Local Restrictions Support Grants

There are two programmes that are currently open that could support VCS organisations.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

This scheme is designed to help businesses that have been required to close due to the government’s national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December.

To qualify for this grant, your business must be in Northumberland and have been: 

  • open as usual before the restrictions. 
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises. 
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by government. 
  • liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started. 

Eligible premises include (full list on the website):

  • Non-essential retail
  • Leisure such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios, and sports facilities. 
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, and museums and galleries.
  • Community centres and halls 
  • Places of Worship (apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals)

No deadline at the present time.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
Businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors which remained open but were adversely affected by the Local Covid Alert Level: HIGH restrictions which came into force in Northumberland on 18 September could be eligible for a grant under this scheme.

Eligible business will be able to claim a grant for the period from 18 September to 4 November 2020, and applications can be made retrospectively.

To qualify for this grant, a business must be in Northumberland and have been:  

  •  open as usual before the restrictions.  
  •  providing services in person to customers from the premises.  
  •  have remained open but been severely impacted by the local restrictions 
  •  liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started. 

This grant scheme is now OPEN for applications - which MUST be made before midnight on Monday 7 December 2020.

Further details on both schemes are available on Northumberland County Council's website.


New Winter Resilience Fund offers up to £25K in support

The CCGs in Northumberland, Newcastle-Gateshead and North Tyneside have all requested they are not part of the ICS contract relating to distributing winter resilience grant funding to the VCSE sector entered into last week.   These CCG are requesting the monies to do as they had planned. Any groups that may have been thinking of applying to contact their local CCG instead - visit Northumberland CCG website.

The NHS Integrated Care System (ICS) for the North East and North Cumbria's new Winter Resilience Fund exists to provide financial support for voluntary organisations and community groups that are providing health and wellbeing support and have struggled financially during


Grants of up to £25,000, provided through the ICS mental health programme, will be considered (in exceptional circumstances a higher amount might be considered) to be fully spent by March 31st next year, helping organisations that have had limited access to funding, lost funding or had an increase in workload due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Priority will be given to locally-based community organisations that support the health and wellbeing, including mental health, of local people throughout the North East of England.

The closing date for applications is December 11th. Please read the grant guidelines carefully before applying. Apply at ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/northeastics2021.


Barmoor Wind Farm - Videoconferencing

Eligible organisations can apply for a grant of £250 towards the costs of setting up online videoconferencing services.

Your application must explain how a grant will help you to engage with your local community and beneficiaries while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

Your budget must include videoconferencing subscription fees but can also include internet access costs.

 Applicants must demonstrate that:

  • they are based within a 10km radius of the Barmoor Wind Farm.
  • their work is run by local people for local people.
  • they involve users on their management committee.
  • they engage as many people as possible, ensuring that users have a say in how the project is run.
  • the work meets identified local needs or issues.

This is a rolling grants programme, open until all allocated funds are spent.

For further details and to apply, visit the Community Foundation's website.


This fund is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver COVID-19 services in England.

This grants programme is designed to help tackle the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on BAME communities.

The grants programme has three sections:

  • Delivering COVID 19 services. Groups can apply for help with current costs, if their funding has been affected by the pandemic.
  • Delivering mental health and well-being services, particularly to those who have been further impacted by COVID 19
  • Delivering sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities and help with the impact of COVID 19 including well-being initiatives

This programme is open to all BAME led community groups and organisations, working primarily with BAME communities. In this context, BAME includes white minority communities other than white British e.g. Polish, Lithuanian etc., as well as communities that are Black, Asian, Chinese, African and Middle Eastern etc.

Grants between £5000 and £10,000 will be considered.

Further details are available on the Voice4Change website.

Now Open - Thriving Communities Fund - Arts Council England

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

This funding is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19.

By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects funded will help to:

  • enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally and enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services
  • Explore ways to make these partnerships and activities sustainable over time

The fund closes on the 8th January 2021.  

Citizens Advice Northumberland are leading a bid and have a survey form for potential partners to complete here. This does not prevent other partnerships submitting a bid but we feel that a single co-ordinated bid will stand the best chance of success.

Full details of the fund are available here.

Power to Change


Two new opportunities for support are available from Power to Change to support Community Businesses.  

Powering Up
Powering Up is a tailored support package designed to increase community business leaders’ knowledge, to provide wellbeing support and to build peer relationships to boost recovery across the sector. The programme is open to any community business in England to apply; however, we will be prioritising support to community businesses in the most deprived areas of England, as well as organisations that are supporting and led by disabled people and/or people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) groups.

Deadline for applications is 30th November.  

Community Business ReBoost Fund
Community Business ReBoost fund aims to support community businesses to raise community shares capital that can support their recovery, pivot or expand the business in response to Covid-19. The ReBoost fund provides grant funding and matched equity investment.

  • Development grants – between £3-5k to prepare a recovery community share offer and be awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark
  • Match equity investment – typically matching pound for pound up to £25,000 invested by the ReBoost fund.

Open for applications, no deadline specified.