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 They've done this because the old system had become out of date.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.