The success of your group depends on its ability to secure the resources needed to make a difference to your beneficiaries' lives. 

Getting further support

Northumberland Community Voluntary Action (Northumberland CVA) can help you through the process of securing funds for your organisation. For more information, funding advice and support for groups in Northumberland contact: Marc Johnson email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 858688.

Fit for Funding

Before you start applying for grants, you need to make sure that you have the basics in place. Funders need to know that they can trust you with their money, and that your project or organisation is well managed and likely to succeed.

Here are some of the key areas you need to think about. Most funders will need this information!

Legal identity - What legal structure does your group have?
Aims and objectives - Does your group have a clear understanding of its aims and objectives?
Governing document - Is your governing document relevant and up to date?
Management - Is your group well managed?
Policies - Do you have policies in place that cover the work you do?
Insurance - Does your group have insurance to cover its legal responsibilities?
Finances - Does your group have good financial sysstems in place?
Fundraising strategy and business plan - Does your group have a realistic plan in place?

Our Fact Sheet includes further details on being Fit for Funding.


Developing a Fundraising Strategy

It is often assumed that a fundraising strategy is a sophisticated document that is put together by a professional fundraiser, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Put simply, a fundraising strategy is a written plan which details future projects for your group and how you intend to fund them. It helps you to plan for the future, identify actions and timescales and possible funding sources for your work.


Searching for Funding

Searching for funding can be a time consuming exercise, regardless of the type of project or the level of funding required.

The funding landscape can be fast-moving with opportunities that have short timescales, new funding sources being launched and existing funding sources coming to an end. Knowing how to find this information and keeping up to date with new initiatives will give you the best chance of being successful.

Northumberland CVA is able to offer one-to-one advice and support to voluntary and community groups and organisations within Northumberland. We also organise regular funding events that allow local groups to meet with local, regional and national funders.


Writing Bids

Writing bids is a valuable skill that every organisation can develop to give themselves the best chance of success. Northumberland CVA can support you to develop those skills through our bid writing, bid checking and training services.


Project Development & Delivery

We can support your organisation to develop your project, ensuring that your plans are realistic and you have the right partners involved.


Funding Deadline Dates

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.

October 2021

NCC Community Chest - 1st October
Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm - 14th October
Rington's Fund - 17th October
The Bellway Fund - 17th October
Ray Windfarm Fund - 25th October

November 2021

Banks Community Fund - 12th November
Appletree Fund - 14th November
Funding for Sport & Play - 19th November
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm - 28th November
The Joicey Trust - 30th November

December 2021

NTCA Youth Employment - 2nd Dec
Bernicia Foundation - 13th Dec
Hadrian Trust - 30th December

January 2022

Culture Bridge North East - 5th January
John D Fund - 9th January
NCC Community Chest - 14th January
Fund for Young People - 16th January
Northern Powergrid Fund - 19th January
Bellingham Fund - 26th January
Shilbottle Funding - 30th January
NE Humanists Fund - 31st January

February 2022

Middlemoor Wind Farm - 6th February
Funding for Sport & Play - 18th February
Barmoor Wind Farm - 27th February
Sir James Knott Trust - 28th February
Let's Create Jubilee Fund - 28th February

March 2022

The Platten Fund - 6th March
The Lough Fund - 13th March

April 2022

May 2022

The Joicey Trust - 31st May

June 2022


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September 2022