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

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.