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Funding News

Arts Council Creative Places and People Fund 2020-2024 now open

The fund supports consortia of organisations developing programmes of cultural activity and engagement in 66 locations across England where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement (according to the Arts Council's Active Lives Survey Locally, this includes Gateshead.  Funding of between £750k and £2m is available, from an overall fund of over £11m. The fund opened for applications on 16 January 2020 and closes on 26 March 2020.

Find out more:

People's Postcode Lottery Schemes now open for applications

First Round applications can be made until 4 February for the Postcode Local Trust, Postcode Community Trust, and the People’s Postcode Trust. There will be a second application round later in the year.

Postcode Local Trust for projects to:

  • Improve biodiversity and green spaces.
  • Increase community access to outdoor space.
  • Combat climate change and promote sustainability.

Postcode Community Trust for projects to:

  • Improve community health and wellbeing
  • Increase participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reduce isolation

People’s Postcode Trust for projects to:

  • Promote human rights
  • Combat discrimination
  • Prevent poverty

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Registered charities can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. Other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,000.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants programme re-opens

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.

Find out more:

New Bernicia Foundation launches with £1m funding for North East organisations

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.

Find out more:

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grants programme relaunched with a 'simpler, more flexible and transparent approach'

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

Find out more:


Funding Deadlines (nearest dates shown first) 

Patagonia International Environmental Grants

Grants of up to around £9 000 are available to small grassroots activist environmental organisations in the UK and Ireland that are working 'to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions' and

  • Encourage work that brings underrepresented communities to the forefront of the environmental movement and defend communities whose health and livelihoods are threatened by environmental exploitation.
  • Support multipronged campaigns that push for greater environmental protections and force the government to abide by its own laws.

Projects should:

  • Be action-oriented.
  • Focus on root causes.
  • Have a clear strategy.
  • Identify specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured to evaluate success.
  • Build public involvement and civic engagement.
  • Work to build an inclusive and diverse environmental movement.

Find out more:

The Woodward Charitable Trust

Deadline: Noon 31 January 2020

Grants of under £3 000 to organisations with a turnover of under £300k. The trustees have recently decided only to fund organisation's core costs rather than specific projects as they recognise that smaller charities can find these hard to fund, and funds will have a more direct impact on the organisation concerned.  Their priorities are:

  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people;
  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour and in particular organisations that work to discourage individuals getting involved in gangs or violent behaviour;
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues, particularly where it relates to our other priority areas;
  • Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups;
  • Disadvantaged families including parenting support;
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders as well as requests to help prisoners’ families;
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly amongst minority groups, refugees and traveller communities.

Find out more :

Access to Employment Accelerator provided by UnLtd.

Deadline: 31 January 2020

The new Access to Employment Accelerator supports legally incorporated social businesses that are working to boost employment access for those who encounter significant barriers to work, including disabled people, ex-offenders and homeless people.

The programme offers six months’ intensive support from a dedicated Venture Manager and the opportunity to secure investment of up to £50,000 in repayable capital funding (loan or equity). Business solutions that offer the most innovative ideas to improve access to employment can be funded. This includes training and support into employment or direct employment opportunities.

UnLtd has a particular focus on three key areas:

  • Ventures supporting disabled people into employment.
  • Ventures improving access to employment in the East End of London.
  • Ventures creating access to employment across the UK.

Legally incorporated, UK based social-purpose businesses may be eligible to apply. They must be committed to delivering a social impact, with a trading record of at least two years. The business must have at least one member of staff working full time.

Find out more:

Music for All - Community Project Funding

Deadline: 1 February

Grants of up to £2 500 are available to UK-based community groups, schools and organisations that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.  There will be further deadlines for decision-making rounds later in the year: 1 July and 1 November.

Music for All also runs an Individual Grants programme

Find out more:

UK Theatres Trust - Small Grants Scheme

Deadline: 3 February

Small grants of up tp £5 000 are available for capital improvements to theatres in the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value this would make to their work with local communities. 

Grants are to be used for small capital projects that:

  • Address urgent building repairs.
  • Improve operational viability.
  • Introduce environmental improvements.
  • Enhance physical accessibility.

Find out more:

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People - Central Grants

Deadline: 5 February

Grants of up to £30,000 per year are available for one-off or medium-term projects (1-2 years). The Foundation makes grants to a wide range of charities supporting children and young people up to the age of 25 that meet one of its areas of focus:

  • Improving the Education of Young People The Foundation is investing in the future by supporting young people in the vital areas of education, awareness and training. Through targeted grant giving the Foundation aims to facilitate a better future for young people by supporting local charities. Education funding generally will be given for training/re-training, educational equipment, activity-based learning leading to accreditation and sports equipment.
  • Improving the health of Young People The Foundation is committed to relieving suffering and supporting young people whilst they are undergoing treatment and care. Health funding generally will be given for medical equipment, care facilities, activity based holidays, proactive health awareness campaigns and hospices.

The Foundation has a particular strategic focus on:

  • Children and young people with disabilities.
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital.
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and capital costs. Funding for salaries and sessional worker fees will not be considered. Grants can be awarded for refurbishment and equipment, but not for capital appeals or a new construction.

Find out more:

Comic Relief - Future Looking Good Programme

Deadline: Noon 7 February

The Future Looking Good programme offers funding for projects that will deliver targeted services to one or more of the five priority groups and clearly demonstrate how they will help young people build the skills necessary to live with dignity and not only access basic housing but create a happy home in which they feel safe and secure:

The five priority groups are:

  • Young people experiencing homelessness or insecure housing
  • Young offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending
  • Care leavers
  • Young carers
  • Young parents – defined as young women and men who became or will become parents at 21 years old or younger

Grants of between £100k and £200k are available, for projects for a minimum of 18 months to a maximum of 36 months, to UK-based not-for-profit organisations.

Comic relief wants to make sure that young people are at the heart of the of the projects they fund, and aims to involve young people at as many stages of the decision-making process as possible.  At this 'expression of interest' stage, applicants need to create a two to three minute video about their project along with 250 words. These proposals will be shortlisted by young people as well as Comic Relief staff to determine who goes through to the second stage.

Find out more:

Sir James Knott Trust

Deadline: 4pm 11 February

Grants are available to local organisations with project ideas to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England. Grants are awarded in the areas of the arts and culture; service charities; public services; housing; heritage; health and sport; education and training; environment; and community issues and events. Special consideration is given to certain types of projects, including military and maritime organisations, youth clubs, projects to help the elderly, education and training, as these were of particular interest to Sir James Knott.

Further deadlines in 2020 are 12 June and 18 September.  These deadlines are for bids over £1 000. For bids under £1000 applications can be made at any time and decisions are usually made withing 4 to 6 weeks.

Find out more:

Greggs Foundation - Local Community Projects Fund

Deadline: 23 February 2020

Round 1 applications are now open for grants of up to £2,000  for projects and providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities. All projects must support a community of interest, for example people who are:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness.
  • Living in poverty.
  • Voluntary carers.
  • Homeless.
  • Isolated older people.
  • Other demonstrable significant need.

Eligible projects should be able to show that they meet at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:

  • Decreased social isolation.
  • Improved health and wellbeing.
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
  • Improved life skills.
  • Improved opportunities.

Find out more

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

Find out more:


Ongoing Funding

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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.

Find out more 

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
Find out more:

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



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