North of Tyne Crowdfund - 'Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty'

The North of Tyne Combined Authority are happy to announce the third round of Crowdfund North of Tyne: “Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty”. 

NTCA want to provide a springboard for locally led greening and food security in the North of Tyne. This is a £200,000 fund, from the NTCA Mayor’s Capacity Fund. 

As part of the Combined Authority’s dedication to a Net Zero transition and  Mayor Driscoll’s manifesto commitment to work with communities to tackle the climate emergency and food poverty, we want to fund projects that will make a positive impact for local people and the local area.

This can be anything from a community garden, to supporting the reduction of food waste – the possibilities are endless. Come along to our online launch to find out more!

Share this invitation with your network to spread the word!

To find out how you can get involved, join crowdfunding platform Spacehive for an information event where you will have the chance to:

  • Hear about funds from the North of Tyne Combined Authority available for your project 
  • Receive advice on developing your project from the team
  • Join smaller break out rooms for interactive, specialised support for your project
  • Access advice on planning and marketing your campaign

Register here - Wednesday July 21st at 10am

Whether this is your first time creating a project or you're a seasoned community organiser, this online workshop will be an opportunity to learn everything you need to know in order to create and run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Need inspiration? Have a look through the campaigns currently crowdfunding as part of the Spring funding round. 
Share your project idea with us today (even if it is just a seedling of an idea) so we can give you tips on how to get started!

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Places Called Home

IKEA Limited and The National Lottery Community Fund have come together to support thriving, resilient and sustainable communities across the UK.

Places Called Home explores the idea that communities can become as important to us as our homes. It aims to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people.

Places Called Home can fund equipment or materials to improve your community’s shared spaces and run activities that focus on sustainable living.

Your project will need to meet at least two of these criteria:

  • It builds on the relationships created during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase community activity and the number of people taking part.
  • It encourages people to work together, creating opportunities for communities to live in a sustainable and healthy way.
  • It raises awareness amongst the public of the importance of connected households, neighbourhoods and resilient communities. 
  • It develops a new idea, activity or way to come together that has emerged in response to the pandemic. 
  • It revives or redesigns community and common spaces to encourage shared community activities.  

You can apply if you have a current grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. We’ll consider how this funding would complement and impact on existing awards during the assessment process.

We’ll prioritise applications from groups who:

  • have not received funding from us before
  • do not have a current award with us
  • are smaller organisations with an annual turnover of under £100,000.

More information is available on the National Lottery Community Fund's website.

Santander Foundation - Financial & Digital Empowerment

Santander are investing £1.8 million in the programme in 2021. The programme will provide 12 grants of up to a total of £150,000 per organisation. Grants are for a period of three years. Successful applicants may request differing amounts in each of the three years, with a minimum of £25,000 in any one year.

There are millions of people in our society that are already at a disadvantage – through age, education, income, disability, or unemployment. Without the right support for them, the social inequality gap will only widen.

Many charitable and community interest organisations work with such groups; with people that feel the impacts of financial or digital exclusion the most.

We want to reach lone parents, single pensioners, migrants and refugees, those with long term illnesses and disabilities,  those struggling to find sustained employment  and households headed by students or part-time workers. These are among the groups most commonly excluded from financial services.

People with low or unstable incomes, or those who have experienced a significant life shock, are particularly affected by financial exclusion. The pandemic will only have made this situation worse, as more and more basic services have moved to the web. We want to help charities build their capacity to help people to become digitally and financially empowered.

The deadline for applications is the 13th August.

Full details are on the Santander Sustainability website. (Please note some anti-virus software may block access to this site)

Bernicia Foundation

The North East is a great place to live, work and visit, but unfortunately, there are some people who struggle to find opportunities. No matter what age, ability or background, we want to help people find the right path.

The Inclusion Grant Programme supports initiatives that encourage:

Social inclusion:

  • Reducing isolation and loneliness
  • Promoting independence
  • Building citizenship, confidence and aspiration

Economic inclusion:

  • Removing barriers to employment, training and volunteering
  • Reducing child poverty
  • Tackling Fuel Poverty
  • Improving financial wellbeing

Want to apply for an Inclusion Grant?

The funding programme opens on 5th July 2021 and will close for applications at midnight on 16th August 2021

Successful applicants will be notified within 10 weeks of the closing date.

More information is available on the Bernicia Foundation's website.

The Foundation also has a programme available to support individual young people.

Enviresearch Fund

The Enviresearch Fund will support activities that inspire 10 to 13-year-old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science.

This could be through;

  • Visits to the museums,
  • Science field trips,
  • Inviting scientists into schools
  • Activities outside of school.

The fund will also support the purchase of science activity packs for home use during term time and school holidays for families in need whose children aged 10 -13 are required to stay at home due to Covid-19.

The fund will support activities in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland with a priority given to Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and South East Northumberland.

Grant Range: £750 - £1,000 with one or two up to £4,000

This is a rolling grants programme with no specific deadline.

To apply visit the Community Foundation's website.

EDF Renewables Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm Fund

The Fund will consider applications between £750 and £10,000, in exceptional circumstances application will be considered for up to £20,000.

Priority will be given to applications originating from within Blyth, Cambois, East Bedlington and Seaton Valley.

Consideration will also be given to applications for funding originating from outside the Priority Area, providing evidence that residents within the Priority Area will benefit.

What can be funded:

  • capital, activities and development, i.e. community organisations to  support capital, activities and development
  • access to training and /or educational activities for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people, i.e. individuals to allow people to take up training or education opportunities (i.e. cover transport or equipment costs)
  • access to amateur sport or the arts for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people, e.g. opportunities in sport and the arts for gifted and talented young people
  • sustainable development by the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration (Sustainable Development- development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their own needs), e.g. social enterprises to support the cost of start-up or expansion. The Fund will not support the core cost of continuing services.

The deadline is midnight on Sunday 8th August 2021.

For more information and to apply visit the Community Foundation's website.

Newcastle Building Society Community Fund

Support for community projects based and working in the North East of England or Cumbria tackling food poverty or employability.

Criteria: In addition to the usual Community Foundation criteria

  • Groups must be based and working in the location of a Newcastle Building Society Branch
  • Project must be able to start within 3 months of receipt of the grant (flexibility for any further Covid-19 restrictions).
  • The amount applied for must mean the project can go ahead (not part funding for a larger project) 

Will support:

  • Activities
  • Sessional staff costs and volunteer expenses
  • Project resources and equipment
  • Events, outings and trips (Covid19 restrictions permitting)

Grants of up to £3000 are available and the deadline is 15th August.

Visit the Community Foundation's website to apply.

North East Humanists


Provides grants up to £500 to implement projects that will benefit people in communities in the North East of England.

Applications are welcome from community groups which:  

  • give opportunities for people to support each other;
  • are inclusive (in line with the Equalities Act 2010);
  • are committed to the protection of vulnerable people involved; and
  • have a bank account in the name of the group.  

Priority will be given to applications which meet the following criteria. 

  • The project and community group conform to the statements above.
  • The project goals are realistic in order to achieve a clearly stated community benefit. 
  • There is a clear and feasible budget plan which is matched to the project goals.
  • There is evidence that the applicant group has the capacity to manage the project efficiently.

Visit the North East Humanists website for more information.


Heritage Fund - Steps to Sustainability

Heritage organisations across the UK are under increasing pressure and financial constraints, with many facing extreme challenges to ensure a stable future.

With the additional impact of Covid-19, a culture of enterprise to build a sustainable and resilient heritage sector is needed now more than ever.

Steps to Sustainability, a new National Lottery Heritage Fund programme delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy, will provide a pathway of support to address these challenges. It will help your organisation to be ambitious, forward-thinking and deliver exciting new projects.

On this 15 month journey, you will learn to look outwards, build stronger partnerships and become more comfortable with the commercial aspects of running a heritage organisation. Learning with a network of peers and sector experts from across the UK, you will turn a new business idea into reality. In addition up to £10,000 of funding is available.

The deadline to apply is 23rd July.

More information is available on the Social Enterprise Academy website.