Your Voice Fund

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

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

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

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

They want to support projects that will:

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

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

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

The maximum £1,000.

The deadline for applications is 3rd December 2019.

More details are available on the Healthwatch website.

The Vantage Fund

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

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

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

Applicants must be members or associate members of Northumberland CVA.

Examples of possible projects:

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


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

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

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

Pocket Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aviva Community Fund

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Northumberland Coast & Lowland LEADER Evaluation

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

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

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

Value: Not more than £3,000 inc VAT.

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