VCSE Digital Skills Fund

Raising digital skills levels across the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector in Northumberland; and supporting local residents with digital skills for work and life. 

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) awarded Northumberland County Council (NCC) funding to deliver the Covid-19 Northumberland Response Programme. Northumberland County Council are acting as Accountable Body for this funding, but are allocating a grant to Northumberland CVA for distribution to the VCSE in Northumberland. 

The purpose of the grant fund is to raise digital skills levels across the VCSE in Northumberland, and thereby address the digital skills gap of residents. 

As the contract holder with Northumberland County Council to deliver infrastructure support services to the sector across Northumberland, we have been asked to manage and administer the North of Tyne Covid Capacity Fund on behalf of Northumberland County Council.


  • The grants are open to any Voluntary Community and Sector Enterprise (VCSE) organisation operating in Northumberland and are from £500 up to a maximum of £15,000.  
  • We will particularly welcome applications from smaller VCSE organisations, to ensure they remain digitally included and are digitally prepared for the future. 
  • Organisations should have as a minimum, their own bank account, constitution, safeguarding policy, equal opportunities (EDI) policy and public liability / other insurance. If you do not have the relevant policies in place, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for support. 
  • Recipients of grants, training or other support must benefit staff, volunteers or service users of a not-for-profit VCSE sector organisation. 
  • Ownership of any equipment purchased must remain with the applicant organisation for a period of at least 3 years. 
  • All project expenditure must be completed by 15th September 2021 and reports submitted to Northumberland CVA by 20th September 2021 at the latest. 


The deadlines for applications are at 9am on the following dates:

Friday 11th June

Friday 25th June

Friday 9th July

Wednesday 21st July

Friday 6th August

Friday 20th August


A workshop will be held on 3rd June at 1pm and 8th June at 6pm to go through the application form and an opportunity to ask any questions.

To book on the workshop visit Eventbrite or for any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application Form

Monitoring Form

Keep up to date with any developments by visiting our website.

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest

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 (see below).  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. You are advised to read the guidelines carefully before applying. Deadlines - 25th June & 1st October Full details and application materials are available on the NCC website.

Northumberland County Council - Business Grants

There are several grants currently available through Northumberland County Council which are due to close to new applications very soon. Below is an extract from NCC’s website and the links will take you to the relevant section if you think that you may be eligible to apply. Please check eligibility very carefully and try to seek advice from NCC if you are unsure on any point.

From Northumberland County Council website – 26 May 2021

List of the grants currently available for application. Please see the relevant sections further down the page for eligibility, applications and details on how each grant will be paid.

  • 1f - Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 16 February onwards: This grant is aimed at businesses which have remained closed and subject to national restrictions, and covers the period 16 February to 31 March 2021. Applications close on 31 May 2021.
  • 6a - Business Resilience Grant (BRG) 2: This is for companies that are liable for business rates, plus and some mobile and home-based businesses, including those who have benefited from the first round of BRG, but which have not already received Local Restrictions Support Grants, the Restart Grant or Additional Restriction Grants. Applications will close on 2 June 2021. 
  • 7 - Restart Grant: This is a one-off grant for businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business sectors. Please read more and apply below. Applications will close on 30 June 2021.
  • 7a - Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Restart Grant: This grant aims to support businesses in the non-essential retail, personal care, hospitality, accommodation, leisure and gym sectors which do not have a rateable value, plus direct suppliers to the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors. Applications will close on Friday 28 May 2021


Movement for Good

Ecclesiastical's £1 million giving programme has two funding phases:

500 charities will each receive £1,000 during the first phase of the campaign.

The £1,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland - these could range from smaller volunteer-run groups to larger, well-known organisations.

Anyone can nominate a charity to win one of the £1,000 awards. And it’s quick and easy to do. The more nominations a charity receives the greater their chance of winning, so spread the word.

The deadline for nominations is 13th June 2021.

A second phase of giving will happen later this summer and they will provide more details nearer the time

For full details and to register visit the Movement for Good website.

Tampon Tax Fund

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

  • The fund is open to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across the United Kingdom applications should be for £350,000 or more
  • The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant’s or consortia’s collective annual income
  • Applications should focus on 1 of 2 categories: violence against women and girls, or the general programme
  • Grants may be for 12 to 18 month projects
  • All project activities must be concluded and funds must be spent by 31st March 2023

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 4th July 2021

Full details are available on the Government website.

Ansvar Community Campaign 2021

Ansvar are asking registered charities – big or small - to tell them about a project they’re either running or hoping to run, which could do with some extra cash.

They have £25,000 to give away – the first prize will be £15,000 and the two runners up will both receive £5,000 each.

Entries must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and must consist of 500 words or less. The email must include the name and registered number of the charity, its address and the contact details of the person submitting the entry on behalf of the charity. Alternatively, an entry can be posted to:

Community Campaign Competition,
Ansvar Marketing Department,
Ansvar House,
31 St Leonards Road,
Eastbourne, East Sussex,
BN21 3UR.

Entries for the Competition can be submitted until 5pm on 30th June 2021 

Full details are available on Ansvar's website.

Poverty Truth Commision

Contract Opportunity - Estimated Value: £80,000

The Poverty Truth Commission (PTC) is part of NTCA’s Employability and Inclusion Policy priority to develop activities and interventions which achieve local economic resilience via strengthened communities, and more and good jobs. Tenders are invited from suitable contractors to deliver the North of Tyne Poverty Truth Commission.  Based on a nationally-recognised model of practice, our PTC will be the first to run post-COVID and across a Combined Authority area.

Deadline for all tenders is before noon 1 June 2021.

Details on the NEPO Portal.