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

 

July 2021

August 2021

EDF Blyth Wind Farm Fund - 15th August
Bernicia Foundation - 16th August
Funding for Sport & Play - 20th August
Riddell Family Fund - 22nd August
Sisters and North Steads Wind Farm - 30th August
Green Rigg Wind Farm - 30th August
Sir James Knott Trust - 31st August

September 2021

Banks Community Fund - 3rd September
Barmoor Wind Farm - 5th September
Pargiter Fund - 12th September
Madeleine Kinlen Fund - 17th September
Middlemoor Wind Farm Fund - 19th September
Hadrian Trust - 24th September
High Sheriff Award - 30th September

October 2021

NCC Community Chest - 1st October
Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm - 14th October
Rington's Fund - 17th October
The Bellway Fund - 24th October
Ray Windfarm Fund - 25th October

November 2021

Banks Community Fund - 12th November
Funding for Sport & Play - 19th November
The Joicey Trust - 30th November

December 2021

 

January 2022

February 2022

Funding for Sport & Play - 18th February

March 2022

 

April 2022 May 2022

June 2022

 

 

 

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!

 

 
 
 

Launch of VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is now live with a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021.

Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.

Grants are available between £75,000 - £300,000 with the closing deadline of noon on 27th August.  Further information can be found here NHS England » Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22: Information pack. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through our online portal.

A meet the funder webinar is scheduled for 11th August from 10-11am.  Please click here to register your attendance.
 

RHS Flourish Fund

RHS want to inspire everyone to grow, and the RHS Flourish Fund is part of their pledge to attract and support a wider range of people to connect with horticulture. A commitment of £150,000, consisting of grants up to £15,000, the Fund aims to support organisations across the UK that are helping people acquire horticultural skills.

If your organisation, including those in the voluntary, community or social enterprise sector, has horticulture at its heart and offers quality horticultural training, then the Flourish Fund could be a fantastic opportunity for you.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday, 13 August 2021.

To apply visit the website.

Mutual Respect Grant fund

Nationwide Building Society are donating £50,000 to the Mutual Respect Grants fund to help grassroot football teams across the UK continue to build mutual respect on and off the pitch.

If you and your club are passionate about building mutual respect within grassroots football, then why not see if you qualify to apply for one of the grants.

50 clubs will be chosen to receive a grant of £1000 each. The clubs will be chosen from all valid entries by a panel of judges from Nationwide Building Society plus an independent judge against the following criteria:

  • What the club has done to increase mutual respect on or off the pitch
  • How they achieved it
  • The impact the club had.

The deadline is 11:59pm on the 15th August.

For more information and to apply visit the Nationwide website.

Lotteries and free prize draws

Does our charity need a license to run a raffle online?  Can we do a sweepstake in our office to raise funds for a local sports charity?  How do I know if a draw to win a house is legitimate?  These are some of the questions the Fundraising Regulator has received through their enquiries service from both fundraisers and the public about lottery-based, free draw and prize competition fundraising.

So now, the Regulator’s policy and standards officer Gavin Doyle has published this blog ‘Leaving nothing to chance: what you need to know about lottery, free draw and prize competition fundraising’, which addresses all of these questions. 

The link to Northumberland County Council's Gambling License page is here.

New Zoom app lets UK charities fundraise within the platform 

The video meeting platform Zoom has added a donation function to its platform for all registered UK charities.

The Pledge app is free to add and means any Zoom user can fundraise for more than 2.2 million charities operating in over 150 countries around the world. This includes every registered charity operating in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Find out more from Civil Society News.

North of Tyne Crowdfund - 'Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty'

The North of Tyne Combined Authority are happy to announce the third round of Crowdfund North of Tyne: “Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty”. 

NTCA want to provide a springboard for locally led greening and food security in the North of Tyne. This is a £200,000 fund, from the NTCA Mayor’s Capacity Fund. 

As part of the Combined Authority’s dedication to a Net Zero transition and  Mayor Driscoll’s manifesto commitment to work with communities to tackle the climate emergency and food poverty, we want to fund projects that will make a positive impact for local people and the local area.

This can be anything from a community garden, to supporting the reduction of food waste – the possibilities are endless. Click here to tell SpaceHive about your idea

North of Tyne Crowdfund - 'Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty'

The North of Tyne Combined Authority are happy to announce the third round of Crowdfund North of Tyne: “Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty”. 

NTCA want to provide a springboard for locally led greening and food security in the North of Tyne. This is a £200,000 fund, from the NTCA Mayor’s Capacity Fund. 

As part of the Combined Authority’s dedication to a Net Zero transition and  Mayor Driscoll’s manifesto commitment to work with communities to tackle the climate emergency and food poverty, we want to fund projects that will make a positive impact for local people and the local area.

This can be anything from a community garden, to supporting the reduction of food waste – the possibilities are endless. Come along to our online launch to find out more!

Share this invitation with your network to spread the word!

To find out how you can get involved, join crowdfunding platform Spacehive for an information event where you will have the chance to:

  • Hear about funds from the North of Tyne Combined Authority available for your project 
  • Receive advice on developing your project from the team
  • Join smaller break out rooms for interactive, specialised support for your project
  • Access advice on planning and marketing your campaign

Register here - Wednesday July 21st at 10am

Whether this is your first time creating a project or you're a seasoned community organiser, this online workshop will be an opportunity to learn everything you need to know in order to create and run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Need inspiration? Have a look through the campaigns currently crowdfunding as part of the Spring funding round. 
Share your project idea with us today (even if it is just a seedling of an idea) so we can give you tips on how to get started!

CLICK HERE TO TELL SPACEHIVE ABOUT YOUR IDEA
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Places Called Home

IKEA Limited and The National Lottery Community Fund have come together to support thriving, resilient and sustainable communities across the UK.

Places Called Home explores the idea that communities can become as important to us as our homes. It aims to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people.

Places Called Home can fund equipment or materials to improve your community’s shared spaces and run activities that focus on sustainable living.

Your project will need to meet at least two of these criteria:

  • It builds on the relationships created during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase community activity and the number of people taking part.
  • It encourages people to work together, creating opportunities for communities to live in a sustainable and healthy way.
  • It raises awareness amongst the public of the importance of connected households, neighbourhoods and resilient communities. 
  • It develops a new idea, activity or way to come together that has emerged in response to the pandemic. 
  • It revives or redesigns community and common spaces to encourage shared community activities.  

You can apply if you have a current grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. We’ll consider how this funding would complement and impact on existing awards during the assessment process.

We’ll prioritise applications from groups who:

  • have not received funding from us before
  • do not have a current award with us
  • are smaller organisations with an annual turnover of under £100,000.

More information is available on the National Lottery Community Fund's website.

Santander Foundation - Financial & Digital Empowerment

Santander are investing £1.8 million in the programme in 2021. The programme will provide 12 grants of up to a total of £150,000 per organisation. Grants are for a period of three years. Successful applicants may request differing amounts in each of the three years, with a minimum of £25,000 in any one year.

There are millions of people in our society that are already at a disadvantage – through age, education, income, disability, or unemployment. Without the right support for them, the social inequality gap will only widen.

Many charitable and community interest organisations work with such groups; with people that feel the impacts of financial or digital exclusion the most.

We want to reach lone parents, single pensioners, migrants and refugees, those with long term illnesses and disabilities,  those struggling to find sustained employment  and households headed by students or part-time workers. These are among the groups most commonly excluded from financial services.

People with low or unstable incomes, or those who have experienced a significant life shock, are particularly affected by financial exclusion. The pandemic will only have made this situation worse, as more and more basic services have moved to the web. We want to help charities build their capacity to help people to become digitally and financially empowered.

The deadline for applications is the 13th August.

Full details are on the Santander Sustainability website. (Please note some anti-virus software may block access to this site)

Bernicia Foundation

The North East is a great place to live, work and visit, but unfortunately, there are some people who struggle to find opportunities. No matter what age, ability or background, we want to help people find the right path.

The Inclusion Grant Programme supports initiatives that encourage:

Social inclusion:

  • Reducing isolation and loneliness
  • Promoting independence
  • Building citizenship, confidence and aspiration

Economic inclusion:

  • Removing barriers to employment, training and volunteering
  • Reducing child poverty
  • Tackling Fuel Poverty
  • Improving financial wellbeing

Want to apply for an Inclusion Grant?

The funding programme opens on 5th July 2021 and will close for applications at midnight on 16th August 2021

Successful applicants will be notified within 10 weeks of the closing date.

More information is available on the Bernicia Foundation's website.

The Foundation also has a programme available to support individual young people.

Enviresearch Fund

The Enviresearch Fund will support activities that inspire 10 to 13-year-old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science.

This could be through;

  • Visits to the museums,
  • Science field trips,
  • Inviting scientists into schools
  • Activities outside of school.

The fund will also support the purchase of science activity packs for home use during term time and school holidays for families in need whose children aged 10 -13 are required to stay at home due to Covid-19.

The fund will support activities in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland with a priority given to Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and South East Northumberland.

Grant Range: £750 - £1,000 with one or two up to £4,000

This is a rolling grants programme with no specific deadline.

To apply visit the Community Foundation's website.

EDF Renewables Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm Fund

The Fund will consider applications between £750 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, providing evidence that residents within the Priority Area will benefit.

What can be funded:

  • capital, activities and development, i.e. community organisations to  support capital, activities and development
  • access to training and /or educational activities for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people, i.e. individuals to allow people to take up training or education opportunities (i.e. cover transport or equipment costs)
  • access to amateur sport or the arts for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people, e.g. opportunities in sport and the arts for gifted and talented young people
  • sustainable development by the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration (Sustainable Development- development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their own needs), e.g. social enterprises to support the cost of start-up or expansion. The Fund will not support the core cost of continuing services.

The deadline is midnight on Sunday 8th August 2021.

For more information and to apply visit the Community Foundation's website.

Newcastle Building Society Community Fund

Support for community projects based and working in the North East of England or Cumbria tackling food poverty or employability.
 

Criteria: In addition to the usual Community Foundation criteria

  • Groups must be based and working in the location of a Newcastle Building Society Branch
  • Project must be able to start within 3 months of receipt of the grant (flexibility for any further Covid-19 restrictions).
  • The amount applied for must mean the project can go ahead (not part funding for a larger project) 

Will support:

  • Activities
  • Sessional staff costs and volunteer expenses
  • Project resources and equipment
  • Events, outings and trips (Covid19 restrictions permitting)

Grants of up to £3000 are available and the deadline is 15th August.

Visit the Community Foundation's website to apply.

North East Humanists

 

Provides grants up to £500 to implement projects that will benefit people in communities in the North East of England.

Applications are welcome from community groups which:  

  • give opportunities for people to support each other;
  • are inclusive (in line with the Equalities Act 2010);
  • are committed to the protection of vulnerable people involved; and
  • have a bank account in the name of the group.  

Priority will be given to applications which meet the following criteria. 

  • The project and community group conform to the statements above.
  • The project goals are realistic in order to achieve a clearly stated community benefit. 
  • There is a clear and feasible budget plan which is matched to the project goals.
  • There is evidence that the applicant group has the capacity to manage the project efficiently.

Visit the North East Humanists website for more information.

 

Heritage Fund - Steps to Sustainability

Heritage organisations across the UK are under increasing pressure and financial constraints, with many facing extreme challenges to ensure a stable future.

With the additional impact of Covid-19, a culture of enterprise to build a sustainable and resilient heritage sector is needed now more than ever.

Steps to Sustainability, a new National Lottery Heritage Fund programme delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy, will provide a pathway of support to address these challenges. It will help your organisation to be ambitious, forward-thinking and deliver exciting new projects.

On this 15 month journey, you will learn to look outwards, build stronger partnerships and become more comfortable with the commercial aspects of running a heritage organisation. Learning with a network of peers and sector experts from across the UK, you will turn a new business idea into reality. In addition up to £10,000 of funding is available.

The deadline to apply is 23rd July.

More information is available on the Social Enterprise Academy website.

VCSE Digital Skills Fund

Raising digital skills levels across the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector in Northumberland; and supporting local residents with digital skills for work and life. 

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) awarded Northumberland County Council (NCC) funding to deliver the Covid-19 Northumberland Response Programme. Northumberland County Council are acting as Accountable Body for this funding, but are allocating a grant to Northumberland CVA for distribution to the VCSE in Northumberland. 

The purpose of the grant fund is to raise digital skills levels across the VCSE in Northumberland, and thereby address the digital skills gap of residents. 

As the contract holder with Northumberland County Council to deliver infrastructure support services to the sector across Northumberland, we have been asked to manage and administer the North of Tyne Covid Capacity Fund on behalf of Northumberland County Council.
 

Guidelines 

  • The grants are open to any Voluntary Community and Sector Enterprise (VCSE) organisation operating in Northumberland and are from £500 up to a maximum of £15,000.  
  • We will particularly welcome applications from smaller VCSE organisations, to ensure they remain digitally included and are digitally prepared for the future. 
  • Organisations should have as a minimum, their own bank account, constitution, safeguarding policy, equal opportunities (EDI) policy and public liability / other insurance. If you do not have the relevant policies in place, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for support. 
  • Recipients of grants, training or other support must benefit staff, volunteers or service users of a not-for-profit VCSE sector organisation. 
  • Ownership of any equipment purchased must remain with the applicant organisation for a period of at least 3 years. 
  • All project expenditure must be completed by 15th September 2021 and reports submitted to Northumberland CVA by 20th September 2021 at the latest. 

 

The deadlines for applications are at 9am on the following dates:

Friday 11th June

Friday 25th June

Friday 9th July

Wednesday 21st July

Friday 6th August

Friday 20th August

 

A workshop will be held on 3rd June at 1pm and 8th June at 6pm to go through the application form and an opportunity to ask any questions.

To book on the workshop visit Eventbrite or for any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application Form

Monitoring Form

Keep up to date with any developments by visiting our website.
 

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest

The aim of the Community Chest Scheme is to support community groups and organisations to deliver activities which contribute to achieving the Council’s ambition for Northumberland. This includes Help For You which aims to help young people under 18 to achieve an ambition (see below).  The Community Chest Scheme will support one-off initiatives that are:

  • seen as valuable to the area
  • are not able to secure mainstream funding from the council or other sources

They do this by giving one-off grants of up to £5,000, but not exceeding 75% of the actual costs, i.e. you will need to find at least 25% from your own or other sources. You are advised to read the guidelines carefully before applying. Deadlines - 25th June & 1st October Full details and application materials are available on the NCC website.
 

Northumberland County Council - Business Grants

There are several grants currently available through Northumberland County Council which are due to close to new applications very soon. Below is an extract from NCC’s website and the links will take you to the relevant section if you think that you may be eligible to apply. Please check eligibility very carefully and try to seek advice from NCC if you are unsure on any point.

From Northumberland County Council website – 26 May 2021

List of the grants currently available for application. Please see the relevant sections further down the page for eligibility, applications and details on how each grant will be paid.

  • 1f - Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 16 February onwards: This grant is aimed at businesses which have remained closed and subject to national restrictions, and covers the period 16 February to 31 March 2021. Applications close on 31 May 2021.
  • 6a - Business Resilience Grant (BRG) 2: This is for companies that are liable for business rates, plus and some mobile and home-based businesses, including those who have benefited from the first round of BRG, but which have not already received Local Restrictions Support Grants, the Restart Grant or Additional Restriction Grants. Applications will close on 2 June 2021. 
  • 7 - Restart Grant: This is a one-off grant for businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business sectors. Please read more and apply below. Applications will close on 30 June 2021.
  • 7a - Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Restart Grant: This grant aims to support businesses in the non-essential retail, personal care, hospitality, accommodation, leisure and gym sectors which do not have a rateable value, plus direct suppliers to the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors. Applications will close on Friday 28 May 2021

 

Movement for Good

Ecclesiastical's £1 million giving programme has two funding phases:

500 charities will each receive £1,000 during the first phase of the campaign.

The £1,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland - these could range from smaller volunteer-run groups to larger, well-known organisations.

Anyone can nominate a charity to win one of the £1,000 awards. And it’s quick and easy to do. The more nominations a charity receives the greater their chance of winning, so spread the word.

The deadline for nominations is 13th June 2021.

A second phase of giving will happen later this summer and they will provide more details nearer the time

For full details and to register visit the Movement for Good website.

Tampon Tax Fund

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

  • The fund is open to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across the United Kingdom applications should be for £350,000 or more
  • The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant’s or consortia’s collective annual income
  • Applications should focus on 1 of 2 categories: violence against women and girls, or the general programme
  • Grants may be for 12 to 18 month projects
  • All project activities must be concluded and funds must be spent by 31st March 2023

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 4th July 2021

Full details are available on the Government website.

Ansvar Community Campaign 2021

Ansvar are asking registered charities – big or small - to tell them about a project they’re either running or hoping to run, which could do with some extra cash.

They have £25,000 to give away – the first prize will be £15,000 and the two runners up will both receive £5,000 each.

Entries must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and must consist of 500 words or less. The email must include the name and registered number of the charity, its address and the contact details of the person submitting the entry on behalf of the charity. Alternatively, an entry can be posted to:

Community Campaign Competition,
Ansvar Marketing Department,
Ansvar House,
31 St Leonards Road,
Eastbourne, East Sussex,
BN21 3UR.

Entries for the Competition can be submitted until 5pm on 30th June 2021 

Full details are available on Ansvar's website.

Poverty Truth Commision

Contract Opportunity - Estimated Value: £80,000

The Poverty Truth Commission (PTC) is part of NTCA’s Employability and Inclusion Policy priority to develop activities and interventions which achieve local economic resilience via strengthened communities, and more and good jobs. Tenders are invited from suitable contractors to deliver the North of Tyne Poverty Truth Commission.  Based on a nationally-recognised model of practice, our PTC will be the first to run post-COVID and across a Combined Authority area.

Deadline for all tenders is before noon 1 June 2021.

Details on the NEPO Portal.

Poverty Truth Commision

Contract Opportunity - Estimated Value: £80,000

The Poverty Truth Commission (PTC) is part of NTCA’s Employability and Inclusion Policy priority to develop activities and interventions which achieve local economic resilience via strengthened communities, and more and good jobs. Tenders are invited from suitable contractors to deliver the North of Tyne Poverty Truth Commission.  Based on a nationally-recognised model of practice, our PTC will be the first to run post-COVID and across a Combined Authority area.

Deadline for all tenders is before noon 1 June 2021.

Details on the NEPO Portal.
 

Understanding the experiences of people using home care services, then, now and the future

Contract Opportunity - Value £5,000

ADAPT NE are inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals or organisations who demonstrate the conditions for participation listed in the project information document.

Deadline 17th May, 9am.

More information is available on Northumberland CVA's website.
 

Thomas Wall Trust - Digital Skills

The programme aims to equip adults with basic digital skills for work and life, helping them access the online world.

Organisations are welcome to apply for grants up to £5,000.

The programme will fund:

  • Not for profit organisations/charities based in the UK that have been established for at least three years
  • Organisations with an annual turnover that does not exceed £500,000

Priority is given to:

  • Projects that link digital skills with employment opportunities.
  • Match funded projects.
  • Organisations that can provide compelling evidence of impact.
  • Organisations working with collaborative networks.

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is Friday 25th June 2021.

See more detail and apply on the Thomas Wall Trust's website.

Arnold Clark Community Fund - Last Chance to Apply

The final deadline for the Arnold Clark Community Fund is 31st of May. Applications are granted on a weekly basis, so the sooner you apply the more chances you have as applications are rolled forward.

The fund is open to all UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is also open to community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises. The maximum grant is £1000.

To apply visit the Arnold Clark website.

Co-op Local Community Causes

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that Co-op members care about.

Every time Co-op members buy Co-op branded products, 2p goes to them as a membership reward and the Co-op gives another 2p to support local causes and national community organisations.

Each year local voluntary organisations can apply to be a local Community Cause, and this year the application process opens in May. The applications process will be undertaken through Co-operate, the online community centre, so now is the perfect time to add your organisation to Co-operate.

Co-operate helps people come together to make good things happen. Whether you already run a community group in Northumberland or want help to start one Co-operate is a great place where you can:

  • List your group and activities and recruit members and volunteers
  • Regularly update your group’s information on Co-operate
  • Get ‘How to’ advice and guidance
  • Find and connect with other groups and activities in your area to strengthen and widen community networks across Northumberland

Adding your group or activities onto the Co-operate online community centre is really simple, and totally free – here’s the link to get you started: Co-operate. Co-operate is provided for free by the Co-op to support communities.

If you have any queries, please do get in touch. Ceri Finn. Co-op Member Pioneer Co-ordinator for Northumberland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is the 30th May 2021, payments are made in April 2022 & November 2022. Info on the fund is available here.

National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) - Helping You Apply: Grants for £3,000 - £10,000 (North)

10am – 12pm. Six dates, running to August 18th, 2021.

These events are for groups interested in finding out more about NLHF’s small grants programme. There is no project enquiry service at this level so these webinars have been created to answer all questions and help applicants put in good quality applications.

The session will explore:

  • how heritage can be used to transform places and change lives
  • what a well-planned project looks like
  • how to write a strong funding application to the fund.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to share their project ideas and ask any questions. The webinar will be especially helpful for first-time applicants and those completely new to funding.

Find out more about Heritage Lottery small grants here.

Book your place here.

Co-op Local Community Causes

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that Co-op members care about.

Every time Co-op members buy Co-op branded products, 2p goes to them as a membership reward and the Co-op gives another 2p to support local causes and national community organisations.

Each year local voluntary organisations can apply to be a local Community Cause, and this year the application process opens in May. The applications process will be undertaken through Co-operate, the online community centre, so now is the perfect time to add your organisation to Co-operate.

Co-operate helps people come together to make good things happen. Whether you already run a community group in Northumberland or want help to start one Co-operate is a great place where you can:

  • List your group and activities and recruit members and volunteers
  • Regularly update your group’s information on Co-operate
  • Get ‘How to’ advice and guidance
  • Find and connect with other groups and activities in your area to strengthen and widen community networks across Northumberland

Adding your group or activities onto the Co-operate online community centre is really simple, and totally free – here’s the link to get you started: Co-operate. Co-operate is provided for free by the Co-op to support communities.

If you have any queries, please do get in touch. Ceri Finn. Co-op Member Pioneer Co-ordinator for Northumberland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Bringing People Together

Bringing People Together funding from National Lottery Community Fund will support projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.

It is expected that all projects will:

  • Deliver across at least two countries in the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)
  • Have a clear equality, diversity and inclusion focus
  • Demonstrate they can learn and adapt as they go.

NLCF are interested in:

  • Bold and experimental responses to bringing people together using new, or new combinations of approaches
  • New projects or projects that build on existing work
  • A range of projects reflecting a mix of communities and places from across the UK.

20 awards are expected to be made in 2021 to 2022. Grants are for up to £300,000 for a maximum of two years.

Full details are available on NLCF's website.

Victoria Wood Foundation

The Victoria Wood Foundation was set up after the death of Victoria Wood in April 2016. The Trustees are former friends of Victoria, and they are particularly keen to provide support in areas that would have interested Victoria, namely the arts in all its forms.

The fund will support all aspects of the Arts, particularly in and around London and in the North of England. The trustees meet twice a year in July and December.

To apply complete the Initial Application Form available here.

Stop Loan Sharks Fund

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders.

Funds can be spent on any worthwhile community project that meets the following criteria:

  • Contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks
  • Prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks

IMLT want to actively encourage projects and initiatives that are different from the rest and will leave a legacy in the communities they are delivered in. To make sure you’ve got what it takes, have a look at the 5 main aims below:

  1. Innovative - Has this been done before and if so what makes this project different?
  2. Community Engagement - Who will this project reach and how many people will be involved? Will you help get the Stop Loan Sharks message to a new audience? 
  3. Impact - How will it effect and influence the people reached and how will it change their actions and understanding?
  4. Legacy - What will it leave behind and how is it sustainable?
  5. Value for Money - How does this project represent value for money?

The maximum award will be £5000 with the application deadline on the 30th June 2021. Full details can be found on the website.

Side by Side Fund

The National Survivor User Network will award grants of up to £500 to peer support, mutual aid or self-help groups in England and Wales to connect remotely, prepare to move their activities to face-to-face, or make their group more sustainable. The peer support, mutual aid or self-help group must benefit people or communities who live with mental ill-health, trauma and distress. 

Peer support is defined as the intentional action of bringing people together who have experiences in common, to offer mutual support. Not all groups will define themselves as ‘mental health groups’. NSUN are interested in groups who recognise that coming together supports wellbeing, healing or connection, and other things we associate with our mental health.

The peer support, mutual aid or self-help group must take place in a community setting (i.e. not NHS or local authority), and should be in some way led by the members of the community it engages.

This opportunity has been made available through Mind’s Side by Side: Peer Support in your community project, which is funded by Morrisons Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.

The deadline for applications is 31st May 2021.  Full details and an application form is available on NSUN's website.

Wellbank Foundation

The Wellbank Foundation is a recently registered small, family run, grant-making charity that supports registered charities based in the North East of England. They want to back initiatives that improve people's lives and help them reach their full potential. The charities they work with have to be helping people who are disadvantaged, whether for financial, health or other reasons. They're particularly keen to support any projects that provides educational, sporting or environmental benefits.
 

Grant Criteria

You must be:

  • A registered charity based in Northumberland or Tyne & Wear (not an individual) with a turnover of no more than £1m
  • Looking for a grant of between £500 and £25,000

​The funding you are looking for must:

  • Be for the benefit of a number of residents of the North East that are disadvantaged by
  • reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other socio-economic basis
  • Be for a planned project/spend - we will not fund anything retrospectively
  • Not be for a research project
  • Not be for the advancement or benefit of a religious or political cause

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

 

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

A short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs in England.

Is this the right programme for you?

  • Does your project focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature?
  • Are you an environmental charity or partner based in England?
  • Do you require a grant between £50,000 and £2million?
  • Is your project ready to deliver and are you able to spend the funding by 31 March 2023?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the Green Recovery Challenge Fund is for you.

The second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund supports nature projects across England with funding worth up to £40m. Grants from the £40m first round of funding were awarded in December 2020.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open for applications at two grant levels:

  • £50,000 to £250,000. Deadline 12noon 14 April 2021
  • £250,000 to £2m. Deadline for Expressions of Interest 12noon 22 March 2021

You must contribute at least 5% of your project costs in cash (partnership funding) for all grants over £250,000.

Full details available on Heritage Fund's website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Foundation has opened for 2021 applications and will remain open without deadlines throughout 2021.

The Foundation partners with small and local charities who help people overcome complex social issues. Through long-term funding, developmental support and influencing policy and practice, the Foundation helps small charities make life-changing impact.

The funding is intended for small and medium-sized charities that have a track record of working to help people overcome one or more of the following issues:

  • Addiction and dependency on alcohol, drugs and/or gambling
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents

Funding of up to £50,000 is available over 2 years.

The Foundation's grants team will hold a live Q&A webinar on 30 March (2pm to 3:30pm) to discuss the 2021 funding programme. You can book here.

Further information on the Lloyds Bank Foundation is available here.

 

Youth Centre Recovery Fund

A total of £8 million is available to provide core funding for the costs of running youth centres and delivering youth work. Funding will cover the period from 1 April – 30 September 2021.

The aim is to ensure that youth centres remain viable and are able to re-open or continue to deliver services as the country emerges from Covid-19 restrictions. The pandemic and concomitant actions taken to combat it are likely to have a significant negative impact on young people’s mental health and life chances, especially those from less advantaged backgrounds. As such, it is critical that charities running youth clubs are able to continue to provide support and opportunities to young people.

The Fund is open to registered charities who run youth centres in England. They must offer youth services within a locality and operate out of a fixed space or venue. They should be at risk of being unable to re-open and resume services, of cutting provision, or of permanent closure for financial reasons by the end September 2021.

There is no fixed grant size for this fund.

Full details available on the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust's website.

Arnold Clark Community Fund

The fund aims to help UK charities and local community groups continue their important work which may be at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants are awarded by a monthly draw.

At the end of each month, 500 applications will be granted. Applications that are unsuccessful one month will be kept in the draw for the following month. The final deadline is 31st May 2021.

Grants can be requested from £100 to £1000.

Full details are available on the Arnold Clark website.

Northumberland County Council - Members Small Grant Scheme

Northumberland County Council has announced it is taking new steps to help county councillors to provide Covid related support in their communities.  

The council is expanding the remit of the Members Small Grant Scheme and other grants to enable all county councillors to support local Town and Parish Councils, as well as community groups, with specific grants for Covid related financial support.  

The grants will assist recipient organisations to help families who need support. There will be a range of options which may include food parcels and/or food purchases through the use of vouchers. 

The maximum amount of the grant will be £2,000.

Only county councillors will be able to apply for this grant through the Members Small Grant Scheme.

You can find contact details for your County Councillor here.

Community Foundation - National Emergency Trust

The Community Foundation are calling for applications from organisations who are providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Vulnerable means:

  • The elderly (70+)
  • People with pre-existing health conditions

Organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship, victims of domestic violence or people needing support with mental health issues or bereavement can also be supported.

The Community Foundation are keen to help organisations working with BAME communities and others who may be disproportionately affected by the outbreak in other ways e.g. because they are already facing prejudice and discrimination or are being poorly served by ‘mainstream’ services.

In addition to the main fund, there is additional funding available from the Co-op for projects that address food poverty. If you have a food related project you have a better chance of securing funding if you apply by the Co-op's deadline of 13th November. The main fund is a rolling programme with no specific deadline.

Grants are available from £1000 to £10,000

Full details are available on the Community Foundation's website

CAF Resilience Fund

The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19.

Both registered and unregistered charitable organisations, including community interest companies and social enterprises, can apply for the CAF Resilience Fund.

This fund will initially distribute £20 million made up of grants ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 to deliver rapid relief from the impact of Covid-19.

The amount of grant awarded to a charitable organisation will be based on the reasons behind the request for help and the organisation’s annual income before the pandemic hit. Charities applying must be based in the UK and deliver their services in England, and must be able to spend the grant money before 31 March 2021.
 

The causes and communities that the fund aims to help include:

  • People living in poverty
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
  • Children and young people
  • People with physical or learning disabilities 
  • People experiencing mental health conditions
  • Older people 
  • Communities facing health inequalities
  • Patient groups with unmet health needs (physical or mental)
  • People facing domestic or other abuse
  • Unemployed people
  • Homeless people
  • People experiencing loneliness and isolation
  • People pushed into crisis because of Covid-19
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Other vulnerable people or communities

The CAF Resilience Fund is supported by DCMS and ABI specifically to reach the most under-represented and vulnerable groups in England.

Deadline 10th November.

Full details on CAF's website.

Sport England - Return to Play

There are three parts to this new fund - Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended - with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.

Small Grants
This fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

Community Asset Fund
This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.

Active Together
Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m. With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs.

Crowdfund North of Tyne

Crowdfund North of Tyne gives inspired people in our patch the opportunity to create create and fund projects which celebrate and improve our local areas.

If you missed the launch of the crowdfunding programme on the 1st of Oct, recording of the session is available here, (password yk*^13M7), and the slides from the session here.

The Crowdfund North of Tyne crowdfunding programme is running an Autumn 2020 funding round with a deadline of the 3rd of November to get involved. Along with pledges from your local community, there is an opportunity to get up to £5,000 from the North of Tyne Combined Authority towards your crowdfunding campaign.

Full details are available here.

Sir James Knott Trust - 2021 Deadlines

The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England. The Trustees try to follow the wishes and interests of the Trust’s founder where this is compatible with the present day needs of the North East.

The Trust operates on a rolling grants programme. If you miss a deadline, your application will be considered at the following meeting. The 2021 deadlines are 1st March, 31st May and 31st August.

For applications over £10,000, the project will probably require a visit from an assessor or a member of the Trust Staff Team.  It would therefore be advisable to submit applications well before the application deadline date in order to allow for this.

Small grants (£1,000 and under)  are processed outside of scheduled meetings and have an average turnaround of 6 weeks.

For more information and to apply visit the Trust's website.
 

National Lottery Community Fund - Programmes Re-open

The short-term emergency phase of funding is now at and end and National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships funding programmes in England are open again.

The COVID-19 crisis has helped NLCF identify where they can do more to ensure their funding is reaching a full and diverse range of communities. With the pandemic still with us, they will continue to seek to support people and communities most adversely impacted.

Through National Lottery Awards for AllReaching Communities, and Partnerships, NLCF support people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have, to make the changes needed in the community.

Funding can be used to deliver activities, but also to help your organisation recover, adapt and thrive (including provision of core funding). This includes supporting you to become more financially resilient and operate in a more digital world. NLCF can also help you to make useful connections with other organisations, whilst also supporting infrastructure to nurture grassroots community action.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone, especially during these unprecedented times. NLCF want to support projects that:

  • involve people and communities from the start 
  • build on people’s strengths
  • are connected in their community.

Awards for All funding is up to £10,000 for projects of up to 12 months.

Reaching Communities and Partnership funding is for funding of over £10,000 for up to 5 years.

BBC Children in Need

The Main and Small Grants Programmes are currently open for applications.

The next two deadlines for applications are:

  • 11.30am, 21st December 2020
  • 11.30am, 18th March 2021

BBC Children in Need is intending to run some additional, thematic programmes in 2021, starting with a Youth Social Action Fund which will launch in early 2021.

When describing how your project will make children’s lives better, you should talk about:

  • The disadvantages faced by the children and young people you support, and what effects these have on their lives.
  • What your project will do and how its activities will help make a difference to children’s lives.
  • The three most important differences your project will make that will improve children’s lives. This is the aspect of your application that interests BBC CIN most. If you are awarded a grant you will be asked to report back on these in detail.

Full details are available on the BBC CIN website.

Mental Health Sustainability Programme

Deadline 13th December 2020

Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP) has launched the small grants fund as part of the Mental Health Sustainability Programme. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £25-500k.

VCSE mental health organisations have a vital role working in the community providing support to anyone who has a mental health need but continues to face many challenges in delivering services during COVID-19, intensified by the lockdowns and varying tier systems. It is vital that service providers working in the community are supported to enable them to continue delivering essential, life-saving services to people who need it most so it can be effective and sustainable during and after the pandemic.

As such, AMHP are looking at funding costs that can positively impact the sustainability of an organisation – specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; with a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities. AMHP will also be considering applications from organisations supporting other disadvantaged groups such as the homeless community, those in contact with the criminal justice system, children and young people, women and girls, victims of domestic violence etc.

To apply for the fund, please read more here and ensure you complete and return an application form to Daniah Hafez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 11:59pm on Sunday 13 December 2020.

Operation Payback Fund

The £350,000 for this fund is created from money gained through crime. The funding, which uses money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, which includes seizures from criminals.

The fund is aimed at grass roots projects in local communities who provide locally-designed support for vulnerable people, diversionary activities or who seek to turn things around and improve their local neighbourhood. The PCC is encouraging new ideas and collaboration with others in the VCS or statutory services to create resilient and flourishing communities where opportunities for anti-social or criminal behaviour are reduced and will not be tolerated.

Organisations can apply for resource, capital or match funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 for projects that can clearly demonstrate how they will:

Directly combat the impact of crime in local communities – organisations will ensure that the impact of crime in the communities they serve is reduced or minimised through innovative and locally designed interventions or projects which help to increase resilience within the communities creating an environment where communities flourish, feelings and perceptions of safety are increased and crime is not tolerated.
 

Reduce crime – organisations will ensure that, through their project or intervention, crime within local communities is reduced through locally-designed work that will:

  • Identify early, anyone at risk of being drawn into crime and provide preventative interventions to guide them away from crime and prevent others form going down a path that may lead to crime; and/or
  • Intervene at the earliest possible opportunity with people who are already involved or suspected to be involved in criminal activity to try turn them around through interventions or diversionary work; and/or
  • Work with people who are already involved in criminal activity and use a range of rehabilitative work to ensure they do not continue with a life of crime.

Reduce anti-social behaviour and provide diversionary activities - organisations will ensure that through their project/intervention ASB within local communities is reduced through locally-designed work that will:

  • Identify early, anyone at risk of being drawn into engaging in ASB and provide preventative and diversionary interventions to guide them away from that behaviour and prevent them and other from going down a path that may lead to escalating ABS and crime; and/or
  • Intervene at the earliest possible opportunity with people who are already involved or suspected to be involved in ASB in the communities to try prevent any further escalation of behaviour and through interventions or diversionary work;
  • Work with people who are already engaging in serious ASB and use a range of rehabilitative work to ensure they do not continue with this behaviour or that their behaviour does not escalate further.

All applications to be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Friday 8 January 2021. You must phone 07783363988 to have a discussion with the Commissioning and Policy Team about whether your project might be suitable for this fund.

Full details are available on the PCC's website.

Weston Charity Awards

Applications for the 2021 Weston Charity Awards are now OPEN!! Applications close at 5pm on 8th January 2021.

The Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth through a year-long programme. Award holders finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future.

In 2021 they aim to select 20 winners who will receive a fantastic package of benefits:

  • A year of support from Pilotlight.
  • Unrestricted cash contribution of £6,500 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings.
  •  Access to a network of local charities working with Pilotlight.
  • 2 ‘Connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year.

To be eligible to apply, charities must have the following:

  • A registered charity number
  • Be working in the fields of Welfare, Youth or Community
  • At least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position
  • Income of less than £5 million per year
  • Provide direct services to beneficiaries
  • Majority of activity or beneficiaries are in the Midlands, North of England or Wales.

Full details on the Weston Awards website.

Karbon Homes - Community Fund

Following the flurry of grants given to local organisations at the beginning of the pandemic and coincidently, the beginning of the financial year, Karbon Homes are ready to start taking applications for funding again.

Funding themes

The grants aim to support projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and wellbeing within the communities in which Karbon work. Applications are welcomed if your project falls under one of our key themes:

  • Food poverty
  • Financial Exclusion
  • COVID Response
  • Supporting residents
  • Infrastructure
  • Hotspots

Half of the annual budget has been spent on crisis support so the pot isn’t as healthy as previous years. 

The maximum grant is £10k, although grants any larger than £3k to £5k might be a struggle for support this year. But that being said, there is no harm in trying and larger grant applications will certainly be considered like all applications.

For more details and to apply visit Karbon Homes' website.

Weston Culture Fund

The Foundation is finalising details for the one-off Weston Culture Fund which will launch on the 5th October.

This £25 million fund is designed to support mid to large scale cultural organisations in the UK to help them restart work, re-engage with audiences, adapt to changed circumstances and generate revenue. The fund is specifically for charitable organisations with a pre-Covid regular annual income of £500,000 or greater; smaller organisations will be able to apply for our regular grants programme via our website as usual.

The Weston Culture Fund via their website and Twitter on the 5th October.

Closing date for applications will be 9th November and decisions will be announced by the end of January 2021.

Full information will be available on the Garfield Weston website from 5th October.

The Prince's Countryside Fund

The fund's theme is Rural Community Resilience and will be looking for applications that will build on some of the amazing projects that came about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic this year, and the effect that this had on rural communities.

The Fund will be looking for projects which protect or boost community assets and enterprises, or otherwise strengthen the sense of community. Rural Community Resilience means different things to different communities, but the concept we are looking for is a project which will allow the community to survive and thrive, especially when facing a situation which affects everyday rural life.

Examples could include:

  • A village shop that moved into food or medicine delivery and has realised that this is of real benefit to the community but now wishes to take this a step further, or to continue the service.
  • A community may have discovered some hard to reach households within their community that have now started to engage - our grants could facilitate some exciting projects to continue and improve that engagement.
  • You may need to reinvigorate a rural transport scheme to tackle isolation in the countryside.

The maximum grant is £10,000 with the average grant expected to be around £8,000.

The deadline for applications is November 3rd 2020 at midday, but if a large number of eligible applications are received the Fund reserves the right to close the round earlier. Projects are advised to apply early.

Full details are available on the fund's website.

British Science Week 2021 Grants

There are two grant schemes available to support British Science Week (5-14 March 2021) activities: one for schools and one for community groups.

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
  • 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 £2,000 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.

The deadline for applications for both schemes is 5pm, Monday 9 November 2020.

Aviva Community Fund - Round 4

Round 4 of the Aviva Community Fund is open for applications until 13th of October. The fund runs as a Crowdfunder with donations from Aviva staff and members of the public.

They are looking to fund projects that develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group within the UK. The scheme must fall within one of the two areas: 

  • Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

If succesful at the initial stage your project will become available for members of the public and staff at Aviva to make donations.

For more information see the Aviva website.

Community Partnering Fund

The Community Partnering Fund will focus on supporting Third Sector organisations and community groups  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 on at least one of the following objectives:

  •  Alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty and promoting innovative energy-related environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon reduction.
  • Educating and informing communities about safety in relation to domestic gas and power including the dangers from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and how to protect against it.
  • Encouraging interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and related career opportunities.
  • Promoting use of the Priority Services Register, a free service provided by network operators and suppliers to customers in vulnerable circumstances within communities.
  • Championing community energy through encouraging people to come together to generate, own, manage, or reduce consumption of energy.
  • Project funding specifically for organisations working around food poverty for people particularly affected by COVID-19.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Priority will be given to applicants that are applying for grants of up to £5,000.

The deadline for applications is 2nd November 2020 at 12 noon and decisions will be sent to applicants in January 2021.

The fund is operated by the Leeds Community Foundation with full details available on their website.

Crowdfund North of Tyne

Crowdfund North of Tyne gives inspired people in our patch the opportunity to create create and fund projects which celebrate and improve our local areas.

The Crowdfund North of Tyne crowdfunding programme is running an Autumn 2020 funding round with a deadline of the 3rd of November to get involved. Along with pledges from your local community, there is an opportunity to get up to £5,000 from the North of Tyne Combined Authority towards your crowdfunding campaign.

Full details are available here.

Local Restrictions Support Grants

There are two programmes that are currently open that could support VCS organisations.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

This scheme is designed to help businesses that have been required to close due to the government’s national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December.

To qualify for this grant, your business must be in Northumberland and have been: 

  • open as usual before the restrictions. 
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises. 
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by government. 
  • liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started. 

Eligible premises include (full list on the website):

  • Non-essential retail
  • Leisure such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios, and sports facilities. 
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, and museums and galleries.
  • Community centres and halls 
  • Places of Worship (apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals)

No deadline at the present time.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
Businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors which remained open but were adversely affected by the Local Covid Alert Level: HIGH restrictions which came into force in Northumberland on 18 September could be eligible for a grant under this scheme.

Eligible business will be able to claim a grant for the period from 18 September to 4 November 2020, and applications can be made retrospectively.

To qualify for this grant, a business must be in Northumberland and have been:  

  •  open as usual before the restrictions.  
  •  providing services in person to customers from the premises.  
  •  have remained open but been severely impacted by the local restrictions 
  •  liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started. 

This grant scheme is now OPEN for applications - which MUST be made before midnight on Monday 7 December 2020.

Further details on both schemes are available on Northumberland County Council's website.

 

New Winter Resilience Fund offers up to £25K in support

The CCGs in Northumberland, Newcastle-Gateshead and North Tyneside have all requested they are not part of the ICS contract relating to distributing winter resilience grant funding to the VCSE sector entered into last week.   These CCG are requesting the monies to do as they had planned. Any groups that may have been thinking of applying to contact their local CCG instead - visit Northumberland CCG website.

The NHS Integrated Care System (ICS) for the North East and North Cumbria's new Winter Resilience Fund exists to provide financial support for voluntary organisations and community groups that are providing health and wellbeing support and have struggled financially during

Covid-19.

Grants of up to £25,000, provided through the ICS mental health programme, will be considered (in exceptional circumstances a higher amount might be considered) to be fully spent by March 31st next year, helping organisations that have had limited access to funding, lost funding or had an increase in workload due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Priority will be given to locally-based community organisations that support the health and wellbeing, including mental health, of local people throughout the North East of England.

The closing date for applications is December 11th. Please read the grant guidelines carefully before applying. Apply at ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/northeastics2021.

 

Barmoor Wind Farm - Videoconferencing

Eligible organisations can apply for a grant of £250 towards the costs of setting up online videoconferencing services.

Your application must explain how a grant will help you to engage with your local community and beneficiaries while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

Your budget must include videoconferencing subscription fees but can also include internet access costs.

 Applicants must demonstrate that:

  • they are based within a 10km radius of the Barmoor Wind Farm.
  • their work is run by local people for local people.
  • they involve users on their management committee.
  • they engage as many people as possible, ensuring that users have a say in how the project is run.
  • the work meets identified local needs or issues.

This is a rolling grants programme, open until all allocated funds are spent.

For further details and to apply, visit the Community Foundation's website.

VOICE4CHANGE COVID-19 PARTNERSHIP FUND

This fund is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver COVID-19 services in England.

This grants programme is designed to help tackle the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on BAME communities.

The grants programme has three sections:

  • Delivering COVID 19 services. Groups can apply for help with current costs, if their funding has been affected by the pandemic.
  • Delivering mental health and well-being services, particularly to those who have been further impacted by COVID 19
  • Delivering sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities and help with the impact of COVID 19 including well-being initiatives

This programme is open to all BAME led community groups and organisations, working primarily with BAME communities. In this context, BAME includes white minority communities other than white British e.g. Polish, Lithuanian etc., as well as communities that are Black, Asian, Chinese, African and Middle Eastern etc.

Grants between £5000 and £10,000 will be considered.

Further details are available on the Voice4Change website.

Now Open - Thriving Communities Fund - Arts Council England

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

This funding is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19.

By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects funded will help to:

  • enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally and enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services
  • Explore ways to make these partnerships and activities sustainable over time

The fund closes on the 8th January 2021.  

Citizens Advice Northumberland are leading a bid and have a survey form for potential partners to complete here. This does not prevent other partnerships submitting a bid but we feel that a single co-ordinated bid will stand the best chance of success.

Full details of the fund are available here.

Power to Change

 

Two new opportunities for support are available from Power to Change to support Community Businesses.  

Powering Up
Powering Up is a tailored support package designed to increase community business leaders’ knowledge, to provide wellbeing support and to build peer relationships to boost recovery across the sector. The programme is open to any community business in England to apply; however, we will be prioritising support to community businesses in the most deprived areas of England, as well as organisations that are supporting and led by disabled people and/or people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) groups.

Deadline for applications is 30th November.  

Community Business ReBoost Fund
Community Business ReBoost fund aims to support community businesses to raise community shares capital that can support their recovery, pivot or expand the business in response to Covid-19. The ReBoost fund provides grant funding and matched equity investment.

  • Development grants – between £3-5k to prepare a recovery community share offer and be awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark
  • Match equity investment – typically matching pound for pound up to £25,000 invested by the ReBoost fund.

Open for applications, no deadline specified.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The CCSF from the National Lottery Community Fund is changing after 17th August. If you are planning to apply to the Government element of this scheme (e.g. religious reason prohibit your organisation accepting lottery funding) then you must apply before noon on the 17th of August.

Emergency funding will continue after this date through funds raised by the National Lottery to help your community through COVID-19.

NLCF will be focusing on funding for organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically for user-led equality groups supporting:

  • black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) communities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities
  • disabled people.

This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100K.

Beyond the emergency response, National Lottery funding to support communities in England will be available, we'll keep you informed of any new programmes through the ebulletin.

Full information is available here.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage from the Nttional Lottery Heritage Fund will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

  • grants from £10,000 to £3million
  • for organisations in England only
  • funding must be spent by the end of this financial year, 31 March 2021

This programme will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem to ensure that by 31 March 2021, successful applicants can reopen or, if reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach, to operate on a sustainable and cost-efficient basis so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.

As a guide, this could include:

  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • cultural traditions (for example, stories, festivals, crafts, music and dance)
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • designed landscapes, such as parks and gardens
  • collections of objects, books or documents in libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Applications are open until noon on 17 August 2020.

For more information visit the Heritage Fund's website.

Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. Projects in the top 30% most deprived former coalfield areas are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £2,500.

Successful applicants will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.

Company Shop will value match any applications that deliver food provision for families and children. If your project supports these groups and is awarded £2,500 by us, Company Shop will commit an additional £2,500 to give you a project value of £5,000.

The nearest Company Shop is in Washington but bulk orders can be delivered.

This is a rolling application process, with no application deadline. The programme will close when all funds have been allocated. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

More information is availabkle on the Coalfields Regeneration Fund's website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation - COVID Recovery Fund

The Foundation has launched a £7.4 million COVID fund aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.

The COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

The fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Applications close at 5pm 11th September 2020

A Q&A webinar takes place on 11th August between 2pm – 3.30pm you can register here to learn more and ask questions about the fund.

Full details of the fund can be found here.

People's Postcode Lottery - Funds Open

The People's Postcode Lottery provides funding to a range of trust's to distribute to charities and community groups.

These trust's all have similar criteria but focus on different areas of need.

Preference is given to charities with a turnover of under £1m and may give preference to those below £500,000. The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

The deadline for all applications is 19 August 2020.

How much can you apply for?

£500 - £2,000

  • Companies limited by guarantee with an asset lock
  • Constituted voluntary organisations with no charity number
  • Community Interest Companies with an asset lock
  • Organisations with tax exempt status but no registered charity number

£500 - £20,000

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust - new funding to help not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain that are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on

  • Supporting an organisation's resilience.
  • Adapting or expanding services to meet new challenges.

Postcode Local Trust projects should relate to the following themes:

  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Combatting climate change and promoting sustainability.

Postcode Community Trust projects should address the following themes:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing
  • Increasing participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation 

People’s Postcode Trust projects should address the following themes:

  • Promoting human rights
  • Combatting discrimination
  • Preventing poverty

Fat Beehive Foundation

The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

Funding priorities over the next year are:

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Social justice / Refugees / Housing
  • Education
  • Art & culture
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Prisoner rehabilitation

Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

More information is available on the website.

Rural Broadband Upgrade Fund

Rural premises in Northumberland, with broadband speeds of less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps), are eligible.

Funding is only available when used in group projects and groups can be a mix of residents and businesses; just residents or just businesses.

Each resident can have funding worth up to £1,500 and each small and medium-sized business (SME) can have funding worth up to £3,500. The funding goes towards supporting the cost of installing brand new gigabit-capable connections.

To check if you are eligible for the Broadband Upgrade Fund, simply enter your postcode on the home page.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

This grant scheme is now OPEN for applications. It is called Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) because it is designed to help businesses that have been required to close due to the government’s national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December.

To qualify for this grant, your business must be in Northumberland and have been: 

  • open as usual before the restrictions. 
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises. 
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by government. 
  • liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started. 

Community Centres and halls are eligible to apply for this grant.

Further details are available on Northumberland County Council's website.

Wellesley Trust Fund

The Fund supports organisations working with young people in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham, including Darlington, and applications are welcomed as follows.   

In this round, applications are welcomed towards an organisations core services or to support one-year projects, though where a project is of a continuing nature, the panel may wish to select exceptional projects for multi-year support.

Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income of up to £500,000.  

In all cases, applicants must be able to demonstrate how their projects will make a difference to the lives of young people while meeting wider Community Foundation aspirations of supporting people to overcome disadvantage, creating stronger communities and making our area a good place to live.  

Both revenue and capital projects can be considered.

The deadline is 18th December.  

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

ASDA - Feeding Communities Grant

The Feeding Communities Grant has been designed to help provide meals to anyone in need in the lead up to Christmas.

With more local and natioonal lockdowns in place and changes anticipated to the coming weeks, supporting those with food provision is needed more than ever. Communities are struggling, charities are feeling the pressure, Asda Foundation is providing support.

Meals can be provided for individuals, families, meals at children’s healthy holiday clubs.

  • Maximum £1,000 per grant.
  • Per meal maximum cost £4.00 (can be lower than this)
  • Deadline 6th December

Further information is available on the ASDA Foundation website.

Thriving Communities Fund - Arts Council England

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

This funding is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19.

By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects we will fund will help to:

  • enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally and enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services
  • Explore ways to make these partnerships and activities sustainable over time

The fund opens on 23rd November and closes on the 8th January 2021.  
 

Full details are available here.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation - Major Grants

Major Grants at the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation are now open for applications

Organisations should have a focus on Family Support, this may further include:

  • Early intervention
  • Families coping with addiction
  • Prisoners' families
  1. Single year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or
  2. Multi-year grants for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period, for core costs, salaries, running or project costs

Your organisation’s postcode, or the project area, must be ranked within the most deprived 15% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) for urban areas or within the most deprived 50% for rural areas.

There are no deadlines.  

Full details available here.

OneFamily Foundation - Community Grants

Improving communities for future generations

OneFamily Community Grants provide funding of up to £2,500 to local groups, charities and causes.

OneFamily customers can nominate organisations to receive a Community Grant. Nominations are open until the 17th November.

Full details on the OneFamily Foundation website.

National Lottery Community Fund Partners

The National Lottery Community Fund have partnered with a range of organisations to deliver funding programmes, these have similar criteria to the main lottery funds:

Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund in partnership with Homeless Link. £5m

COVID-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme in partnership with Power to Change. £10m

Community Justice Fund in partnership with the Access to Justice Foundation. £5m.

The COVID-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund in partnership with UnLtd. £20m.

Barrow Cadbury Trust Covid-19 Support Fund, support groups working with migrants and refugees. £5m.

You can read the press release from NLCF here.

Bernicia Foundation

The Bernicia Foundation, which is led by North East housing association Bernicia, awarded £130,000 among 14 organisations from the first round launched in January this year as well as releasing £200,000 in April for local authorities to help charities and organisations tackle hardship caused by the Coronavirus crisis.

Applications are now being welcomed for two grants:

  • Inspiration Grants valued at up to £1,000 for inspirational young people aged 24 and under.
  • Inclusion Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be made to voluntary or community groups, registered charities, social enterprises and co-operatives with an annual income under £750,000 per year.

The Bernicia Foundation encourages applications from organisations committed to delivering real community benefits, such as tackling loneliness and accessing employment opportunities, as well as providing support for young talent to flourish. The closing date for this round is Friday 14 August.

For more information and to apply visit www.berniciafoundation.com

The Coquet Fund

The Coquet Fund is seeking applications for projects which facilitate community development in two disadvantaged areas of Northumberland.

The first area of interest is the Coquet Valley and catchment area as well as nearby inland communities, particularly in the hills. Here the fund would like to focus on activities helping local communities affected by the decline, or reduced scope for employment, in economic activities such as farming or by other factors which have disadvantaged rural life.

The second area of interest is the parts of Northumberland affected by declining or disappearing industries, in particular coal mining.

The fund is particularly interested in projects which help the community in affected areas to adapt and thrive in changed economic and social circumstances. This might be achieved, for example, through activities such as sport, music and other leisure activities that help strengthen the community and activities which develop skill sets relevant to current and future circumstances, particularly among the young.  

The fund could support the provision / improvement of infrastructure or other physical assets. Where the support takes less tangible form, such as the provision of programmes, it would be an advantage if the activity envisaged were capable of replication or other use in future.

Grants will range from £750 to £4,000 and the deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 24th August.

For more information contact Jon Goodwin on 0191 222 0945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Full details and an application form can be found on the Community Foundation's website.
 

2021 GSK IMPACT Awards

Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000 plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500.

Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.

To apply go to the King's fund's website.

Closing date for applications: 14 September 2020.
 

High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme

The Northumberland High Sheriff's Award Scheme rewards youth organisations that encourage and provide positive pursuits for young people, providing them with role models and helping them to develop into upstanding citizens. 

To achieve this, the Fund makes awards of £750 to community youth projects and other similar not for profit organisations that engage young people aged 10 to 25 in constructive and developmental activities that encourage their personal development and deter them from anti-social activities. The Fund also acknowledges the work of volunteers and encourages the development of young volunteers.

Award winners are encouraged to attend a presentation event in March to celebrate the work of young people in Northumberland.

The closing date is 11th of September 2020.

To apply visit the Community Foundation's website.
 

Arts Council England - Project Grants Return

National Lottery Project Grants is Arts Council England's (ACE) open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners.

The fund has reopened with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021.

Because of the circumstances during this COVID-19 period, ACE will be particularly keen to support:

  • applications from individual creative practitioners (including time to think and plan)
  • research and development activity
  • organisational development activity
  • live activity that can be safely delivered within this period (rather than activity with a start date far in the future)
  • activity that closely aligns with ACE's Equality Objectives 

Grants range from £1000 to £100,000.

Further information is available on ACE's website.

Allchurches Trust - Hope Beyond

The Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Allchurches trust aim to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope.

Hope Beyond funding will look to address these three themes:

  • Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities and measures to ensure buildings are Covid-19 safe
  • Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
  • Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support. 

In all cases, applicants will need to demonstrate how their project is seeking to directly respond to increasing/new need as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to funding capital projects, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, the Hope Beyond programme will also fund project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers. 

Grants of up to £50,000 are available.

For more information visit the Allchurches Trust's website.

Inspiring Futures Programme

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

The COVID-19 pandemic is heightening existing challenges for children and young people looking to access further education, training, and work.

There are concerns that the impact of lockdown and prolonged social distancing post-lockdown will have a particularly detrimental effect on those who are already struggling to gain employment, and it will also reduce the opportunity for others to learn the skills and gain experiences that would help them gain employment when they are older.

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020.

Funding will be for project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future, and will support:

  • Between 12 and 18 months of delivery
  • Working with children and young people aged 10 to 24 (in England)

The deadline is 11.30am on Friday 31st July 2020.

Full information is available on BBC Children in Need's website.

The Fore RAFT Transition Fund

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

The Transition Fund will offer grants in two rounds.  The first round opens for registration on the 20th July and a second round of funding will open for registration in September. Registration for the fund is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so register early. Successfully registered organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink within 4-6 weeks.

Further information is available on the Fore's website.

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