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.

 

January 2020

Hadrian Trust - 15th January
Children in Need (main) - 15th January
Bernicia Foundation - 17th January
Culture Bridge NE Fund - 27th January
NCC - Community Chest - 31st January

February 2020

Northumbrian Water Fund - 3rd February
Wingates Wind Farm - 10th February
Rothley Trust - 11th February
Sir James Knott Trust - 11th February
NCC Sport & Play - 14th February
Hospital of God - 14th February
Robert Wood Trust - 14th February
The Ted Weekes Fund - 17th February
P&G Fund - 21st February

Greggs Local Projects Fund - 23rd February
Wellesley Trust - 24th February
Middlemoor Windfarm - 24th February
Sisters & North Steads Wind Farm - 24th Feb
Banks Community Fund - 28th February
Coalfields Regen Trust - 28th February
Frederick Milburn Fund - 28th February

March 2020

Blackett Family Fund - 6th March
Greggs NE Core - 10th March
Children in Need (small) - 16th March

Shears Foundation - 24th March

April 2020

Hadrian Trust - 9th April
The Bellingham Fund - 14th April
Newcastle Building Soc - 17th April

May 2020

Children in Need (main) - 4th May
Wingates Wind Farm - 11th May
NCC Sport & Play - 15th May
Chrysalis Trust - 15th May

Coalfields Regen Trust - 22nd May
Banks Community Fund - 29th May

The Joicey Trust - 31st May
Ballinger Trust (small grants) - 31st May

June 2020

Sir James Knott Trust - 12th June

July 2020

August 2020

NCC Sport & Play - 21st August
Coalfields Regen Trust - 28th August

September 2020

Banks Community Fund - 4th September
Sir James Knott Trust - 18th September

Shears Foundation - 23rd September
Healthy Heart Grants - 28th September

October 2020

 

November 2020

Banks Community Fund - 6th November
NCC Sport & Play - 20th November

Coalfields Regen Trust - 27th November

The Joicey Trust - 30th November

December 2020

Chrysalis Trust - 15th December
Shears Foundation - 24th December

 

 

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!

 

 
 
 

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.

Community Foundation - open for applications

On Monday 20 January 2020 the Community Foundation reopened for applications with a new grant system.

The Community Foundation have introduced a new system to manage their grants, contacts and back-office functions. They've done this because the old system had become out of date. The new system is built on a platform called Salesforce which is used by lots of grant-makers.

Applying to the Community Foundation should become simpler and easier, but there are some important changes that you will notice if you have applied before.

  • The first time you apply from 20 January 2020, you will need to register on the system.
  • If anyone else from your organisation needs to make an application, they will also need to register and be approved.
  • You need to set up a profile the first time you apply after 20 January 2020
  • You will now upload the supporting documents directly to the system from your own computer rather than having to email or post them separately.

Read about all of the changes here.

Northumberland Sport Community Champion Grant Scheme

Can you help your local community get more active?

Can you create local opportunities that meet the needs of local people?

Are you passionate about getting more people active?

The Northumberland Sport Community Champion Grant Scheme is open to support great people provide new, innovative, needs led, physically activity and sporting opportunities that get people moving more.

We need local people to improve the health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities, across Northumberland.

The scheme can provide grants of up to £350.

Visit the Northumberland Sport website for more information.

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest

There will be a further round of the Community Chest Scheme for the Ashington & Blyth, Castle Morpeth, and Cramlington Bedlington & Seaton Valley Local Area Council Areas.

As it stands there are very few applications in the Castle Morpeth area, so groups in that are stand a high chance of success.

The deadline for applications is Friday 31st January 2020.

Please note that the North and Tynedale Local Area Councils have allocated their budgets for this financial year.

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.

Information and the application from are available on the County Council's website.

Uniformed Services and Associated Group Organisations Fund

The Uniformed Services and Associated Group Organisations Fund (USAGOF), which has been approved by the Council’s Cabinet, is aimed at Northumberland organisations who can provide evidence that they “sustain opportunities for engagement and volunteering as part of an established programme to benefit local communities”. 

The Fund is initially £25,000 and successful applicants could get up to £1,000 each.

Some examples which the fund may be extended to include equipment, travel or activity costs or uniform contributions.

Details of how groups can apply through the council will be announced shortly.

Groups and organisations which would qualify for funding include:

● Girlguiding including

○ Rainbows

○ Brownies

○ Guides

○ Rangers

 

● The Scout Association including

○ Beavers

○ Cubs

○ Scouts

○ Adventure Scouts

 

● Mini Police/Volunteer Police Cadets

● Young Firefighters/Fire Cadets

● St John Ambulance Cadets

● Air Training Corps 

● Sea Cadet Corps 

● Army Cadet Force

● Girls/Boys’ Brigade

● Constituted groups/clubs

More information is available on the County Council's website.

Aviva Community Fund 

The Aviva Community fund has re-launched with significant changes to the fund including the end of online voting for projects.

Aviva Community Fund are looking for registered charities or CICs to submit forward-thinking projects. They've always supported people through life’s challenges and opportunities, and now want to give charities the wiggle room to embrace new ways of doing things. Because social progress happens when people are free to test new ideas.

Aviva want to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, so are investing in two key areas:

  • Community resilience: Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities
  • Financial capability and inclusion: Giving people the tools to become more financially independent

From now until 23:59 on the 11th of February, eligible causes will be able to submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder. Funding applications are open to projects looking to secure up to £50,000. The Crowdfunder page for each project goes live on 4 March so everyone gets an equal opportunity to attract donations.

Aviva employees will decide how the Aviva Community Fund money is distributed. Between them, they’ll have £250,000 of Fund money to donate to the projects that matter to them most. You'll also have the opportunity to reach out to your networks and the general public to raise your target amount by sharing links through social media and more.

Once you’ve reached your fundraising target, you can withdraw the funds and get to work. The closing date for attracting Aviva Community Fund donations is 15 April but, if you’re yet to reach your target, you can keep your page open to continue public fundraising.

Full details are available on the Aviva Community Fund website.

Energy Saving Trust - Energy Redress Scheme

Round six of the Energy Redress Scheme is now open for applications! There is an incredible £17 million available to help support vulnerable energy consumers and reduce fuel poverty.

The Energy Redress Scheme is open to supporting a wide range of different activities. It can provide capital or revenue funding and can provide up to 100% of the project cost. It can fund projects lasting up to 2 years and the minimum grant request is £20,000.

In deciding what you will ask the Energy Redress Scheme to fund, you should consider whether that activity can be funded in any other way and whether it is already being delivered elsewhere. You should also consider whether your project will represent value for money in terms of the positive outcomes delivered for the money spent.

Examples of the kind of activity that could be funded through the Energy Redress Scheme include:

  • Engaging vulnerable customers with energy issues and referring them for support
  • Energy advice that does not duplicate existing advice services
  • Installation of energy saving or renewable energy measures that cannot be funded elsewhere and/or are innovative or are being used in innovative ways
  • In-home safety advice and measures related to energy systems
  • Training and education on energy that is targeted at supporting vulnerable customers

More information is available on the Energy Redress Website

People's Postcode Lottery

Funds raised through the People's Postcode Lottery are distributed by different grant making bodies but all have similar conditions.

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.

The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

It is likely that projects will be able to relate to multiple theme, and applicants should choose the theme that is most closely related to the intended outcome of their project.

There is a two-stage application process.
Stage one applications will be accepted from 21 January to 4 February 2020.

 

Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grants

In 2020, the Trust will consider projects which relate to:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing
  • Increasing participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

People's Postcode Trust's Community Project Small Grants

In 2020, the Trust will consider projects which focus on:

  • Promoting human rights.
  • Combatting discrimination.
  • Preventing poverty.

www.postcodetrust.org.uk 

 

Postcode Local Trust

In 2020, the funding is for projects that relate to the following themes:

  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Combatting climate change and promoting sustainability.

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

Coop Foundation - #IWILL FUND

Apply for grants of up to £35,000 to help young people support each other and improve wellbeing on the move up to secondary school.

This round of our #iwill Fund focuses on peer-to-peer support to improve children’s wellbeing during the period in which they move from primary to secondary school. This might typically begin any time during School Years 5 or 6 and continue into Years 7 to 8.

This strand of #iwill funding may be right for you if you:

  • are a Multi-Academy Trust, school, charity, social enterprise, or other constituted voluntary or community organisation with a UK bank account in your organisation’s name and at least two unconnected people on the board or management committee
  • are based in England, and plan to work in one of the 30% most deprived areas
  • have experience of working with young people in the transition from primary to secondary school, or of supporting high-quality youth social action, and have a realistic plan for a peer-to-peer support project focused on the transition from primary to secondary school.

The deadline for applications is midday on 24th February 2020.

Visit the Coop Foundation's website for more info.

Thursday 5th March 2020; 12:45 to 4:30pm
Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, NE66 1NG

On Thursday 5th March 2020, against the backdrop of the historic castle; local, regional and national funders will be attending to provide advice and support to community groups and charities in order to help them secure funding for projects, services and core costs.

With special thanks to Northumberland Estates for providing the venue and catering free of charge.

The event gives you the opportunity to have 10 minute appointments with some of the funders listed below.

  • Ballinger Charitable Trust
  • BBC Children in Need
  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • Community Foundation
  • Greggs Foundation
  • Hadrian Trust
  • Karbon Homes
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Northumberland Estates
  • Northstar Ventures
  • Northumberland Coast AONB
  • Northumberland County Council – Community Chest
  • Northumberland National Park Authority
  • Rothley Trust

Appointments with funders must be booked in advance and the booking deadline is 9am on Monday 24th February.

To book your place please complete and return the Booking Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but before filling in the form please read the Directory of Funders. If you are unsure which funders would be suitable for your project do not hesitate to call Marc Johnson on 01670 858688.

Early Bird Booking - The first 10 booking forms received will be guaranteed their top 3 choices (as long as the project / organisation is eligible).

Lloyds Bank Foundation - New Programme

In 2020, the Foundation will only be able to make around 170 new grants to small charities in England and Wales, half of which will be for £100,000 over three years, and the other half for £45,000 over three years.

The new funding process considers local need, the prevalence of eligible small and medium sized charities, the nature of the region and the balance of their portfolio to date. The size of grant a charity can apply for depends on this information, which is reviewed and updated every six months and informs the online eligibility checker.

The Foundation fund charities helping people whose lives are significantly affected by:

  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness and vulnerably housed
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Care leavers
  • Learning disabilities
  • Addiction or dependency on alcohol, drugs, substances and/or gambling
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents
  • Asylum seekers and refugees

 

There are no set deadlines and application is via a brief expression of interest.

More details are available here.

NCC Community Chest

Voluntary and community groups across the south east of the county that are 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 projects including community building improvements and the purchase of equipment. 

There is an upper limit of £5,000 per grant 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 the same 75% maximum of eligible costs.

The deadline for the next round of funding is January 31, 2020

For more information or to apply to the fund you can go to https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Councillors/Community-Chest.aspx  or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LA 6 - ESF Community Grants

Gateshead Council learningSkills have been awarded the ESF contract to distribute £1million of Community Grants across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Any third sector organisation (voluntary, community, registered charities, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives) can apply for a Grant.

Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £20,000 to work with people 16 years of age or older to help them move closer to the labour market. They are looking for innovative projects that push the boundaries in engaging those furthest away from accessing provision and main stream services. The funding can also include development funding for your own organisation.

In the previous LA7 programme we have been made aware that Northumberland didn't spend its indicative allocation, so this presents a good opportunity for organisations.

The deadline for the first round is 5.00pm on 11th January 2020

More details are available here.

Applications are open for PCC Kim McGuinness’s ‘Supporting Victims Fund’ 2020/2021.

The aim of the fund is to build capacity and maximise the potential of organisations to help ensure the improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover from the impact.

Victims of crime can be of any age, gender, race or sexual orientation and can be vulnerable due to these characteristics or other factors such as a disability, their mental health, religion/belief or the type and nature of the crime committed.  In Northumbria, the aim is to ensure that victims with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to meet their needs and help them to best cope and recover.

As in 2019/20 the PCC is collaborating again with NHS England to ensure the right services are in place to support the long-term recovery of victims of sexual assault and abuse.  This is an important priority for NHS England and by working together, we can offer an effective and efficient service that places victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse at the very centre, which in turn will enable us to offer the support and care when and where it is needed the most. 

Organisations can apply for funding individually or in partnership with other organisations.

The fund is open to a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, local partnerships, youth offending teams and charitable organisations. Grants in previous years' ranged from around £8k to nearly £200k.

Applications are welcomed from organisations which provide support to those most vulnerable in our society who under the Victims Code of Practice are entitled to enhanced support. Taking this into consideration and what we understand to be the most vulnerable victims in Northumbria, the grant themes have been identified as follows:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Young people under 18
  • Victims of hate crime
  • Victims with mental health needs
  • Victims with other vulnerabilities

The fund is open from today with the closing date for applications being Wednesday 15th January 2020.
 

For further information about the fund and to access the application form and guidance documents, please visit the Commissioning and Grants section of the PCC website
 

Bernicia Foundation

A new £1m charitable foundation led by North East housing association Bernicia is now open for business to support people and communities across the region. The Bernicia Foundation will help fund projects and initiatives that deliver real and lasting community benefits, alongside those that support individuals to achieve their ambitions. Over the next four years, the foundation will channel profits from Bernicia’s commercial property arm Kingston and invest them into people and communities at a time of need.

The foundation will make two types of grant to organisations and people across Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and Northumberland.

Inspiration 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.

Inclusion Grants valued at up to £1,000 will target inspirational young people aged 24 and under or organisations helping young people.

The closing date for applications is 17th January 2020. Following the assessment period they will let applicants know whether they have been successful by 28th February 2020.

For more information and to apply for Bernicia Foundation support, please visit www.berniciafoundation.com,

Community use of School Facilities

The Active Partnerships of Northumberland Sport and Tyne & Wear Sport are inviting organisations and individuals to undertake a research project to enable us to understand the barriers that schools across the North of Tyne area face in opening their facilities for community use outside of the school day. This work will also involve identifying and creating best practice case studies of those schools which do successfully open their facilities for community use (Lot 1). The project, via Lot 2, may go on to develop an action research project in this area of work.

Further Information can be found on the Northumberland Sport (www.northumberlandsport.co.uk) or Tyne & Wear Sport Website  (http://www.tynewearsport.org/school-facilities-tender)

ESF Community Grants

Gateshead Council learningSkills have been awarded the ESF contract to distribute £1million of Community Grants across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Any third sector organisation (voluntary, community, registered charities, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives) can apply for a Grant.

Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £20,000 to work with people 16 years of age or older to help them move closer to the labour market. We are after innovative projects that push the boundaries in engaging those furthest away from accessing provision and main stream services.

Groups are invited to attend a Market Engagement event that will provide more information about the grant, what it can be used for and how to complete the application form.
The Market Engagement events are:

  • Gateshead- Tuesday 3rd December 10-12.30pm, The Dryden Centre
  • Newcastle- Wednesday 4th December 9.30-12noon, Blakelaw Centre
  • South Tyneside- Wednesday 4th December 1.30-4.00pm, Ocean Road Community Association
  • North Tyneside- Thursday 5th December 1.30-4.00pm, Meadow Well Connected
  • Sunderland- Tuesday 10th December 9-11.30am, Pallion Action Group
  • Northumberland- Tuesday 10th December 2-4.30pm, East Bedlington Community Centre

Organisations can come to any of the events- they are not restricted to the one held in their area.

To book in, please visit: https://esfcommunitygrants.weebly.com/how-to-apply.html Tickets (which are free) go on sale the 18th November and close 48 hours before each event.

You can also find out more information about the event and the project on the website.

Celebrate National Lottery 25

Celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday by bringing people together.

National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) are offering people and communities with great ideas the chance to receive a grant between £100 and £1,000.

The fund can pay for event, activity, or item costs, between £100 and £1,000 that will bring people together between 1 February and 31 December 2020.

This can fund a wide range of items, such as:

  • event and activity costs
  • equipment
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs related to your idea
  • volunteer expenses

Any group of two or more people with a great idea can apply. NLCF are particularly keen to hear from people they haven’t worked with before.

NLCF are expecting a lot of people to apply so to give everyone a fair chance they will use a lottery process, randomly selecting the applicants to be assessed.

Everyone who submits an application will be entered into the lottery draw, which will take place after the deadline closes at 2pm on Friday 6 December 2019. NLCF will then run a few straightforward checks to make sure that applications meet our eligibility criteria and genuinely benefit the community.

NLCF hope to let you know by email whether you have been successful by 31 January 2020.

Visit the NLCF 25 Celebration website for more information https://www.celebratenationallottery25.com/

Sherburn House Fund Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)

(Managed by County Durham Community Foundation)

  • £300 grants available for individuals or families
  • Funding for essential domestic equipment (eg cookers, washing machines, beds etc)
  • North East wide (recipients must live between the River Tweed and River Tees)

Applications are invited from professionals working with clients who are experiencing extreme hardship and are in financial need. It is likely that they have been unable to obtain funding from other sources.

Applications must be submitted by organisations willing to purchasing items on behalf of your client.

For full details, please visit the CDCF website

Adult education budget devolution update for North of Tyne

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has launched a procurement process for organisations interested in delivering adult education services in the North of Tyne area from August 2020.

As part of government devolution to transfer certain powers and funding, the North of Tyne Combined Authority will be taking responsibility for the adult education budget, which is currently administered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. More than £6m of the overall adult education budget will be distributed via procurement to organisations of all sizes and sectors, allowing local innovation and flexibility to better meet the needs of the area's residents.

All applications must be submitted via the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) portal by 4pm on December 13th. All supporting documents can be found on the portal along with a list of questions and answers. All questions and clarifications must be submitted via the NEPO portal only, before December 6th. 

Find out more at northoftyne-ca.gov.uk/adult-education-budget-devolution.

Curtin PARP (Passionate About Realising your Potential) Fund

A Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics at Newcastle University, involved in the creation of Rubraca®, a new cancer drug that has been approved for use on the NHS, has donated her share of proceeds to the Community Foundation.

The Curtin PARP (Passionate About Realising your Potential) Fund at the Community Foundation was established with a generous gift of nearly £865,000 by Professor Nicola Curtin and aims to help individuals realise their potential in life.

The Curtin PARP Fund at the Community Foundation is now open for applications in 2019, with a deadline of Monday 2 December and will reopen in mid-January for the 2020 round, receiving applications at any point throughout the year.

The Fund will support a range of activities to help people to develop the skills, talents and confidence to overcome barriers to employment or education. Priority will be given to carers, black and minority ethnic people, disabled people, homeless people and people who are experiencing disadvantage that prevents them from realising their potential. 

The Fund is named after the drug, which is classed as a PARP inhibitor, and works by exploiting a defect in the cancer cell’s ability to repair normal wear and tear to its DNA.  

Professor Nicola Curtin says: 
“I know first-hand that people are capable of amazing things, but society sometimes doesn’t always allow people to reach their full potential. So, through the Curtin PARP Fund at the Community Foundation I want to leave a lasting legacy that will change lives for the better.”

Read the full article on the Community Foundation's website

For more information about applying to the Curtin PARP Fund at the Community Foundation visit the website.

The Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund at the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities. The fund is now open for an initial round of funding applications. In this initial round, NLCF will support up to 15 place-based community-led partnerships to make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Funding expectations:

  • The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:
    • Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months)
    • Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years)
  • Successful applicants will have experience in implementing meaningful action on climate change
  • NLCF expect to fund a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK
  • NLCF will use learning from the first round of funding to help shape what happens next and we will test and learn throughout the programme. Further rounds of funding will be available at a later stage.

The deadline for the first round of funding is 18th December 2019.

Full details are available on the NLCF website.
  

 

Youth Music

Youth Music are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances.

Youth Music's vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music. In order to achieve this, they’re working collaboratively to transform music education in England.

They have five priority funding areas: Early Years, SEN/D, NEET, Youth Justice and Coldspots.

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach. Projects they invest in support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, and they also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce.

Fund A awards smaller grants (between £2,000 and £30,000) for high-quality projects, with grant duration between 6 to 24 months.

Next application deadline is 6 December 2019, 5pm.

Please take a look at the following link to find out more https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/i-need-funding

If you would like to have an informal chat before you submit an application, please contact Youth Music at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Toyota Parasport Fund

Sport England are committed to ensuring that everyone can take part in sport and physical activity and are working with disabled people to make sure that they have access to a range of quality opportunities to realise the many benefits that come from being physically active.

Up to £200,000 will be available in each year of the fund, with awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help ensure that when disabled people are active, they have access to quality equipment to help give them the best possible experience.  

This is the first in a series of funding rounds focusing on different areas that we know impact the quality of experience – this round is looking at equipment.

The window for applications is now open and closes at 5pm on 20 December, 2019.

Full details are available on the Sport England website.

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award
In memory of Elspeth Thompson

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award provides funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

No fixed amount is set but awards do not usually exceed £5,000. Funding could cover, for example, site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators), hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.

Full details are on the NGS website. The deadline for applications is the 31st December 2019.

Armed Forces Day 2020

Local organisations around the country are encouraged to host a local event within two weeks of Armed Forces Day, including weekends so the dates would be Saturday 20 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.

Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK can apply for a grant of up £10,000 (providing the grant funding accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

The funding can be used to pay for:

  • Road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches.
  • Decorations, flags and banners.
  • Newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event.
  • Marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event.
  • Insurance.
  • PA and communications systems.

The first step is to register an event on the Armed Forces Day website. This will enable groups to access details on how to apply for the funding.

The deadline for funding applications is 27 March 2020.

For more information, visit the Armed Forces Day website.

North of Tyne Combined Authority - Employability & Skills Programme

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) has set aside £3m of funding to be used as match funding for ESF projects.

Applications are now open to NTCA and will close on 3rd October, they will assess these applications and approve (in principle) in time for the open call from DWP which closes on the 2nd December. This will mean applicants can prove they have match funds in place. Although the fund is aimed at this call they will potentially match any ESF funding.

NTCA are looking to allocate no less that £200k to each project, so minimum project size is £400k. This is over a max of 3 years. NTCA would welcome consortium bids which bring smaller organisations together.

The link to the NTCA info is here https://www.northoftyne-ca.gov.uk/employability-and-skills-programme

The link to the DWP call is here https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/inclusive-labour-markets-north-east-region-oc25s19p1510

Comic Relief Community Fund

 

The Comic Relief Community Fund 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:

  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.
  • 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 and girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender or sexuality.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
 

Capacity Building Grants

Grants of up to £500 to support a wide range of activities, from developing better organisational governance, policies and procedures to increasing understanding of beneficiary needs, to increasing organisational delivery capacity.

Examples of capacity building grants:

  • A project to increase the capacity of the organisation through increasing volunteering, including to development of  a volunteer strategy, volunteer policy, recruitment and training  of volunteers.
  • Project to train trustees and senior management, to ensure good governance is in place, and organisation has capacity and capability to manage new projects.
  • Developing an organisation website and/or social media channels to enable an organisation to communicate more effectively with its beneficiaries
  • Developing social value processes to better record impact of work
  • Project to increase the diversity of trustees, encouraging more lived in experience members.
  • Engaging with service users, clients and the community to develop models of delivery

Capacity building grants do not require match funding and are available as a rolling programme with decisions made within 6 weeks of the application. Funding should be spent within 12 months of receiving the award.

Northumberland CVA has experience of delivering capacity building programmes across all of these themes and can offer added value to any organisation through our NCC commissioned services. Please get in touch to discuss what we could offer if you are considering applying.

Information on the Capacity Building Grants is available here.

Project Delivery Grants

Grants of up to £4000 will support grassroots organisations to deliver projects that address Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Projects should be able to clearly show, the local need for the project, robust planning, and legacy.

Examples of project delivery grants: 

  • Training for parents and carers to help support  their children’s development before starting school
  • Activities for girls or women to help them make healthier life choices
  • Supporting people with mental health issues to improve an outdoor space or create a meeting space
  • Setting up a peer support network for people experiencing homelessness
  • Hire of room where homeless people can access support

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of projects that can be funded.

All projects must be completed in 12 months. Core organisational costs, may be included but the fund will not fund projects which only contribute to organisational general running costs or solely a continuation of services. Project delivery grants do not require match funding, however if they do the Comic Relief Community Fund should be the main funding source.

Details on the Project Delivery Grants can be found here.  

The Coalfields Community Investment Fund Open for Applications

Projects should predominantly focus on one or more of the following three themes:

  • Skills – providing appropriate training, non-vocational or vocational, to enable people to increase their skills and knowledge. The training should provide progression routes to volunteering, further training and/or employment opportunities. Examples of projects include improving levels of literacy/numeracy, English not as a First language, IT or coaching in order to provide a service.
  • Employment – providing a range of skills and experience to help people to create pathways into employment and accessing job opportunities. This could be job creation, work placements or job clubs which assist with job searches and applications, CV development and interview skills.
  • Health and wellbeing – supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and quality of life of people in former coalfield communities. This could include projects that address food poverty, debt advice, mental health issues, substance misuse, social isolation or projects increasing participation in physical activity.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available.

January 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 16th September 2019 and closes on at 5pm on 29th November 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th December 2019 at 5pm.

Full details available on the website.

Ernest Cook Trust

The Ernest Cook Trust have recently reviewed their grant giving strategy:

All grants awarded from 2019 will be for environmental education projects, outdoor learning and ‘learning from the land’. The Trustees would like to see applicants addressing key global concerns through educational projects which focus on issues such as (but not exclusive to):

  • connecting with nature
  • climate change
  • environmental pollution
  • loss of biodiversity
  • farming and food production
  • renewable energy
  • mental and physical wellbeing
  • social justice

Two grant schemes are now open and the trust will be phasing in more new grant streams over the next few months.

The two grant schemes are:

  • Apprenticeship and Scholarship Programme Grants
  • Outdoor Learning Officer Grants

Both of these programmes close on 27th September 2019.

Details can be found on the Ernest Cook website.

Your Voice Fund

Healthwatch Northumberland is committed to gathering the views of people from all sections of our community and making sure that health and social care services are made better for everyone.

Healthwatch Northumberland recognise that there are some people whose experience and views they do not hear enough.
In particular:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • People from the LGBTQ+ communities
  • Young people
  • Black and minority ethnic communities
  • People living in Northumberland through asylum or refugee resettlement programmes

Healthwatch have a small amount of funding available for community groups in Northumberland to help them engage with and make a difference to the lives of people in these circumstances.

They want to support projects that will:

  • Gather people’s views and experiences of health and social care services in Northumberland; Or
  • Respond to views you have already gathered, deliver an activity, create a resource or run a promotional campaign about a health and care issue in Northumberland.

The projects funded must involve people from one of the identified groups in the planning and delivery.

The total funding pot available is £5,000 and it is expected to fund 5 or 6 projects of different scales from this.

The maximum £1,000.

The deadline for applications is 3rd December 2019.

More details are available on the Healthwatch website.

The Vantage Fund

Northumberland CVA (the operating name of Wansbeck CVS) developed The Vantage Fund in memory of Sheila McGuckin, Wansbeck CVS’s Chief Executive and community sector champion, who died suddenly in February 2010.

Limited donations to the fund has meant that it has not been active for a short while, but it has recently received donations that will enable the fund to focus on reducing the impact of child poverty during 2020. If you are interested in donating to the fund, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Voluntary and community sector organisations (including PTAs and Schools) based in the old Wansbeck District of South East Northumberland are eligible to apply for grants up a maximum of £1000. Organisations (other than schools) must have an income of no more than £100,000 and priority will be given to smaller organisations.

Applicants must be members or associate members of Northumberland CVA.

Examples of possible projects:

  • breakfast clubs in schools
  • activities that often exclude those children in poverty
  • reducing school holiday hunger
  • clothing schemes

 

Applications are by a short expression of interest with a deadline of 9th December. Groups successful at this stage will be invited to come and discuss their project at a date to be agreed in January 2020.

Further details and an application form are available on Northumberland CVA's website.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential project please don't hesitate to get in touch with Marc Johnson on 01670 858688  

Pocket Parks

Helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched the new £1.35 million Pocket Parks, which will provide grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks.

This programme defines pocket parks as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass, but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict.

The funding is intended for communities to develop new green spaces or improve existing ones that are in poor condition, that provide people with better quality spaces; increasing opportunities for social mixing, healthy living, relaxation, play, food growing and contact with nature addressing health and wellbeing, integration social isolation or loneliness.

Groups will need to come up with match funding and be able to spend the grant by the end of March 2020.

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019 (5pm).

Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Aviva Community Fund

Over the last four years, Aviva has supported over 2000 small charities and community groups across the UK via the Aviva Community Fund programme.

Many of you have found the application process clunky; getting votes takes a lot of effort; and that for many charities, there’s no pot of gold at the end of all that hard work.

So the Aviva Community Fund is changing. They're expanding the way they support charities from just providing a cheque once a year, to driving sustainable fundraising, building capability and leveraging the power of their talented and enthusiastic workforce via volunteering.

Aviva Community Fund are kicking this off with a small invite-only trial in Autumn 2019 ahead of a fuller launch in January 2020.

We’ll post an update when applications open in the New Year.

Contract: Northumberland Coast & Lowland LEADER Evaluation

The supplier will be expected to undertake an evaluation and provide a final programme evaluation report together with a summary,

The programme evaluation report must include analysis and representation of the data in infographic form as well as written to cover changes achieved by the Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER programme against

  1. Progress of the programme against delivery of the Local Development Strategy covering outcomes and outputs
  2. The LAG experience of the programme and lessons emerging from this.
  3. Conclusions and lessons learnt: Overall conclusions based on analysis of the above areas.

Value: Not more than £3,000 inc VAT.

More info is available by logging in to the Pro-contract website.

Thursday 24th of October 2019, appointments from 1pm to 4:30pm
Tynedale Farmer Function Suite, Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG.

Our next Funding Fair is taking place at Tynedale Farmer Function Suite (next to Hexham Mart) on 24th October 2019.

The event gives you the opportunity to have 10 minute appointments with some of the funders listed below.

We have 12 funders due to attend:

  • Ballinger Charitable Trust
  • The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Greggs Foundation
  • Hadrian Trust
  • The Joicey Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • Karbon Homes
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Northstar Ventures
  • Northumberland County Council – Community Chest
  • Northumberland National Park Authority

The booking form and directory of funders is now available. The booking deadline is 9am on the 14th October.

Early Bird Booking - The first 10 booking forms received will be guaranteed their top 3 choices (as long as the project / organisation is eligible).

Northumberland CVA (the operating name of Wansbeck CVS) developed The Vantage Fund in memory of Sheila McGuckin, Wansbeck CVS’s Chief Executive and community sector champion, who died suddenly in February 2010.

 

Limited donations to the fund has meant that it has not been active for a short while, but it has recently received donations that will enable the fund to focus on reducing the impact of child poverty during 2020. If you are interested in donating to the fund, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

Voluntary and community sector organisations (including PTAs and Schools) based in the old Wansbeck District of South East Northumberland are eligible to apply for grants up a maximum of £1000. Organisations (other than schools) must have an income of no more than £100,000 and priority will be given to smaller organisations.

 

Applicants must be members or associate members of Northumberland CVA.

 

Examples of possible projects:

  • breakfast clubs in schools

  • activities that often exclude those children in poverty

  • reducing school holiday hunger

  • clothing schemes

Applications are by a short expression of interest with a deadline of 9th December. Groups successful at this stage will be invited to come and discuss their project at a date to be agreed in January 2020.

Download an application form here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential project please don't hesitate to get in touch with Marc Johnson on 01670 858688


Churchill Fellowship travel grants for change-makers

 

Churchill Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offer a life-changing opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons. The Fellowship will fund you to spend 4-8 weeks anywhere in the word, exploring a practical topic that you care about. You will then receive help to make change happen in your community or profession when you come home.

Every year Fellowships are offered in a series of 'award categories' that reflect key contemporary issues. In addition, there is always an Open category for any topics beyond this range. Applicants are encouraged to apply in a category relevant to their proposal, or else in the Open category.

  • Arts for the built environment
  • Education
  • Emergency response
  • Enterprise: supporting social impact
  • Environment, conservation and sustainable living
  • Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives
  • Rural living: strengthening countryside communities
  • Science, technology and engineering
  • Suicide: prevention, intervention and postvention
  • Open category
  • For artists and makers
  • For young people

Grants are now also available for applications to those working in emergency response of all kinds, from prevention to response to post-crisis recovery. Projects may relate to frontline and rescue services or to the agencies and charities that work on crisis management in the widest sense, including infrastructure, early warning, survivor support, rehabilitation, reconstruction and policy. Download the flyer.

Applicants are welcomed from all levels of seniority and it is open to all UK citizens aged 18 or over. Proposals may be intended for operational, tactical or strategic implementation.

Application is online, with a deadline of 17 September 2019 for travels in 2020.

Find out more at: www.wcmt.org.uk/apply/what-we-fund#Yes

 


Community Partnering Fund briefing session

 

Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid are working with Leeds Community Foundation to enable local organisations and community groups to deliver schemes that tackle issues that are close to their hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth and the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects. Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid see this as an opportunity to build ongoing relationships with organisations, explore further opportunities to provide support, gather case studies and share learning.
 
The Community Partnering Fund programme is targeted at areas of greatest need. The Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to support locally based community organisations 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.
 
If you are thinking of applying for the Fund and would like to learn more about the Community Partnering Fund then please attend a briefing event in Sunderland:

  • Wednesday 25 September 2019, 10am – 12 noon, at Bede Tower Burdon Road Sunderland SR2 7EA

The briefing will include a presentation on the Community Partnering grant programme, application process, an overview of previously funded projects, a Q&A session, and networking opportunities.  

Book your place via Eventbrite.

 


Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards 2020

 

The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain. Six winning registered charities or social enterprises will receive a £10,000 grant and be profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country.

The judges will be particularly interested in organisations that do the following:

  • Tackle the root causes of poverty.
  • Intervene early to prevent poverty.
  • Are ambitious for the lives of their clients.
  • Find innovative ways to combat poverty.
  • Have the potential to scale the impact of their work.
  • Have a turnover of less than £2 million.
  • Are working with people living in Britain.

There are six categories, below. Charities can apply to multiple categories but will only be able to win one award.

  • The Maxie Richards Addiction Award
  • The Family Award
  • The Work Award
  • The Education Award
  • The Criminal Justice Award
  • The Financial Inclusion Award

The deadline is 7th October 2019.

Read more and apply here. 

 


Finn Family Fund

 

 

This Fund was set up by Leo Finn, a former chief executive of Northern Rock PLC with the support of the Northern Rock Foundation which he served as a founder trustee and chairman. It makes small grants mainly in the North East of England and Cumbria.

The trustees look for opportunities where a small grant will offset some disadvantage and improve the quality of life of recipients, particularly young people. They prefer small charities led by volunteers. They do not seek applications from charities concerned with medical research, animal welfare or the promotion of religion.  

The maximum grant is usually £3,000.

Applications are considered at any time. Find out more at: www.finnfamilyfund.org.uk/

 


REEDS Grassroots Fund

 

The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities. Grants of up to £3,000 will be made to support the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty and in order to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Preventing or alleviating poverty through increased income
  • Improved living standards of the most disadvantaged through increased household income
  • Increasing individuals’ ability to manage their benefits claims to reduce the likelihood of future sanctions/problems

Applicants will need to be located in areas of high deprivation, and to demonstrate that they have experience in delivering this support, and to provide examples of successful outcomes already achieved. They should also indicate if support is required to maintain existing services or for additional resources to meet increased demand.

Applications are invited from mainly smaller (income of no more than £70,000 per annum) organisations but those with a larger income will be considered.

Examples of disadvantaged communities include those affected by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, asylum seeker/refugee status, disability and people with learning disabilities.

This is a rolling grant programme and application is online.

Find out more and make an application at: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/group_grant/reeds-grassroots/

 


The Tudor Trust

 

Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. The trustees particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. Their ability to be flexible can mean that they are well-placed to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances.

Tudor wants to support organisations which:

  • Display positive organisational characteristics
  • Address marginalisation
  • Make a difference

Grants are usually made over 1, 2 or 3 years and there is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for grants of less than £10,000 to be made. Grants may be for:

  • Core funding, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs.
  • Projects
  • Capital for buildings or equipment
  • Help to strengthen your organisation

Sometimes trustees may decide to offer unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives.

This is a rolling grant programme and the application is in two parts.

Find out more on the Trust’s priorities and how to make an application at: tudortrust.org.uk/what-we-do/about-our-grants/

 

Leech Fund for Volunteering Schemes

Sir William Leech was a notable North East philanthropist. Through the charitable trust he established, the William Leech Charity, he made gifts to the Community Foundation to inspire more philanthropy in our area.

The Community Foundation has a continuing relationship with the Leech family to this day through the two funds they hold: the William Leech Charity Fund and the Leech Challenge Fund. Together, these funds support work across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland with a focus on volunteering and groups led by volunteers. Groups can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to support activities over a year. In total we expect to award around 10 grants in this round. The aim is to support volunteer and user-led work that statutory bodies do not. Examples of the kind of activities that we want to support include: 
  • continuing or expanding existing volunteering schemes, or setting up new ones
  • training, co-ordination and support costs for volunteers.
Applicants must fit the usual Community Foundation criteria and: 
  • have an income under £500,000 in the most recently completed financial year
  • be working in less well served parts of our area i.e. Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and south-east Northumberland
  • demonstrate they are volunteer or user-led and/or strongly engaged with the communities they serve.
The fund will prioritise organisations working with people experiencing poverty (including food poverty), people with mental health problems, or people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities. To apply please complete the standard Community Foundation form and clearly mark it for ‘The Leech Funds’. The closing date is 12 noon on Friday 29 November 2019. Further information is available on the Community Foundation's website.
 

Applications for British Science Week 2020 are now open!

There are two grant schemes available to support British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) activities: one for schools and one for community groups.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.

 

Kick Start Grants

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are four options available:

  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity organised by students aged 10-19
  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity for students at your school
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to run an activity which involves your students and the local community
  • NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: A grant of £450 for your school to run an activity for British Science Week as well as an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19

Find out more and apply here.

Community Grants

This scheme offers £500 to £1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Find out more and apply here.

Suicide Prevention Small Grants Fund

The Northern Sub Regional Suicide Prevention Group is a multi-agency partnership and includes people with lived experience, both in terms of membership and involvement in the associated sub groups. It is one of three sub-regional Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) groups working to the Regional Zero Suicide Ambition – Every Life Matters Steering Group, established to develop and deliver local suicide prevention plans and mental health improvement activity in the area. The partnership covers the 6 Local Authority areas of; Sunderland, South Tyneside, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead.

We aim to reduce the impact and stigma of suicide and improve support for those affected by Suicide so that fewer people die by suicide, including those in high risk groups (both adults and children and young people). The allocation process will avoid heavy governance requirements and will enable small grant funding to reach grass roots organisations quickly and subsequently provide a direct timely support to the target group.
 
Objectives 

  • To develop a mechanism to deliver community-based support for those people in high-risk groups for suicide.
  • Provide access to local support for people who may be at risk of suicide in the Northumberland and Tyne & Wear area.
  • To target those at risk of suicide and develop flexible, innovative and creative ways of working to meet local need for example; peer/ mentor support.
  • To provide small grant funding to local community projects to help to strengthen existing community groups specifically engaged with building resilience and targeting vulnerable groups across the partnership area.

 Desired outcomes

  •  Build resilience to Mental Health problems in local communities
  • Promoting Positive mental Health in local communities
  • To reduce the stigma of self-harm and suicide.
  • To increase the community-based support for those at risk of suicide, including in high risk groups.
  • To reduce the incidence of self-harm and repeated self-harm.
  • To reduce the impact of self-harm and suicide.

Grants up £5k will be available where groups can demonstrate meeting needs of local populations at risk although the average Grant amount applied for is expected to be lower than this.

Applications must be submitted before 30th November 2019.

For full details and the application form email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

HM Prison and Probation Service launches 2020-2022 Grants Programme

The HM Prison and Probation Service is inviting voluntary organisations that support the rehabilitation of people in the criminal justice system in England and Wales to apply

for funding for projects that trial new ideas and approaches or develop current programmes within new settings or with a new group of service users.

Registered charities, exempt charities and social enterprises can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 to develop and test out approaches which complement core provisions for people in the criminal justice system and enhance outcomes for service users.

The funding is divided across four different themes:

There are four grant themes that organisations can apply for funding under. The four themes are:

  • Improving support for families and significant others (ITT 3674)
  • Improving outcomes for those with protected characteristics (ITT 3675)
  • Improving health and well-being (ITT 3677)
  • Improving safer custody across the prison estate (ITT 3676).

Projects can take place in any prison, with any National Probation Client and/or within the Youth estate. They may be limited to one prison, one probation area/office or cover multiple sites.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2019 (10am).

Full details can be found on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Sourcing Portal under the Project number Prj_1662 which is available here. You must create an account.

 

Potential Contract - Rough Sleep Accommodation

Northumberland County Council is seeking to procure safe overnight accommodation for rough sleepers.

We would like to seek views from the market and explore opportunities that will enable us to identify whether a procurement exercise would attract sufficient interest in the provision of a rough sleeper accommodation service and if so, what this model would look like.

We would ask Providers to complete the Soft Market Questionnaire.

More info on the Pro-contract website.

Comic Relief - Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls

In England, around 1 in every 20 women has experienced extensive physical and sexual violence and abuse across their life course.  These women are more likely to face other adverse circumstances in their lives: more than half have a common mental health condition; 52% have a disability that means they need help with everyday activities; 1 in 5 have experienced homelessness; 1 in 3 have an alcohol problem and are 8 times more likely to be drug dependent than women with little experience of violence and abuse.

To this end, Comic Relief are pleased to be continuing their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to open a fund of £1.2 million to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG). The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

Comic Relief want to make targeted investments in UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of VAWG.

Proposals should respond to one or more of this programme’s aims:

  • Maintain / improve support for women and girls who are experiencing or at risk of violence and abuse;
  • Expand reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex), and disabled communities;
  • Capture the lived experiences of women and girls to inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy;
  • Coordinate cross sector partnerships to build more trauma-informed, joined-up care pathways that meet the holistic needs of women and girls.

Grants between £50k to £250k are available for projects starting in January 2020 and lasting for no longer than 12 to 15 months.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 4th of September.

Full details are on the Comic Relief website

Postcode Lottery Trusts

The Postcode Lottery operates three grant giving trusts that groups can apply to for projects of 12 months in length, projects must be new or a significant expansion of an existing project. Funds of up to £20,000 are available for registered charities, with funds of £2,000 for other not-for-profit organisations. The deadline for first stage applications across all three trusts is 14th August 2019.

Postcode Local Trust provides funding for:

  • Green space improvements.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Renewable energy and flood prevention.

Full details are available on the website.

Postcode Community Trust provides funding for:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing.
  • Arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation.

Full details are available on the website.

People's Postcode Trust provides funding for:

  • Promoting human rights.
  • Combatting discrimination.
  • Poverty prevention.

Full details are available on the website.

#IWILL Fund - Youth-led advocacy to improve community spaces

The #IWILL Fund want to support organisations who understand what high quality youth social action is and have experience of equipping young people with the skills they need to deliver meaningful advocacy-based social action.

Approaches should empower young people to take the lead and advocate to improve community spaces that are important to them and where their work can be embedded into spaces in the long-term. Your proposed plans should be informed by young people themselves.

You can apply for up to £35,000 over one year to facilitate youth-led advocacy to improve the design and use of community spaces.

Grants can be used to cover any costs related to carrying out this project, included but not limited to:

  • Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project
  • Costs of advocacy activities, including appropriate incentives and rewards for young people to take part
  • Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 20th September 2019.

For more information and to apply visit the Co-op Foundation's website.

Cash4Clubs

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500 and £1000 available. Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports National Governing Body or local authority.

Applications are now open and will close on the 27th September 2019.

You can either make a written application or a video application (max 2 minutes)

For more details and to apply visit the website.

NHS England and NHS Improvement Community Grants 2019

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services?

If so, NHS England want you to tell them about it. In fact, they want to support you to tell everyone about it!

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be awarding grants of up to £2500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. Applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation. Please ensure you read the 2019 guidelines for community grant applicants pack before you apply, to check that your organisation and project is eligible. If you are eligible you will need to complete the application form by Monday, 23 September 2019 using the apply now button.

You can find out more about previous years’ projects in the community grants section of the Involvement Hub on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.

Bright Ideas Fund now open!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you. Bright Ideas provides business development support, grants of up to £15,000, and opportunities to learn from other community businesses. 

Bright Ideas is interested in community groups, associations and organisations who have a good idea for a community business but need advice and a small amount of revenue funding to develop, test and get to the stage of launching their community business. The Fund remains open to applications from aspiring community businesses working anywhere in England and in any sector

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

The deadline for applications is the 30th September.

For more information visit the website

Confirmation of Commissioning framework - Urgent

We are looking for charities or organisations to become part of our commissioning framework to deliver outreach as a supplier on our behalf on a spot purchase basis.

We are looking for charities and organisations who are OISC registered, CTC cleared and DBS checked who have experience of assisting vulnerable adult asylum seekers. 

The outreach requests could include a wide range of topics which may include asylum support or move on support.

The outreach framework has been finalised and published and can be accessed via the following link:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/T3PF2999J6

Please note the deadline is  21/08/2019 15:00.

For any enquiries please email Marsela Hoxha on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contract: Service to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support

Northumberland County Council is seeking tenders to establish a Contract to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support at a time of crisis.

The aim is to provide short term assistance to families requiring additional support as part of a range of early intervention and prevention services designed to prevent children becoming “looked after”. The aim is to stabilise families preventing child neglect and abuse and reducing the flow of children going into Looked After Care, thereby improving outcomes.

The service should be able to offer bespoke packages of support, delivered through a network of volunteers providing a community solution for families in crisis or in need of support. The aim is to develop strong relationships between volunteers and families, strengthening family capacity and promoting self-sufficiency through both modelling behaviours and providing support for positive parenting.

It is anticipated that up to 65 families per year will require support, based predominantly within the South East Northumberland area with development over the lifetime of the contract in support required in the north and west of the County.

The value of the contract will be capped at £75,000 per annum, including all expenses. Further details of the Contracting Authority’s requirements under the contract and other relevant information are given in the Specification at Schedule 2.

Register on the Pro-contract website for further details.

Deadline for EOI is 16/08/2019.

Contract: Home Care Flexible Purchasing System

This contract is for the provision of home care services for adults with care and support needs, whether funded under social care legislation, as NHS Continuing Health Care, or as aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

The aim of the Service is to enable Service Users receiving home and community support to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as possible and to enable them to lead a good quality of life.

The contract opportunity is split into ten Lots based on geographical regions within Northumberland. Within each Lot there operates a three tiered system, with a single ‘Preferred Provider’ in place at Tier 1 who has a right of first refusal for each referral available within that Lot. If the Tier 1 Provider does not respond to the referral within a short timescale, or cannot meet the need, then the referral will be offered to the Providers within Tier 2. Similarly if no Tier 2 Provider responds, or cannot meet the need within a short timeframe then the referral will be offered to any Providers on the third Tier.

This Flexible Purchasing System was established on 1st April 2019, however new applications are now welcome for appointment to Tier 2 and Tier 3 positions on each Lot.

Full details can be found here.

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