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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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Charities could become ‘de facto state’, warns Newcastle CVS

A paper from Newcastle CVS argues that years of austerity have seen the state retreating from all services in the region and charities have been assumed to be able to step in.

The report provides a snapshot of the charity sector in Newcastle and Gateshead, and is based on 118 responses to a survey run by the CVS in April and May.

Eight in 10 charities in the region said they were experiencing rises in demand on their services, with many reporting that this had been happening for several years.

Read more in this blog from the Third Sector and this feature from Newcastle CVS, or download the full paper ‘Canaries in the Coal Mine’ here.

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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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Rising Sun Farm seeking new Trustees

The Rising Sun Farm Trust manages a 70.8 hectares (175 acres) farm within the Rising Sun Country Park, which includes pigs, poultry, sheep, a livery, food house & bakery and day care centre (a centre for adults with learning difficulties). The surplus generated from the farming activities goes back to the Trust for investment into the farm for the benefit of the local community and to ensure the long term stability of the farm and its Trust. A partnership arrangement exists between the Trust and North Tyneside Council with a view to managing the entire country park in a joined up and coherent approach.

The farm and country park are free and open to all. There are self-led walking trails and the country park’s Countryside Centre contains a restaurant. Fresh home-grown produce can be purchased at the farm.

The Trust promotes information and educational activities on horticulture and livestock production, provides advice and support on the growing and cooking of healthy foods and provides a welcoming and engaging environment for leisure and recreation activities for local residents.The Trust aims to provide a thriving, high quality, working farm providing opportunities and resources for education, learning, recreation and participation for the community of North Tyneside.

Trustee Responsibilities:

  • To oversee the management of the Trust’s commercial Trading Company
  • To ensure the Trust is meeting its charitable objectives
  • To comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
  • To act in the charity’s best interests
  • To manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • To act with reasonable care and skill
  • To ensure the charity is accountable
  • To reduce the risk of liability

Main duties:

  • To attend quarterly trustee meetings


  • Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Rising Sun Farm prior to their first board meeting.
  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings, which are held four times a year.

What skills do I need?

You don’t need to have any specific skills or experiences to apply for this role, however all trustees must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of the Farm Trust
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of the Trust

The Trust is keen to hear from people who have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • management
  • accounting
  • HR
  • charity governance

Read more here.

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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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British Cycling: Places to Ride Programme

Grants of £1,000 to £500,000 are available for organisations developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new – or the improvement of existing – cycling facilities in communities. Funding can be used for small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds to engage with cycling in all its forms. Provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment, focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women/girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.

Deadline: No deadline – decision every 12 weeks

Read more and apply here.

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John Spence school seeks links to voluntary organisations

From September 2019, the Year 7 students at John Spence Community High School will participate in the Youth Leader Award designed by the Archbishop of York Trust. A significant element of the Award is volunteering and as such, the school is building this into their ‘Our Community’ curriculum that will develop over the coming years.

The school is committed to ensuring all students are ‘Fit for Life’ when they leave at 16 and an important element of this commitment is nurturing a sense of social responsibility. They have built in a commitment of 10 hours volunteering for all Year 7 students in the next academic year.

The volunteering component of the Youth Leader Award can be divided into three strands: Personal, School and Community. It is the final strand of Community volunteering where they are looking from support from local organisations.

The school is keen to work with seven local organisations each of which would be linked to one of the Year 7 form classes. The precise nature of the activity would vary depending on the nature, need and size of the organisation, so the school would work individually with any interested group to make sure that the students complement rather than hinder your day to day activity.

Volunteering activities may include:
• Fundraising activities such as bake sales or supermarket bag packs
• Design of publicity materials, organisation promotion or awareness raising
• Helping at local community events
• Painting your offices (under careful supervision!)

The organisations that take part will benefit not just from the volunteering time of the students, but also from having the input of fresh ideas from the young people involved.

The school would require each organisation to be able to provide the opportunity for up to three hours of volunteering for each student in a form class (maximum 25) across an academic year; this would not necessarily be all at the same time. There will be a planning phase and the school would not be expecting any volunteering to take place prior to October half term at the earliest. The school is committed to ensure the students are well prepared to volunteer and also they will promote your organisation via social media, website and newsletter as part of their Student Volunteering network.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity further then please contact the Headteacher Jonathan Heath jonathan.heath@ntlp.org.uk, or Kate Winder kate.winder@ntlp.org.uk who is the Youth Leader Award programme leader in school. Or you can call 0191 296 1432.

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Support Adoption for Pets

Grants of £1,000 to £150,000 are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations whose main activity is one of the following:

  • The rescue and rehoming of UK pets.
  • The provision of temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners.

Funding will support projects that have a direct impact on animal welfare, including

  • vet bills.
  • boarding costs.
  • equipment.
  • vehicles.
  • low-cost neutering initiatives.
  • trap, neuter and release.
  • building additions and improvements.

No deadline specified*.
* Applications for £20,000 or less are seen every 3-4 months. Applications for greater amounts are seen at dedicated meetings held every six months. Deadlines depend on the nature of the rescue and the application; organisations are asked to contact the Grant Funding Coordinator for more information.

Read more and apply here.

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National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Following public consultation last year the Heritage Lottery Fund has moved in a new direction and changed its name to The National Lottery Heritage Fund to better reflect the contribution of National Lottery players to its funding.

They fund a broad range of projects with grants of between £10,000 to £250,000 that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.

What you can spend the money on:

  • repairs and conservation
  • digital outputs – this could be digital images, sound files or data, a website with heritage material, an app, or a film made using digital technology
  • new staff posts – this could include part of a current employees’ role, if they were dedicating a specific amount of time to the project
  • paid training placements – this could also include training for existing staff, to support the aims of the project
  • professional fees – includes anyone related to your project in a professional capacity, from architects and heritage professionals to teaching staff

Who can apply?

  • not-for-profit organisation
  • private owner of heritage and partnerships

Please ensure you read all guidance fully before applying and if you require help, you can submit a project enquiry form.

No deadline: The National Lottery Heritage Fund will consider your application and give you a decision within eight weeks.

Apply for a grant of £10,000 to £100,000 here.

Apply for a grant of £100,000 to £250,000 here. 

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