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Hilden Charitable Fund

Next deadline 19 December

UK priorities are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25.

Hilden’s grant making priorities overseas are for projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health. 

Trustees will particularly welcome projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women. 

Average grants are £5,000.  Hilden will consider funding for more than one year. 


#iwill Take Action Fund

Deadline 31 December

Grants between from £10,000 and  £60,000 are available for projects in the North East of England to engage young people aged 10 to 20 years, or up to 25 years for disabled people, in social action (volunteering, campaigning or fundraising). 


Accelerator Programme

Deadline 1 January 

As part of its new programme, Alzheimer’s Society is looking to fund innovations and inventions that could help people affected by dementia live better. Grants of up to £100,000 are available.

Your idea could be a simple product that makes an everyday task easier for a person living with dementia. You may have an innovative idea for a new service or way of working for care home staff. 


Comic Relief: Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

 Open 7 January until  22 March

This  opportunity is focused on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals.  

Funding is available for 3 to 5 years

In the UK they will make investments of £150K and below, and in Kenya and Malawi we will make investments of £300K and below.  

The investment can be used to cover specific activities, or a combination of activities and the organisation’s core costs or overheads.  If an organisation’s main purpose is to advance early childhood development, and it can demonstrate its impact, they  may consider funding core costs only. 

 It is advisable to read all content avaible now on the website in deciding whether this is the right opportunity for your organisation 


Guy Readman Foundation Fund 

Deadline 10 January

Make grants of £20,000 per year, over two years, to registered charities who support young people in Newcastle who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and do not have sufficient backing at home to help them fulfil their potential.

Particularly interested in supporting the development of a peer mentor / navigation service whereby schools and charities work in partnership to deliver work that inspires and informs a select group of young people about the options available to them, and then supports them to navigate their way through ‘the system’.


Children in Need

Gives grants for work with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

There are two grant levels:

Children in Need Main Grants 2019 Deadlines:13 January and 19 May

Open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants for projects over £10,000 per year for up to three years. We recommend using their guide to planning your projectbefore you complete your application. Poor planning is a common reason why applications are not successful.

Children in Need Small Grants 2019 Deadlines: 3 March  and 2 June

Open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants for projects up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years ( a total request of £30,000) Updates:

  • they have added an eligibility checklist to the form, to help you make sure you are able to apply 
  • The form has been updated, so please read carefully and follow the guidance provided in the application pages

Further information about both programmes is available on the Children in Need website


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. 


Hadrian Trust

Date of next meeting: 4th February 2019
Closing date for receipt of applications: 13th January 2019

The trustees meet quarterly, usually in January, April, July and October and your application needs to be in 3 weeks before the trustees meeting.

Grants given are normally between £500 and £2,000 to help social welfare and charitable organisations working to improve the lives of people in the North East of England.. Applications are considered for running costs, project costs, part salaries and basic equipment - see website for mre details aabout what will be funded and how to apply 


Wellesley Trust Fund 

Deadline: 4 February 

The fund supports organisations working with young people in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham, including Darlington. In this round, applications  for grants between: £500 and £10,000 per year for one-year projects are invited, though where a project is of a continuing nature, the panel may wish to select exceptional projects for multi-year support. Organisations who received grants from the fund in spring 2018 should not apply to this round.  


D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust 

Next deadline 7 February

Trustees meet three times a year, usually in March, July and November to agree awards and the application process can take between three and six months

Grants between £500 and £5,000  avaiable to registered charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement  It is recommeded that you download the up to date guidance aviable on the website for current priorities before applying 


VCSE health and wellbeing fund 2019 to 2020

Deadline 15 February

Applications are invited f to trial a new approach to helping children and young people with their mental health.
Projects should:

  • adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
  • particularly support children and young people through life-changing events
  • have strong local connections already in place
  • be delivered by the VCSE sector
  • be co-produced with service users and stakeholders 


Women First Fund (Smallwood Trust)

Deadline 4 March

They are inviting applications for projects that are demonstrating good practice in achieving outcomes for women on low incomes by building their skills, confidence and aspirations to enable them to enter into employment. Please note, they are looking to fund existing projects that are evidencing good practice.

Organisations can apply for grants of £10,000 to £15,000.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply please visit


Arts Council National Lottery Development Funds: New Creative People and Places 

 Applications  on Thursday 10 January, Deadline for applications is 21 March  

Activity must be delivered over four years, must not start earlier than 1 November 2019 and all activity must end no later than 31 October 2023.

Projects should be led led by consortia and include community groups and/or grass-roots organisations as well as cultural organisations such as museums, libraries or arts organisations. Other partners might include private-sector organisations, clubs, housing associations or universities. Read the full guidance before considering an application 

The list of eligible places is based on the bottom 33% of places according to the Active Lives Survey November 2015 to May 2017. These places are parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. The full list of eligible places in the North region is published below ( it includes Gateshead). 


Sir James Knott Trust

Next Trustee meeting is on Tuesday 26th of March
Deadline is 8th of February 2019.

Trustees meet 3 times a year to consider applications, usually in spring, summer and autumn.

Grants are normally made to charities that can demonstrate that their aims have identifiable public benefit and that they operate in, or for the benefit of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham including Hartlepool.

Average grants size:

  • Under £1,000 scheme the average grant is £700
  • Meeting grants the average is £4,500.

Read all the information on their website before deciding whether to apply 


Rothley Trust

The date of the next Trustee’s meeting is Monday, 25 February 2019 and the deadline for receiving applications is 16:00 h Friday, 18 January 2019

Quarterly meetings are held in February, May, August and November

Grants of between £100 and £1,000  are  made for specific projects such as the purchase of equipment or the provision, refurbishment or repair of premises. This can include energy saving devices, IT equipment and website start-up and development costs. (Wherever possible and where it is financially viable, the Rothley Trust encourages charities to choose energy efficient electrial items with an energy rating of A or above.)

As ever read all available informaiton on their website before deciding wheter to apply 


A B Charitable Trust

Next Deadline 1 March 2019 

Support charities working with marginalised and excluded people, particiularly:

  • migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • criminal justice and penal reform
  • human rights, particularly access to justice

Most grants awarded are between £10,000 and £20,000 and they are given to charities with annual income between £150k and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses 


The Adint Charitable Trust 

Makes grants of between £250 and £15,000 to registered charities for general charitable purposes, but has a preference for charities working in the fields of education, training, disability, sport and/or recreation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Applications should be in writing to the address below and include full details of the charity for which funding is requested.

Mr. Douglas Oram FIH MCIPS, The Adint Charitable Trust, Suite 512, 517, Finchley Road, London NW3 7BN

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The Joicey Trust

Trustees' meetings take place twice a year: usually late January/early February and late June/ July.

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.

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.

Find out more 


Bill Brown 1989 Charitable Trust

 The trust is particularly interested in supporting the following areas:-

  • Research into blindness
  • Other medical research  
  • The deaf and blind  
  • Care of the elderly    
  • Care of the disabled    
  • General welfare    
  • Hospices 


Boshier-Hinton Foundation

 Has two priorities:

  1. To provide relief for children and adults with special educational or other needs, and their families, in any part of the country.
  2. To make donations to institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs.  


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. 


Grow Wild

This is the outreach project of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. 

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!

Free wildflower seed kits 

This coming spring they are giving away these seed kits to groups who want to add a splash of colour to their area. The kits include wildflower seeds, a growing guide and resources for people to get their neighbours and group members involved in activity, and would work for both growing in containers (eg. around a community centre or library) or in existing spaces (eg. borders in a park or a community garden).