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.

 

July 2019

Rothley Trust - 9th July
Blyth Demonstrator Wind Farm Fund - 29th July

August 2019

Sisters & North Steads Wind Farm - 2nd Aug
Northumbrian Water Grassroots Fund - 2nd Aug
Leeds Building Society - 5th August
FB & PFB Lough Fund - 5th August

Banks Community Fund - 8th August
Port of Tyne Fund - 9th August
Wingates Wind Farm - 12th August
NCC Sport & Play - 16th August
P&G Fund - 16th August
Barmoor Wind Farm - 26th August
Green Rigg Wind Farm 27th August
Hospital of God - 30th August
Northumbrian Water Branch Out - 31st Aug

 

September 2019

Children in Need (Small) - 2nd September
Coalfields Regen Trust - 6th September
#IWill Fund - 11th September
Newcastle Building Society - 13th September
Sir James Knott Trust - 13th September
High Sheriff Awards - 16th September
Greggs NE Core - 21st September
Shears Foundation - 23rd September
NCC - Event Fund - TBC September

October 2019

Hadrian Trust - 3rd October
Kiln Pitt Hill Wind Farm - 3rd October
Leeds Building Society - 7th October
Community Partnering Fund - 15th October
NCC - Community Chest - 18th October

November 2019

Wingates Wind Farm - 11th November
NCC Sport & Play - 15th November
The Joicey Trust - 30th November

December 2019

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

 

January 2020

 

February 2020

Wingates Wind Farm - 10th February

March 2020
April 2020

May 2020

Wingates Wind Farm - 11th May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2020

 

 

 

No specific deadlines

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

 

 

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

 

 
 
 

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).


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/

 

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.

National Lottery Community Fund - Climate Action Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

The new fund will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. The funder has said that types of activities will differ from place to place, but will have one thing in common: the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

The new fund is being launched as the level of concern over climate change continues to rise, with 80% of the public saying they are very or fairly concerned about climate change. The National Lottery Community Fund also today revealed that it’s exploring ways to support the wider sector and its grantees to help them mitigate their impact on the climate, for example via its Climate Action Top-up scheme – which will soon be piloted in Wales.

Further details on the fund will be released later in the summer.

Read the full press release on TNLCF's website.

Bright Ideas Fund will re-open on Tuesday 6 August 2019!

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.

For more information visit the website

Hays Travel Foundation

The Hays Travel Foundation was set up in 2015 with the main focus being on creating a brighter future for young people who need a bit of help to develop their potential.

To be eligible, organisations must be working to help young people (up to 25 years) in at least one of the following areas:

  • Education.
  • Prevention of poverty.
  • Health.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Sports.

Registered charities in need of financial aid to support their overall mission or a particular project can apply for a grant by completing the application form. Please note that the focus of the Hays Travel Foundation is on helping young people in the areas where Hays Travel operates. Grants range from £3,000 to £15,000 with grants of up to £30,000 given in some circumstances.

In addition each individual shop gets involved in fundraising for a good cause of their choice through the development of a local community partnership.

For more information visit the Hays Travel Foundation website

Masonic Charitable Foundation

There are two funding streams currently open for applications:

Early Years
The early years grants are about giving children and young people from vulnerable families the best possible start in life.

Later Life
Later life grants are about helping to reduce loneliness amongst older people.

Across both of these themes the main criteria is the same.

 

Small Grants
Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.

The next deadline is 27th September 2019.

 

Large Grants
Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £60,000.

The next deadline for first stage applications is 19th August.

 

For more information visit the website.

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.

Space to Connect

Community organisations across England looking to improve spaces where people can connect and co-operate can now apply for grants of up to £50,000 from Space to Connect – the Coop Foundation’s £1.6 million partnership with government. Two strands of funding are available:
  • ‘Enhance’ – organisations that are using community spaces in innovative and creative ways can apply for grants of £30,000 to £50,000 to help expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working so they can build a more secure future. Revenue and capital funding is available. Applications close at midday (12pm) on Wednesday 31 July.
     
  •  ‘Explore’ – organisations that want to help communities start to explore ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use can apply for grants of up to £10,000. Revenue funding only. Applications close on at midday (12pm) on Monday 12 August 2019
Full details are available on the Coop Foundation's website.
 

Carers Innovation Fund

 
The £5 million Carers Innovation Fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services.  This funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities.
 
Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.  The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations can all bid for funding to prove their concept, with the aim of securing longer term funding from other sources. Carers and other experts will sit on the evaluation panel to make sure proposals are feasible.
 
The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next 2 years. Initially the fund was worth half a million pounds. However, funding was later increased to £5 million. Full information on the Government's website.
 

Safeguarding Training Fund

The first phase is currently supporting the ‘Safer Social Sector Partnership’ led by NCVO to design a national and generic online safeguarding training package, suitable for all charities big and small, to improve safeguarding/safe culture practice. These materials will be available by the end of September 2019. The overall objectives of the Safeguarding Training Fund are:
  • To improve awareness of good safeguarding practice through the delivery of a national and generic safeguarding training package. This will improve access to safeguarding training and support to protect both children and adults at risk, and promote a safe culture within charities.
  • To extend the reach of existing resources around safeguarding, and support engaging mechanisms to deliver safeguarding training which reaches both small and large organisations.
  • To provide an insight into the impact of the safeguarding training, which helps to build a long term legacy for this work and embed good safeguarding practice and awareness into the sector.
This is the second phase of the Safeguarding Training Fund, a partnership between DCMS and The Fund, which will invest £1.14 million to improve access to safeguarding/safe culture support materials. During the second phase they expect to fund 5 – 10 organisations to distribute the phase 1 materials, promote and champion safeguarding/safe culture, and enable local networking and self-support. Grants will be in the region of £50,000 to £115,000 from November 2019 until the end of March 2022. The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 July 2019 at 23:59. Full details are on the National Lottery Community Fund website.
 

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.

2020 GSK IMPACT Awards

 
The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.
 
Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.  In 2020 there will be three days of training leading up to the GSK IMPACT Awards ceremony in London. After this participants will be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network which connects past award winners both online and at meetings, to get and give support, share best practice and continue their professional development. Many participants have commented that the training, the new ideas and enthusiasm that they take away, and the connections they make is even more important than the award money.
 
To apply go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards
 
Closing date for applications: 23 September 2019

FB and PFB Lough Fund

The FB and PFB Lough Fund was established in 2018 with an extremely generous legacy gift to the Community Foundation, from Frank and Pat Lough. Frank and Pat lived in Berwick and it was their intention that the gift be used to support charitable activity in their local area. The fund exists to support charitable activity in north Northumberland, within a 20-mile radius of Berwick Town Hall. Applications should demonstrate how a grant will be used to either tackle disadvantage, strengthen communities, or make the area a better place to live (this last point might include cultural, environmental or sporting activity). Please note that in this round of funding:

  • Registered charities are welcome to apply for core / unrestricted running costs, or specific projects, as they see fit;
  • Other types of not-for-profit organisation are welcome to apply for funding for specific charitable projects;
  • Organisations of all types are welcome to apply for grants of one, two, or three years’ duration;
  • The minimum grant size is £5,000pa and the maximum is £10,000pa.
The deadline for applications is Monday 5th August 2019, 9.00am. More information is available on the Community Foundation's website.
 

More than a Pub

Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands?

The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community ownership of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

Funded by Power to Change and delivered by Plunkett Foundation, the second round of the programme builds upon the success of the first, which saw over 450 enquiries received from communities across England and saw 28 pubs open under community ownership. Support and funding is available to the community pub sector until September 2020. The programme offers a wide range of support for groups who wish to take ownership of their local pub and run it for the benefit of their local community:

  • Action planning
  • Learning, events and peer networking
  • Bursary funding of up to £2,500
  • Business development advice
  • Loan and grant combined funding package of up to £100,000
Full details are available on the Plunkett Foundation's website.
 

Places to Ride

The Places to Ride programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England.

The programme has been made possible through a new £15million commitment from Government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). The aim of the programme is to:

  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds regardless of gender, age, ability or ethnicity to engage with cycling in all its forms. We want to provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment; focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women and girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Ensure we deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.
The typical characteristics of a funded cycle facility will include that they:
  • are traffic-free
  • provide one or more opportunities to participate, for example BMX, track-cycling, mountain biking and so on 
  • might include a modest learn-to-ride area for children and young people at the early stages of developing their cycling skills and confidence
  • are open to all the community – ideally with programmes/sessions designed to encourage local people to get involved
  • will offer cycling opportunities to people who may not have access to, or be able to afford equipment needed – for example be able to provide relevant cycles, helmets and any other equipment
  • are possibly located alongside other sports/activities to encourage a much broader appeal across all sections of the community and encourage social interaction
Grants will normally range from £1000 to £500k and will only exceed the upper limit in exceptional circumstances. The contact for the North East area is Hilary Conway - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07834 518 152 Full details are on the British Cycling website.
 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them. The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

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

The offer has now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:
https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/funding The deadline for completing the eligibility survey for this round is 30th August 2019.
 
Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.
 

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.

Northumberland Cultural Fund

The Northumberland Cultural Fund (NCF) has been launched by Northumberland County Council to support new arts and cultural events taking place this year in Northumberland. The maximum you can apply for is £10,000, it is expected that in the majority of cases projects will receive between £1,000 and £2,000.

It is designed to support you to deliver your event as part of Great Northumberland 2019.

NCF focuses on projects that are ready to impact positively on its communities and supports community engagement.

The fund is aimed at Northumberland groups to apply for small grants and for your event to be part of Great Northumberland 2019 summer programme, celebrating the amazing arts and cultural activity across the county for the enjoyment of local people and visitors.

Please read the guidelines carefully before filling in the application form:

  1. Download our guideline document here

  2. Download our application form here

  3. Email completed applications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for applications is Monday 13th May at 5pm

 

This information is from the Great Northumberland website.
 

Comic Relief - Ahead of the Game: Sport and Mental Health

Comic Relief has launched this funding call with two aims:
  • Firstly, it aims to support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing. 
  • Secondly, it aims to contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.

The fund will support work in the United Kingdom, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda. Comic Relief aims to support projects that work with the most marginalised people, in the most disadvantaged communities. In the UK they will focus on supporting organisations to use sports based approaches to support people who are already experiencing mental health problems, whether these are self-determined or diagnosed.

 

Funding is available for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years with grants of between £150,000 to £450,000 available.

The deadline for first stage applications is 1200 GMT on Friday 31st May 2019.

 

For full details visit the Comic Relief website.

Comic Relief - Bridging the Gaps: Strengthening Mental Health Support for Children and Young People

Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop. 

They would like to fund proposals that are particularly focusing on vulnerable children and young people from groups underserved by current services, because they believe that services should be inclusive and support those most in need. Comic Relief are particularly interested in (and will prioritise funding for) proposals that place partnership working at the heart of the bid. 

Proposals should be working on two or more of the following areas: 

  • tackling stigma and discrimination,
  • increasing access to quality service provision,
  • strategic / systemic changes at local and/or national level

In the UK organisations will need to have a minimum annual income of £250,000 in order to apply. Funding is available for a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 years with grants of between £150,000 and £700,000. The deadline for first stage applications is 12 noon GMT on Friday 28th June 2019.

 

More information is available on the Comic Relief website.

BUPA Foundation - Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

For some mid-life can be a time of increased responsibilities, challenges and pressures, in their working lives, family lives and relationships. The prevalence of mental illness peaks among people in their middle years.  

Within this funding programme the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical, community-focused projects that will support and improve people’s mental health at this critical life-stage.  In order to be eligible your application must meet all the following criteria:

  • Your project or initiative will support people in mid-life. Suggested age range 30s to 50s. 
  • Your project focuses specifically on supporting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, rather than on addressing wider social issues.
  • Your application clearly explains how you will reach, engage and directly support individuals in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Your application outlines how you will measure and evaluate the difference your project makes to the mental health and wellbeing of individual participants.

The maximum grant available is £20,000.

 

Full information is available on the BUPA UK Foundation's website.

The Hilden Charitable Fund - Summer Play Schemes

The Fund has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities from across the UK..  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

Applications are accepted from voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000. Applications must be received by Tuesday 4th June.

 

More information is available on the Hilden Charitable Fund website.

Power to Change - Community Business Fund

The fund is designed to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. This could be through increasing trading income, securing an asset or significantly reducing revenue costs. Grants of £50,000 – £300,000 are available to cover:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs

The fund is open for applications until 22 May 2019 at 12 noon.

 

Full details are on the Power to Change website.

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity is a national charity raising funds to improve the lives of sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. The Charity provides grants of up to £10,000 to hospitals and hospices to transform the lives of children across the UK. 

Grant applications are now open. All applicants must be submitted on the  by Friday 18 October 2019.

 

Full details are available on the website.

FA - Stay in the Game

The Football Association’s Stay in the Game scheme, formerly known as Retain the Game, is aimed at supporting the retention of adult male football teams. The scheme provides grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, and affiliation fees.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Thursday 6 June at 5pm.

 

More information is on the Football Foundation's website.

Virgin Money Foundation - Community Anchor Fund

Community Anchor organisations come in different forms, however, the form of the organisation is less important than the methods they employ. They are often the driving force in a local neighbourhood, the facilitator and supporter of community activity and a way that local people of all ages can be involved in determining their shared future.

The Community Anchors' Fund will provide organisations working in the North East of England with grants between £10,000 and £50,000. The funds can be used to cover core costs, they can also be spent on designing and launching new activity. The award can be spread over one, two or three years.

The Foundation will make awards totalling £500,000 over the year. Applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme. We expect to make between 10 and 15 awards. When all of the available funding has been allocated the programme will close – so we suggest you apply as soon as possible.

Full details are available on the Virgin Money Foundation's website.

Nationwide Community Grants

The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards grants of up to £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Helping people in to a home
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment

The fund is open from 3 June – 5 July in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, West of England, North West, North Midlands and the North East of England. In the North East the fund is being managed by the County Durham Community Foundation.

 

Full details are are the UK Community Foundation's website.

Blyth Demonstrator Windfarm Community Fund

The Fund will consider applications between £500 and £10,000, in exceptional circumstances application will be considered for up to £20,000.
 
Priority will be given to applications originating from within Blyth, Cambois, East Bedlington and Seaton Valley. Consideration will also be given to applications for funding originating from outside the Priority Area, provided that persons residing within the Priority Area may benefit.
 

The fund will support
  • Community organisations to support capital, activities and development.
  • Access to training and /or educational activities for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people.
  • Access to amateur sport or the arts for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people.
  • Sustainable development by the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration.

The deadline for applications is the 22nd of July.

 

Full details are on the Community Foundation's website.

Northumberland County Council - Fund for Event Costs

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

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

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

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

Arts Council England - Small Capital Grants

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

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

 

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

High Streets Heritage Action Zones

By extending the successful Heritage Action Zone initiative, Historic England will deliver a four-year programme of physical improvements, community engagement and cultural activities to regenerate England’s struggling historic high streets and town centres around the country. To do this, they will be working closely with local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce and other community groups.

Applicants can apply for a grant of between £250,000 and £2 million to set up a four-year partnership beginning April 2020.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 12 July 2019.

Full details are available on Historic England's website.

 

Urban Tree Challenge Fund

The UTCF is open to anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas as long, as you have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of your agreement and your planting location is within an urban area.

The fund provides up to 50% of published standard costs for planting large and small trees and their establishment costs. The remaining funding must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour.

Block bids allow organisations to apply for funding for multiple projects under one application, which can be geographically dispersed across England or focused in a local area. Individual applications are aimed at smaller organisations or community groups who are looking to deliver much smaller scale projects.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund is now open for block bids and closes at midnight on 28 July 2019. Expressions of Interest (EOI) for individual applications can also be received in this window.

 

Full details can be found on the Government website.

Froebelian Innovation Grants

The Froebel Trust offers Innovation Grants to enable the application of Froebelian principles in new areas and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively. Projects funded under the Innovation Grants programme should achieve the following outcomes:

  • Children are supported to play expressively and creatively.
  • Organisations develop or improve their understanding of Froebelian philosophy and principles.

The Trust has allocated a fund of £40,000 in 2019 for Innovation Grants. Projects may be spread over 1 or 2 years.

The deadline for applications is: 5pm on Monday 24 June 2019.

 

Full details can be found on the Froebel Trust's website.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects that make a difference to local communities near to Co-op stores and funeral homes.

Your project must either:

  • help a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces
  • support the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities
  • help people reach their full potential by developing their skills

Applications must be completed by 16 June 2019.

If you are successful you’ll be part of the Local Community Fund for 12 months – from 27 October 2019 to 24 October 2020.

You'll receive your share of the funding in 2 payments – one in April 2020 and one in November 2020. Full details are available on the Co-op's website

The Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.

It will support interventions and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.

Focusing on 10-14 year olds across England and Wales, it is run by youth charity Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Social Investment Business(SIB). The Youth Endowment Fund will dispense funds in three ways. It will:

  • Run a one-off, open call round, to fund and evaluate promising approaches to preventing youth offending which have not yet gathered strong evidence of their impact. In this round, grantees will need to spend £100,000 or more by March 2020.
  • Fund a smaller number of programmes with good evidence of impact and which are ready for large scale evaluation.
  • Support two local partnerships in areas with high levels of youth crime to develop a multi-stakeholder response to preventing youth offending, evaluate and learn to inform our approach to place-based work.
The Youth Endowment Fund open call round will be open for applications from Tuesday 28 May to Tuesday 23 July 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contract: Nursery Provision - Blyth Central

Northumberland County Council are about to undertake a procurement exercise to seek tenders from suitably experienced and qualified organisations with the intention of identifying a childcare provider with whom they can work to develop the offer in Blyth.

The aim is to create 100 places (50 children at any one time) in order to deliver the 3 and 4 year old entitlement to eligible children within the Blyth Central Children’s Centre area. This will be done on a commercially sustainable basis from high quality refurbished premises owned by the Council and located in Blyth.

The Provider will be expected to meet the cost of running the building, (utilities etc) from its own resources and in addition pay the Council a rental income.

The service is intended to create additional capacity to meet local need and is not intended to create direct competition with the playgroup provision that already operates within the Children’s Centre and which is aimed at 0-2 year olds. The aim is to have a service operational by September 2019.

Further information is on the Pro-contract website.

Barratt & David Wilson Community Fund

Barratt Developments North East, which includes the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, has launched a new Community Fund; the scheme will see a different local charity or organisation receive £1,000 from the housebuilder every month.

You can read the article in the Morpeth Herald about the first award that was awarded to Contact Morpeth Mental Health.

Grants are awarded for developments close to Barratt Developments in Northumberland this includes a site in Morpeth and a site in Pegswood which is due to start development soon.

Barratt North East contact details can be found here.

European Social Fund - Skills for Growth

A new European Social Fund (ESF) funding opportunity has recently been launched.  The funding available is part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural Investment Fund Growth Programme which is available to the region and focuses on employability and skills. 
 
North East Region - ESF Skills for Growth:
Investment Priority 2.1 - Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning and;
Investment Priority 2.2 - Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems
 
ESF investment through this call is focused on helping to deliver the north east region's strategies and plans that promote the development of a highly skilled workforce, aiming to improve the skill sets of individual employees and support business productivity and growth. 
 
Projects responding to this call should deliver activities in the North East Region LEP area.  
 
Indicative Funding Allocation: Approximately £27.16 million ESF is available (IP 2.1 - £20m available and IP 2.2 £7.16m available)
 
Please note - the Managing Authority will give preference to applications over £5m of ESF to any single project within IP 2.1 and does not intend to allocate less than £1,791,500 of ESF to any single project for IP 2.2.
 
Deadline:  27th August 2019 - this is for completion and submission of a Full Application.  The Managing Authority is now using a single stage application process.  All applications now also need to be submitted using the ECLAIMS IT system only.  
 
See full call specification for details: ESF north east skills for growth call OC25S19P1405

The LEP and officers from the North East Technical Assistance Project intend to hold a launch event soon for interested applicants.  Full details will be circulated once finalised.  In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss anything further, please contact:
 
Elaine Maylin, Senior Project Officer (ESF), tel 01670 623 876 / mobile 07966323659, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund

The Playing Fields Legacy Fund was a charity established by the late Angus Irvine in 2012, prompted by what he felt was a failure of the 2012 London Olympics to provide the promised legacy for grass-roots sport.  In order to fully capitalise on what Angus achieved, in 2018 the trustees decided to join forces with Access Sport and form a new fund, through which Access Sport will act as custodian of Angus' legacy for the long-term.

The fund is available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities.

Grants will typically be in the range from £2.5k - £5k although a larger grant may be possible in some circumstances.

Applications can be made for grants towards some or all of the following types of projects with the intention of growing capacity to reach more young people:

  1. The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities
  2. The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications
  3. The purchase of specialist disability equipment
  4. The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise

Where it can be demonstrated that a grant will help unlock additional funding from other funders, this is encouraged. The next deadline for applications is 31st July 2019. More details can be found on Access Sport's Website.

Credit Union Development Fund

The Lloyds Banking Group Credit Union Development Fund is part of the Group’s ‘Helping Britain Prosper Plan,’ which was launched in March 2014, and is part of its commitment to improve financial inclusion levels across the UK. It was set up as a four year fund with £1 million available each year. Following the success of the first four years, Lloyds Banking Group added an additional £2 million to the Fund for distribution in 2018 and 2019.

Grants are to existing credit unions which can show good performance and strong plans for their future development.

There are two types of grant:

  • Large Grants (of between £50,000 and £100,000) will provide a contribution to a credit union’s reserves and help remove barriers to growth and innovation. Open to all credit unions including previous Large Grant winners (with some additional criteria).
  • Seed Grants (of between £10,000 and £20,000) to help credit unions invest in resources and activities to improve sustainability and increased efficiency for lending, such as the costs related to a merger or investment in digital improvements.
The deadline for application is the 30th June 2019. More details are available on the Credit Union Foundation's website.
 

Resource Action Fund

The Resource Action Fund is an £18 million fund, provided by Defra to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing, and better managing, waste.

The large and small-scale Food Waste Prevention grants are now open for applications.

Large scale grants
Food Waste Prevention – Stage 1 proposals open 13 May – 1 July 2019
This scheme is to provide capital infrastructure that will help address a current capacity gap in the sector for redistributing food that is currently being wasted, diverting this to people in need. The grants will support redistributing a significant volume of food to end beneficiaries through not-for-profit organisations / non-commercial activity. This large-scale grant will fund between £200k to £1M projects.

Small scale grants
Wave 1: Food Waste Prevention - open 13 May – 15 July 2019
Programme of grants to provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food from the likes of retailers and food manufacturers.  This programme will continue the success of the previous small-scale redistribution programme delivered by WRAP in addressing barriers to food redistribution. This small-scale grant will fund projects between £20,000 and £170,000.

 

Further programmes are due to open over 2019 and beyond. Details are available here.

New Cultural Fund for Northumberland 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scholefield Trust

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

Emphasis will now be placed on funding;

  • Equipment / Resources / Programmes
  • Training / Coaching bursary

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

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

 

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

Magic Little Grants

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

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

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