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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: Creative Civic Change

Creative Civic Change is a new programme aimed at helping people make positive change in their community using the arts and creativity.

The Foundation will provide funding to at least 10 local areas in England over the next three years, and is most interested in supporting local communities that have often been overlooked for funding in the past, and may face some or all of these issues:

  • The decline of local industry.
  • High levels of unemployment.
  • A pressing need for services or activities.
  • A high proportion of children in poverty.
  • People in the area in poor health relative to the general population.
  • Other characteristics that demonstrate need.

Local communities can mean anything from a few streets or part of an estate, to a neighbourhood or a cluster of villages (must be areas smaller than a local authority). They welcome responses from areas that are already part of the Big Local initiative and those who are not but share similar characteristics – that is, areas that have been overlooked in the past and are facing a range of issues.

Funding of between £50,000 and £300,000, plus a range of support are available.

Deadline: 28 September

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Latest Golden Guide for over 50s now available

golden-guideA free advice guide for over 50s in North Tyneside and Newcastle, the updated version of The Golden Guide 2018 is now available.

Some 10,000 copies of the guide are being distributed, including a supply for all GP practices, libraries and local charities. The guide contains lists of activities, services, leisure pursuits and advice on health, care, money issues and more, and is also available online.

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Greggs Local Community Projects Fund




Grants of up to £2,000 are offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.

Greggs are interested in projects that improve resilience within communities. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community.

All projects must support a community of interest, for example people who are:

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

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate improvements against at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Beneficiaries have decreased social isolation
  • Beneficiaries report improved health and wellbeing
  • Beneficiaries report improved resilience/coping mechanisms
  • Beneficiaries have improved life skills
  • Beneficiaries have improved opportunities

Grant size: Up to £2,000

Deadline: 28 September 2018

Application process: Greggs Foundation website

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