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Sustainable Urban Development call for North East LEP

The government has issued a call to run a project supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy and promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the North East.


Project’s put forward under this call must cover the North East Local Enterprise Partnership area.


Up to £8,100,000 of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.


Outline application deadline: 31 January 2019

This call is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy and to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and specifically:

  • Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources.
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises.
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector.
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.
  • Promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.

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Good Finance Live: Thursday 27 September in Newcastle upon Tyne



Are you a social enterprise, charity or community organisation who are trading and are making an income from that activity? Are you currently exploring or looking for money to finance your plans, for example to buy an asset, finance a contract or expand a service? If so, would like to meet potential social investors?

Good Finance, Access Foundation, Big Society Capital and VONNE have teamed up to bring you Good Finance Live, a one-day event to help you meet social investors, hear stories from others who have used it and be kept in the loop about the latest market developments and trends.

Social investment is often falsely seen as a London-centric activity. It can be harder for charities and social enterprises outside of the capital to access social investors and gain a better understanding of the financial products available. Good Finance Live aims to change that.

The event takes place on Thursday 27 September, 10am to 4pm at Bamburgh House in Newcastle. There is no fee to register for this event but non-attendence or cancellation within 24 hours of the event will result in your organisation being charged £75 to cover administration, event and catering costs.

Read more and book your place here

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VCS Research partners wanted by final year Newcastle University students




Final year politics students at Newcastle University are looking for VCSE organisations to co-design a research brief and provide a host to a student between October 2018 – May 2019.

Examples of previous research include:

  • Accessing Public Services for those experiencing homelessness
  • The spatial injustice faced by unpaid carers in Northumberland
  • Generational divides in community cohesion in South Tyneside

The University is currently planning research projects for 2018-19 and would like to hear from any VCSE organisations that have ideas for potential research projects related to social justice in the North East of England.

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Venator launches North East Community Fund






This £20,000 Community Fund aims to promote teamwork and innovation amongst groups and organisations across the North East of England.

The Together Fund, the first of two to be set up under the Venator Community Fund, will make 40 grants of £250 to community groups and organisations for activities that inspire teamwork, one of Venator’s core values.

Venator will introduce a second fund, the Bright Ideas Fund, to inspire innovation, another Venator value, through ideas in science, engineering, technology and maths in early 2019.

Application process: Applicants should visit www.venatorcommunity.com and submit 250 words about how their group or organisation would use the £250 grant to promote teamwork. All successful applications will then go head-to-head in an online public vote in September 2018, with the top 40 projects each awarded £250.

Closing date: 31 August 2018

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The Catherine Cookson Trust






The Catherine Cookson Trust supports a wide range of activities including education and training, environment and conservation, arts and culture as well as general charitable purposes. The Trust’s principal aim is to identify and meet the local needs of the area in which Dame Catherine was brought up and resided. In particular the Trust supports work with young or disadvantaged people.

The Trustees funds registered charities and prefer projects and schemes which involve or are directed towards capital expenditure.

They do not generally consider applications for core funding or on-going financing, applications with a foreign element, individuals or applications for Sports Clubs/Associations.

There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Although grants awarded range from between £250 and £10,000, the majority of grants are not above £1,000.

Application process: Catherine Cookson Trust website

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Community Foundation: Enviresearch




The Enviresearch Fund supports activities that inspire children aged 10 to 13 to learn about science by adding that extra ‘wow factor’ to the school curriculum through visits to museums, field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside school.

This is a rolling programme, there are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Between £250 and £1,000, with one or two larger grants of up to £4,000 made


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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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