Northumberland County Council - Fund for Event Costs

The fund has been introduced as the council changes the way it deals with events as part of its budget savings plans for 2019/20. The council has previously provided free support services to the organisers of a wide range of local community, cultural and sporting events, which included provision of traffic management and other services such as rubbish collection and litter picking.


From June 1 this year the Council will no longer offer these services free and will seek to recover the costs it incurs if requested to provide these services to  event organisers.

This will apply to all events with the exception of Remembrance Day Parades and Armed Forces Parades, which will continue to receive support free of charge.

Event organisers are advised to apply as quickly as possible as applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, until the event fund has been fully allocated.

The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 22nd April with applicants being notified before the end of April. The deadline for the second round of applications will be Monday 17th June 2019 with a third round expected in September 2019.


Application forms and more information on how to apply are available on NCC's website.

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest

The Community Chest Scheme 2019 is now open. 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. 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. To help the council decide between different applications, there are higher and lower priorities for the scheme. Higher priority will be given to:
  • projects submitted by small community groups, defined as having an income of less than £10,000 per year and no paid staff
  • initiatives that will help community groups to become sustainable in the longer term
  • groups who have not received a grant from the community chest in the past

Lower priority will be given to groups who have received a community chest grant in the past two years and those that apply for projects similar to previous years. If your group or organisation does not meet the priorities, then an application can still be made but is less likely to be successful.


  Deadline Panel Meeting by
Round 1 Friday 7th June 2019 Friday 19th July 2019
Round 2 Friday 18th October 2019 Friday 19th November 2019


If your project seeks to benefit the County as a whole, then it may be considered as a Countywide project, for which £30,000 per annum is set aside. Such projects are considered by a separate panel of Area Chairs that meets more regularly. Although the maximum grant remains 75% of the actual costs, the upper limit will not normally exceed £10,000.   Full details and application materials are available on the County Council's website.

Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls. The aim of this grant funding is the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness  
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

Eligibility Criteria

  • Halls in towns or villages of under 10,000 population are eligible to apply
  • Applicants should have a freehold or leasehold interest in the hall in place. If there is a lease in place there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease
  • Multi-purpose Church Halls and Scout and Guide buildings are also eligible where they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in situ and they are clearly advertised as multi- purpose

£3 million has been made available to ACRE to fund this grant scheme. The scheme will fund up to 20% of eligible costs (i.e. The VAT element of any improvements), with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable. This means overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000. The first stage is completion of an online application form and costings. The second stage is the submission of a full application at any time before March 31st 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed. Full details are on ACRE's website.

Arts Council England - Small Capital Grants

Small Capital Grants 2019/20 will support the delivery of ACE's goals by ensuring arts and cultural organisations have the right capital assets to deliver their work. They will prioritise National Portfolio Organisations and applications for improvements to existing arts and cultural facilities, particularly where these give full consideration to environmental sustainability. Projects should meet high standards of design and construction, including ensuring maximum independent access for disabled people (visitors, participants, artists and members of staff).

Grants awarded will be between £100,000 and £499,999 You will need to submit an Expression of Interest between 11 April and 3 May. The application portal will then be open between 31 May and 5 July. Full information is available on


Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants

The Holiday Grants programme provides grants of between £500 and £2,500 for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. Funding can help towards a day trip or a longer holiday of up to seven days. These can be to the countryside or a city, but must be within the UK and outside of children’s immediate localities. Examples include camping, trips to adventure activity centres or the seaside.

Applications are prioritised that will benefit disadvantaged or disabled children living in the most deprived areas of the UK. For Holiday Grants this means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.

This programme is always oversubscribed so, if you wish to apply for a grant for disadvantaged children from more affluent areas, the case for support must be clearly explained in your application.

There are four rounds of applications each year, and grants are made on a first come first served basis until the available funding for that round has been fully allocated. You must apply at least six weeks before your trip or holiday is due to take place.


Date of trip between 1st July 2019 and  31st August 2019; applications accepted between 1st May 2019 and 2nd July 2019


Date of trip between 1st September 2019 and 31st December; applications accepted between 3rd July and 16th November.


Full details and information on the application procedure is available on the Henry Smith Charity's website.