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 2020

Rothley Trust - 10th July
Blyth Offshore Wind Farm Fund - 24th July
Uniformed Youth Groups Fund - 17th July

August 2020

Bernicia Foundation - 14th August
Sisters & N. Steads Wind Farm - 17 Aug
NCC Sport & Play - 21st August

The Coquet Fund - 24th August

Coalfields Regen Trust - 28th August

September 2020

Sir James Knott Trust - 1st September
Banks Community Fund - 4th September

Hadrian Trust - 12th September
Barmoor Wind Farm - 18th September
Green Rigg Wind Farm - 18th Septembe
rHigh Sheriff Award - 25th September

NFU Mutual Fund - 30th September

October 2020

Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm - 2nd October
NCC Community Chest - 2nd October
Rothley Trust - 9th October
Middlemoor Wind Farm - 12th October
FB & PFB Lough Fund - 26th October

November 2020

Ray Wind Farm - 2nd November
Banks Community Fund - 6th November
Wingates Wind Farm - 9th November
NCC Sport & Play - 20th November

Coalfields Regen Trust - 27th November

The Joicey Trust - 30th November

December 2020

NFU Mutual Fund - 1st December
Chrysalis Trust - 15th December
Shears Foundation - 24th December

January 2021

NCC Community Chest - 15th January

February 2021

March 2021


April 2021 May 2021

June 2021




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!



Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The CCSF from the National Lottery Community Fund is changing after 17th August. If you are planning to apply to the Government element of this scheme (e.g. religious reason prohibit your organisation accepting lottery funding) then you must apply before noon on the 17th of August.

Emergency funding will continue after this date through funds raised by the National Lottery to help your community through COVID-19.

NLCF will be focusing on funding for organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically for user-led equality groups supporting:

  • black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) communities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities
  • disabled people.

This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100K.

Beyond the emergency response, National Lottery funding to support communities in England will be available, we'll keep you informed of any new programmes through the ebulletin.

Full information is available here.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage from the Nttional Lottery Heritage Fund will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

  • grants from £10,000 to £3million
  • for organisations in England only
  • funding must be spent by the end of this financial year, 31 March 2021

This programme will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem to ensure that by 31 March 2021, successful applicants can reopen or, if reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach, to operate on a sustainable and cost-efficient basis so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.

As a guide, this could include:

  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • cultural traditions (for example, stories, festivals, crafts, music and dance)
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • designed landscapes, such as parks and gardens
  • collections of objects, books or documents in libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Applications are open until noon on 17 August 2020.

For more information visit the Heritage Fund's website.

Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. Projects in the top 30% most deprived former coalfield areas are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £2,500.

Successful applicants will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.

Company Shop will value match any applications that deliver food provision for families and children. If your project supports these groups and is awarded £2,500 by us, Company Shop will commit an additional £2,500 to give you a project value of £5,000.

The nearest Company Shop is in Washington but bulk orders can be delivered.

This is a rolling application process, with no application deadline. The programme will close when all funds have been allocated. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

More information is availabkle on the Coalfields Regeneration Fund's website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation - COVID Recovery Fund

The Foundation has launched a £7.4 million COVID fund aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.

The COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

The fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Applications close at 5pm 11th September 2020

A Q&A webinar takes place on 11th August between 2pm – 3.30pm you can register here to learn more and ask questions about the fund.

Full details of the fund can be found here.

People's Postcode Lottery - Funds Open

The People's Postcode Lottery provides funding to a range of trust's to distribute to charities and community groups.

These trust's all have similar criteria but focus on different areas of need.

Preference is given to charities with a turnover of under £1m and may give preference to those below £500,000. The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

The deadline for all applications is 19 August 2020.

How much can you apply for?

£500 - £2,000

  • Companies limited by guarantee with an asset lock
  • Constituted voluntary organisations with no charity number
  • Community Interest Companies with an asset lock
  • Organisations with tax exempt status but no registered charity number

£500 - £20,000

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust - new funding to help not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain that are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on

  • Supporting an organisation's resilience.
  • Adapting or expanding services to meet new challenges.

Postcode Local Trust projects should relate to the following themes:

  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Combatting climate change and promoting sustainability.

Postcode Community Trust projects should address the following themes:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing
  • Increasing participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation 

People’s Postcode Trust projects should address the following themes:

  • Promoting human rights
  • Combatting discrimination
  • Preventing poverty

Fat Beehive Foundation

The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

Funding priorities over the next year are:

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Social justice / Refugees / Housing
  • Education
  • Art & culture
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Prisoner rehabilitation

Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

More information is available on the website.

Rural Broadband Upgrade Fund

Rural premises in Northumberland, with broadband speeds of less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps), are eligible.

Funding is only available when used in group projects and groups can be a mix of residents and businesses; just residents or just businesses.

Each resident can have funding worth up to £1,500 and each small and medium-sized business (SME) can have funding worth up to £3,500. The funding goes towards supporting the cost of installing brand new gigabit-capable connections.

To check if you are eligible for the Broadband Upgrade Fund, simply enter your postcode on the home page.

National Lottery Community Fund Partners

The National Lottery Community Fund have partnered with a range of organisations to deliver funding programmes, these have similar criteria to the main lottery funds:

Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund in partnership with Homeless Link. £5m

COVID-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme in partnership with Power to Change. £10m

Community Justice Fund in partnership with the Access to Justice Foundation. £5m.

The COVID-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund in partnership with UnLtd. £20m.

Barrow Cadbury Trust Covid-19 Support Fund, support groups working with migrants and refugees. £5m.

You can read the press release from NLCF here.

Bernicia Foundation

The Bernicia Foundation, which is led by North East housing association Bernicia, awarded £130,000 among 14 organisations from the first round launched in January this year as well as releasing £200,000 in April for local authorities to help charities and organisations tackle hardship caused by the Coronavirus crisis.

Applications are now being welcomed for two grants:

  • Inspiration Grants valued at up to £1,000 for inspirational young people aged 24 and under.
  • Inclusion Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be made to voluntary or community groups, registered charities, social enterprises and co-operatives with an annual income under £750,000 per year.

The Bernicia Foundation encourages applications from organisations committed to delivering real community benefits, such as tackling loneliness and accessing employment opportunities, as well as providing support for young talent to flourish. The closing date for this round is Friday 14 August.

For more information and to apply visit

The Coquet Fund

The Coquet Fund is seeking applications for projects which facilitate community development in two disadvantaged areas of Northumberland.

The first area of interest is the Coquet Valley and catchment area as well as nearby inland communities, particularly in the hills. Here the fund would like to focus on activities helping local communities affected by the decline, or reduced scope for employment, in economic activities such as farming or by other factors which have disadvantaged rural life.

The second area of interest is the parts of Northumberland affected by declining or disappearing industries, in particular coal mining.

The fund is particularly interested in projects which help the community in affected areas to adapt and thrive in changed economic and social circumstances. This might be achieved, for example, through activities such as sport, music and other leisure activities that help strengthen the community and activities which develop skill sets relevant to current and future circumstances, particularly among the young.  

The fund could support the provision / improvement of infrastructure or other physical assets. Where the support takes less tangible form, such as the provision of programmes, it would be an advantage if the activity envisaged were capable of replication or other use in future.

Grants will range from £750 to £4,000 and the deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 24th August.

For more information contact Jon Goodwin on 0191 222 0945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Full details and an application form can be found on the Community Foundation's website.

2021 GSK IMPACT Awards

Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000 plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500.

Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.

To apply go to the King's fund's website.

Closing date for applications: 14 September 2020.

High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme

The Northumberland High Sheriff's Award Scheme rewards youth organisations that encourage and provide positive pursuits for young people, providing them with role models and helping them to develop into upstanding citizens. 

To achieve this, the Fund makes awards of £750 to community youth projects and other similar not for profit organisations that engage young people aged 10 to 25 in constructive and developmental activities that encourage their personal development and deter them from anti-social activities. The Fund also acknowledges the work of volunteers and encourages the development of young volunteers.

Award winners are encouraged to attend a presentation event in March to celebrate the work of young people in Northumberland.

The closing date is 11th of September 2020.

To apply visit the Community Foundation's website.

Arts Council England - Project Grants Return

National Lottery Project Grants is Arts Council England's (ACE) open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners.

The fund has reopened with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021.

Because of the circumstances during this COVID-19 period, ACE will be particularly keen to support:

  • applications from individual creative practitioners (including time to think and plan)
  • research and development activity
  • organisational development activity
  • live activity that can be safely delivered within this period (rather than activity with a start date far in the future)
  • activity that closely aligns with ACE's Equality Objectives 

Grants range from £1000 to £100,000.

Further information is available on ACE's website.

Allchurches Trust - Hope Beyond

The Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Allchurches trust aim to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope.

Hope Beyond funding will look to address these three themes:

  • Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities and measures to ensure buildings are Covid-19 safe
  • Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
  • Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support. 

In all cases, applicants will need to demonstrate how their project is seeking to directly respond to increasing/new need as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to funding capital projects, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, the Hope Beyond programme will also fund project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers. 

Grants of up to £50,000 are available.

For more information visit the Allchurches Trust's website.

Inspiring Futures Programme

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

The COVID-19 pandemic is heightening existing challenges for children and young people looking to access further education, training, and work.

There are concerns that the impact of lockdown and prolonged social distancing post-lockdown will have a particularly detrimental effect on those who are already struggling to gain employment, and it will also reduce the opportunity for others to learn the skills and gain experiences that would help them gain employment when they are older.

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020.

Funding will be for project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future, and will support:

  • Between 12 and 18 months of delivery
  • Working with children and young people aged 10 to 24 (in England)

The deadline is 11.30am on Friday 31st July 2020.

Full information is available on BBC Children in Need's website.

The Fore RAFT Transition Fund

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

The Transition Fund will offer grants in two rounds.  The first round opens for registration on the 20th July and a second round of funding will open for registration in September. Registration for the fund is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so register early. Successfully registered organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink within 4-6 weeks.

Further information is available on the Fore's website.

Community Chest - VCS Skills and Employability Fund

The fund has been established to support VCS organisations delivering support to the skills and employability sector to adapt their services to new digital delivery demands, and address digital exclusion on service users. 

This following list identifies examples but is not exclusive, and innovative proposals which meet the specification are invited. 

  • Digital conversion of existing learning and support packages
  • New, or development of, software packages
  • Webinar packages
  • Online support platforms delivering guided and advice
  • Consultancy or advice for design of products
  • Costs of increasing social media communications. 
  • Cost of IT equipment to enable digital learning and support delivery packages
  • Delivery costs of IT skills training and support
  • Cost of equipment for participants to access services (e.g. tablets, laptops, iphones etc.)
  • Data or broadband costs (This may include an increase of data allowance for participants to access services through smart phones or other devices).

Minimum Grant £2,000, Maximum Grant £10,000 with no match funding required.

Closing date 30th June 2020

Visit the NCC website for more details.

Discretionary Grant Fund

In order to benefit the maximum number of eligible small businesses, applications have reopened for a second phase, with applications invited from the following categories of business:

  • Serviced B&Bs with 3 bed spaces and above and which pay Council Tax instead of business rates (not self-catering properties or Airbnb);
  • Small charities in receipt of charitable rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief;
  • Hotels and pubs with a rateable value which is more than £51,000.

Applications for these categories will open on Friday 19 June and close at midnight on Sunday 28 June 2020.

Visit the NCC website to apply.


The Great Get Together are looking for projects that build virtual connections in local communities in creative and innovative ways. Organisations can apply for up to £1000. Facebook will also offer a package of digital support, including mentoring help to enable organisations to fully optimise their use of the platform. 

Grants will be awarded to projects that take place virtually, and applications can be for technology costs (either hardware or software), for project costs (including staff time and other resources) or for training costs (including those that support those who are not currently digitally engaged). 

Organisations applying must have a formally recognised structure, and have previously been engaged with the Great Get Together, the Jo Cox Foundation or the More in Common network. The activities detailed in the application can take place at any point between July – December 2020. 

Application deadline: Applications must be received by midnight on Sunday 12 July. 

Timeline: Application can be made for projects that will take place between July and December 2020.

More information is available on the Great Get Together website.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Donations are made to registered charities which support children, those seriously ill, as well as elderly, homeless and disabled people.

The Charitable Foundation has two priority areas:

  1. Alleviating poverty
  2. Improving health / saving lives

The Charitable Foundation supports these priorities by making donations of up to £2,000 to UK registered charities, recommended by the Society’s members and colleagues.

Deadlines for applications are: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December annually. Applications are currently being accepted and you can nominate a charity here


Government COVID-19 Funds for the VCSE

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The funding is being distributed via different bodies and this information has been pulled together on one webpage which can be viewed here.

Community Chest - VCS Skills and Employability Fund

The fund has been established to support VCS organisations delivering support to the skills and employability sector to adapt their services to new digital delivery demands, and address digital exclusion on service users.  This following list identifies examples but is not exclusive, and innovative proposals which meet the specification are invited. 

  • Digital conversion of existing learning and support packages
  • New, or development of, software packages
  • Webinar packages
  • Online support platforms delivering guided and advice
  • Consultancy or advice for design of products
  • Costs of increasing social media communications. 
  • Cost of IT equipment to enable digital learning and support delivery packages
  • Delivery costs of IT skills training and support
  • Cost of equipment for participants to access services (e.g. tablets, laptops, iphones etc.)
  • Data or broadband costs (This may include an increase of data allowance for participants to access services through smart phones or other devices).

Minimum Grant £2,000, Maximum Grant £10,000 with no match funding required.

Closing date 30th June 2020

Visit the NCC website for more details.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The fund will support communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

If you’re successful, the funding period will begin on 25 October.

Applications must be completed by midnight on 28 June 2020.

Who can apply

Your project must either:

  • bring the community together to help those in need, providing access to life’s essentials such as community spaces, food and bereavement support
  • support the mental and physical health of others through community wellbeing activities
  • enable people to develop or share their skills to foster community spirit and build resilient communities for the future

Your project or event must also:

  • take place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • not have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious organisation)
  • meet the Co-op’s values
  • take place or will still be running after November 2021
  • benefit your local community

If you are successful, you’ll be part of the Local Community Fund for 12 months from 25 October 2020 to 23 October 2021.

You'll receive your share of the funding in 2 payments – one in April 2021 and one in November 2021.

Visit for more information and to apply.

People's Health Trust - Community of interest

Projects need to:

  • Be designed and led by local people
  • Support their community to come together to address an issue that is important to them
  • Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year)
  • Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country

In this round Northumberland groups would only be eligible for Communities of Interest funding:

A community of interest is a group of people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

The minimum grant that you can apply for is £5,000 over one year, £7,500 over 18 months, or £10,000 over two years.

The maximum amount of funding we will invest in a project is £40,000. We are highly unlikely to fund a grant of £40,000 over one year.

One organisation can apply for a maximum of two projects in one area that is open for funding.

Existing Active Communities grant holders can only apply if their current grant ends within twelve months from the closing date of their funding area.

Visit the People's Health Trust website for more information. 

BBC Children in Need - COVID-19 Next Steps Grant

The Next Steps programme is BBC Children in Need's response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020. These grants can last up to 18 months. It is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.

Applications will be prioritised from organisations that:

  • Target children and young people disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (see website). They recognise that the current crisis increases pre-existing inequalities.
  • Have mission statements, objects, or aims which focus on supporting and empowering a particular group or community experiencing disadvantage.
  • Respond confidently in a local area and are best placed to do so. They want to fund organisations that have the reach and trust of the communities/communities of interest they serve.
  • Can prove a track record of engaging disadvantaged children and young people over the last two years.

BBC Children in Need targets children and young people aged 0-18 years impacted by disadvantage including illness; distress; abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The deadline for this programme is 1 July 2020

See the website for more information.

National Fundraising Conference - Free Places

The Institute of Fundraising nationally have announced that they are offering 1,500 places for National Fundraising Convention for free for individuals from small charities (defined as income under £1 million). It is a 3 day event 6-8th July, with over 80 amazing sessions and amazing networking opportunities. It costs hundreds of pounds for the London physical event, so is normally out of budget of small North East charities and this is a great opportunity for charities in the region to join.

Applications will be opening Monday 15th June and closing Friday 26th June and they will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

More details and booking here (there are also some great offers for bigger charities)

We've had a slight gap in funding bulletins as staff time has been taken up with the COVID-19 response, as we move towards recovery getting funding information out is more important than ever.

If you need any advice with funding, such as, help with identifying possible funding sources or advice on a funding application get in touch with Marc Johnson email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 07434 619822.


Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) have launched a £200m fund aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. The fund is part of the Government’s £750m financial support package for charities and social enterprises announced by Government on April 8. Government funding will be distributed alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19.

The application you need to fill in is the same whether your funding comes from the Government or from TNLCF. So you don't need to indicate which pot of funding you want to go for.

If you can't accept funding from The National Lottery, please say so in your application.

Funding is to support people and communities affected by COVID-19. Funding can also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic

Funding will prioritise:

  • Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
    This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people, disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis. It also includes organisations who provide advice and support to those pushed in crisis as a result of the pandemic. This category also includes those organisations supporting people and their families with end of life care.
  • Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
    This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting people and families who face financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. It also includes organisations working to prevent domestic abuse and violence against protected groups, those working with homeless people and those supporting vulnerable children and young people. Finally, we also know that there is increased demand for mental health support and support to mitigate the increased challenges of loneliness and isolation.
  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19
    This category includes organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and community organising. It also includes organisations supporting community and sector infrastructure, including public information. We know there is increased demand for support with the development of digital, data and technology capabilities. Finally, we want to support building capacity and infrastructure of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and other marginalised communities to ensure they are in a better position after the initial emergency response.

The amount of funding available follows TNLCF's usual programmes with some slight changes. Funding is up to 6-months in duration with a maximum of £100,000. Larger awards and for longer timescales will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Small Grants (Awards for All) Grants from £300 to £10,000
  • Large Grants (Reaching Communities) Grants usually up to £100,000
  • Partnership Grants (For organisations working in Partnership) Grants usually up to £100,000

There are no deadlines for bids submitted to any of these programmes and TNLCF are aiming to respond as quickly as possible to applicants. Please note demand is likely to be very high for these programmes.


Government COVID-19 Funds for the VCSE

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The funding is being distributed via different bodies and this information has been pulled together on one webpage which can be viewed here.


COVID-19 Funding

We've created a new page at to keep you updated on funding sources related to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery.

Some new opportunities include:

PCC Fund for Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support
LOCAL voluntary sector services who support domestic abuse and sexual violence victims are being urged to apply for a second round of emergency funding to help them continue supporting victims through the Coronavirus pandemic. Deadline 4pm on June 2nd 2020.

ADCH Emergency Fund
The Association of Dogs & Cats Homes (ADCH) has come together with other partners in the sector to create the ADCH Coronavirus Emergency Fund.  Funds of up to £10,000 will be released to help Animal Rescues in desperate need for financial support. Deadline 5th June.

Salesforce Small Business Grants
Salesforce is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Applicants must be registered at Companies House and have not received any Government grants. Application window for North of England is 27th July to 2nd August.

Youth Endowment Fund - COVID-19 Fund
The Youth Endowment Fund opens new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round to support vulnerable young people, aged 10 to 14, at risk of youth violence. Minimum grant £25,000; average grant is expected to be £50,000. Deadline midday on 3rd June.


Funding Deadline Dates

Remember to keep an eye on our regular funding deadline dates page.

The Joicey Trust - 31st May
Grants are made across a wide spectrum for either revenue (including 'core funding') or capital expenditure. Applications for research (and research costs within core funding applications) will not normally be supported. The Trustees also generally exclude applications from charities that are not registered within the beneficiary area and where gross incoming resources exceed £1 million as any award would be a very small addition to these resources

Middlemoor Wind Farm - 2nd June
Constituted voluntary, community groups and charities based within the Parish of Eglingham. Consideration will also be given to organisations which operate outside the Parish, if they can demonstrate that the project benefits people living within the Parish of Eglingham. Grants range from £250 to £81,000.

Sir James Knott Trust - 12th June
The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England.

Hadrian Trust - 14th June
The main donations are in the fields of social welfare, youth, disability, the elderly, women, ethnic minorities, education, arts and the environment.

NFU Mutual Fund - 30th June
Donations are limited to a maximum of £1,000 for a specific piece of equipment. Priority is given to projects supported by NFU Mutual staff members or a local branch office. NFU offices are based in Alnwick, Morpeth and Haxham.

COVID-19 Funding

We've created a new page at to keep you updated on funding sources related to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery.

Funding Deadline Dates

Remember to keep an eye on our regular funding deadline dates page.

Suicide Prevention Small Grants Fund

The Northern Sub Regional Suicide Prevention Group has allocated funding to those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are committed to supporting organisations and community groups who are looking after those who are isolated and vulnerable within our communities.

Isolation and loneliness can be detrimental to our mental health, and is one of the underlying factors which can result in the loss of a life through suicide. We want to reduce the impact of this pandemic and support groups whose work addresses the following objectives;

  • Enhancing wellbeing and building resilience to Mental Health problems in local communities
  • Promoting Positive mental Health in local communities
  • To increase the community-based support for those at risk of suicide, including in high risk groups (in particular those who are vulnerable and self-isolating).

The deadline is 9th April 2020.

You can download the application form from our COVID-19 Facebook page 

Sir James Knott Trust - Applications now Online

Sir James Knott Trust has introduced an online application which came into effect on 31st March 2020. The main goal was to make it the best it could be for applicants and hopefully speed up the process of applying for funding. 

There are accessible versions of the form for those who are partially sighted or have other needs and, if necessary, applicants can still send applications by email.

The website has been updated with new guidelines on how to complete the form but anyone experiencing problems can get in touch by contacting: info@knott‐

There will be a ‘settling in’ period with the new application process and Sir James Knott Trust welcome feedback on ways to improve the form.

An additional change to their grant‐making, is that in future they will not require an umbrella organisation to hold a payment for non‐registered charities, community groups and social enterprises. They will pay the grant direct to the applicant. The normal checks and balances will still have to be followed of course.

The trustees and staff of Sir James Knott Trust hope these changes will improve their service and in light of the current crisis, it made sense to launch it at the earliest opportunity while staff are all working from home so please bear with them if there are any teething problems.

The next deadlines are 12th June and 18th September.

Full details are available on the Sir James Knott Trust website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation - New Programme

In 2020, the Foundation will only be able to make around 170 new grants to small charities in England and Wales, half of which will be for £100,000 over three years, and the other half for £45,000 over three years.

The new funding process considers local need, the prevalence of eligible small and medium sized charities, the nature of the region and the balance of their portfolio to date. The size of grant a charity can apply for depends on this information, which is reviewed and updated every six months and informs the online eligibility checker.

The Foundation fund charities helping people whose lives are significantly affected by:

  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness and vulnerably housed
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Care leavers
  • Learning disabilities
  • Addiction or dependency on alcohol, drugs, substances and/or gambling
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents
  • Asylum seekers and refugees


There are no set deadlines and application is via a brief expression of interest.

More details are available here.

NCC Community Chest

Voluntary and community groups across the south east of the county that are in need of financial assistance,  are being invited to apply for funding from Northumberland County Council’s community chest fund. 

Grants are available for a wide range of community projects including community building improvements and the purchase of equipment. 

There is an upper limit of £5,000 per grant with a maximum award of 75% of the costs eligible for funding under the scheme.  

For countywide initiatives the upper limit is £10,000, subject to the same 75% maximum of eligible costs.

The deadline for the next round of funding is January 31, 2020

For more information or to apply to the fund you can go to  or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


LA 6 - ESF Community Grants

Gateshead Council learningSkills have been awarded the ESF contract to distribute £1million of Community Grants across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Any third sector organisation (voluntary, community, registered charities, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives) can apply for a Grant.

Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £20,000 to work with people 16 years of age or older to help them move closer to the labour market. They are looking for innovative projects that push the boundaries in engaging those furthest away from accessing provision and main stream services. The funding can also include development funding for your own organisation.

In the previous LA7 programme we have been made aware that Northumberland didn't spend its indicative allocation, so this presents a good opportunity for organisations.

The deadline for the first round is 5.00pm on 11th January 2020

More details are available here.

Applications are open for PCC Kim McGuinness’s ‘Supporting Victims Fund’ 2020/2021.

The aim of the fund is to build capacity and maximise the potential of organisations to help ensure the improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover from the impact.

Victims of crime can be of any age, gender, race or sexual orientation and can be vulnerable due to these characteristics or other factors such as a disability, their mental health, religion/belief or the type and nature of the crime committed.  In Northumbria, the aim is to ensure that victims with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to meet their needs and help them to best cope and recover.

As in 2019/20 the PCC is collaborating again with NHS England to ensure the right services are in place to support the long-term recovery of victims of sexual assault and abuse.  This is an important priority for NHS England and by working together, we can offer an effective and efficient service that places victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse at the very centre, which in turn will enable us to offer the support and care when and where it is needed the most. 

Organisations can apply for funding individually or in partnership with other organisations.

The fund is open to a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, local partnerships, youth offending teams and charitable organisations. Grants in previous years' ranged from around £8k to nearly £200k.

Applications are welcomed from organisations which provide support to those most vulnerable in our society who under the Victims Code of Practice are entitled to enhanced support. Taking this into consideration and what we understand to be the most vulnerable victims in Northumbria, the grant themes have been identified as follows:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Young people under 18
  • Victims of hate crime
  • Victims with mental health needs
  • Victims with other vulnerabilities

The fund is open from today with the closing date for applications being Wednesday 15th January 2020.

For further information about the fund and to access the application form and guidance documents, please visit the Commissioning and Grants section of the PCC website

Bernicia Foundation

A new £1m charitable foundation led by North East housing association Bernicia is now open for business to support people and communities across the region. The Bernicia Foundation will help fund projects and initiatives that deliver real and lasting community benefits, alongside those that support individuals to achieve their ambitions. Over the next four years, the foundation will channel profits from Bernicia’s commercial property arm Kingston and invest them into people and communities at a time of need.

The foundation will make two types of grant to organisations and people across Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and Northumberland.

Inspiration Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be made to voluntary or community groups, registered charities, social enterprises and co-operatives with an annual income under £750,000 per year.

Inclusion Grants valued at up to £1,000 will target inspirational young people aged 24 and under or organisations helping young people.

The closing date for applications is 17th January 2020. Following the assessment period they will let applicants know whether they have been successful by 28th February 2020.

For more information and to apply for Bernicia Foundation support, please visit,

Community use of School Facilities

The Active Partnerships of Northumberland Sport and Tyne & Wear Sport are inviting organisations and individuals to undertake a research project to enable us to understand the barriers that schools across the North of Tyne area face in opening their facilities for community use outside of the school day. This work will also involve identifying and creating best practice case studies of those schools which do successfully open their facilities for community use (Lot 1). The project, via Lot 2, may go on to develop an action research project in this area of work.

Further Information can be found on the Northumberland Sport ( or Tyne & Wear Sport Website  (

The MSE Charity Grant Scheme

The next grant round, Living with Long Term Challenges opens on Monday 3rd February 2020. Check out projects previously funded under this category.

Projects must focus on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support dementia, autism, learning difficulties, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury and stroke.

The closing date is 28th February or when 40 applications have been accepted for shortlisting.

Full details available on the MSE Charity website.

Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust

Grant Rounds 1 and 2

Music and the Arts

This year, the Trust will support projects focusing on improving opportunities and access for people with one or more of the following:

  • physical disabilities
  • learning disabilities
  • mental health difficulties.

The Trust particularly welcomes projects that are focused on Outreach.



Grant Round 1

Application Period - 1st - 28th February 2020

Amount £1,000

Minimum operating income and operating expenditure: £100,000.

Maximum operating income and operating expenditure: £1,000,000.

Grant Round 2

Application Period 1st - 30th April 2020

Amount £5,000

Minimum operating income and operating expenditure: £1,000,000.

No maximum income or expenditure.

Grant Rounds 3 & 4 will support projects for people over 60 and will have application periods from 1st to 31st July 2020 and 1st to 30th September 2020.

Full details are on the Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust's website.

Comic Relief Community Fund

The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant (Max £500) or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant (Max £4,000).

There are no set deadlines for the fund and further information can be found on the Groundwork website.

This Girl Can - Community Fund

This fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barriers some women face in getting active: from a lack of opportunities offered in their local area, to cost and availability of childcare.

Funding is available for activities that get women’s heart rate up, whatever form that may take: from Bollywood dance and walking to boxing and yoga.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit organisations, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies. They will also review ideas from individuals who’d like funding for a group activity which isn’t for individual gain. Organisations established to make a profit can get involved provided the project doesn’t realise a distributable profit. They’d also be interested to hear from other social enterprises and schools or statutory bodies.

The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2020. If your idea is successful, you’ll be invited to complete a full funding application form.

Full details and an initial application form is available on the This Girl Can website.

One Stop - Carriers For Causes

Maximum grant has reduced from £1000 to £500.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could be buying litter pickers and bags for a community cleanup days, plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group or the materials needed to paint a room at the local hospice.

Grants of up to £500 are available to support projects that benefit local communities through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland.

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop.

Shops in or covering Northumberland include Blyth, Prudhoe, Ponteland, Crawcrook, Burradon and Brunswick.

Full details available on the Groundwork website.

R W Mann Trust

Call for applications before the end of financial year end March 2020.

The Trust’s objectives are wide ranging but it exists mainly to help improve the lives of people and communities in the North Tyneside, South Northumberland and East Newcastle area of the North East. The Trustees may award grants outside these areas if they believe that a project or group offers exceptional value.

Grants made have varied between regular annual contributions, small one-off donations and grants for capital projects.  The Trust has made grants of between £100 and £10,000 but the average size of grant awarded is £1000.

It should take no longer than 6 weeks to receive a decision on an application.

Full details are on the R W Mann Trust website.

Community Partnering Fund

Leeds Community Foundation is working with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid to double the available funding to enable community groups to deliver schemes that tackle issues that are close to their hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth or the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects. As well as providing a short-term funding boost, we want to find organisations who can become our long-term partners. By working with groups who are embedded in their local communities, we can have much bigger impact.

The Community Partnering Fund will focus on supporting Third Sector organisations and community groups (in the geographical areas highlighted at the end of his document) 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 on the following objectives:

  • Alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty and promoting innovative energy-related environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon reduction
  • Educating and informing communities about safety in relation to domestic gas and power including the dangers from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and how to protect against it
  • Encouraging interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and related career opportunities
  • Promoting use of the Priority Services Register, a free service provided by network operators and suppliers to customers in vulnerable circumstances within communities
  • Championing community energy through encouraging people to come together to generate, own, manage, or reduce consumption of energy. 

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Priority will be given to applicants that are applying for grants of up to £5,000.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 12 noon

Full details are available on the Leeds Community Foundation's website.

Briefing Events

If you would like to find out more about the fund, you can book a place at a briefing event:

Newcastle – Tuesday 11th February 2020 10:00 – 12:00. Click here for more information and to book your place.


Contract: Supporting Young Carers

Contract opportunity to provide support to young carers in Northumberland.

Expression of interest window:
From 31/01/2020 11:30 to 14/02/2020

Full details are available on the Procontract website.

ESF Community Grants

Gateshead Council learningSkills have been awarded the ESF contract to distribute £1million of Community Grants across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Any third sector organisation (voluntary, community, registered charities, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives) can apply for a Grant.

Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £20,000 to work with people 16 years of age or older to help them move closer to the labour market. We are after innovative projects that push the boundaries in engaging those furthest away from accessing provision and main stream services.

Groups are invited to attend a Market Engagement event that will provide more information about the grant, what it can be used for and how to complete the application form.
The Market Engagement events are:

  • Gateshead- Tuesday 3rd December 10-12.30pm, The Dryden Centre
  • Newcastle- Wednesday 4th December 9.30-12noon, Blakelaw Centre
  • South Tyneside- Wednesday 4th December 1.30-4.00pm, Ocean Road Community Association
  • North Tyneside- Thursday 5th December 1.30-4.00pm, Meadow Well Connected
  • Sunderland- Tuesday 10th December 9-11.30am, Pallion Action Group
  • Northumberland- Tuesday 10th December 2-4.30pm, East Bedlington Community Centre

Organisations can come to any of the events- they are not restricted to the one held in their area.

To book in, please visit: Tickets (which are free) go on sale the 18th November and close 48 hours before each event.

You can also find out more information about the event and the project on the website.

Celebrate National Lottery 25

Celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday by bringing people together.

National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) are offering people and communities with great ideas the chance to receive a grant between £100 and £1,000.

The fund can pay for event, activity, or item costs, between £100 and £1,000 that will bring people together between 1 February and 31 December 2020.

This can fund a wide range of items, such as:

  • event and activity costs
  • equipment
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs related to your idea
  • volunteer expenses

Any group of two or more people with a great idea can apply. NLCF are particularly keen to hear from people they haven’t worked with before.

NLCF are expecting a lot of people to apply so to give everyone a fair chance they will use a lottery process, randomly selecting the applicants to be assessed.

Everyone who submits an application will be entered into the lottery draw, which will take place after the deadline closes at 2pm on Friday 6 December 2019. NLCF will then run a few straightforward checks to make sure that applications meet our eligibility criteria and genuinely benefit the community.

NLCF hope to let you know by email whether you have been successful by 31 January 2020.

Visit the NLCF 25 Celebration website for more information

Sherburn House Fund Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)

(Managed by County Durham Community Foundation)

  • £300 grants available for individuals or families
  • Funding for essential domestic equipment (eg cookers, washing machines, beds etc)
  • North East wide (recipients must live between the River Tweed and River Tees)

Applications are invited from professionals working with clients who are experiencing extreme hardship and are in financial need. It is likely that they have been unable to obtain funding from other sources.

Applications must be submitted by organisations willing to purchasing items on behalf of your client.

For full details, please visit the CDCF website

Adult education budget devolution update for North of Tyne

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has launched a procurement process for organisations interested in delivering adult education services in the North of Tyne area from August 2020.

As part of government devolution to transfer certain powers and funding, the North of Tyne Combined Authority will be taking responsibility for the adult education budget, which is currently administered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. More than £6m of the overall adult education budget will be distributed via procurement to organisations of all sizes and sectors, allowing local innovation and flexibility to better meet the needs of the area's residents.

All applications must be submitted via the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) portal by 4pm on December 13th. All supporting documents can be found on the portal along with a list of questions and answers. All questions and clarifications must be submitted via the NEPO portal only, before December 6th. 

Find out more at

Curtin PARP (Passionate About Realising your Potential) Fund

A Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics at Newcastle University, involved in the creation of Rubraca®, a new cancer drug that has been approved for use on the NHS, has donated her share of proceeds to the Community Foundation.

The Curtin PARP (Passionate About Realising your Potential) Fund at the Community Foundation was established with a generous gift of nearly £865,000 by Professor Nicola Curtin and aims to help individuals realise their potential in life.

The Curtin PARP Fund at the Community Foundation is now open for applications in 2019, with a deadline of Monday 2 December and will reopen in mid-January for the 2020 round, receiving applications at any point throughout the year.

The Fund will support a range of activities to help people to develop the skills, talents and confidence to overcome barriers to employment or education. Priority will be given to carers, black and minority ethnic people, disabled people, homeless people and people who are experiencing disadvantage that prevents them from realising their potential. 

The Fund is named after the drug, which is classed as a PARP inhibitor, and works by exploiting a defect in the cancer cell’s ability to repair normal wear and tear to its DNA.  

Professor Nicola Curtin says: 
“I know first-hand that people are capable of amazing things, but society sometimes doesn’t always allow people to reach their full potential. So, through the Curtin PARP Fund at the Community Foundation I want to leave a lasting legacy that will change lives for the better.”

Read the full article on the Community Foundation's website

For more information about applying to the Curtin PARP Fund at the Community Foundation visit the website.

Community Foundation - open for applications

On Monday 20 January 2020 the Community Foundation reopened for applications with a new grant system.

The Community Foundation have introduced a new system to manage their grants, contacts and back-office functions. They've done this because the old system had become out of date. The new system is built on a platform called Salesforce which is used by lots of grant-makers.

Applying to the Community Foundation should become simpler and easier, but there are some important changes that you will notice if you have applied before.

  • The first time you apply from 20 January 2020, you will need to register on the system.
  • If anyone else from your organisation needs to make an application, they will also need to register and be approved.
  • You need to set up a profile the first time you apply after 20 January 2020
  • You will now upload the supporting documents directly to the system from your own computer rather than having to email or post them separately.

Read about all of the changes here.

Northumberland Sport Community Champion Grant Scheme

Can you help your local community get more active?

Can you create local opportunities that meet the needs of local people?

Are you passionate about getting more people active?

The Northumberland Sport Community Champion Grant Scheme is open to support great people provide new, innovative, needs led, physically activity and sporting opportunities that get people moving more.

We need local people to improve the health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities, across Northumberland.

The scheme can provide grants of up to £350.

Visit the Northumberland Sport website for more information.

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest

There will be a further round of the Community Chest Scheme for the Ashington & Blyth, Castle Morpeth, and Cramlington Bedlington & Seaton Valley Local Area Council Areas.

As it stands there are very few applications in the Castle Morpeth area, so groups in that are stand a high chance of success.

The deadline for applications is Friday 31st January 2020.

Please note that the North and Tynedale Local Area Councils have allocated their budgets for this financial year.

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.

Information and the application from are available on the County Council's website.

Uniformed Services and Associated Group Organisations Fund

The Uniformed Services and Associated Group Organisations Fund (USAGOF), which has been approved by the Council’s Cabinet, is aimed at Northumberland organisations who can provide evidence that they “sustain opportunities for engagement and volunteering as part of an established programme to benefit local communities”. 

The Fund is initially £25,000 and successful applicants could get up to £1,000 each.

Some examples which the fund may be extended to include equipment, travel or activity costs or uniform contributions.

Details of how groups can apply through the council will be announced shortly.

Groups and organisations which would qualify for funding include:

● Girlguiding including

○ Rainbows

○ Brownies

○ Guides

○ Rangers


● The Scout Association including

○ Beavers

○ Cubs

○ Scouts

○ Adventure Scouts


● Mini Police/Volunteer Police Cadets

● Young Firefighters/Fire Cadets

● St John Ambulance Cadets

● Air Training Corps 

● Sea Cadet Corps 

● Army Cadet Force

● Girls/Boys’ Brigade

● Constituted groups/clubs

More information is available on the County Council's website.

Aviva Community Fund 

The Aviva Community fund has re-launched with significant changes to the fund including the end of online voting for projects.

Aviva Community Fund are looking for registered charities or CICs to submit forward-thinking projects. They've always supported people through life’s challenges and opportunities, and now want to give charities the wiggle room to embrace new ways of doing things. Because social progress happens when people are free to test new ideas.

Aviva want to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, so are investing in two key areas:

  • Community resilience: Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities
  • Financial capability and inclusion: Giving people the tools to become more financially independent

From now until 23:59 on the 11th of February, eligible causes will be able to submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder. Funding applications are open to projects looking to secure up to £50,000. The Crowdfunder page for each project goes live on 4 March so everyone gets an equal opportunity to attract donations.

Aviva employees will decide how the Aviva Community Fund money is distributed. Between them, they’ll have £250,000 of Fund money to donate to the projects that matter to them most. You'll also have the opportunity to reach out to your networks and the general public to raise your target amount by sharing links through social media and more.

Once you’ve reached your fundraising target, you can withdraw the funds and get to work. The closing date for attracting Aviva Community Fund donations is 15 April but, if you’re yet to reach your target, you can keep your page open to continue public fundraising.

Full details are available on the Aviva Community Fund website.

Energy Saving Trust - Energy Redress Scheme

Round six of the Energy Redress Scheme is now open for applications! There is an incredible £17 million available to help support vulnerable energy consumers and reduce fuel poverty.

The Energy Redress Scheme is open to supporting a wide range of different activities. It can provide capital or revenue funding and can provide up to 100% of the project cost. It can fund projects lasting up to 2 years and the minimum grant request is £20,000.

In deciding what you will ask the Energy Redress Scheme to fund, you should consider whether that activity can be funded in any other way and whether it is already being delivered elsewhere. You should also consider whether your project will represent value for money in terms of the positive outcomes delivered for the money spent.

Examples of the kind of activity that could be funded through the Energy Redress Scheme include:

  • Engaging vulnerable customers with energy issues and referring them for support
  • Energy advice that does not duplicate existing advice services
  • Installation of energy saving or renewable energy measures that cannot be funded elsewhere and/or are innovative or are being used in innovative ways
  • In-home safety advice and measures related to energy systems
  • Training and education on energy that is targeted at supporting vulnerable customers

More information is available on the Energy Redress Website

People's Postcode Lottery

Funds raised through the People's Postcode Lottery are distributed by different grant making bodies but all have similar conditions.

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.

The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

It is likely that projects will be able to relate to multiple theme, and applicants should choose the theme that is most closely related to the intended outcome of their project.

There is a two-stage application process.
Stage one applications will be accepted from 21 January to 4 February 2020.


Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grants

In 2020, the Trust will consider projects which relate to:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing
  • Increasing participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation

People's Postcode Trust's Community Project Small Grants

In 2020, the Trust will consider projects which focus on:

  • Promoting human rights.
  • Combatting discrimination.
  • Preventing poverty. 


Postcode Local Trust

In 2020, the funding is for projects that relate to the following themes:

  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Combatting climate change and promoting sustainability.

Coop Foundation - #IWILL FUND

Apply for grants of up to £35,000 to help young people support each other and improve wellbeing on the move up to secondary school.

This round of our #iwill Fund focuses on peer-to-peer support to improve children’s wellbeing during the period in which they move from primary to secondary school. This might typically begin any time during School Years 5 or 6 and continue into Years 7 to 8.

This strand of #iwill funding may be right for you if you:

  • are a Multi-Academy Trust, school, charity, social enterprise, or other constituted voluntary or community organisation with a UK bank account in your organisation’s name and at least two unconnected people on the board or management committee
  • are based in England, and plan to work in one of the 30% most deprived areas
  • have experience of working with young people in the transition from primary to secondary school, or of supporting high-quality youth social action, and have a realistic plan for a peer-to-peer support project focused on the transition from primary to secondary school.

The deadline for applications is midday on 24th February 2020.

Visit the Coop Foundation's website for more info.

The Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund at the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities. The fund is now open for an initial round of funding applications. In this initial round, NLCF will support up to 15 place-based community-led partnerships to make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Funding expectations:

  • The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:
    • Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months)
    • Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years)
  • Successful applicants will have experience in implementing meaningful action on climate change
  • NLCF expect to fund a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK
  • NLCF will use learning from the first round of funding to help shape what happens next and we will test and learn throughout the programme. Further rounds of funding will be available at a later stage.

The deadline for the first round of funding is 18th December 2019.

Full details are available on the NLCF website.


Youth Music

Youth Music are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances.

Youth Music's vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music. In order to achieve this, they’re working collaboratively to transform music education in England.

They have five priority funding areas: Early Years, SEN/D, NEET, Youth Justice and Coldspots.

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach. Projects they invest in support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, and they also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce.

Fund A awards smaller grants (between £2,000 and £30,000) for high-quality projects, with grant duration between 6 to 24 months.

Next application deadline is 6 December 2019, 5pm.

Please take a look at the following link to find out more

If you would like to have an informal chat before you submit an application, please contact Youth Music at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Toyota Parasport Fund

Sport England are committed to ensuring that everyone can take part in sport and physical activity and are working with disabled people to make sure that they have access to a range of quality opportunities to realise the many benefits that come from being physically active.

Up to £200,000 will be available in each year of the fund, with awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help ensure that when disabled people are active, they have access to quality equipment to help give them the best possible experience.  

This is the first in a series of funding rounds focusing on different areas that we know impact the quality of experience – this round is looking at equipment.

The window for applications is now open and closes at 5pm on 20 December, 2019.

Full details are available on the Sport England website.

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award
In memory of Elspeth Thompson

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award provides funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

No fixed amount is set but awards do not usually exceed £5,000. Funding could cover, for example, site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators), hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.

Full details are on the NGS website. The deadline for applications is the 31st December 2019.

Armed Forces Day 2020

Local organisations around the country are encouraged to host a local event within two weeks of Armed Forces Day, including weekends so the dates would be Saturday 20 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.

Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK can apply for a grant of up £10,000 (providing the grant funding accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

The funding can be used to pay for:

  • Road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches.
  • Decorations, flags and banners.
  • Newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event.
  • Marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event.
  • Insurance.
  • PA and communications systems.

The first step is to register an event on the Armed Forces Day website. This will enable groups to access details on how to apply for the funding.

The deadline for funding applications is 27 March 2020.

For more information, visit the Armed Forces Day website.

Thursday 5th March 2020; 12:45 to 4:30pm
Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, NE66 1NG

On Thursday 5th March 2020, against the backdrop of the historic castle; local, regional and national funders will be attending to provide advice and support to community groups and charities in order to help them secure funding for projects, services and core costs.

With special thanks to Northumberland Estates for providing the venue and catering free of charge.

The event gives you the opportunity to have 10 minute appointments with some of the funders listed below.

  • Ballinger Charitable Trust
  • BBC Children in Need
  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • Community Foundation
  • Greggs Foundation
  • Hadrian Trust
  • Karbon Homes
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Northumberland Estates
  • Northstar Ventures
  • Northumberland Coast AONB
  • Northumberland County Council – Community Chest
  • Northumberland National Park Authority
  • Rothley Trust

Appointments with funders must be booked in advance and the booking deadline is 9am on Monday 24th February.

To book your place please complete and return the Booking Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but before filling in the form please read the Directory of Funders. If you are unsure which funders would be suitable for your project do not hesitate to call Marc Johnson on 01670 858688.

Early Bird Booking - The first 10 booking forms received will be guaranteed their top 3 choices (as long as the project / organisation is eligible).

Your Voice Fund

Healthwatch Northumberland is committed to gathering the views of people from all sections of our community and making sure that health and social care services are made better for everyone.

Healthwatch Northumberland recognise that there are some people whose experience and views they do not hear enough.
In particular:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • People from the LGBTQ+ communities
  • Young people
  • Black and minority ethnic communities
  • People living in Northumberland through asylum or refugee resettlement programmes

Healthwatch have a small amount of funding available for community groups in Northumberland to help them engage with and make a difference to the lives of people in these circumstances.

They want to support projects that will:

  • Gather people’s views and experiences of health and social care services in Northumberland; Or
  • Respond to views you have already gathered, deliver an activity, create a resource or run a promotional campaign about a health and care issue in Northumberland.

The projects funded must involve people from one of the identified groups in the planning and delivery.

The total funding pot available is £5,000 and it is expected to fund 5 or 6 projects of different scales from this.

The maximum £1,000.

The deadline for applications is 3rd December 2019.

More details are available on the Healthwatch website.

The Vantage Fund

Northumberland CVA (the operating name of Wansbeck CVS) developed The Vantage Fund in memory of Sheila McGuckin, Wansbeck CVS’s Chief Executive and community sector champion, who died suddenly in February 2010.

Limited donations to the fund has meant that it has not been active for a short while, but it has recently received donations that will enable the fund to focus on reducing the impact of child poverty during 2020. If you are interested in donating to the fund, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Voluntary and community sector organisations (including PTAs and Schools) based in the old Wansbeck District of South East Northumberland are eligible to apply for grants up a maximum of £1000. Organisations (other than schools) must have an income of no more than £100,000 and priority will be given to smaller organisations.

Applicants must be members or associate members of Northumberland CVA.

Examples of possible projects:

  • breakfast clubs in schools
  • activities that often exclude those children in poverty
  • reducing school holiday hunger
  • clothing schemes


Applications are by a short expression of interest with a deadline of 9th December. Groups successful at this stage will be invited to come and discuss their project at a date to be agreed in January 2020.

Further details and an application form are available on Northumberland CVA's website.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential project please don't hesitate to get in touch with Marc Johnson on 01670 858688  

Pocket Parks

Helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched the new £1.35 million Pocket Parks, which will provide grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks.

This programme defines pocket parks as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass, but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict.

The funding is intended for communities to develop new green spaces or improve existing ones that are in poor condition, that provide people with better quality spaces; increasing opportunities for social mixing, healthy living, relaxation, play, food growing and contact with nature addressing health and wellbeing, integration social isolation or loneliness.

Groups will need to come up with match funding and be able to spend the grant by the end of March 2020.

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019 (5pm).

Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Aviva Community Fund

Over the last four years, Aviva has supported over 2000 small charities and community groups across the UK via the Aviva Community Fund programme.

Many of you have found the application process clunky; getting votes takes a lot of effort; and that for many charities, there’s no pot of gold at the end of all that hard work.

So the Aviva Community Fund is changing. They're expanding the way they support charities from just providing a cheque once a year, to driving sustainable fundraising, building capability and leveraging the power of their talented and enthusiastic workforce via volunteering.

Aviva Community Fund are kicking this off with a small invite-only trial in Autumn 2019 ahead of a fuller launch in January 2020.

We’ll post an update when applications open in the New Year.

Contract: Northumberland Coast & Lowland LEADER Evaluation

The supplier will be expected to undertake an evaluation and provide a final programme evaluation report together with a summary,

The programme evaluation report must include analysis and representation of the data in infographic form as well as written to cover changes achieved by the Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER programme against

  1. Progress of the programme against delivery of the Local Development Strategy covering outcomes and outputs
  2. The LAG experience of the programme and lessons emerging from this.
  3. Conclusions and lessons learnt: Overall conclusions based on analysis of the above areas.

Value: Not more than £3,000 inc VAT.

More info is available by logging in to the Pro-contract website.

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