Leech Fund for Volunteering Schemes

Sir William Leech was a notable North East philanthropist. Through the charitable trust he established, the William Leech Charity, he made gifts to the Community Foundation to inspire more philanthropy in our area.

The Community Foundation has a continuing relationship with the Leech family to this day through the two funds they hold: the William Leech Charity Fund and the Leech Challenge Fund. Together, these funds support work across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland with a focus on volunteering and groups led by volunteers. Groups can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to support activities over a year. In total we expect to award around 10 grants in this round. The aim is to support volunteer and user-led work that statutory bodies do not. Examples of the kind of activities that we want to support include: 
  • continuing or expanding existing volunteering schemes, or setting up new ones
  • training, co-ordination and support costs for volunteers.
Applicants must fit the usual Community Foundation criteria and: 
  • have an income under £500,000 in the most recently completed financial year
  • be working in less well served parts of our area i.e. Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and south-east Northumberland
  • demonstrate they are volunteer or user-led and/or strongly engaged with the communities they serve.
The fund will prioritise organisations working with people experiencing poverty (including food poverty), people with mental health problems, or people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities. To apply please complete the standard Community Foundation form and clearly mark it for ‘The Leech Funds’. The closing date is 12 noon on Friday 29 November 2019. Further information is available on the Community Foundation's website.

Applications for British Science Week 2020 are now open!

There are two grant schemes available to support British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) activities: one for schools and one for community groups.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.


Kick Start Grants

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are four options available:

  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity organised by students aged 10-19
  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity for students at your school
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to run an activity which involves your students and the local community
  • NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: A grant of £450 for your school to run an activity for British Science Week as well as an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19

Find out more and apply here.

Community Grants

This scheme offers £500 to £1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Find out more and apply here.

Suicide Prevention Small Grants Fund

The Northern Sub Regional Suicide Prevention Group is a multi-agency partnership and includes people with lived experience, both in terms of membership and involvement in the associated sub groups. It is one of three sub-regional Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) groups working to the Regional Zero Suicide Ambition – Every Life Matters Steering Group, established to develop and deliver local suicide prevention plans and mental health improvement activity in the area. The partnership covers the 6 Local Authority areas of; Sunderland, South Tyneside, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead.

We aim to reduce the impact and stigma of suicide and improve support for those affected by Suicide so that fewer people die by suicide, including those in high risk groups (both adults and children and young people). The allocation process will avoid heavy governance requirements and will enable small grant funding to reach grass roots organisations quickly and subsequently provide a direct timely support to the target group.

  • To develop a mechanism to deliver community-based support for those people in high-risk groups for suicide.
  • Provide access to local support for people who may be at risk of suicide in the Northumberland and Tyne & Wear area.
  • To target those at risk of suicide and develop flexible, innovative and creative ways of working to meet local need for example; peer/ mentor support.
  • To provide small grant funding to local community projects to help to strengthen existing community groups specifically engaged with building resilience and targeting vulnerable groups across the partnership area.

 Desired outcomes

  •  Build resilience to Mental Health problems in local communities
  • Promoting Positive mental Health in local communities
  • To reduce the stigma of self-harm and suicide.
  • To increase the community-based support for those at risk of suicide, including in high risk groups.
  • To reduce the incidence of self-harm and repeated self-harm.
  • To reduce the impact of self-harm and suicide.

Grants up £5k will be available where groups can demonstrate meeting needs of local populations at risk although the average Grant amount applied for is expected to be lower than this.

Applications must be submitted before 30th November 2019.

For full details and the application form email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


HM Prison and Probation Service launches 2020-2022 Grants Programme

The HM Prison and Probation Service is inviting voluntary organisations that support the rehabilitation of people in the criminal justice system in England and Wales to apply

for funding for projects that trial new ideas and approaches or develop current programmes within new settings or with a new group of service users.

Registered charities, exempt charities and social enterprises can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 to develop and test out approaches which complement core provisions for people in the criminal justice system and enhance outcomes for service users.

The funding is divided across four different themes:

There are four grant themes that organisations can apply for funding under. The four themes are:

  • Improving support for families and significant others (ITT 3674)
  • Improving outcomes for those with protected characteristics (ITT 3675)
  • Improving health and well-being (ITT 3677)
  • Improving safer custody across the prison estate (ITT 3676).

Projects can take place in any prison, with any National Probation Client and/or within the Youth estate. They may be limited to one prison, one probation area/office or cover multiple sites.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2019 (10am).

Full details can be found on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Sourcing Portal under the Project number Prj_1662 which is available here. You must create an account.


Potential Contract - Rough Sleep Accommodation

Northumberland County Council is seeking to procure safe overnight accommodation for rough sleepers.

We would like to seek views from the market and explore opportunities that will enable us to identify whether a procurement exercise would attract sufficient interest in the provision of a rough sleeper accommodation service and if so, what this model would look like.

We would ask Providers to complete the Soft Market Questionnaire.

More info on the Pro-contract website.