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Greggs – North East Core Funding





The North East Core Funding Grant was created to support charitable organisations in the region that helps the communities most deprived and excluded members. Grants of up to £15,000 per year up to 3 years are available to help cover core running costs. The programme tends to support organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or organisations that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that support the following priority groups:

  • People with disabilities.
  • Homeless people.
  • Voluntary carers.
  • Older and isolated people.

For organisations that represent a generic community organisation, they must benefit people who live in a disadvantaged area.

The Foundation prefers to fund existing work with a proven track record, rather than new work. Any core costs can be considered where applicants can demonstrate that the grant will improve the capacity of the organisation to provide a great service. The following costs will be considered:

  • Contributions towards bills.
  • Contributions towards core salaries (managers or administrators rather than project workers or sessional staff).
  • HMRC costs relating to the core salaries only.

Smaller organisations with fewer employees are prioritised and they are more likely to support organisations in need than those in a healthy cash position. Organisations must be able to provide at least one full year’s set of accounts.

Deadline: 8 June

Read more and apply here.

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Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant




Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco local community grant scheme. To be eligible to apply, projects must provide a significant benefit to communities across the centenary voting region (i.e. the North East). The project must cover the majority of the region.

The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme and projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.

Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December this year. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and grants will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project – examples are as follows:

  • Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, art gallery, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
  • Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas or woodlands.
  • Delivering activities across a whole region such as foodbanks, sporting activities, health and wellbeing activities, recycling/upcycling programmes and community festivals or events.
  • Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, mobile disability equipment and minibuses.

Projects can be a stand-alone project, a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

Deadline: End of April – there is no official deadline but applicants are advised to submit before the end of April for the July/August round.

Read more and apply here.

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Useful Vision – Call for Volunteers






Useful Vision organises a range of entertaining and stimulating activities for vision-impaired children and their families across the North East. They also run skills workshops for older children and teenagers who have sight loss to help them develop the skills and confidence to move towards positive living; as well as very sensory focused toddler groups for the younger children.

They are looking for volunteers to help run their activities. The Activity Volunteer will work alongside the events coordinators to ensure that the activities and skills workshops run smoothly so that vision impaired children, and their families, have an enjoyable experience. They run approximately two family days per month over weekends, monthly baby and toddler groups and additional workshops and days out over the school holidays. Volunteers can commit to as many or as few activities as they can manage – Useful Vision always give plenty of notice of up-and-coming activities.

All volunteers will receive Visual Awareness Training, undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and receive regular support and supervision.  All volunteer costs will be reimbursed.

Read more here or email Louise at louise@usefulvision.org.uk for further information.

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Newcastle University Internship Schemes



The  Newcastle University Internships Scheme provides businesses and the VCS across the North East with the opportunity to utilise one of their talented students within a project based internship. They are designed to offer a cost effective, flexible solution to business needs, bringing a fresh perspective that will have measureable benefits to your organisation. The internships are open to all current Newcastle University students, of all courses and stages, so there are a huge range of internships they can advertise. They can facilitate the internship, providing all administrative support, so the student doesn’t have to be employed by you and funding may be available through the Careers Service to eligible SMEs to subsidise part of the student bursary. There is both term-time (100 hours) and summer (up to 10 weeks full time) internship options available.

The Santander Universities Internship Programme can provide funding to support the recruitment of a Newcastle University graduate for up to the first 10 weeks of their employment. To meet the National Living Wage, through the scheme the graduate must earn a minimum of £306.26 per week and you can claim back £1531.30 after their first 10 weeks.

With both schemes they can offer a recruitment service including shortlisting and arranging interviews.

Finally, any vacancies can be advertised for free by registering for the employer portal here, this will allow businesses to upload and manage vacancies directly. All current students and graduates from the last three years have access to this service.

If you would like any more information, please contact Kate Chambers, Internships Manager, kate.chambers@ncl.ac.uk or 0191 208 5183.

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Drummond Central Work Placement Opportunity

If you’re good with words, people, ideas, design, socials, UX/UI or making things move, this is your time to shine. You could bag yourself a two-week PAID placement with School of DC at Drummond Central, a 50-strong team creating all things advertising, marketing, design, digital and social.

The placement involves:

  • Working in a team on a live brief.
  • Receiving creative feedback from the pros.
  • Pitching your work to Account Directors.
  • Getting a portfolio review with senior management.

Sound like your cup of tea? Keep an eye on Drummond Central’s socials for the next intake of School of DC, or if you just can’t wait, join the mailing list.*

Read more here.

*You must be 18 or over to apply.

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Child Health and Wellbeing Survey – North East and North Cumbria

North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network wants to gather views of those from all sectors involved with children and young people in a short survey, as part of their change programme starting in February 2019.

The Child Health and Wellbeing Steering Group’s key objective is: to achieve meaningful and realistic plans for engagement across the North East and North Cumbria to effectively design and deliver improved outcomes for our children. This work aims to include colleagues from local authorities, education, physical and mental health, voluntary sector organisations, community and faith groups and all other organisations involved with children’s services.

The steering group is part of a small, but growing piece of work in the North East and Cumbria that plans to make a real difference to children’s services.

Read here to find out more and complete the survey.

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The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust. They aim to support small charities, for whom the grant will make a big difference, who provide aid or support to a defined group of “needy or deserving” people (e.g. those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged).

The Trust prefer to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation and favour charities that make good use of volunteers.

Grants between £250 – £3,000. Registered charities. No deadline (meetings usually March and November).

Read more and apply here.

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RW Mann Trust



The Trust’s objectives are wide-ranging but it exists mainly to help improve the lives of people and communities in the North Tyneside, South Northumberland and East Newcastle area of the North East.

Grants made vary between regular annual contributions, small one-off donations and grants for capital projects.  The Trust makes grants of between £100 and £10,000, but the average size of grant awarded is £1,000.

Most of the beneficiaries in recent years have been youth groups (both uniformed and non-uniformed), children, people with disabilities, older people, schools, colleges, councils for voluntary service and other advice agencies.

There is a simple application process and a quick turnaround on decisions.

Read more and apply here

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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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