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 2018

Rothley Trust - 3rd April
Co-op Local Fund - 8th April
Newcastle Building Society - 12th April
Women's Fund - 12th April
Comic Relief Core Strength - 13th April
Musical Traditions Fund - 15th April
Northern Angel Fund (Berwick) - 16th April
Ray Wind Farm - 16th April
Kellett Fund - 20th April
Social Action Fund - 20th April
Hospital of God - 27th April

May 2018

Wingates Wind Farm - 14th May
Chysalis Trust - 15th May
Greggs, NE Core - 17th May
Banks Community Fund - 18th May
NCC Sport & Play - 18th May
PCC Community Fund - 20th May
Culture Bridge NE Fund - 21st May
Calor Rural Community Fund - 21st May
NCC - Community Chest - 25th May
Middlemoor Wind Farm Fund - 28th May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2018

High Sheriff Nld Award - 4th June
Coalfields Regen Trust - 8th June
Sir James Knott Trust - 15th June
Gillian Dickinson Trust - 15th June
Greggs, Environment - 22nd June
Greggs, Local Projects - 22nd June
Hadrian Trust - 22nd June
Newcastle Building Society - 29th June

July 2018

MG Northumbria - 1st July
Rothley Trust - 6th July

August 2018

Local Env Action Fund - 1st August
High Sheriff Nld Award - 6th August
Banks Community Fund - 16th August
NCC Sport & Play - 17th August
Hospital of God - 31st August

September 2018

Coalfields Regen Trust - 7th September
Newcastle Building Society - 24th September
NCC - Community Chest - 28th September

October 2018

November 2018

Virgin Money Foundation NE Fund - 10th Nov
NCC Sport & Play - 16th November
Banks Community Fund - 18th November

December 2018

Coalfields Regen Trust - 7th December
#iwill Take Action Fund - December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

NCC Sport & Play - 15th February

March 2019



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  



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



The next Funding Fair will be held at The Fuse Media Centre in Prudhoe on the 17th July 2018 with booked appointments from 1pm until 4:30pm.

Full list of funders attending:

  • BBC Children in Need
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Community Foundation
  • Greggs Foundation
  • The Joicey Trust
  • LEADER Programme
  • Northumberland County Council - Community Chest
  • Northumberland National Park

In addition to funders, the Northumberland VCS Support Services team will be available to advise groups on developing their projects, volunteering and other sources of funding.


To book your place at the Funding Fair contact Marc Johnson on 01670 858688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Bookings close on the 9th July 2018 at 9am.

Early Bird Booking - The first 10 booking forms received will be guaranteed their top 3 choices for appointments, as long as their projects are eligible to apply to those funders.


Download a Booking Form here.

Download the Directory of Funders here.


Armistice Day marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars.

The Armistice has a special significance this year, as it marks 100 years since the end of WW1. Communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about the centenary of the end of WW1 and how they can commemorate and bring people together.

This award scheme will help communities to access silhouettes for benches and chairs that bring to mind those who went to war and did not return.

These silhouettes can bring a community together through an event, to remember, and to think about the Armed Forces Community today. You can find out more about the silhouettes at

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund will make awards to community organisation who need help to obtain silhouettes. Organisations can apply for up to 10 silhouettes. As part of the award, your organisation will need to hold a self-funded event to bring your local community together. You can apply between 1st - 30th June 2018.

The application form should be available on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund's website from 1st June 2018.




Deadline to send your project ideas to Marc Johnson is 8th June 2018.


The Ballinger Charitable Trust has allocated 2 x £500 grants for each of the following communities:

  • North Seaton Colliery

  • Cambois

  • Bedlington Station

  • West Sleekburn

  • Newbiggin

  • Stakeford

  • Guide Post

  • Choppington

Grants must be used to support Children & Young People or Older People in your community.


Maximum project size £1000


There is no application form to complete for this grant, all you have to do is come and speak to two of the trustees from the Ballinger Charitable Trust on 4th July 2018 at East Bedlington Community Centre.


For more details contact Marc Johnson by phone 01670 858688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More than 900 classic vehicles are expected to return to the annual show which this year is to be held at Bywell Parks Nr Stocksfield on 1st July 2018 to raise money for charitable and good causes. After many years at Tynedale Park the show is moving to a much bigger and better site, to make this year the biggest ever show in the north east.

Since 1997 the show has grown and will contain cars of all makes including some extremely rare models, commercial vehicles, motor bikes and sports cars. There will be entertainment for all the family, including live music from plus dog agility display,  flight simulator, vintage cycles, Barnacre Alpacas, archery and children’s rides. There will also be a wide range of traders, refreshments and charity stalls.

More than £91,000 has been raised in the last ten years – including over £20,000 from last year’s show - which has been donated to local causes in the area. The club hopes to continue this year by raising even more money with profits again being donated to local charities and voluntary organisations. MG Northumbria are inviting applications from such organisations and those interested in applying should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit 

The show opens to the public at 11.00 with the presentation of awards for a number of categories including the best vehicle in the show at 4pm. The show site is easily accessed by rail via the Newcastle to Carlisle line stopping at Stocksfield and local buses.


Grassroots Giving applications for 2018 now open with £82,500 funding available.

Applications for Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving community funding scheme 2018 are now open – this year a fund of £82,500 is available to help small groups and organisations make a difference in their neighbourhood.

Applications can be made online and will close on 31 July. 

Last year 164 groups received funding pots of £500 to help them build a brighter future in their local communities. Our deserving winners shared a total fund of £82,000, and they are now enjoying spending the money in their area, with communities all over the country reaping the benefits.

Tynedale Cricket Club were successful in securing funds last year. They used the funding to provide all junior members a club playing shirt. This means that every junior feels part of the club and the Tynedale Cricket family. They wear the shirts with pride and it will encourage them to continue to play cricket and obtain the social and heath benefits that it provides.

More information and application procedure can be found on the Skipton Building Society website.

Voluntary and community groups across the county 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 causes and projects including events or for the purchase of equipment.  The community chest will also support one off initiatives, including those that will help support the development of long term projects that are seen as valuable to the area.  It cannot be used for revenue funding such as wages or running costs For local schemes, there will be a £5,000 upper grant limit 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 to the same 75% maximum of eligible costs.
The deadline for the next round of funding is May 25, 2018; the deadline for the second round is 28th September 2018. The community chest budget is managed and allocated locally by each local area council and based broadly on the population living within that area. The community chest fund has been in operation in Northumberland since 2009 and over its lifetime 1,650 awards totalling £3 million have been made to voluntary and community groups to develop projects that enhance the environment, improve health and wellbeing and strengthen communities.
For more information or to apply to the fund you can go to  or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For 2018 Smart Energy GB are targeting funding and support to partners reaching people who are over the age of 60 with no personal internet access, those over the age of 65 and those who are severely or profoundly deaf.
There will be running two rounds of funding: Launched on 9th April -  Round 1 of the fund which is focussed on activity targeted at reaching people who are over the age of 60 with no personal internet access or over the age of 65. Grants are available up to £5000. Deadline for applications 14th May 2018. Launching early May -  Round 2 of the fund which will be focussed on activity targeted at reaching the severely or profoundly deaf. Grants available up to the value of £7500 – information and guidance will be released at the end of April.

More information is on the Charities Aid Foundation website.

North East Fund

In partnership with Clay Hill Trust Virgin Money Foundation are launching the 2018 North East Fund. They want to hear from community organisations in the North East of England working to promote long-term change in the neighbourhoods that need it most. They are encouraging applications from voluntary organisations working within their local neighbourhood to:

  • Help disadvantaged young people to find and keep a job. 

  • Help homeless people or people at risk of homelessness to find a new home. 

  • They are also looking for ambitious, locally-led community enterprises, providing social and economic benefit to an area, who want to explore new ways of generating income and, by doing so, achieve greater impact in their neighbourhoods. 

Grants can be for an amount between £10,000 and £50,000. Grant awards are to cover running costs (not capital costs) and are for one year only. 

You can apply for a grant at any time between the 16th April and 10th November 2018. Full details on the website.  

#iwill Take Action Fund

The Virgin Money Foundation is match funding £850,000 from Big Lottery Fund to create a £1.7million, three year #iwill Take Action Fund. Funding is available under three themes:

  • Our Physical Environment: We want to foster a sense of community pride and empower young people to make the communities they live in a better place.

  • Our Health: We want to encourage young people to tackle health issues that affect their community using sport and peer networks to raise awareness and to campaign.

  • Our Culture: We want the voice of young people to be heard. We want young people to use art and media as a tool to raise awareness of the issues that matter to them and their communities.

The fund is for projects working with young people aged 10 to 20 or up to 25 for disabled people. To be able to apply you must provide evidence that young people have been involved in the planning of your project and how that will continue for the duration of the grant. Activities must include volunteering, campaigning or fundraising. Each applicant will be expected to work with at least one of the following groups:

  • Young people living in the top 10% deprived areas of the North East

  • BAME youth

  • Young parents

  • Young offenders

  • Young homeless people.

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000. The main grants programme is open now and will close to applications in December 2018. More information is available on the Virgin Money Foundation website.


Big Lottery Fund have made changes to their funding so that it's easier to apply for National Lottery funding.

They have nearly tripled the number of staff across England, and they will be working more closely with communities that they support. This means you'll have the same local point of contact throughout your application.

They're also moving away from standardised application forms so that they can focus on supporting the best ideas, not the people who are best at filling in forms. You can now submit your ideas online, by phone or in person. Big Lottery Fund support ideas that meet their three funding priorities. These are projects that:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities

  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities

  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Big Lottery Fund now offer three types of funding: National Lottery Awards for All

The National Lottery Awards for All scheme offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Find out more about National Lottery Awards for All funding


Reaching Communities

Reaching Communities offers grants of over £10,000 to support single organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. 

Find out more about Reaching Communities funding



The Partnerships funding provides grants of over £10,000 for groups or organisations who have great ideas to do amazing things together. 

Find out more about Partnerships funding

Comic Relief have launched a £4 million grant initiative to support organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by women and girls across the UK. The application phase will run from 17 April to midday, 2 July 2018.
The initiative is funded by Comic Relief with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with government funds raised through the Tampon Tax. The funds will be fully focused on work that supports women and girls at risk of violence who have multiple and complex needs. This includes those who have poor mental health, who use drugs, and/or those who are homeless, as well as less well-served communities or groups, such as BAMER, migrant and LBTI communities, and/or women who are older and/or disabled, among other groups.
Applications are invited for grants of £60,000 - £120,000 across 1 to 3 years and are also open to current grantees. The fund aims to:

  • Enable organisations to better support women within the target group.

  • Showcase how women’s lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy.

  • Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches. 

  • Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support.

  • Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector.

  • Improve access to support for women with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women.

To apply or find out more about the fund criteria and process, including detailed guidelines for applying, please visit the Comic Relief initiative page.  


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


Round 2 of Small Grants Fund is NOW OPEN.
The closing date is 18 May 2018 at 23.59. Round 2 of Large Grants Fund will be open from 26 April 2018.
It will be for projects between £2,000 and £65,000. The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018. More information on the website.


The Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants up to £150,000 to provide new or improve existing community facilities.

Through the Anniversary Fund, Garfield Weston will consider funding the entirety of a project, or help to complete your fundraising, with grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000.

Applications will be considered for the following type of projects:

  • New building or extension to an existing building for community use e.g new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
  • Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
  • New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field.
  • Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to your work in supporting local people e.g. minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out etc.
  • Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.


Weston Anniversary Fund Snapshot

  • One off grants scheme in 2018 to support Capital projects that will benefit local communities across the UK
  • Open to UK registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools only
  • Grants range from £30,000 – £150,000
  • Applications to be submitted online
  • Applications open on 5th January and close on 30th June 2018
  • You can apply to the Fund even if your organisation is currently in receipt of a grant from, or has been rejected by the Garfield Weston Foundation within the past 12 months
  • Planning permission (where relevant) will need to be in place prior to submitting your application by the 30th June
  • Grants will need to be spent and projects fully completed by the end of 2020.


Full details are available on the Weston Anniversary Fund website.



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