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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 Northern Powergrid Community Fund

The Northern Powergrid Community Fund supports grassroots projects that strengthen vulnerable communities. This includes out of school educational activities and environmental activities located in ex-industrial areas in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Please note – the Fund does not contribute to larger project costs.

Grant Range: £1,000 – £5,000
Deadline: 11 November 12 noon

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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 Charles Robert Bell Fund

The Charles Robert Bell Fund provides grants of £750 to £5000 to community groups and charities based and working in North Tyneside supporting service users living in North Tyneside with diagnosed mental health conditions.

The Fund aims to support people with mental health issues and advancing mental health in North Tyneside, including those who are ex-service personnel. Grants are available between £1,000 to £5,000 to groups based and working in North Tyneside.

The Fund will support

  • Group activities
  • Sessional staff costs and volunteer expenses
  • Project resources and equipment

The Fund will not support

  • Statutory lessons or teaching costs
  • Contribution towards a larger project where the balance has not been secured
  • Activities that will not be take place within six months of the grant being awarded.

Deadline: 11 November at 12 noon.

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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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BBC Children in Need – Small Grants

Grants of up to £10,000 per year up to 3 years are available for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through the following:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Projects must make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects should achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

The funders are looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people. They are unlikely, therefore, to fund applications for top-up funding for salaries or larger projects where a small grant would only make a marginal impact on their success.

Deadline: 2 December

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Berwick Community Trust – Community Renewable Energy Legacy Fund

The CoRE Legacy Fund provides grants to support projects in the North East that will enable communities to reduce their energy consumption or help them benefit from renewable energy technologies with grants of up to £5,000.

The intention is to support North East communities through a wide range of renewable energy or demand reduction projects. This might mean installing equipment, undertaking a feasibility study or training, conservation and reduction of waste energy, education and public engagement work that develops the ability of communities to better manage the generation or use of energy.

Registered Charities, constituted sports clubs and community groups are eligible to apply as are social enterprises demonstrating clear social and community value. The fund will be flexible and is willing to consider imaginative and innovative projects that may be developmental in nature.

Deadline: 31 October

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Masonic Charitable Foundation – Small Grants

The Foundation awards grants of up to £15,000 over up to 3 years (unrestricted) to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society.

Current priority areas open to application:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people (aged up to 25). Grants can be offered to charities that provide the following:
    • Mental and physical health support.
    • Learning and development.
    • Parental support.
    • Pastoral and advocacy support.
  • Reducing isolation in later life (aged over 50). Grants can be offered to charities that provide the following:
    • Mental and physical health support.
    • Gateway and access to service.
    • Community based approaches.
    • Advocacy, social and welfare support.

Charities must have produced their first set of accounts and be able to demonstrate a track record of service delivery and have an income of less thank £500k. The total amount requested should not exceed 15% of the charity’s income.

Next deadline: 3 January 2020

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Power to Change Trust – Community Business Trade Up Programme

Through this programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, early stage Community Businesses can apply for grants to improve their income from trading and to improve their impact and sustainability.

Community Business Trade Up provides:

  • a learning programme: 12 days spread over nine months (April – December 2020). Taking place in Cornwall, Bristol, Hampshire, Liverpool, London, Midlands and York.
  • a non-repayable investment of £2,000 – £10,000, depending on how much income from trading increases. Community businesses applying must have strong and realistic plans for growth over the next year to increase income from trading by at least £10,000 from April 2020 to March 2021. £10,000 of funding will be set aside for the community business, of which they will receive £2,000 when they start the programme. They will then be able to claim the rest of the money in instalments at the end of each quarter over a period of 12 months.

Up to £10,000 (match funding). Community businesses.

Deadline: 27 November (opens 17th September).

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