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This page is regularly updated with a variety of selected funding opportunities and funding-related news.

Please check back often.

  • Calls for grants with a deadline are listed by date of closing, with the nearest deadlines listed first. 
  • Always check out the newer grant opportunities that are listed at the bottom of this section, so that you never leave a funding application until the last minute.
  • Scroll right to the bottom of the page for listings of grants with an ongoing application process or rolling deadlines.

Funding Advice and Support

Funding advice is one of the many services we offer to our members. Whether you have a question about funding sources, need guidance in the final step of preparing a funding application, or want to develop a more comprehensive and strategic approach - we can offer a wide range of support. We offer a level of free service to organisations operating in Newcastle or Gateshead, plus a range of Premium Services available to any organisation. Whether you are looking to develop a sustainable organisation-wide funding strategy, want to identify suitable funders for a particular project, or just want someone to check over a draft bid. Visit our website to find out more about our services, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'Funding Advice' in the subject line, or complete the contact form on the website, and we will be in touch to help you make your ideas for positive change happen. 

Funding News

Response to Coronavirus

In the current situation we'll be updating this page daily with news of funding support, and key messages relating to funding, from reliable resources. If there are things funding-related that you come across that you feel other community groups, charities and social enterprises should know about, and that we ought to feature, email us with 'Coronavirus Funding News' in the subject line. 

The good news is that almost every funder has been very pro-active in making it clear that they want to be as supportive as possible for the people and organisations that they currently fund. Contact your funder, but be aware that they might not be able to fully respond immediately, as they are likely to be very busy, and are dealing with changing how they work as much as all the rest of us. But it’s more than a good idea to write a short summary of how you are changing what you deliver in order to best meet the needs of the people and communities you serve, whilst taking notice of advice about reducing the risk of transmission of coronavirus.  If you need support in drafting a summary of your contingency planning or continuity planning measures, then get in touch with us. Our Support and Development team are here to help. Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'Continuity Plans' in the subject line.

The message from funders is clear: This isn’t a time for worrying about hitting monitoring targets, but keep a record of what you are doing and why, and let your funders know.  A typical announcement is this one which is a joint statement from a wide range of funders. Although it's mainly aimed at the capital, many of the funders are country-wide, and their advice and statement of support is just as relevant to us here in the North-East.

Arts Council responds quickly to the needs of the cultural sector

The Arts Council has moved quickly to responds quickly to the current emergency with funding to support smaller cultural organisations, many of which are in the community and charity sector, to ensure thyeir survival. It is making £50 million available to organisations that are not National Portfolio Organisations (ones that do not receive significant ongoing funding because of their national or regional significance.  Funds of up to £35 000 per organisation. They will publish the guidance, including the detailed timetable for this fund, on Monday 30 March. Potential applicants will need to register by Friday 3 April. There will be support for people to do this.

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This comes after their announcement earlier this week of support for bigger arts and culture organisations which are National Portfolio Organisations. In our region these include much-loved Tyneside Cinema, and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books. Support for creative practitioners and cultural workers is also being made available

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Indigo Trust releases funds to help charities respond to Coronavirus challenges

The Indigo Trust has pledged £2.5m to ensure charities can keep serving communities throughout the coronavirus crisis and beyond.

The grant-maker, which is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust, has pledged £1m to the Trussell Trust to support the running of food banks across the country, which are facing disrupted supply chains, a fall in the number of volunteers and a rise in demand.

It has also pledged money to support other funders, donating £1m to the National Emergencies Trust's coronavirus appeal. Click on the links of each to find out more. We'll bring you more details as these are announced.

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Neighbourly sets up new COVID-19 Community Fund

Neighbourly enables community groups and charities to get help, connect with businesses that have volunteer time, money or product surplus to donate. They've set up a COVID-19 Community Fund, backed by their partner businesses- including M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners - to support the Neighbourly causes that will be most affected with a series of micro-grants of up to £400. These will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK, are unrestricted and can cover food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.

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Government announces £3.2 million fund to help rough sleepers self-isolate

The Communities Secretary has announced £3.2 million of emergency funding to help rough sleepers to self-isolate. This funding represents an initial first step to help local authorities and frontline services be fully prepared and put emergency measures in place. Councils will be reimbursed for the cost of providing accommodation and services to rough sleepers, and those at risk of rough sleeping, who are suffering from or at risk of coronavirus

The funding will be available to all local authorities in England and will reimburse them for the cost of providing accommodation and services to those sleeping on the streets to help them successfully self-isolate.  As local details emerge, we'll keep voluntary sector organisations informed.

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Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland launches new Coronavirus Fund

A new fund to get help quickly to local charities and community organisations that are helping the most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak. Adam Lopardo, their CEO writes: "The Community Foundation recognises that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a major event and that many small, local charities and community groups will be worried about its impact on their work and communities. We want in this note to reassure you that we will do everything we can to continue supporting the sector at this time."

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VONNE opens FINE(Funding Information North East) to all

Funding Information North East (FINE) pulls together current funding opportunities from dozens of sources into one easy to digest update sent to you every fortnight. Their online funding directory is usually a service available to members, but they've made it open to everyone for the time being. It contains details of over 100 charitable trusts and foundations in the North-East.

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Waitrose creates £1 million Community Support Fund

Waitrose is creating a £1 million Community Support Fund to be used as direct aid for the communities they and their staff live and work in. Lsocal shop will have these funds to support their local area based on the needs of the community.Help will include setting up additional local delivery services to support people isolated in their home, for delivering essential items to local care homes and community groups, and for donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

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MSE (MoneySavingExpert) consumer website £1m fund for small charities

Deadline: 11.59pm ON WED 25 MAR 2020

MSE has released £1,000,000 from its  charity fund to provide grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.

Examples could include foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more. the aim is to get the money distributed within the next couple of weeks, and they are looking for projects that are up and running, or are well into the process of being set up – as they want to deliver help at speed. 

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Charity Commission issues special guidance on donating safely

The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator today urged people to ‘give safely’ as people continue to respond with generosity in the current crisis.  Make sure your organisation is seeking, holding, or spending donations appropriately, and think about how to ensure people can donate to your organisation with confidence in where their donations will be used.

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NCVO makes funding and income resources freely available to non-member organisations

NCVO has made all of its (usually) member-only KNOWHOW resources free to everyone because of the current situation They write: "We think it’s important people have the guidance they need to run their organisations during this time". They have a wide  range of resources, including a wealth of material on funding and income.  Their website also has several topical items and a dedicated Coronavirus updates resources page 

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Our 2020 Funding Fair

We’re looking into ways that we can still go ahead with the Connected Voice Newcastle and Gateshead Funding Fair 2020 so we still want you to put in your diary. Either way, we aim to find the best ways for you to get access to more funders, more expert advice and get practical support and advice in how you can make the best and most compelling case for funding.

Are there any funders, organisations, information or issues that you’d especially like to see covered? Let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll try to make it happen

Funding Opportunities

Many of you visit our website for a selection of funding opportunities as soon as you see the new edition of Connected Voice News. How about leaving it a few days until we’ve had a chance to update it more fully with a selection of new opportunities? Like many of our member organisations we’ve been busy dealing with urgent contingency planning, setting up remote working systems and dealing with the many enquiries from our members. And, we figured writing a funding bid might not be your top priority activity this week.

In the coming weeks though, we’ll continue to be available to offer information, advice, guidance and support in helping you to clearly map out your funding priorities, get everything ship-shape so that you can present your organisation to funders, identify the right funders for the right project or idea, and assist you in how bet to write a compelling and thorough description of your project or idea that will enhance your chances of success.

Thomas Wall Trust - Digital Skills 2020 Grant Programme to open for applications in May

To celebrate its 100th brthday, the Thomas Wall Trust is running a new grants programme throughout 2020 available to organisations working towards improving basic digital skills for people in need.

Grants of up to £5 000 are available for registered charities for specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. The funding is intended to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, equipping people for employment.

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Urban Tree Challenge Fund Awards First Grants

Government funding will enable 13 urban communities across England to plant 22,000 large trees and 28,000 small trees this year as part of the UK’s efforts to tackle air pollution and promote health and wellbeing. In year two (2020/21), the fund will be open to applications from individual tree planters. The funding will be for much smaller, single planting sites. For those including large trees the minimum value will be £5,000. For applications with only small trees, the minimum value will be £1,150.

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Extra £9m to Support Youth-Led Social Action Programmes in the #iwill Fund

The Government and the National Lottery Community have announced they are further supporting the #iwill Fund with an additional £9 million. The new investment will enable the #iwill Fund to expand its ambition to work with further funders who are interested in joining this large partnership to further embed youth social action opportunities across England by developing their own youth social action programmes.

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New initiative: Digital Skills for Heritage launches

Digital Skills for Heritage is a new initiative from the National Lottery Heritage Fund aimed at increasing digital capabilities across the heritage sector. It's been developed based on the concept that heritage organisations can thrive in the digital era, using tech to attract the visitors and support they need.   It will; 

  • promote digital skills and leadership 
  • directly support digital skills development 

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Funding Deadlines (nearest dates shown first) 

Architectural Heritage Fund - Transforming places through heritage

Deadline: 7 April 2020 (for a decision by the end of June)

Transforming Places Through Heritage is the new grant fund from The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF),  a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. WIt does this by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by charities and not-for-private profit organisations. 

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Rosa: The UK fund for women and girls

Deadline: 14 May 2020

Rosa is a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK. Because, while many women and girls here do enjoy freedom of choice and the opportunity for success in their lives, that’s simply not true for all. Their vision is of equality and justice for all women and girls in the UK.

It currently has two grant programmes open for applications

Voices From The Frontline supports women’s organisations to shine a light on their fight for gender equality in the UK. The fourth round of the grants programme opens for applications on Friday 8 March and the deadline for applications is Tuesday 14 May.

The Justice and Equality Fund aims to bring an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing an expert network of advice, support and advocacy organisations and projects.

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Cultural Impact Development Fund

Deadline: 31 August 2021

A £3.7 million fund providing small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts, cultural and creative organisations. The Cultural Impact Development Fund offers repayable finance between £25,000 and £150,000 to arts, cultural and creative organisations that are committed to improving the quality of their impact practice and evaluation and could benefit from external support.

The programme is launched By NESTA in partnership with the Growth Fund, delivered by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital

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Magic Little Grants Fund re-opens on 10 March

Deadline: 31 October 2020

The fund will be awarding £500 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. Delivered in partnership with Postcode Community Trust, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, there are over 900 grants available through the fund.

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Ongoing Funding

Tesco Bags of Help Grants programme

Tesco’s local community awards programme, where the money raised from their 5p bag levy is used to fund community projects, has re-opened.  Voting for projects will be open continuously in Tesco stores,with three projects from each local area shortlisted every three months. Previously it was every other month. The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project.  Grants of between £500 and £2 000 will be made.

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Bernicia Foundation 

The Bernicia Foundation will help fund projects and initiatives that deliver real and lasting community benefits, alongside those that support individuals to achieve their ambitions.  Over the next four years, the foundation will channel profits from Bernicia’s commercial property arm Kingston and invest them into people and communities at a time of need.  It has two programmes:

The Inclusion Grant Programme offers grants of between 5 and £10k to support 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

The Inspiration Grant Programme supports disadvantaged young people to achieve their full potential

  • Aimed at young people under 24 and/or organisations that support them
  • Grants of up to £1000 per young person aimed at people with real potential with a talent for anything from sporting skills, academia, performing arts to creative flair.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation 

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has reopened its grants programme with ‘a simpler, more flexible and transparent approach’ to help small and medium-sized charities (annual turnover above £25k and below £1 million) be stronger and more effective. Grants worth up to £45,000 and £100,000 available over three years (with the possibility of continuing to six years) that can be used entirely for core costs. Key changes include a continuously open application process rather than rounds, a quick eligibility checker, clearer turnaround times of decision making, and simpler reporting where you can use existing sytems rather than produce an extra report for the Foundation. Their funding priorities are for organisations or projects seeking to address:

  • Addiction and dependency
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison and community service
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents

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Akzo International Paint Fund

Deadline: Rolling programmeThe Akzo international Paint Fund at the Community foundation is open for applications from charities or constituted community groups for resources and activities for community projects in Gateshead. The main eligibility criteria are:

  • Volunteer led projects focussing on creating strong communities 
  • Grants are specifically for equipment/capital items or small community projects/activities.
  • Project must be at a stage where they can start within 3 months of receiving the grant.
  • The funding must pay for a specific project in full - not just a donation to a larger cost. i.e. full project cost should be between £750 and no more than £1,000.

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John Lewis Foundation

The John Lewis Foundation came about to invest in disadvantaged communities within which John Lewis operates. It aims to deliver skills for meaningful employment through this and welcomes applicants who also wish to help achieve this, from both the UK and overseas. 

Their grant funding criteria outlines that:

  • Your organisation must be a registered charity or be able to demonstrate your project as a charitable activity,
  • The project must benefit communities in which there is a John Lewis store, supplier, manufacturer, distribution hub, call centre etc.
  • Focus on needs of a community and benefit a large group of people,
  • Improve the local environment, employability or social inclusion with in these target groups.

The John Lewis Foundation will not fund the purchase or renovation of buildings or any other capital projects. They will also not fund any project that is a course, conference, festival, expedition, overseas travel, fundraising event, reception, lecture, respite break or holiday. Further details can be found from their Applicant Guidance.

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Gateshead Thrive Fund Community Grants

Supporting Gateshead-based voluntary and community sector organisations, Community Grants are administered by Community Foundation on behalf of Gateshead Council's Thrive Fund. 

Applications must demonstrate how they support the development and delivery of one or more of the Council’s five pledges in its five-year strategic approach, ‘Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives’. The Pledges are:

  • Put people and families at the heart of everything we do
  • Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
  • Support our communities to support themselves and each other
  • Invest in our economy to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth across the Borough
  • Work together and fight for a better future for Gateshead

 Find out more

LEAF Endowment Fund

The LEAF Endowment Fund exists to help people to deliver projects that address and/or raise awareness of environmental issues in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. 

The primary focus of your application must clearly be on the environment, but it should also show how the proposed activity will have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities, particularly in areas of severe environmental and economic hardship.

Applications must demonstrate one of more of the following outcomes:

  • Encouraging communities to get involved in environmental activities
  • Changing behaviours leading to more local environmental action
  • Having a positive impact on the environment
  • Sharing learning about the environment with others

They are most interested in projects that can show that they will make a demonstrable change and immediate impact on the environment, but they will still consider applications where they are also working to raise awareness, education and change behaviour.

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National Lottery Grants for Heritage (formerly Heritage Lottery Fund)

Following public consultation last year the Heritage Lottery Fund has moved in a new direction and changed its name to The National Lottery Heritage Fund to better reflect the contribution of National Lottery players to its funding. Lots has changed so please visit their website to find out more.

Grants of £10,000 - £100,000 are available

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Children in Need Small Grants

Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. They have changed the way the Small Grants programme is delivered, including an updated eligibility checklist form.

Projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Find out more

Children in Need Main Grants

The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. BBC Children in Need is preparing to update its Main Grants Programme and adjusting the timetable for grant making over the next year during the transition.

They will fund projects for Children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

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REEDS Grassroots Fund

The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities.

Grants of up to £3,000 will be made to support the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty and in order to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Preventing or alleviating poverty through increased income
  • Improved living standards of the most disadvantaged through increased household income
  • Increasing individuals’ ability to manage their benefits claims to reduce the likelihood of future sanctions/problems 

Find out more

Edward Gostling Foundation

Funding to Enhance the Quality of Life for People in Need

Larger grants now available for charities whose work enhances the quality of life for people in need, particularly those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. The Edward Gostling Foundation provides funding to support its goal of ensuring that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.

UK charities that have been registered for at least three years can apply for a grant as long as their application address at least one of the four themes of the Foundation:

  • Health and wellbeing: to maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
  • Independent living at home: to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.
  • Respite: either for the person living with a disability (or long-term illnesses) or the carer to access sports and leisure activities or simply enjoy fun, friendship and the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
  • Transition: to provide fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

The Foundation now offers two levels of funding:

  • Fast Track Small Grants of less than £5,000.
  • Large Grants of more than £5,000.

Sherburn House Fund Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)

  • (Managed by County Durham Community Foundation)
  • £300 grants available for individuals or families
  • Funding for essential domestic equipment (eg cookers, washing machines, beds etc)

North East wide (recipients must live between the River Tweed and River Tees) Applications are invited from professionals working with clients who are experiencing extreme hardship and are in extreme social and financial need. It is likely that they have been unable to obtain funding from other sources.

Applications must be submitted by organisations willing to purchasing items on behalf of your client.

For full details, please visit the CDCF website

The Adint Charitable Trust 

Makes grants of between £250 and £15,000 to registered charities for general charitable purposes, but has a preference for charities working in the fields of education, training, disability, sport and/or recreation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Applications should be in writing to the address below and include full details of the charity for which funding is requested.

Mr. Douglas Oram FIH MCIPS, The Adint Charitable Trust, Suite 512, 517, Finchley Road, London NW3 7BN

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The Joicey Trust

Trustees' meetings take place twice a year: usually late January/early February and late June/ July.

Applications should be submitted to the appeals secretary in time to allow for any queries to be resolved by 30 November or 31 May in each year for consideration at the next Trustees' meeting: early applications are therefore encouraged.

Grants are made across a wide spectrum for either revenue (including 'core funding') or capital expenditure. Applications for research (and research costs within core funding applications) will not normally be supported. The Trustees also generally exclude applications from charities that are not registered within the beneficiary area and where gross incoming resources exceed £1 million as any award would be a very small addition to these resources.

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Bill Brown 1989 Charitable Trust

 The trust is particularly interested in supporting the following areas:-

  • Research into blindness
  • Other medical research  
  • The deaf and blind  
  • Care of the elderly    
  • Care of the disabled    
  • General welfare    
  • Hospices 

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

 Has two priorities:

  1. To provide relief for children and adults with special educational or other needs, and their families, in any part of the country.
  2. To make donations to institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs.  

The Henry Smith Charity - North-East England organisations to apply direct

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is no longer administering funds for The Henry Smith Charity, the grant-giving charity which aims to bring about lasting change to people's lives by funding organisations working with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage. It's keen for potential applicants - including charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, schools and some churches (depending on the grant programme) - here in the North-East to engage direct with them. It has a number of grant programmes with varying qualifying criteria and specific aims, including

  • Improving Lives - Grants of between £50k and £2m for small and medium sized organisations in the UK to support projects and the running costs, including staff salaries, of organisations.
  • Strengthening Communities - Grants of between £20k and £60k per year for 1 to 3 years for running costs of small community based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK.
  • Holiday Grants - One-off short programme grants of £500 to £2500 for short holidays or recreational trips, available in the 20% most deprived areas of the UK
  • Christian Projects - Grants of £1k per year, up to 3 years, for schools, churches, small charities and not-for-profit organisations. It will only support work that comes from a Church of England context, or, that is fully ecumenical.

Deadline: Ongoing for most grant progrmmes
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National Lottery Community Fund

Awards for All

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)

Their priorities are:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Find out more

Reaching Communities

Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

Applicants must show how they would:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Find out more


There are a range of other funding programmes available from the National Lottery. Please visit their website to find out more



The information in our funding pages is published in good faith and, whilst every effort is made to ensure details such as application deadlines are correct, Connected Voice accepts no responsibility for any innaccuracy in the items. We strongly advise you check direct with individual funders.