Lloyds Bank Foundation - New Programme

In 2020, the Foundation will only be able to make around 170 new grants to small charities in England and Wales, half of which will be for £100,000 over three years, and the other half for £45,000 over three years.

The new funding process considers local need, the prevalence of eligible small and medium sized charities, the nature of the region and the balance of their portfolio to date. The size of grant a charity can apply for depends on this information, which is reviewed and updated every six months and informs the online eligibility checker.

The Foundation fund charities helping people whose lives are significantly affected by:

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


There are no set deadlines and application is via a brief expression of interest.

More details are available here.

NCC Community Chest

Voluntary and community groups across the south east of the county that are in need of financial assistance,  are being invited to apply for funding from Northumberland County Council’s community chest fund. 

Grants are available for a wide range of community projects including community building improvements and the purchase of equipment. 

There is an upper limit of £5,000 per grant with a maximum award of 75% of the costs eligible for funding under the scheme.  

For countywide initiatives the upper limit is £10,000, subject to the same 75% maximum of eligible costs.

The deadline for the next round of funding is January 31, 2020

For more information or to apply to the fund you can go to https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Councillors/Community-Chest.aspx  or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


LA 6 - ESF Community Grants

Gateshead Council learningSkills have been awarded the ESF contract to distribute £1million of Community Grants across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Any third sector organisation (voluntary, community, registered charities, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives) can apply for a Grant.

Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £20,000 to work with people 16 years of age or older to help them move closer to the labour market. They are looking for innovative projects that push the boundaries in engaging those furthest away from accessing provision and main stream services. The funding can also include development funding for your own organisation.

In the previous LA7 programme we have been made aware that Northumberland didn't spend its indicative allocation, so this presents a good opportunity for organisations.

The deadline for the first round is 5.00pm on 11th January 2020

More details are available here.

Applications are open for PCC Kim McGuinness’s ‘Supporting Victims Fund’ 2020/2021.

The aim of the fund is to build capacity and maximise the potential of organisations to help ensure the improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover from the impact.

Victims of crime can be of any age, gender, race or sexual orientation and can be vulnerable due to these characteristics or other factors such as a disability, their mental health, religion/belief or the type and nature of the crime committed.  In Northumbria, the aim is to ensure that victims with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to meet their needs and help them to best cope and recover.

As in 2019/20 the PCC is collaborating again with NHS England to ensure the right services are in place to support the long-term recovery of victims of sexual assault and abuse.  This is an important priority for NHS England and by working together, we can offer an effective and efficient service that places victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse at the very centre, which in turn will enable us to offer the support and care when and where it is needed the most. 

Organisations can apply for funding individually or in partnership with other organisations.

The fund is open to a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, local partnerships, youth offending teams and charitable organisations. Grants in previous years' ranged from around £8k to nearly £200k.

Applications are welcomed from organisations which provide support to those most vulnerable in our society who under the Victims Code of Practice are entitled to enhanced support. Taking this into consideration and what we understand to be the most vulnerable victims in Northumbria, the grant themes have been identified as follows:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Young people under 18
  • Victims of hate crime
  • Victims with mental health needs
  • Victims with other vulnerabilities

The fund is open from today with the closing date for applications being Wednesday 15th January 2020.

For further information about the fund and to access the application form and guidance documents, please visit the Commissioning and Grants section of the PCC website

Bernicia Foundation

A new £1m charitable foundation led by North East housing association Bernicia is now open for business to support people and communities across the region. The Bernicia Foundation will help fund projects and initiatives that deliver real and lasting community benefits, alongside those that support individuals to achieve their ambitions. Over the next four years, the foundation will channel profits from Bernicia’s commercial property arm Kingston and invest them into people and communities at a time of need.

The foundation will make two types of grant to organisations and people across Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and Northumberland.

Inspiration 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.

Inclusion Grants valued at up to £1,000 will target inspirational young people aged 24 and under or organisations helping young people.

The closing date for applications is 17th January 2020. Following the assessment period they will let applicants know whether they have been successful by 28th February 2020.

For more information and to apply for Bernicia Foundation support, please visit www.berniciafoundation.com,

Community use of School Facilities

The Active Partnerships of Northumberland Sport and Tyne & Wear Sport are inviting organisations and individuals to undertake a research project to enable us to understand the barriers that schools across the North of Tyne area face in opening their facilities for community use outside of the school day. This work will also involve identifying and creating best practice case studies of those schools which do successfully open their facilities for community use (Lot 1). The project, via Lot 2, may go on to develop an action research project in this area of work.

Further Information can be found on the Northumberland Sport (www.northumberlandsport.co.uk) or Tyne & Wear Sport Website  (http://www.tynewearsport.org/school-facilities-tender)