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.