will be guaranteed their top 3 choices (as long as the project / organisation is eligible).

Space to Connect

Community organisations across England looking to improve spaces where people can connect and co-operate can now apply for grants of up to £50,000 from Space to Connect – the Coop Foundation’s £1.6 million partnership with government. Two strands of funding are available:
  • ‘Enhance’ – organisations that are using community spaces in innovative and creative ways can apply for grants of £30,000 to £50,000 to help expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working so they can build a more secure future. Revenue and capital funding is available. Applications close at midday (12pm) on Wednesday 31 July.
     
  •  ‘Explore’ – organisations that want to help communities start to explore ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use can apply for grants of up to £10,000. Revenue funding only. Applications close on at midday (12pm) on Monday 12 August 2019
Full details are available on the Coop Foundation's website.
 

Carers Innovation Fund

 
The £5 million Carers Innovation Fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services.  This funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities.
 
Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.  The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations can all bid for funding to prove their concept, with the aim of securing longer term funding from other sources. Carers and other experts will sit on the evaluation panel to make sure proposals are feasible.
 
The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next 2 years. Initially the fund was worth half a million pounds. However, funding was later increased to £5 million. Full information on the Government's website.
 

Safeguarding Training Fund

The first phase is currently supporting the ‘Safer Social Sector Partnership’ led by NCVO to design a national and generic online safeguarding training package, suitable for all charities big and small, to improve safeguarding/safe culture practice. These materials will be available by the end of September 2019. The overall objectives of the Safeguarding Training Fund are:
  • To improve awareness of good safeguarding practice through the delivery of a national and generic safeguarding training package. This will improve access to safeguarding training and support to protect both children and adults at risk, and promote a safe culture within charities.
  • To extend the reach of existing resources around safeguarding, and support engaging mechanisms to deliver safeguarding training which reaches both small and large organisations.
  • To provide an insight into the impact of the safeguarding training, which helps to build a long term legacy for this work and embed good safeguarding practice and awareness into the sector.
This is the second phase of the Safeguarding Training Fund, a partnership between DCMS and The Fund, which will invest £1.14 million to improve access to safeguarding/safe culture support materials. During the second phase they expect to fund 5 – 10 organisations to distribute the phase 1 materials, promote and champion safeguarding/safe culture, and enable local networking and self-support. Grants will be in the region of £50,000 to £115,000 from November 2019 until the end of March 2022. The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 July 2019 at 23:59. Full details are on the National Lottery Community Fund website.
 

Contract: Home Care Flexible Purchasing System

This contract is for the provision of home care services for adults with care and support needs, whether funded under social care legislation, as NHS Continuing Health Care, or as aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

The aim of the Service is to enable Service Users receiving home and community support to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as possible and to enable them to lead a good quality of life.

The contract opportunity is split into ten Lots based on geographical regions within Northumberland. Within each Lot there operates a three tiered system, with a single ‘Preferred Provider’ in place at Tier 1 who has a right of first refusal for each referral available within that Lot. If the Tier 1 Provider does not respond to the referral within a short timescale, or cannot meet the need, then the referral will be offered to the Providers within Tier 2. Similarly if no Tier 2 Provider responds, or cannot meet the need within a short timeframe then the referral will be offered to any Providers on the third Tier.

This Flexible Purchasing System was established on 1st April 2019, however new applications are now welcome for appointment to Tier 2 and Tier 3 positions on each Lot.

Full details can be found here.

2020 GSK IMPACT Awards

 
The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.
 
Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.  In 2020 there will be three days of training leading up to the GSK IMPACT Awards ceremony in London. After this participants will be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network which connects past award winners both online and at meetings, to get and give support, share best practice and continue their professional development. Many participants have commented that the training, the new ideas and enthusiasm that they take away, and the connections they make is even more important than the award money.
 
To apply go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards
 
Closing date for applications: 23 September 2019


Churchill Fellowship travel grants for change-makers

 

Churchill Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offer a life-changing opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons. The Fellowship will fund you to spend 4-8 weeks anywhere in the word, exploring a practical topic that you care about. You will then receive help to make change happen in your community or profession when you come home.

Every year Fellowships are offered in a series of 'award categories' that reflect key contemporary issues. In addition, there is always an Open category for any topics beyond this range. Applicants are encouraged to apply in a category relevant to their proposal, or else in the Open category.

  • Arts for the built environment
  • Education
  • Emergency response
  • Enterprise: supporting social impact
  • Environment, conservation and sustainable living
  • Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives
  • Rural living: strengthening countryside communities
  • Science, technology and engineering
  • Suicide: prevention, intervention and postvention
  • Open category
  • For artists and makers
  • For young people

Grants are now also available for applications to those working in emergency response of all kinds, from prevention to response to post-crisis recovery. Projects may relate to frontline and rescue services or to the agencies and charities that work on crisis management in the widest sense, including infrastructure, early warning, survivor support, rehabilitation, reconstruction and policy. Download the flyer.

Applicants are welcomed from all levels of seniority and it is open to all UK citizens aged 18 or over. Proposals may be intended for operational, tactical or strategic implementation.

Application is online, with a deadline of 17 September 2019 for travels in 2020.

Find out more at: www.wcmt.org.uk/apply/what-we-fund#Yes

 


Community Partnering Fund briefing session

 

Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid are working with Leeds Community Foundation to enable local organisations and community groups to deliver schemes that tackle issues that are close to their hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth and the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects. Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid see this as an opportunity to build ongoing relationships with organisations, explore further opportunities to provide support, gather case studies and share learning.
 
The Community Partnering Fund programme is targeted at areas of greatest need. The Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to support locally based community organisations with innovative approaches to delivering sustainable initiatives that help broaden Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid’s reach and educate and support communities and individuals.
 
If you are thinking of applying for the Fund and would like to learn more about the Community Partnering Fund then please attend a briefing event in Sunderland:

  • Wednesday 25 September 2019, 10am – 12 noon, at Bede Tower Burdon Road Sunderland SR2 7EA

The briefing will include a presentation on the Community Partnering grant programme, application process, an overview of previously funded projects, a Q&A session, and networking opportunities.  

Book your place via Eventbrite.

 


Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards 2020

 

The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain. Six winning registered charities or social enterprises will receive a £10,000 grant and be profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country.

The judges will be particularly interested in organisations that do the following:

  • Tackle the root causes of poverty.
  • Intervene early to prevent poverty.
  • Are ambitious for the lives of their clients.
  • Find innovative ways to combat poverty.
  • Have the potential to scale the impact of their work.
  • Have a turnover of less than £2 million.
  • Are working with people living in Britain.

There are six categories, below. Charities can apply to multiple categories but will only be able to win one award.

  • The Maxie Richards Addiction Award
  • The Family Award
  • The Work Award
  • The Education Award
  • The Criminal Justice Award
  • The Financial Inclusion Award

The deadline is 7th October 2019.

Read more and apply here. 

 


Finn Family Fund

 

 

This Fund was set up by Leo Finn, a former chief executive of Northern Rock PLC with the support of the Northern Rock Foundation which he served as a founder trustee and chairman. It makes small grants mainly in the North East of England and Cumbria.

The trustees look for opportunities where a small grant will offset some disadvantage and improve the quality of life of recipients, particularly young people. They prefer small charities led by volunteers. They do not seek applications from charities concerned with medical research, animal welfare or the promotion of religion.  

The maximum grant is usually £3,000.

Applications are considered at any time. Find out more at: www.finnfamilyfund.org.uk/

 


REEDS Grassroots Fund

 

The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities. Grants of up to £3,000 will be made to support the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty and in order to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Preventing or alleviating poverty through increased income
  • Improved living standards of the most disadvantaged through increased household income
  • Increasing individuals’ ability to manage their benefits claims to reduce the likelihood of future sanctions/problems

Applicants will need to be located in areas of high deprivation, and to demonstrate that they have experience in delivering this support, and to provide examples of successful outcomes already achieved. They should also indicate if support is required to maintain existing services or for additional resources to meet increased demand.

Applications are invited from mainly smaller (income of no more than £70,000 per annum) organisations but those with a larger income will be considered.

Examples of disadvantaged communities include those affected by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, asylum seeker/refugee status, disability and people with learning disabilities.

This is a rolling grant programme and application is online.

Find out more and make an application at: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/group_grant/reeds-grassroots/

 


The Tudor Trust

 

Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. The trustees particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. Their ability to be flexible can mean that they are well-placed to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances.

Tudor wants to support organisations which:

  • Display positive organisational characteristics
  • Address marginalisation
  • Make a difference

Grants are usually made over 1, 2 or 3 years and there is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for grants of less than £10,000 to be made. Grants may be for:

  • Core funding, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs.
  • Projects
  • Capital for buildings or equipment
  • Help to strengthen your organisation

Sometimes trustees may decide to offer unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives.

This is a rolling grant programme and the application is in two parts.

Find out more on the Trust’s priorities and how to make an application at: tudortrust.org.uk/what-we-do/about-our-grants/

 

FB and PFB Lough Fund

The FB and PFB Lough Fund was established in 2018 with an extremely generous legacy gift to the Community Foundation, from Frank and Pat Lough. Frank and Pat lived in Berwick and it was their intention that the gift be used to support charitable activity in their local area. The fund exists to support charitable activity in north Northumberland, within a 20-mile radius of Berwick Town Hall. Applications should demonstrate how a grant will be used to either tackle disadvantage, strengthen communities, or make the area a better place to live (this last point might include cultural, environmental or sporting activity). Please note that in this round of funding:

  • Registered charities are welcome to apply for core / unrestricted running costs, or specific projects, as they see fit;
  • Other types of not-for-profit organisation are welcome to apply for funding for specific charitable projects;
  • Organisations of all types are welcome to apply for grants of one, two, or three years’ duration;
  • The minimum grant size is £5,000pa and the maximum is £10,000pa.
The deadline for applications is Monday 5th August 2019, 9.00am. More information is available on the Community Foundation's website.
 

More than a Pub

Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands?

The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community ownership of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

Funded by Power to Change and delivered by Plunkett Foundation, the second round of the programme builds upon the success of the first, which saw over 450 enquiries received from communities across England and saw 28 pubs open under community ownership. Support and funding is available to the community pub sector until September 2020. The programme offers a wide range of support for groups who wish to take ownership of their local pub and run it for the benefit of their local community:

  • Action planning
  • Learning, events and peer networking
  • Bursary funding of up to £2,500
  • Business development advice
  • Loan and grant combined funding package of up to £100,000
Full details are available on the Plunkett Foundation's website.
 

Places to Ride

The Places to Ride programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England.

The programme has been made possible through a new £15million commitment from Government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). The aim of the programme is to:

  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds regardless of gender, age, ability or ethnicity to engage with cycling in all its forms. We want to provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment; focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women and girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Ensure we deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.
The typical characteristics of a funded cycle facility will include that they:
  • are traffic-free
  • provide one or more opportunities to participate, for example BMX, track-cycling, mountain biking and so on 
  • might include a modest learn-to-ride area for children and young people at the early stages of developing their cycling skills and confidence
  • are open to all the community – ideally with programmes/sessions designed to encourage local people to get involved
  • will offer cycling opportunities to people who may not have access to, or be able to afford equipment needed – for example be able to provide relevant cycles, helmets and any other equipment
  • are possibly located alongside other sports/activities to encourage a much broader appeal across all sections of the community and encourage social interaction
Grants will normally range from £1000 to £500k and will only exceed the upper limit in exceptional circumstances. The contact for the North East area is Hilary Conway - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07834 518 152 Full details are on the British Cycling website.
 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them. The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
  • Health & Wellbeing: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

The offer has now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:
https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/funding The deadline for completing the eligibility survey for this round is 30th August 2019.
 
Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.
 

Contract: Home Care Flexible Purchasing System

This contract is for the provision of home care services for adults with care and support needs, whether funded under social care legislation, as NHS Continuing Health Care, or as aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

The aim of the Service is to enable Service Users receiving home and community support to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as possible and to enable them to lead a good quality of life.

The contract opportunity is split into ten Lots based on geographical regions within Northumberland. Within each Lot there operates a three tiered system, with a single ‘Preferred Provider’ in place at Tier 1 who has a right of first refusal for each referral available within that Lot. If the Tier 1 Provider does not respond to the referral within a short timescale, or cannot meet the need, then the referral will be offered to the Providers within Tier 2. Similarly if no Tier 2 Provider responds, or cannot meet the need within a short timeframe then the referral will be offered to any Providers on the third Tier.

This Flexible Purchasing System was established on 1st April 2019, however new applications are now welcome for appointment to Tier 2 and Tier 3 positions on each Lot.

Full details can be found here.

Comic Relief - Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls

In England, around 1 in every 20 women has experienced extensive physical and sexual violence and abuse across their life course.  These women are more likely to face other adverse circumstances in their lives: more than half have a common mental health condition; 52% have a disability that means they need help with everyday activities; 1 in 5 have experienced homelessness; 1 in 3 have an alcohol problem and are 8 times more likely to be drug dependent than women with little experience of violence and abuse.

To this end, Comic Relief are pleased to be continuing their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to open a fund of £1.2 million to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG). The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

Comic Relief want to make targeted investments in UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of VAWG.

Proposals should respond to one or more of this programme’s aims:

  • Maintain / improve support for women and girls who are experiencing or at risk of violence and abuse;
  • Expand reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex), and disabled communities;
  • Capture the lived experiences of women and girls to inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy;
  • Coordinate cross sector partnerships to build more trauma-informed, joined-up care pathways that meet the holistic needs of women and girls.

Grants between £50k to £250k are available for projects starting in January 2020 and lasting for no longer than 12 to 15 months.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 4th of September.

Full details are on the Comic Relief website

Postcode Lottery Trusts

The Postcode Lottery operates three grant giving trusts that groups can apply to for projects of 12 months in length, projects must be new or a significant expansion of an existing project. Funds of up to £20,000 are available for registered charities, with funds of £2,000 for other not-for-profit organisations. The deadline for first stage applications across all three trusts is 14th August 2019.

Postcode Local Trust provides funding for:

  • Green space improvements.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Renewable energy and flood prevention.

Full details are available on the website.

Postcode Community Trust provides funding for:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing.
  • Arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation.

Full details are available on the website.

People's Postcode Trust provides funding for:

  • Promoting human rights.
  • Combatting discrimination.
  • Poverty prevention.

Full details are available on the website.

#IWILL Fund - Youth-led advocacy to improve community spaces

The #IWILL Fund want to support organisations who understand what high quality youth social action is and have experience of equipping young people with the skills they need to deliver meaningful advocacy-based social action.

Approaches should empower young people to take the lead and advocate to improve community spaces that are important to them and where their work can be embedded into spaces in the long-term. Your proposed plans should be informed by young people themselves.

You can apply for up to £35,000 over one year to facilitate youth-led advocacy to improve the design and use of community spaces.

Grants can be used to cover any costs related to carrying out this project, included but not limited to:

  • Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project
  • Costs of advocacy activities, including appropriate incentives and rewards for young people to take part
  • Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 20th September 2019.

For more information and to apply visit the Co-op Foundation's website.

Cash4Clubs

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500 and £1000 available. Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports National Governing Body or local authority.

Applications are now open and will close on the 27th September 2019.

You can either make a written application or a video application (max 2 minutes)

For more details and to apply visit the website.

NHS England and NHS Improvement Community Grants 2019

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services?

If so, NHS England want you to tell them about it. In fact, they want to support you to tell everyone about it!

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be awarding grants of up to £2500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. Applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation. Please ensure you read the 2019 guidelines for community grant applicants pack before you apply, to check that your organisation and project is eligible. If you are eligible you will need to complete the application form by Monday, 23 September 2019 using the apply now button.

You can find out more about previous years’ projects in the community grants section of the Involvement Hub on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.

Bright Ideas Fund now open!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you. Bright Ideas provides business development support, grants of up to £15,000, and opportunities to learn from other community businesses. 

Bright Ideas is interested in community groups, associations and organisations who have a good idea for a community business but need advice and a small amount of revenue funding to develop, test and get to the stage of launching their community business. The Fund remains open to applications from aspiring community businesses working anywhere in England and in any sector

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

The deadline for applications is the 30th September.

For more information visit the website

Confirmation of Commissioning framework - Urgent

We are looking for charities or organisations to become part of our commissioning framework to deliver outreach as a supplier on our behalf on a spot purchase basis.

We are looking for charities and organisations who are OISC registered, CTC cleared and DBS checked who have experience of assisting vulnerable adult asylum seekers. 

The outreach requests could include a wide range of topics which may include asylum support or move on support.

The outreach framework has been finalised and published and can be accessed via the following link:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/T3PF2999J6

Please note the deadline is  21/08/2019 15:00.

For any enquiries please email Marsela Hoxha on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contract: Service to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support

Northumberland County Council is seeking tenders to establish a Contract to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support at a time of crisis.

The aim is to provide short term assistance to families requiring additional support as part of a range of early intervention and prevention services designed to prevent children becoming “looked after”. The aim is to stabilise families preventing child neglect and abuse and reducing the flow of children going into Looked After Care, thereby improving outcomes.

The service should be able to offer bespoke packages of support, delivered through a network of volunteers providing a community solution for families in crisis or in need of support. The aim is to develop strong relationships between volunteers and families, strengthening family capacity and promoting self-sufficiency through both modelling behaviours and providing support for positive parenting.

It is anticipated that up to 65 families per year will require support, based predominantly within the South East Northumberland area with development over the lifetime of the contract in support required in the north and west of the County.

The value of the contract will be capped at £75,000 per annum, including all expenses. Further details of the Contracting Authority’s requirements under the contract and other relevant information are given in the Specification at Schedule 2.

Register on the Pro-contract website for further details.

Deadline for EOI is 16/08/2019.

Contract: Home Care Flexible Purchasing System

This contract is for the provision of home care services for adults with care and support needs, whether funded under social care legislation, as NHS Continuing Health Care, or as aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

The aim of the Service is to enable Service Users receiving home and community support to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as possible and to enable them to lead a good quality of life.

The contract opportunity is split into ten Lots based on geographical regions within Northumberland. Within each Lot there operates a three tiered system, with a single ‘Preferred Provider’ in place at Tier 1 who has a right of first refusal for each referral available within that Lot. If the Tier 1 Provider does not respond to the referral within a short timescale, or cannot meet the need, then the referral will be offered to the Providers within Tier 2. Similarly if no Tier 2 Provider responds, or cannot meet the need within a short timeframe then the referral will be offered to any Providers on the third Tier.

This Flexible Purchasing System was established on 1st April 2019, however new applications are now welcome for appointment to Tier 2 and Tier 3 positions on each Lot.

Full details can be found here.

Virgin Money Foundation - Community Anchor Fund

Community Anchor organisations come in different forms, however, the form of the organisation is less important than the methods they employ. They are often the driving force in a local neighbourhood, the facilitator and supporter of community activity and a way that local people of all ages can be involved in determining their shared future.

The Community Anchors' Fund will provide organisations working in the North East of England with grants between £10,000 and £50,000. The funds can be used to cover core costs, they can also be spent on designing and launching new activity. The award can be spread over one, two or three years.

The Foundation will make awards totalling £500,000 over the year. Applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme. We expect to make between 10 and 15 awards. When all of the available funding has been allocated the programme will close – so we suggest you apply as soon as possible.

Full details are available on the Virgin Money Foundation's website.

Nationwide Community Grants

The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards grants of up to £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Helping people in to a home
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment

The fund is open from 3 June – 5 July in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, West of England, North West, North Midlands and the North East of England. In the North East the fund is being managed by the County Durham Community Foundation.

 

Full details are are the UK Community Foundation's website.

Blyth Demonstrator Windfarm Community Fund

The Fund will consider applications between £500 and £10,000, in exceptional circumstances application will be considered for up to £20,000.
 
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, provided that persons residing within the Priority Area may benefit.
 

The fund will support
  • Community organisations to support 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 deadline for applications is the 22nd of July.

 

Full details are on the Community Foundation's website.

National Lottery Community Fund - Climate Action Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

The new fund will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. The funder has said that types of activities will differ from place to place, but will have one thing in common: the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

The new fund is being launched as the level of concern over climate change continues to rise, with 80% of the public saying they are very or fairly concerned about climate change. The National Lottery Community Fund also today revealed that it’s exploring ways to support the wider sector and its grantees to help them mitigate their impact on the climate, for example via its Climate Action Top-up scheme – which will soon be piloted in Wales.

Further details on the fund will be released later in the summer.

Read the full press release on TNLCF's website.

Bright Ideas Fund will re-open on Tuesday 6 August 2019!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you. Bright Ideas provides business development support, grants of up to £15,000, and opportunities to learn from other community businesses. 

Bright Ideas is interested in community groups, associations and organisations who have a good idea for a community business but need advice and a small amount of revenue funding to develop, test and get to the stage of launching their community business. The Fund remains open to applications from aspiring community businesses working anywhere in England and in any sector

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

For more information visit the website

Hays Travel Foundation

The Hays Travel Foundation was set up in 2015 with the main focus being on creating a brighter future for young people who need a bit of help to develop their potential.

To be eligible, organisations must be working to help young people (up to 25 years) in at least one of the following areas:

  • Education.
  • Prevention of poverty.
  • Health.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Sports.

Registered charities in need of financial aid to support their overall mission or a particular project can apply for a grant by completing the application form. Please note that the focus of the Hays Travel Foundation is on helping young people in the areas where Hays Travel operates. Grants range from £3,000 to £15,000 with grants of up to £30,000 given in some circumstances.

In addition each individual shop gets involved in fundraising for a good cause of their choice through the development of a local community partnership.

For more information visit the Hays Travel Foundation website

Masonic Charitable Foundation

There are two funding streams currently open for applications:

Early Years
The early years grants are about giving children and young people from vulnerable families the best possible start in life.

Later Life
Later life grants are about helping to reduce loneliness amongst older people.

Across both of these themes the main criteria is the same.

 

Small Grants
Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.

The next deadline is 27th September 2019.

 

Large Grants
Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £60,000.

The next deadline for first stage applications is 19th August.

 

For more information visit the website.

Contract: Service to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support

Northumberland County Council is seeking tenders to establish a Contract to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support at a time of crisis.

The aim is to provide short term assistance to families requiring additional support as part of a range of early intervention and prevention services designed to prevent children becoming “looked after”. The aim is to stabilise families preventing child neglect and abuse and reducing the flow of children going into Looked After Care, thereby improving outcomes.

The service should be able to offer bespoke packages of support, delivered through a network of volunteers providing a community solution for families in crisis or in need of support. The aim is to develop strong relationships between volunteers and families, strengthening family capacity and promoting self-sufficiency through both modelling behaviours and providing support for positive parenting.

It is anticipated that up to 65 families per year will require support, based predominantly within the South East Northumberland area with development over the lifetime of the contract in support required in the north and west of the County.

The value of the contract will be capped at £75,000 per annum, including all expenses. Further details of the Contracting Authority’s requirements under the contract and other relevant information are given in the Specification at Schedule 2.

Register on the Pro-contract website for further details.

Deadline for EOI is 16/08/2019.

Contract: Home Care Flexible Purchasing System

This contract is for the provision of home care services for adults with care and support needs, whether funded under social care legislation, as NHS Continuing Health Care, or as aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

The aim of the Service is to enable Service Users receiving home and community support to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as possible and to enable them to lead a good quality of life.

The contract opportunity is split into ten Lots based on geographical regions within Northumberland. Within each Lot there operates a three tiered system, with a single ‘Preferred Provider’ in place at Tier 1 who has a right of first refusal for each referral available within that Lot. If the Tier 1 Provider does not respond to the referral within a short timescale, or cannot meet the need, then the referral will be offered to the Providers within Tier 2. Similarly if no Tier 2 Provider responds, or cannot meet the need within a short timeframe then the referral will be offered to any Providers on the third Tier.

This Flexible Purchasing System was established on 1st April 2019, however new applications are now welcome for appointment to Tier 2 and Tier 3 positions on each Lot.

Full details can be found here.

High Streets Heritage Action Zones

By extending the successful Heritage Action Zone initiative, Historic England will deliver a four-year programme of physical improvements, community engagement and cultural activities to regenerate England’s struggling historic high streets and town centres around the country. To do this, they will be working closely with local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce and other community groups.

Applicants can apply for a grant of between £250,000 and £2 million to set up a four-year partnership beginning April 2020.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 12 July 2019.

Full details are available on Historic England's website.

 

Urban Tree Challenge Fund

The UTCF is open to anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas as long, as you have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of your agreement and your planting location is within an urban area.

The fund provides up to 50% of published standard costs for planting large and small trees and their establishment costs. The remaining funding must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour.

Block bids allow organisations to apply for funding for multiple projects under one application, which can be geographically dispersed across England or focused in a local area. Individual applications are aimed at smaller organisations or community groups who are looking to deliver much smaller scale projects.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund is now open for block bids and closes at midnight on 28 July 2019. Expressions of Interest (EOI) for individual applications can also be received in this window.

 

Full details can be found on the Government website.

Froebelian Innovation Grants

The Froebel Trust offers Innovation Grants to enable the application of Froebelian principles in new areas and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively. Projects funded under the Innovation Grants programme should achieve the following outcomes:

  • Children are supported to play expressively and creatively.
  • Organisations develop or improve their understanding of Froebelian philosophy and principles.

The Trust has allocated a fund of £40,000 in 2019 for Innovation Grants. Projects may be spread over 1 or 2 years.

The deadline for applications is: 5pm on Monday 24 June 2019.

 

Full details can be found on the Froebel Trust's website.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects that make a difference to local communities near to Co-op stores and funeral homes.

Your project must either:

  • help a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces
  • support the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities
  • help people reach their full potential by developing their skills

Applications must be completed by 16 June 2019.

If you are successful you’ll be part of the Local Community Fund for 12 months – from 27 October 2019 to 24 October 2020.

You'll receive your share of the funding in 2 payments – one in April 2020 and one in November 2020. Full details are available on the Co-op's website

The Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.

It will support interventions and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.

Focusing on 10-14 year olds across England and Wales, it is run by youth charity Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Social Investment Business(SIB). The Youth Endowment Fund will dispense funds in three ways. It will:

  • Run a one-off, open call round, to fund and evaluate promising approaches to preventing youth offending which have not yet gathered strong evidence of their impact. In this round, grantees will need to spend £100,000 or more by March 2020.
  • Fund a smaller number of programmes with good evidence of impact and which are ready for large scale evaluation.
  • Support two local partnerships in areas with high levels of youth crime to develop a multi-stakeholder response to preventing youth offending, evaluate and learn to inform our approach to place-based work.
The Youth Endowment Fund open call round will be open for applications from Tuesday 28 May to Tuesday 23 July 2019.
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