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
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

Coalfields Regen Trust - 8th June
Sir James Knott Trust - 15th June
Greggs, Environment - 22nd June
Greggs, Local Projects - 22nd June
Hadrian Trust - 22nd June

July 2018

August 2018

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

December 2018

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

January 2019 February 2019 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!



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.

Invest grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total.

Invest grants fund core organisational costs, meaning those related to the day to day running of your charity. Requests for core costs will only be considered where the majority of your charity’s work (more than 50% of your work and expenditure) meets the eligibility criteria. They also fund costs associated with the direct delivery of your work.

To be eligible to apply, your charity must be supporting people facing multiple disadvantage through one or more of transition points. Grants do not support work on transition points that differ from the ones listed on the website

Invest grants are now open for initial applications until 18th May 2018.

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.


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 first round of the Community Radio Fund 2018-19 opens for applications from eligible stations on 4 April and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 2 May 2018. The awarding Panel will meet in June 2018 to consider the applications. The Fund has been established to give grants to help fund the core costs of running Ofcom licensed community radio stations. These core functions include:

  • management

  • fundraising to support the station (e.g. grants, commercial funding)

  • administration

  • financial management & reporting

  • community outreach

  • volunteer organisation and support

Grants will be made as a single lump sum and are to cover a one-year period only. There is no minimum or maximum amount for the fund but as an indication last year grants awarded ranged from £5,000 up to £21,190 for individual positions, with an average of £15,122. More information is available on Ofcom's website.

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.


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

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.

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


Community Support grants are for charities that help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment.

The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to thousands of people in need and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families are most concerned.

Charities can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000). The deadline for large grants is 4th May 2018. The deadline for large grants is 25th May 2018. More detail is on the Masonic Charitable Foundation website.

The Coastal Communities Fund Round 5 is now open with £40 million available for spend from April 2019 to end of March 2021.

Funding goes to projects over £50,000 that will ultimately lead to regeneration and economic growth whilst directly or indirectly safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs.

Within this round 5 there are 2 separate funding rounds, each with their own timetable.

  • a ‘fast track’ early round for revenue projects only for which some funding will be available in 2018 to 2019. Stage 1 closing date 2 April 2018.
  • the main funding round for which funding will be available from 1 April 2019. Stage 1 closing date 30 April 2018.

Full guidance notes and application forms are available on the Government website.

Applications must be received by Friday 1st June 2018
The Fund has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities.  Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.
Trustees look to fund:

  • Projects for children aged 5 to 18 years

  • Locally based schemes lasting from 2 to 6 weeks

  • Schemes with strong volunteer support

The following will not be supported:

  • Play schemes with a budget of over £12,000

  • Club or family holidays

  • Day care costs

  • Agencies with an income of over £150,000.

More information is available on the HCT 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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