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Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation works with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects – from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

The Foundation supports projects with grants of up to £5,000 that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK.

No deadline – all applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November.

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Sir James Knott Trust

Sir James Knott Trust supports charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Hartlepool.

The Trust is an excellent local funder that makes monthly decisions on applications of up to £1,000 and larger grants three times per year.

Special consideration is given to charitable activities known to have been of particular interest to Sir James Knott. They include: Providing opportunities for people to congregate such as youth clubs and projects to help the elderly. Sir James was concerned that people could find work and so they support training. He was keen to ensure that that people have a roof over their heads, where they are safe. Finally, Sir James and Lady Knott, having lost two of their sons in active service in the First World War were drawn to military and maritime good causes. .

The Trustees have wide discretion on the distribution of funds. They do not fund research or activity that has already taken place. They do fund faith based organisations as long as the activity is open to those of all faiths and none.

Monthly decisions on grants up to £1,000 and Trustees meet to consider larger grant applications three times a year. Grants totalling about £1.8million a year are made, funded from investment income. Read more here.

Please apply to the Trust using the new online facility.

Deadline: The Trust operates on a rolling grants programme. If you miss a deadline, your application will be considered at the following meeting. The 2021 deadlines are 1 March, 31 May and 31 August.

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Community Foundation general applications

You can make a general application to the Community Foundation at any time. If it is eligible, they will look to match it to one of their Funds.

The Community Foundation awards grants to benefit people and places in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England, through nearly 300 different funds set up by people and organisations who want to make a difference. They know that applying for funding can be difficult, so they aim to help to make it as straightforward as possible.

Please read the guidance on their website carefully before starting an application and, if you have any questions, please get in touch.

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Community Foundation: Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)

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

The fund is most interested in projects that can show that they will make a demonstrable change and immediate impact on the environment, but will still consider applications where they are also working to raise awareness, education and change behaviour. Applications are assessed and monitored against key impact themes; these are outlined in the Environmental Benefits table. To be eligible, your application should demonstrate how the proposed project will deliver against one or more of the six impact themes. The Fund will consider applications for projects focused on any environmental theme, except those outlined in the exclusions below. From time to time, there may be specific environmental themes highlighted as a priority; please check the Community Foundation website for more information.

The Fund is particularly keen to receive applications from small local voluntary and community organisations. Larger environmental charities are eligible to apply but must demonstrate significant need and involvement from the local community in the development of the proposal and its delivery.

Applications are invited for grants from £750 to a maximum of £2,000.

Deadline:  You can apply any time.

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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.

The Trust remains open for non-emergency applications from organisations that they do not currently support. The trustees want to provide support to voluntary and community groups to continue their core work in the medium and long term, and don’t have funding allocated specifically for ’emergency’ or ‘recovery’.

Application deadline: rolling

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

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Yapp Charitable Trust

 

 

 

The Trust make grants to small registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 to sustain their existing work within the following areas:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 25
  • People with disabilities or mental health problems
  • Moral welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

Grants are for core funding and are only awarded to registered charities that have been formally established for at least three years.

The Trust prioritises:

  • Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders
  • Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people
  • Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers
  • Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning
  • Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self-sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users

There are no deadlines specified.

Grant size: Up to £3,000 per year for up to three years

Application process: Yapp Charitable Trust website

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Working With the VCS goes virtual

Monday 15 June saw our first ever online ‘Working With the VCS’ event bringing together 34 representatives from charities, community groups, North Tyneside Council, North Tyneside CCG, Primary Care Networks, VONNE, the North of Tyne Combined Authority and the private sector.

The theme of the event was Building a Recovery Plan for the VCS in North Tyneside and consisted of the following presentations which you can now view and download using the links below. You can also share your thoughts on VCS Recovery by completing this short survey by 26 June.

Vonne’s Carol Botten presented findings from VONNE’s North East VCSE COVID-19 impact survey.  Download the slides here.

 

Felicity Shoesmith from North Tyneside Council outlined the early thinking on a recovery plan for the VCS in North Tyneside. View the draft recovery plan here. We would appreciate it if you could share your thoughts on the draft recovery plan via this short survey

 

Pauline Wonders from Family Gateway and Dean Titterton from YMCA North Tyneside reflected on the potential for a more collaborative approach to supporting beneficiaries.

 

Jackie Laughton from North Tyneside Council discussed the new Poverty Intervention Fund for North Tyneside. Download the slides here. Share your thoughts on this fund by emailing vicki.nixon@northtyneside.gov.uk.

 

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Percy Bilton Charity: Grants for organisations

Capital grants are available for whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (under 25 years of age)
  • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities) or mental health problems
  • Older people (aged over 60)

There are two programmes – large grants (£500+) and small grants (up to £500).

No deadline

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BlueSpark Foundation

BlueSpark provides funding for projects of up to £5,000 that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people (age 5-22) by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities. It will give particular consideration to projects that it believes will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Funding must support a specific project and must constitute a significant proportion of the costs of that project. Funds are made for relatively small-scale projects that might not happen at all or would only happen on a smaller scale without the support of BlueSpark.

Grant applications must state exactly what the grant will be used for – e.g. physical assets, such as sports equipment or lighting for stage productions, services or facilities, such as music or drama tuition, or the provision of experiences,such as theatre visits. These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive.

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VCS Recovery in NorthTyneside

We believe that the voluntary sector should be front and centre of North Tyneside’s COVID-19 recovery plans. Despite a number of charities and community groups having to temporarily close their doors, others have been able to provide a remarkable response to support vulnerable residents during the COVID 19 pandemic. We have created this short animation to showcase some of the incredible work you have been doing. The animation was shown to members of the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership this week and will be shared with partners as part of the national #NeverMoreNeeded campaign.

North Tyneside VCS COVID-19 response from Robin on Vimeo.

We know full well that many of our members face some significant challenges to adapt and flourish in the COVID-19 ‘recovery’ phase and beyond. Based on the findings of VONNE’s recent survey, as well as conversations we’ve had with many of our members, we have identified a number of key areas of support that will be required by many organisations to help them adapt and thrive over the coming months and years. We appreciate that this will mean very different things to different types and sizes of organisations and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

  • Resuming services: although many organisations have continued to offer some level of service, support will be required by some to help resume and redesign face-to- face work.
  • Workforce: with many organisations having furloughed their staff and others significantly changing the way their workforce operates, we expect many organisations to require support to help manage their workforce in light of COVID-19.
  • Finance: many VCS organisations will have experienced a significant drop in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will require support to rebuild their finances in order that they can continue to offer vital services.
  • Governance: the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges around governance for some organisations, but may also offer opportunities for organisations to merge.
  • Partnerships: whilst some VCS organisations have had to close their doors temporarily, other new neighbourhood-level ‘mutual aid’ groups have been formed. We are keen to support an ecosystem that enables all VCS organisations to work more collectively providing maximum benefit to our communities.
  • Volunteering: we have seen many more people step up to volunteer as part of the COVID-19 response. We are keen to build on the efforts of volunteers to support our recovery.

Working With the VCS event

Monday 15 June 10am to 11.30am on Zoom
We are keen to develop a VCS recovery plan that is designed by our members. For that reason we are holding a virtual Working With the VCS event on Monday 15th June from 10am – 11.30am. This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear from Carol Botten, Chief Executive at VONNE, as she provides a summary of findings from VONNE’s recent VCS survey. It will also offer an oppor-tunity for organisations to discuss what support they would like to access to help with recovery, as well as what support they might be able to offer others. Please register in advance for this event so that we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting.
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