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 2019

The Women's Fund - 1st April
Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm - 5th April
Healthy Heart Grants - 8th April
Musical Traditions - 10th April
NCC - Event Fund - 22nd April
Rothley Trust - 26th April
CoRE Legacy Fund - 30th April
Ray Wind Farm - 30th April

May 2019

Scholefield Trust - 3rd May
Banks Community Fund - 9th May
Wingates Wind Farm - 13th May
Leeds Building Society - 13th May
Chrysalis Trust - 15th May
NCC Sport & Play - 17th May
Green Rigg Wind Farm - 21st May
Middlemoor Wind Farm - 27th May

Children in Need (Small) - 27th May
Children in Need (Main) - 28th May
The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2019

Coalfields Regen Trust - 7th June
NCC - Community Chest - 7th June
Greggs NE Core - 8th June
NCC - Event Fund - 17th June
The John D Fund - 21st June

Shears Foundation - 23rd June
Hadrian Trust - 28th June
Sir James Knott Trust - 28th June
High Sheriff Awards - 28th June
Greggs Local Fund - 30th June


July 2019

Rothley Trust - 9th July
Blyth Demonstrator Wind Farm Fund - 22nd July

August 2019

Leeds Building Society - 5th August
Banks Community Fund - 8th August
Wingates Wind Farm - 12th August
NCC Sport & Play - 16th August
Northumbrian Water Branch Out - 31st Aug


September 2019

Children in Need (Small) - 2nd September
Coalfields Regen Trust - 6th September
Greggs NE Core - 21st September
Shears Foundation - 23rd September
NCC - Event Fund - TBC September


October 2019

Leeds Building Society - 7th October
NCC - Community Chest - 18th October

November 2019

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 March 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!



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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.


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.

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


Groundwork is working with Tesco to help mark the supermarkets 100th birthday to offer communities in the UK the chance to bag their share of  £100,000. 

Throughout July and August the first of two special funding rounds will concentrate on groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits, with a particular focus on groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes, in line with the supermarket’s National Health Partnership.

Applications are open to all community projects bringing benefits across a region, with Tesco colleagues involved in shortlisting three applications in each area. Customers are then invited to vote for which group they’d like to receive grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000, casting their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkout points.
The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
  • Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.
  • Delivering activities or charitable services across a whole region such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.
  • Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.

Another voting round will launch in November, with even more projects sharing in the cash over the course of the year.

More information is available on Groundwork's website.

The J A Clark Charitable Trust was set up in 1971 by John Anthony Clark as a family charitable trust.

The objective of the JAC Trust is to use the Trust’s income to provide financial and other support to organisations and projects that help to make change for those in real need in the UK and the wider world.

The Trust gives grants to charities and other non-profit making organisations.  To maximise the impact of our grant-making we focus our funding on organisations that are effective, share our ambitions and whose projects are most aligned with our interests and passions.


2017-2022 Strategic Period

The Trustees have identified two areas they wish to support during the current strategic period:

a) Women’s Empowerment in Africa and Asia, 

b) Disadvantaged Youths in deprived areas of the UK, specifically East London and the North East.

From time to time the Trustees will review the Trust’s funding policy and areas of focus. The most recent changes were made in March 2017. More information is available on the Trust's website.

The Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity.

Donations usually fund items of "capital expenditure". That means items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity's running costs.Grants range from £250 to £1,000

The only branch in Northumberland is located in Morpeth.

The deadline for 2019 are:
Monday 11th February 2019.
Monday 13th May 2019.
Monday 5th August 2019.
Monday 7th October 2019.

Further details can be found on the Leeds Building Society's Website.

Suez Communities Trust have launched a new and improved online application process.

From now on, applications can be made at any time via a two-stage online application form.  There are no longer any application deadlines.

The stage one application form can be completed quickly and captures brief information which will help to establish if a project is likely to be eligible for funding.  When a stage one application form is received it will be review and responded to within five working days.  If your project appears to meet the funding criteria we will invite you to stage two.

Stage two is a full application form which requires more detail about the project, along with supporting documents.  When they receive a stage two application it will be reviewed and a funding decision made within 5 to 16 weeks.


The funding criteria has not changed as a result of the new two-stage application process.


For more details visit the Suez Communities Trust website.

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: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

The deadline dates for 2019 are:

April 2019 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 17th December 2018 and closes at 5pm on 8th March 2019. The deadline for applications is 15th March 2019 at 5pm. 

July 2019 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 18th March 2019 and closes at 5pm on 7th June 2019. The deadline for applications is 14th June 2019 at 5pm.

October 2019 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 17th June 2019 and closes at 5pm on 6th September 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th September 2019 at 5pm.

January 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 16th September 2019 and closes on at 5pm on 6th December 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th December 2019 at 5pm.

All the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:  Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.


The North East Fund offers grants of up to £50,000 to organisations to help make a long term difference to local communities. To find out more about current funded organisations click here.

The Foundation want to hear from community organisations working to promote long-term change in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the North East. We all know that local knowledge is vital to the success of any new idea and they are looking for applications from voluntary organisations working within their local community to:

  • Support vulnerable people into quality housing

  • Get young people into long term jobs

  • Create opportunities through social enterprise.

The foundation are receiving and assessing applications now!

The fund will close when all funds have been committed. As the closing date will therefore be determined by the number and quality of applications received, organisations are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they are ready. They will be considered in date order. For more information or to apply to the North East Fund visit the website.

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