This list includes information on funders that have a North East or Northumberland focus and will be updated as and when we receive information on funding deadlines. It is important that you check with each funder directly as deadlines may change.


April 2019

The Women's Fund - 1st April
Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm - 5th April
Healthy Heart Grants - 8th April
Musical Traditions - 10th April
NCC - Event Fund - 22nd April
Rothley Trust - 26th April
CoRE Legacy Fund - 30th April
Ray Wind Farm - 30th April

May 2019

Scholefield Trust - 3rd May
Banks Community Fund - 9th May
Wingates Wind Farm - 13th May
Leeds Building Society - 13th May
Chrysalis Trust - 15th May
NCC Sport & Play - 17th May
Green Rigg Wind Farm - 21st May
Middlemoor Wind Farm - 27th May

Children in Need (Small) - 27th May
Children in Need (Main) - 28th May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2019

Coalfields Regen Trust - 7th June
NCC - Community Chest - 7th June
Greggs NE Core - 8th June
NCC - Event Fund - 17th June

Shears Foundation - 23rd June
Hadrian Trust - 28th June
Sir James Knott Trust - 28th June
Greggs Local Fund - 30th June


July 2019


August 2019

Leeds Building Society - 5th August
Banks Community Fund - 8th August
Wingates Wind Farm - 12th August
NCC Sport & Play - 16th August
Northumbrian Water Branch Out - 31st Aug


September 2019

Children in Need (Small) - 2nd September
Coalfields Regen Trust - 6th September
Shears Foundation - 23rd September
NCC - Event Fund - TBC September


October 2019

Leeds Building Society - 7th October
NCC - Community Chest - 18th October

November 2019

NCC Sport & Play - 15th November
The Joicey Trust - 30th November

December 2019

Children in Need (Small) - 2nd December
Coalfields Regen Trust - 6th December
Chrysalis Trust - 15th December
Shears Foundation - 24th December


January 2020 February 2020 March 2020



No specific deadlines

1989 Willan Charitable Trust Local Environment Action Fund (Under £2k) Sir James Knott Trust (Under £1k)
Ballinger Charitable Trust William Leech Charity  Reeds Grassroots Fund



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Don't leave your application until the deadline, as some funds may close early!



Northumberland County Council - Fund for Event Costs

The fund has been introduced as the council changes the way it deals with events as part of its budget savings plans for 2019/20. The council has previously provided free support services to the organisers of a wide range of local community, cultural and sporting events, which included provision of traffic management and other services such as rubbish collection and litter picking.


From June 1 this year the Council will no longer offer these services free and will seek to recover the costs it incurs if requested to provide these services to  event organisers.

This will apply to all events with the exception of Remembrance Day Parades and Armed Forces Parades, which will continue to receive support free of charge.

Event organisers are advised to apply as quickly as possible as applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, until the event fund has been fully allocated.

The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 22nd April with applicants being notified before the end of April. The deadline for the second round of applications will be Monday 17th June 2019 with a third round expected in September 2019.


Application forms and more information on how to apply are available on NCC's website.

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest

The Community Chest Scheme 2019 is now open. The aim of the Community Chest Scheme is to support community groups and organisations to deliver activities which contribute to achieving the Council’s ambition for Northumberland. This includes Help For You which aims to help young people under 18 to achieve an ambition. The Community Chest Scheme will support one-off initiatives that are:

  • seen as valuable to the area
  • are not able to secure mainstream funding from the council or other sources
They do this by giving one-off grants of up to £5,000, but not exceeding 75% of the actual costs, i.e. you will need to find at least 25% from your own or other sources. You are advised to read the guidelines carefully before applying. To help the council decide between different applications, there are higher and lower priorities for the scheme. Higher priority will be given to:
  • projects submitted by small community groups, defined as having an income of less than £10,000 per year and no paid staff
  • initiatives that will help community groups to become sustainable in the longer term
  • groups who have not received a grant from the community chest in the past

Lower priority will be given to groups who have received a community chest grant in the past two years and those that apply for projects similar to previous years. If your group or organisation does not meet the priorities, then an application can still be made but is less likely to be successful.


  Deadline Panel Meeting by
Round 1 Friday 7th June 2019 Friday 19th July 2019
Round 2 Friday 18th October 2019 Friday 19th November 2019


If your project seeks to benefit the County as a whole, then it may be considered as a Countywide project, for which £30,000 per annum is set aside. Such projects are considered by a separate panel of Area Chairs that meets more regularly. Although the maximum grant remains 75% of the actual costs, the upper limit will not normally exceed £10,000.   Full details and application materials are available on the County Council's website.

Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls. The aim of this grant funding is the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness  
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

Eligibility Criteria

  • Halls in towns or villages of under 10,000 population are eligible to apply
  • Applicants should have a freehold or leasehold interest in the hall in place. If there is a lease in place there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease
  • Multi-purpose Church Halls and Scout and Guide buildings are also eligible where they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in situ and they are clearly advertised as multi- purpose

£3 million has been made available to ACRE to fund this grant scheme. The scheme will fund up to 20% of eligible costs (i.e. The VAT element of any improvements), with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable. This means overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000. The first stage is completion of an online application form and costings. The second stage is the submission of a full application at any time before March 31st 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed. Full details are on ACRE's website.

Arts Council England - Small Capital Grants

Small Capital Grants 2019/20 will support the delivery of ACE's goals by ensuring arts and cultural organisations have the right capital assets to deliver their work. They will prioritise National Portfolio Organisations and applications for improvements to existing arts and cultural facilities, particularly where these give full consideration to environmental sustainability. Projects should meet high standards of design and construction, including ensuring maximum independent access for disabled people (visitors, participants, artists and members of staff).

Grants awarded will be between £100,000 and £499,999 You will need to submit an Expression of Interest between 11 April and 3 May. The application portal will then be open between 31 May and 5 July. Full information is available on


Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants

The Holiday Grants programme provides grants of between £500 and £2,500 for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. Funding can help towards a day trip or a longer holiday of up to seven days. These can be to the countryside or a city, but must be within the UK and outside of children’s immediate localities. Examples include camping, trips to adventure activity centres or the seaside.

Applications are prioritised that will benefit disadvantaged or disabled children living in the most deprived areas of the UK. For Holiday Grants this means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.

This programme is always oversubscribed so, if you wish to apply for a grant for disadvantaged children from more affluent areas, the case for support must be clearly explained in your application.

There are four rounds of applications each year, and grants are made on a first come first served basis until the available funding for that round has been fully allocated. You must apply at least six weeks before your trip or holiday is due to take place.


Date of trip between 1st July 2019 and  31st August 2019; applications accepted between 1st May 2019 and 2nd July 2019


Date of trip between 1st September 2019 and 31st December; applications accepted between 3rd July and 16th November.


Full details and information on the application procedure is available on the Henry Smith Charity's website.

The fund has been introduced as the council changes the way it deals with events as part of its budget savings plans for 2019/20. The council has previously provided free support services to the organisers of a wide range of local community, cultural and sporting events, which included provision of traffic management and other services such as rubbish collection and litter picking.

From June 1 this year the Council will no longer offer these services free and will seek to recover the costs it incurs if requested to provide these services to  event organisers.

This will apply to all events with the exception of Remembrance Day Parades and Armed Forces Parades, which will continue to receive support free of charge.  

Application forms and more information on how to apply are available HERE

Event organisers are advised to apply as quickly as possible as applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, until the event fund has been fully allocated.

 The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 22nd April with applicants being notified before the end of April. The deadline for the second round of applications will be Monday 17th June 2019 with a third round expected in September 2019.


New Cultural Fund for Northumberland 

Northumberland County Council is planning to launch a new fund to help support new arts and cultural events taking place over the summer.

If approved the Northumberland Cultural Fund would support new event organisers in the delivery of their event.The fund is due to be signed off by the council’s cabinet on Tuesday April 9th.

The fund was discussed by the corporate services and economic growth committee. it was clarified that groups could bid for small grants of around £200, with most around £1,000 to £2,000. Events cannot be chargeable; access must be free to residents of Northumberland. The fund is for new events and to be eligible, an existing event would have to demonstrate a new element.

Events organisers would be able to bid for a share of the £100,000 fund and it is anticipated that it will be used for small projects, aimed at supporting the programme of County wide activities and would not be intended to fund large scale events.

Applications can be made for events in any creative genre, by a constituted group, charity or Not for Profit organisation but the fund can not be used to fund 100% of the event.

The deadline for bids is expected to be 24th May 2019 with applicants informed in early June.

We will provide further information as soon as it becomes available.

More details are available on Northumberland County Council's website.

An article on the Corporate Services and Economic Growth Committee is available on the Northumberland Gazette's website.

Scholefield Trust

NE Youth member organisations are invited to apply for a grant of up to £1000 towards projects associated with their organisations.

Emphasis will now be placed on funding;

  • Equipment / Resources / Programmes
  • Training / Coaching bursary

Please clearly demonstrate how this will support your work and the development of your organisation.

This fund is open to NE Youth Core Members only – If you are not a member but would like to join then get in touch with NE Youth to discuss The Trust will not fund staffing and/or core running costs. You can apply for a maximum of up to £1000 per organisation.


The deadline for the fund is Friday 3rd May 2019 at the very latest.  The Trustees meet at early October and therefore applicants will be informed soon after. Full details are available on NE Youth's website.

Magic Little Grants

This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports and exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

In order to apply for the funding, organisations are required to meet the following criteria:

  • You must have an active Localgiving membership (costs £96 per year)
  • You must have an annual income under £250,000.
  • Your planned project must encourage people to participate in sports and exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health and well-being of participants.
  • You must operate within Great Britain.
If you are successful with your funding request, you will also benefit from a free annual membership with Localgiving, funded by the Postcode Community Trust. The application process will be open until 30th November 2019 For more information visit the Magic Little Grants website.

Heritage Lottery Fund have changed their name to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and have launched a new funding strategy.

The new approach includes:

  • A major focus on nature, communities, and on ensuring everyone is able to enjoy heritage.
  • new models of investment, moving beyond grants to include loans and partnerships.
  • more support for commercial, sustainable approaches to tackling heritage that’s in danger of being lost
  • investment and support to help heritage organisations to be more financially sustainable
  • a requirement for every heritage project that receives funding to be environmentally friendly
  • simpler, streamlined and more efficient funding
  • greater engagement and support to help 13 deprived communities that have in the past been less successful securing funding
  • continued support for large-scale, iconic projects over £5 million

The open programme for applications is National Lottery Grants for Heritage which is for any type of heritage project from £3,000–£5 million. These grants are divided in to 3 categories:

£3,000 to £10,000
£10,000 to £250,000
£250,000 to £5m More information is available at

Groundwork is working with Tesco to help mark the supermarkets 100th birthday to offer communities in the UK the chance to bag their share of  £100,000. 

Throughout July and August the first of two special funding rounds will concentrate on groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits, with a particular focus on groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes, in line with the supermarket’s National Health Partnership.

Applications are open to all community projects bringing benefits across a region, with Tesco colleagues involved in shortlisting three applications in each area. Customers are then invited to vote for which group they’d like to receive grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000, casting their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkout points.
The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
  • Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.
  • Delivering activities or charitable services across a whole region such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.
  • Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.

Another voting round will launch in November, with even more projects sharing in the cash over the course of the year.

More information is available on Groundwork's website.

The Shears Foundation welcomes applications from registered charities who are working in one of their priority areas. These are currently:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults and / or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education.

The foundation place a great deal of emphasis in supporting groups whose work is in the Tyne & Wear and Northumberland regions. Applications from charities working in these areas will be given priority.

The Shears Foundation will support core costs, including staffing but will not contribute to capital projects.

Some useful tips from the Shears Foundation:

  • You need to be a registered charity to apply to the Shears Foundation.
  • Please give us all the information that you can to help our trustees make a decision.
  • Ensure that the financial section of your application is accurate and balances.
  • Our trustees look more favourably on applications where your project is being funded from a range of sources / funders.
  • Our trustees are less favourable to applications where we are shown as the sole funder.
  • If you haven't had a grant from the Shears Foundation before, grant applications of less than £15,000 are more likely to be successful.
  • You can make an application at any time and this will be considered at the end of the quarter.

The deadlines for each quarter are:

  • 23rd June.
  • 23rd September.
  • 24th December.
  • 24th March.

More information information is available on the Shears Foundation website.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and the Coast Care Initiative have launched a £5,000 Community Environmental Projects Fund.

This exciting new grant scheme will enable local community volunteers make a contribution to their village or parish. Funding will be available for built environment or environmental projects. It can be used towards the cost of tools or for professional support.   

Initially, £5,000 is available in the fund until April 2019, although it is hoped that the scheme will continue for further years. Grants will normally be in the range of £750 - £1,000. In general, the scheme will provide 100% funding, although this is at the discretion of the advisory panel.

Gary Campbell, Coast Care Project Co-ordinator, said: "This exciting new funding opportunity will help to give volunteers the tools to make a real difference in our area. In so many different ways volunteers play a vital role in looking after our coast. This grant fund will help to support and develop this even further”.

The grant scheme is open to those based in, or operating in, any parish within or adjacent to the AONB (which runs along the coast between Amble and Berwick).

The scheme complements the existing Sustainable Development Fund run by the AONB Partnership, which provides grants of up to £3,000 for projects that benefit the environment, communities and visitors to the AONB.

Anyone wanting further information on either of the AONB grant schemes should contact Catherine Gray, Funding and Communications Officer on tel. 01670 622644; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the AONB website. Or contact any member of the Coast Care team


The foundation's funding comes from the unclaimed assets from Standard Life’s demutualisation in 2006, which was received in 2017.

The foundation's mission is to contribute towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK. All work they fund must be strategic. They are particularly interested in work that has the potential to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour. There is no minimum or maximum size of grant and the amount you request should be the amount you need. It’s likely that grants will range between £10,000 and £250,000, with most between £50,000 to £150,000 in total. The deadline in 2019 are 4th February and 4th June. For more details visit the Standard Life website.

The J A Clark Charitable Trust was set up in 1971 by John Anthony Clark as a family charitable trust.

The objective of the JAC Trust is to use the Trust’s income to provide financial and other support to organisations and projects that help to make change for those in real need in the UK and the wider world.

The Trust gives grants to charities and other non-profit making organisations.  To maximise the impact of our grant-making we focus our funding on organisations that are effective, share our ambitions and whose projects are most aligned with our interests and passions.


2017-2022 Strategic Period

The Trustees have identified two areas they wish to support during the current strategic period:

a) Women’s Empowerment in Africa and Asia, 

b) Disadvantaged Youths in deprived areas of the UK, specifically East London and the North East.

From time to time the Trustees will review the Trust’s funding policy and areas of focus. The most recent changes were made in March 2017. More information is available on the Trust's website.

The Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity.

Donations usually fund items of "capital expenditure". That means items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity's running costs.Grants range from £250 to £1,000

The only branch in Northumberland is located in Morpeth.

The deadline for 2019 are:
Monday 11th February 2019.
Monday 13th May 2019.
Monday 5th August 2019.
Monday 7th October 2019.

Further details can be found on the Leeds Building Society's Website.

Suez Communities Trust have launched a new and improved online application process.

From now on, applications can be made at any time via a two-stage online application form.  There are no longer any application deadlines.

The stage one application form can be completed quickly and captures brief information which will help to establish if a project is likely to be eligible for funding.  When a stage one application form is received it will be review and responded to within five working days.  If your project appears to meet the funding criteria we will invite you to stage two.

Stage two is a full application form which requires more detail about the project, along with supporting documents.  When they receive a stage two application it will be reviewed and a funding decision made within 5 to 16 weeks.


The funding criteria has not changed as a result of the new two-stage application process.


For more details visit the Suez Communities Trust website.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

The deadline dates for 2019 are:

April 2019 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 17th December 2018 and closes at 5pm on 8th March 2019. The deadline for applications is 15th March 2019 at 5pm. 

July 2019 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 18th March 2019 and closes at 5pm on 7th June 2019. The deadline for applications is 14th June 2019 at 5pm.

October 2019 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 17th June 2019 and closes at 5pm on 6th September 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th September 2019 at 5pm.

January 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 16th September 2019 and closes on at 5pm on 6th December 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th December 2019 at 5pm.

All the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:  Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.


The North East Fund offers grants of up to £50,000 to organisations to help make a long term difference to local communities. To find out more about current funded organisations click here.

The Foundation want to hear from community organisations working to promote long-term change in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the North East. We all know that local knowledge is vital to the success of any new idea and they are looking for applications from voluntary organisations working within their local community to:

  • Support vulnerable people into quality housing

  • Get young people into long term jobs

  • Create opportunities through social enterprise.

The foundation are receiving and assessing applications now!

The fund will close when all funds have been committed. As the closing date will therefore be determined by the number and quality of applications received, organisations are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they are ready. They will be considered in date order. For more information or to apply to the North East Fund visit the website.

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