North of Tyne Combined Authority has identified investment in Community Hubs / Centres as an area they wish to develop.
In North Tyneside part of this investment will be a grant fund aimed at Community Centres.
Community Centres can be at the heart of our neighbourhoods, providing welcoming spaces for people from all walks of life to meet and access vital services. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our Community Centres were able to support some of our most vulnerable residents with offers of essential food supplies, friendship and support.
North Tyneside Council, working with the North of Tyne Combined Authority, has established the Community Centre Grants programme to support innovation and adaptation in order that existing Community Centres can continue to play a pivotal role in North Tyneside.
The purpose of the grants programme is to enable Community Centres to diversify and adapt their offer to the local community, whilst also helping to diversify their income streams to become more sustainable. This could include developing an increased offer of room hire, paid-for activities and support services.
There are two different types of grants available:
- Large Grants of up to £40,000 – only open to Community, Voluntary or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisation run Community Centres with a turnover of £250,000 or more.
- Small Grants of up to £5,000 – open to all VCSE sector Community Centres
The council aims to award one large and two small grants in the four quarters of the borough.
Deadline: 1 September 2021.