The success of your group depends on its ability to secure the resources needed to make a difference to your beneficiaries' lives. 

Getting further support

Northumberland Community Voluntary Action (Northumberland CVA) can help you through the process of securing funds for your organisation. For more information, funding advice and support for groups in Northumberland contact: Marc Johnson email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 858688.

Fit for Funding

Before you start applying for grants, you need to make sure that you have the basics in place. Funders need to know that they can trust you with their money, and that your project or organisation is well managed and likely to succeed.

Here are some of the key areas you need to think about. Most funders will need this information!

Legal identity - What legal structure does your group have?
Aims and objectives - Does your group have a clear understanding of its aims and objectives?
Governing document - Is your governing document relevant and up to date?
Management - Is your group well managed?
Policies - Do you have policies in place that cover the work you do?
Insurance - Does your group have insurance to cover its legal responsibilities?
Finances - Does your group have good financial sysstems in place?
Fundraising strategy and business plan - Does your group have a realistic plan in place?

Our Fact Sheet includes further details on being Fit for Funding.


Developing a Fundraising Strategy

It is often assumed that a fundraising strategy is a sophisticated document that is put together by a professional fundraiser, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Put simply, a fundraising strategy is a written plan which details future projects for your group and how you intend to fund them. It helps you to plan for the future, identify actions and timescales and possible funding sources for your work.


Searching for Funding

Searching for funding can be a time consuming exercise, regardless of the type of project or the level of funding required.

The funding landscape can be fast-moving with opportunities that have short timescales, new funding sources being launched and existing funding sources coming to an end. Knowing how to find this information and keeping up to date with new initiatives will give you the best chance of being successful.

Northumberland CVA is able to offer one-to-one advice and support to voluntary and community groups and organisations within Northumberland. We also organise regular funding events that allow local groups to meet with local, regional and national funders.


Writing Bids

Writing bids is a valuable skill that every organisation can develop to give themselves the best chance of success. Northumberland CVA can support you to develop those skills through our bid writing, bid checking and training services.


Project Development & Delivery

We can support your organisation to develop your project, ensuring that your plans are realistic and you have the right partners involved.


Funding Deadline Dates

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.

April 2022

Middlemoor Wind Farm - 3rd April
Hadrian Trust - 4th April
Cumberland Building Society - 8th April
Healthy Heart Grant - 11th April
Kellett Fund - 24th April
NCC Jubilee Fund - 29th April
N'ld Village Homes Trust - 30th April

May 2022

NCC Sport & Play - 20th May
Summer Playschemes - 29th May
Co-op Local Community Fund - 29th May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2022

Shilbottle Grants - 5th June
Blyth Wind Farm - 5th June
NCC Community Chest - 10th June
Hadrian's Wall Grants - 15th June
NCC Climate Change - 15th June
Banks Community Fund - 17th June
Cumberl'd Building Society - 17th June
Newcastle Building Society - 19th June
PCC Youth Activities - 19th June
Hadrian Trust - 20th June
Nthld National Park - 27th June
N'ld Village Homes Trust - 30th June

July 2022

MUGA Grants - 3rd July
John D Fund - 3rd July
Ted Weekes Fund - 31st July
Hadrian's Wall Grants - 31st July

August 2022

P&G Fund - 14th August
NCC Sport & Play - 19th August
N'ld Village Homes Trust - 31st August
Sir James Knott Trust - 31st August
Greggs Foundation NE Core - 31st Aug

September 2022

Hadrian's Wall Grants - 30th September
NCC Community Chest - 30th Sept

October 2022

NCC Climate Change - 14th Oct

November 2022

NCC Sport & Play - 18th November

December 2022


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