The MSE Charity Grant Scheme

The next grant round, Living with Long Term Challenges opens on Monday 3rd February 2020. Check out projects previously funded under this category.

Projects must focus on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support dementia, autism, learning difficulties, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury and stroke.

The closing date is 28th February or when 40 applications have been accepted for shortlisting.

Full details available on the MSE Charity website.

Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust

Grant Rounds 1 and 2

Music and the Arts

This year, the Trust will support projects focusing on improving opportunities and access for people with one or more of the following:

  • physical disabilities
  • learning disabilities
  • mental health difficulties.

The Trust particularly welcomes projects that are focused on Outreach.



Grant Round 1

Application Period - 1st - 28th February 2020

Amount £1,000

Minimum operating income and operating expenditure: £100,000.

Maximum operating income and operating expenditure: £1,000,000.

Grant Round 2

Application Period 1st - 30th April 2020

Amount £5,000

Minimum operating income and operating expenditure: £1,000,000.

No maximum income or expenditure.

Grant Rounds 3 & 4 will support projects for people over 60 and will have application periods from 1st to 31st July 2020 and 1st to 30th September 2020.

Full details are on the Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust's website.

Comic Relief Community Fund

The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant (Max £500) or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant (Max £4,000).

There are no set deadlines for the fund and further information can be found on the Groundwork website.

This Girl Can - Community Fund

This fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barriers some women face in getting active: from a lack of opportunities offered in their local area, to cost and availability of childcare.

Funding is available for activities that get women’s heart rate up, whatever form that may take: from Bollywood dance and walking to boxing and yoga.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit organisations, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies. They will also review ideas from individuals who’d like funding for a group activity which isn’t for individual gain. Organisations established to make a profit can get involved provided the project doesn’t realise a distributable profit. They’d also be interested to hear from other social enterprises and schools or statutory bodies.

The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2020. If your idea is successful, you’ll be invited to complete a full funding application form.

Full details and an initial application form is available on the This Girl Can website.

One Stop - Carriers For Causes

Maximum grant has reduced from £1000 to £500.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could be buying litter pickers and bags for a community cleanup days, plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group or the materials needed to paint a room at the local hospice.

Grants of up to £500 are available to support projects that benefit local communities through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland.

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop.

Shops in or covering Northumberland include Blyth, Prudhoe, Ponteland, Crawcrook, Burradon and Brunswick.

Full details available on the Groundwork website.

R W Mann Trust

Call for applications before the end of financial year end March 2020.

The Trust’s objectives are wide ranging but it exists mainly to help improve the lives of people and communities in the North Tyneside, South Northumberland and East Newcastle area of the North East. The Trustees may award grants outside these areas if they believe that a project or group offers exceptional value.

Grants made have varied between regular annual contributions, small one-off donations and grants for capital projects.  The Trust has made grants of between £100 and £10,000 but the average size of grant awarded is £1000.

It should take no longer than 6 weeks to receive a decision on an application.

Full details are on the R W Mann Trust website.

Community Partnering Fund

Leeds Community Foundation is working with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid to double the available funding to enable community groups to deliver schemes that tackle issues that are close to their hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth or the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects. As well as providing a short-term funding boost, we want to find organisations who can become our long-term partners. By working with groups who are embedded in their local communities, we can have much bigger impact.

The Community Partnering Fund will focus on supporting Third Sector organisations and community groups (in the geographical areas highlighted at the end of his document) 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 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. 

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 closing date for applications is Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 12 noon

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

Briefing Events

If you would like to find out more about the fund, you can book a place at a briefing event:

Newcastle – Tuesday 11th February 2020 10:00 – 12:00. Click here for more information and to book your place.


Contract: Supporting Young Carers

Contract opportunity to provide support to young carers in Northumberland.

Expression of interest window:
From 31/01/2020 11:30 to 14/02/2020

Full details are available on the Procontract website.