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This page is regularly updated with a wide variety of selected funding opportunities. 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.

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Funding News

Fundraising Regulator New Code of Fundraising Practice

The Fundraising Regulator has published the new Code of Fundraising Practice due to come into effect in October 2019. The changes are designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. The new code is also easier for the public to navigate, so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.

Read the code here:


Funding Deadlines (nearest dates shown first)

The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund

Deadline: 5pm Monday 25 November

The fund, delivered in partnership with Community Foundation and Gateshead Council, offer’s grants up to £5,000 in cash for a specified project or activity, or services worth up to £10,000 for practical work. Applications are welcomed from voluntary organisations and charities that are based in, or work in, the borough of Gateshead which have not had a grant from this fund in the last twelve months and which had an annual income, in the most recently completed financial year, of £50,000 or under, and who provide support to tenants of the housing company.

Find out more:


Small Charities Challenge Fund

Deadline: 28 November

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is a funding opportunity for small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. SCCF project grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to two years.

Grants are available for UK-registered organisations working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised. 

Find out more:


North of Tyne Community Led Local Development

Deadline: 29 November 

North of Tyne Community Led Local Development is currently looking for projects that will support local people to:

  • Improve skills
  • Overcome barriers to training and employment
  • Progress towards employment

There are lots of ways this support can be delivered and they are keen to hear your ideas. They are also interested in how partnerships could work between smaller local groups and a larger organisation.

They are able to support you with every stage of your application:

  • 1-2-1 meeting to discuss project ideas and CLLD funding
  • facilitated session for staff/management committee/trustees to refine project ideas
  • project development support
  • help to identify match funding
  • support to complete your EOI and prepare your presentation
  • support to develop a full application 

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This call is open on a ‘rolling basis’ until Friday, 29 November 2019 (or until the funding available has been allocated). 


Northumberland Tyne & Wear Suicide Prevention small grants application

Deadline: 30 November

Applicants can bid for up to £5,000. The desired outcomes are:

  • Build resilience to Mental Health problems in local communities
  • Promoting Positive mental Health in local communities
  • To reduce the stigma of self-harm and suicide
  • To increase the community-based support for those at risk of suicide, including in high risk groups
  • To reduce the incidence of self-harm and repeated self-harm
  • To reduce the impact of self-harm and suicide

Download the application pack


Armed Forces Covenant Trust: Positive Pathways Programme

Deadline: 5pm 30 November

The Positive Pathways Programme funds projects that develop and run activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of ex-forces people.  One-year grants of £35,000 and two-year grants of £70,000 are available to armed forces charities and CICs; and charities/CICs that have substantial experience in working with veterans and have a good understanding of mental health needs and how to support them, including where to signpost veterans.

Existing projects can apply, and the focus must be activity based,eg.: 

  • sports 
  • arts/culture activities such as music or theatre 
  • getting outside, for example gardening activities 
  • heritage projects such as conservation or archaeology. 

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

The Community Anchors' Fund

Deadline: ongoing

£500,000 to support community organisations in the North East.

The Virgin Money Foundation believes that everyone has the right to live in a vibrant, diverse and thriving community and they want to support those vital local organisations that act as the “bedrock” in a neighbourhood - providing a place where people feel welcome, where problems can be solved and where good ideas are helped to grow. Community Anchor organisations are those vital, neighbourhood based, locally-led organisations, committed to driving positive economic, social or environmental change within that community. 

The Foundation will make awards totalling £500,000 over the year. Applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme. They expect to make between 10 and 15 awards. When all of the available funding has been allocated the programme will close – so we suggest you apply as soon as possible. During 2019, the Community Anchors' Fund will provide grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to organisations in the North East of England. The funds can be used to cover core costs and can also be spent on designing and launching new activity. The award can be spread over one, two or three years.

Find out more:


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

Deadline: ongoing

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

Deadline: ongoing

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

Deadline: ongoing

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

Ongoing. Next deadlines: 2 September and 2 December

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

Ongoing. Next deadline: 13 September

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

Deadline: ongoing

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


Lloyds Bank Foundation Enable Grant

Deadline: ongoing

Through Enable grants they fund opportunities for your charity to develop, or trial new approaches to service delivery, so you can become more effective in your work. You may want to improve your charity’s capability in areas such as business development and planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications; an Enable grant could put your charity in a stronger position to deliver services and attract more volunteers, funding and support.

They can provide up to a total of £15,000 across one or two years.

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.  


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