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.