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Working With the VCS – population health management in North Tyneside

‘Working With the VCS’ is a free quarterly event organised in partnership by North Tyneside Council and VODA and open to any organisation delivering services in North Tyneside.

The next event on 10 December at the Evo Centre in the Royal Quays, will explore the role of the voluntary and community sector in supporting the health and wellbeing of North Tyneside residents. This interactive event will bring together local health professionals, charities, community organisations, commissioners and others to:

  • Explore and influence current health initiatives in North Tyneside such as Social Prescribing and Primary Care Networks
  • Showcase existing voluntary and community sector provision focussing on tackling loneliness, encouraging healthy behaviours and partnership working
  • Develop new relationships to identify ways of working together more effectively

Book your place here.

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Ringtons Fund

Ringtons Fund provides grants to support activities that particularly benefit older people, families, people with disabilities or women only projects. Projects that address poverty and disadvantage are favoured and this should be referred to in the application.

Activities supported can include, for example, community events, learning opportunities, sessions offering advice and support and holiday clubs. Applicants may wish to consider projects that address food poverty as promoted through the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report on Food Poverty.

Groups must be registered charities and smaller organisations will be prioritised for support. All applicants must meet the general conditions of the Community Foundation, and have a track record of funding with us.


Grant Range: £750 to £5,000

Deadline: 25 October

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The John D Endowment Fund

The John D Fund encourages young people’s participation in out-of -school creative arts activities. Community and voluntary groups based and working in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland are invited to apply for projects which encourage and support children and young people to use their spare time in a constructive and creative way. Grants of £750 to £2500.

To apply for funding, your charity or constituted community group must meet the following criteria:

  • Recognised voluntary community group or charity within the Tyne & Wear or Northumberland area.
  • Creative artistic projects that encourage children and young people, aged 8 – 19 years, to enjoy their free time and may be inspired to take up a creative hobby.
  • Out of school projects only and NOT IN ANYWAY linked to accreditations or exams.
  • Project must be at a stage where it can start within 3 months of receiving the grant.
  • The funding must be used for a specific project – not just a donation to a larger project cost. i.e. full project budget should be between £750 and no more than £2,500. We cannot fund requests to support:
  • contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • religious/political groups
  • public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations
  • activities which solely support animal welfare
  • activities which have already taken place
  • grant making by other organisations
  • privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships
  • commercial/profit making ventures

Deadline: 11 November, 12 noon

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The Growth and Resilience Fund

The Growth and Resilience Fund will provide grants of £5,000 to £25,000 and non-monetary support to organisations with a turnover under £750,000 who want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities. The fund will prioritise organisations working in the areas of poverty; mental health and wellbeing; diversity and inclusion; and educational disadvantage.

1. About the Growth and Resilience Fund

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland developed the Fund in partnership with NorthStar Foundation, County Durham Community Foundation and The Mercers’ Company to support excellent north east charities and social enterprise organisations which want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities.

The Fund aims to make grants of £5,000 – £25,000 and provide access to non-monetary support via existing Community Foundation initiatives such as pro-bono support, Trustee Match and other external schemes.

In addition, the Fund will also support some groups who are unsuccessful in getting a grant but are identified as one that would benefit from some consultancy/development support. These will be identified from the main grants programme. This support cannot be applied for separately.

2. Who is eligible for a grant?

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from charitable organisations and social enterprises in line with standard Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland eligibility and exclusion criteria. Applicants must be:

  • based or working in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley
  • have an average annual turnover (over the last three years) of between £75,000 and £750,000.


  • priority given to those tackling poverty; mental health and wellbeing; diversity and inclusion; and educational disadvantage.

Organisations MUST demonstrate that the EOI is driven by the lead staff person in the organisation and it has the support of the Trustees or management committee.

Deadline: 8 November 2019

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The Joicey Trust

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.

Trustees’ meetings take place twice a year: usually late January/early February and late June/ July

Deadline: 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.

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Henry Smith Charity – Housing First Programme

This new £1.4 million programme offers funding of £200,000 to £400,000 for up to four years to support the work of eligible organisations currently delivering (or planning to deliver) Housing First services.

Housing First offers stable, affordable housing alongside ongoing, intensive person-centred support to enable people to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness. Services help people with significant multiple and enduring needs – those for whom other services have failed and homelessness is a long-term enduring issue. Proposals are welcomed from organisations currently delivering Housing First services to increase provision and enable services to become more sustainable and effective. Also welcome are applications from organisations planning to deliver a Housing First service for the first time.

Established organisations with a track record of working with this client group can apply. Grants are flexible and can be used for anything required to provide a high-quality service, including staffing and on-costs for support provision, reasonable overheads and costs associated with setting up a service, as well as personalised budgets and other supports to enable tenancies to be maintained.

Not for profit (income £100k – £5m).

Deadline: 4 November

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Charity regulator issues email scam warning

The Charity Commission has issued a warning to donors to be on their guard against emails scams claiming to be from charities.

Donors are being warned to be on the guard against bogus emails from charities, which are increasingly becoming “an attractive target to criminals”, according to the Charity Commission.  The regulator is concerned about the threat charities are facing from criminal gangs who are looking to exploit the voluntary sector’s annual income of more than £76 billion.

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The Tudor Trust

Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. The trustees particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. Their ability to be flexible can mean that they are well-placed to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances.

Tudor wants to support organisations which:

  • Display positive organisational characteristics
  • Address marginalisation
  • Make a difference

Grants are usually made over 1, 2 or 3 years and there is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for grants of less than £10,000 to be made.  Grants may be for:

  • Core funding, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs.
  • Projects
  • Capital for buildings or equipment
  • Help to strengthen your organisation

Sometimes trustees may decide to offer unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives.

This is a rolling grant programme and the application is in two parts.

Read here to find out more on the Trust’s priorities and how to make an application.

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The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards Scheme

The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards Scheme rewards youth organisations that encourage and provide positive pursuits for young people, providing them with role models and helping them to develop into upstanding citizens.  To achieve this, the Fund makes awards to community youth projects and other similar not-for-profit organisations that engage young people aged 10 to 25 in constructive and developmental activities that encourage their personal development and deter them from anti-social activities. The Fund also acknowledges the work of volunteers and encourages the development of young volunteers.

Award winners are encouraged to attend a presentation event in March to celebrate the work of young people in Tyne & Wear.

Who can apply?

Awards are made to voluntary and community groups and registered charities based and working in Tyne & Wear. The project must focus its work with children and young people aged 10 to 25 years old. The application should explain what the organisation does to steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour and should also demonstrate how the young people are encouraged to be good citizens, either by volunteering, fundraising or engaging positively in their club and community. It also recognises work to support young people overcome personal challenging lifestyles or turn their back on negative behaviour as a result of engaging with the group.

Deadline: 9am on 25 October

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Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF): Transforming Places Through Heritage

This programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. Charities and social enterprises can apply to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

The programme aims to support projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres, helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper. It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones. Together, these programmes form part of the Future High Streets Fund, administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Grants available:

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects. Opens for first round project enquiries from 29 July 2019 (second round to be announced in 2020).
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.

The programme will focus on places where strategic regeneration programmes are planned or are already underway. This includes Heritage Action Zones or places that have secured funding through the Future High Streets Fund. Historic building projects located within other area-based regeneration programmes, such as Townscape Heritage areas or where an applicant can demonstrate a significant community-led strategic approach is in place, will also be considered. Projects should not be standalone but sit within a wider initiative to regenerate and bring a new purpose to the immediate surrounding area.


  • Applications requesting up to £15,000: Last day of each calendar month. Decision within 8 weeks.
  • Applications for more than £15,000: 29 July 2019 for September decision meeting or 21 October 2019 for December decision meeting.
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