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National Lottery Digital Fund 

This will open in phases over the next two years. The first phase, open from 22nd October 2018 to 3rd December 2018, will accept proposals in two strands.

Digital Fund Strand 1 offers grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package. The aim is to help established charities use digital to take a major leap forward.

Digital Fund Strand 2 offers grants of up to £500,000 for newer organisations that have already launched promising services that use digital to achieve scale or impact. 


First World War: then and now (Heritage Lottery Fund)

Deadline 18 January 

Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of £3,000–£10,000. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants. 

Big Lottery Partnerships funding

Grants over £10,000 for organisations who share responsibility and influence with others, who have a shared set of goals and values, and achieve their mission by starting with the bigger picture rather than just what their organisation can do on its own. Grants are awarded for up to five years and they can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. 


Tyne & Wear High Sheriff's Award Scheme (Community Foundation)

Deadline 26 October

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 


HMRC Grant Funding 2019-2020

Deadline 2 November

Funding is avaible to voluntary and community sector organisations to help them provide advice and support to customers who need extra help understanding and complying with  tax obligations and claiming their entitlements, including those who are digitally excluded. 


Gateshead Thrive Community Grants Proogramme Round 2

Deadline 30 November

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to support Gateshead-based voluntary and community organsations with an annual income of less than £50,000, delivering activities and services for the benefit of people in Gateshead. The Community Grants Programme will support core running costs (except social enterprises), start-up costs, events and activities, project costs, capacity building, and purchase of small items of equipment.

Grow Wild

This is the outreach project of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. There are two grant funds open for application:

Community Projects Fund - deadline 10 December
Award between £2,000 and £4,000 for groups and organisations trying something new or different to engage hundreds of people in their community about UK native wildflowers / plants / fungi, where there are opportunities to help people connect wiht, learn about and give to each other and nature.

Youth-led Projects Fund - rolling deadlines
Award £500 for young people aged 14-25. Projects should be creative, actively engage other people in their deliver, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. Beyond that, the project can use anything from visual art to music, poetry, dance, or theatre; the more creative the better!

Justice and Equality Fund 'Now's the Time'

Deadline 14 December

Now’s the Time is the second programme from the Justice and Equality Fund managed by Rosa. The programme aims to amplify the voices of individuals and groups who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities. They will only accept partnership applications to this, the large grant programme, and are particularly keen to see cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others to help drive broader change.

It is important that you read the programme guidance and application guidance as both go into further detail about the criteria for applying along with the aims and deadlines for the programme. Register for one of the How to Apply webinars:

Tampon Tax Community Fund

Applications accepted between 17 September and midnight 5 November 2018
The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims to support women who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fufilling their potential. The women that will benefit from this initiative will have had little/no access to support or previous investment in their personal or educational development, and/or their social networks. The programme aims to fund small-scale interventions, which will make a considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising the aspirations of girls and young women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

Grants offered between £5,000 and £10,000, for a duration up to 12 months, across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Co. Durham and Tees Valley 

Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest and Enable programmes

In this round applications can be submitted until 5 October
The foundation offer long-term funding for charities with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change through deep, person centred and holistic support. Focus on funding work which helps people aged 17+ overcome these complex social issues:

  • Dependency
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Care Leavers
  • Domestic and Sexual Abuse
  • Homelessness and Vulnerably Housed
  • Learning Disabilities

The website has been refreshed in line with their new strategy so make sure you read it in full before starting an application.

Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme: enabling provision for women

Deadline 15 October
To fund and enable community-based peer support for a maximum of one year, and expect to make between 80 and 90 awards through the following strands:

  • Women's Peer Support Hubs Five capacity building ‘Hub’ grants of up to £50,000
  • Peer Support delivery: 30 grants of up to £25,000, and around 50 grants of up to £10,000 to facilitate peer support with women experiencing mental health problems

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Early Years Opportunities Grants

  • Small Grants 26 October
  • Larger Grants 5 October

This open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

  • Small Grants Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years
  • Large Grants Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. Grants are between £10,000 and £150,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £80,000.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme

  • Small Grants 26 October
  • Large Grants 5 October

This is open to charities who are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.

  • Small Grants - Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.
  • Large Grants - Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. Grants are between £10,000 and £150,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £80,000.

Women's Fund (Community Foundation)

Deadline 1 November
This fund helps local women in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to overcome disadvantage, support each other and achieve their potential. It is now able to offer larger grants, up to £5,000. The fund previously awarded grants up to £3,000 so this is a significant change and they hope it will encourage more applications.