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John D Endowment Fund

Deadline: 21 June

The John D Fund at the Community Foundation supports creative activities for young people aged 8 – 19 years. Grant applications of between £750 to £2,500 are considered from registered charities and voluntary community projects based in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland. Focus is to encourage young people to enjoy their free time and which could inspire them to take up a creative hobby.

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European Youth Foundation

Deadline: 23 June

The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial and educational support for European youth activities. 

There are four kinds of grants open to different types of organisations:

Projects must fit the current priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector.

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Holocaust Memorial Day Grant

Deadline: 28 June

Applications for grants of up to £2,000 are invited from organisations that would like to contribute to the Holocaust Memorial Day programme in Newcastle in 2020.

Newcastle has been an active and committed contributor to the national Holocaust Memorial Day programme since its inception in 2000. The programme allows the city not only to commemorate and show its respect for the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides, but also to engage residents of all backgrounds in programmes of creative, educational activities which:

  • Identify and examine discrimination, discriminatory behaviour and their [il]logical conclusions
  • Encourage appropriate opposition
  • Foster a better understanding of the origins and history of many of the city’s more recently arrived communities, and
  • Encourage greater tolerance and social inclusion
  • All activities are expected to contribute to the fulfilment of the Council’s ambitions around equality.

Each year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses a different theme to enable audiences on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) to learn something new about the Holocaust and genocide, and to make it easier for HMD activity organisers to create fresh and engaging activities. Every theme is relevant to the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and to the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, and has the life stories of those who were murdered and those who survived at its heart – as well as the experiences of resisters, rescuers and witnesses.

HMD 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – this is a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

The theme for HMD 2020 is Stand Together. It explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression. Newcastle City Council would like to continue to support local groups/organisations and schools in their creative responses to this theme.

Organisations who are interested in applying for support for activities to mark HMD in 2020 are advised to discuss their proposal before making an application and should contact:

Alison Flanagan Wood This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: (0191) 211 2958


Froebel Trust Froebelian Innovation Grants

Deadline: 24 June

As part of meeting its charitable objectives, the Froebel Trust offers Innovation Grants to enable the application of Froebelian principles in new areas and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively. Projects funded under the Innovation Grants programme should achieve the following outcomes:

  • Children are supported to play expressively and creatively.
  • Organisations develop or improve their understanding of Froebelian philosophy and principles.

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Comic Relief - Bridging the gaps: Strengthening Mental Health Support for Children & Young People 

Deadline: 28 June

Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop. 

They would like to fund proposals that are particularly focusing on vulnerable children and young people from groups underserved by current services, because they believe that services should be inclusive and support those most in need. They are particularly interested in (and will prioritise funding for) proposals that place partnership working at the heart of the bid. 

Proposals should be working on two or more of the following areas: 

  • tackling stigma and discrimination,
  • increasing access to quality service provision,
  • strategic / systemic changes at local and/or national level

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Hadrian Trust 

Next deadline 28 June

Hadrian Trust supports causes and communities in the North East. Grants are normally between £500 and £2,000. Applications are considered for running costs, project costs, part salaries and basic equipment under the following headings:

  • Social welfare
  • Youth
  • Disabled or elderly
  • Women
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Environment
  • Education
  • The Arts

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Greggs Foundation - Local Communities Project Fund

Deadline: 30 June

Local Community Projects Funding with grants up to £2,000 is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000. They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

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Music for All Fund - Music in the Community

Deadline: 1 July

Many projects and initiatives take place throughout the UK that all aim to bring music to their community. Most would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes. Typically, community grants are given for the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit by our trustees – so if there’s another element of the project that you’d like to fund, please tell them about the great work that you do and they will consider the application.

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WRAP Resource Action Fund

Deadline 1 July and 15 July

The food waste prevention scheme is to provide capital infrastructure that will help address a current capacity gap in the sector for redistributing food that is currently being wasted, diverting this to people in need. The grants will support redistributing a significant volume of food to end beneficiaries through not-for-profit organisations / non-commercial activity. Organisations can apply for grants of between £200,000 and £1 million through the large grants programme and grants of between £20,000 and £170,000 through the small grants programme. A total of £6 million is being made available. 

The closing date for applications is 1 July 2019 for large grants and 15 July for small grants.

Not for profit organisations and charities redistributing surplus food from retailers and food manufacturers can now apply for grants to improve how they handle and distribute leftover food by investing in infrastructure such as:

  • Warehouse infrastructure 
  • Weighing equipment
  • Storage solutions
  • Industrial freezer / fridges
  • Inventory software equipment
  • Baler / loading equipment
  • Shelving  
  • Conveyors 
  • Loading equipment (project use only)
  • Labelling equipment
  • Vehicles

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Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children

Next deadline 2 July

Minimum £500   Maximum £2,500

Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation

Key Criteria:

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. This means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications will be accepted between 1 May and 2 July 2019 for holidays taken between 1 July and 31 August 2019.
  • Applications will be accepted between 3 July and 16 November 2019 for holidays taken between 1 September and 31 December 2019.

Further information available on their website: 


Interfaith Youth Trust Small Grants Programme

Deadline: 23 August

Small Grants Programme for events organised by and for young people focused around Inter Faith Week 10-17 November 2019

The Trust will be awarding small grants up to £800.00 for organisations running events or projects connected with Inter Faith Week 2019

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

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John Lewis Foundation

Deadline: ongoing

The John Lewis Foundation came about to invest in disadvantaged communities within which John Lewis operates. It aims to deliver skills for meaningful employment through this and welcomes applicants who also wish to help achieve this, from both the UK and overseas. 

Their grant funding criteria outlines that:

  • Your organisation must be a registered charity or be able to demonstrate your project as a charitable activity,
  • The project must benefit communities in which there is a John Lewis store, supplier, manufacturer, distribution hub, call centre etc.
  • Focus on needs of a community and benefit a large group of people,
  • Improve the local environment, employability or social inclusion with in these target groups.

The John Lewis Foundation will not fund the purchase or renovation of buildings or any other capital projects. They will also not fund any project that is a course, conference, festival, expedition, overseas travel, fundraising event, reception, lecture, respite break or holiday. Further details can be found from their Applicant Guidance.

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Gateshead Thrive Fund Community Grants

Deadline: ongoing

Supporting Gateshead-based voluntary and community sector organisations, Community Grants are administered by Community Foundation on behalf of Gateshead Council's Thrive Fund. 

Applications must demonstrate how they support the development and delivery of one or more of the Council’s five pledges in its five-year strategic approach, ‘Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives’. The Pledges are:

  • Put people and families at the heart of everything we do
  • Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
  • Support our communities to support themselves and each other
  • Invest in our economy to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth across the Borough
  • Work together and fight for a better future for Gateshead

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LEAF Endowment Fund

Deadline: ongoing

The LEAF Endowment Fund exists to help people to deliver projects that address and/or raise awareness of environmental issues in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. 

The primary focus of your application must clearly be on the environment, but it should also show how the proposed activity will have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities, particularly in areas of severe environmental and economic hardship.

Applications must demonstrate one of more of the following outcomes:

  • Encouraging communities to get involved in environmental activities
  • Changing behaviours leading to more local environmental action
  • Having a positive impact on the environment
  • Sharing learning about the environment with others

They are most interested in projects that can show that they will make a demonstrable change and immediate impact on the environment, but they will still consider applications where they are also working to raise awareness, education and change behaviour.

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National Lottery Grants for Heritage (formerly Heritage Lottery Fund)

Next deadlines: 20 August

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. Lots has changed so please visit their website to find out more.

Grants of £10,000 - £100,000 are available

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Arts Council new Funding Finder

Arts Council England has launched a new website with a Funding Finder to help you find suitable grants.

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Children in Need Small Grants

Next deadline: 2 September

Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. They have changed the way the Small Grants programme is delivered, including an updated eligibility checklist form.

Projects working 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

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Children in Need Main Grants

Next deadline: 13 September

The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. 

They will fund projects for 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

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REEDS Grassroots Fund

Deadline: ongoing

The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities.

Grants of up to £3,000 will be made to support the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty and in order to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Preventing or alleviating poverty through increased income
  • Improved living standards of the most disadvantaged through increased household income
  • Increasing individuals’ ability to manage their benefits claims to reduce the likelihood of future sanctions/problems 

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Lloyds Bank Foundation Enable Grant

Deadline: ongoing

Through Enable grants they fund opportunities for your charity to develop, or trial new approaches to service delivery, so you can become more effective in your work. You may want to improve your charity’s capability in areas such as business development and planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications; an Enable grant could put your charity in a stronger position to deliver services and attract more volunteers, funding and support.

They can provide up to a total of £15,000 across one or two years.

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North of Tyne Community Led Local Development

North of Tyne Community Led Local Development is currently looking for projects that will support local people to:

  • Improve skills
  • Overcome barriers to training and employment
  • Progress towards employment

There are lots of ways this support can be delivered and they are keen to hear your ideas. They are also interested in how partnerships could work between smaller local groups and a larger organisation.

They are able to support you with every stage of your application:

  • 1-2-1 meeting to discuss project ideas and CLLD funding
  • facilitated session for staff/management committee/trustees to refine project ideas
  • project development support
  • help to identify match funding
  • support to complete your EOI and prepare your presentation
  • support to develop a full application 

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This call is open on a ‘rolling basis’ until Friday, 29 November 2019 (or until the funding available has been allocated). 


Edward Gostling Foundation

Funding to Enhance the Quality of Life for People in Need

Larger grants now available for charities whose work enhances the quality of life for people in need, particularly those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. The Edward Gostling Foundation provides funding to support its goal of ensuring that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.

UK charities that have been registered for at least three years can apply for a grant as long as their application address at least one of the four themes of the Foundation:

  • Health and wellbeing: to maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
  • Independent living at home: to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.
  • Respite: either for the person living with a disability (or long-term illnesses) or the carer to access sports and leisure activities or simply enjoy fun, friendship and the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
  • Transition: to provide fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

The Foundation now offers two levels of funding:

  • Fast Track Small Grants of less than £5,000.
  • Large Grants of more than £5,000.


Sherburn House Fund Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)

  • (Managed by County Durham Community Foundation)
  • £300 grants available for individuals or families
  • Funding for essential domestic equipment (eg cookers, washing machines, beds etc)

North East wide (recipients must live between the River Tweed and River Tees) Applications are invited from professionals working with clients who are experiencing extreme hardship and are in extreme social and financial need. It is likely that they have been unable to obtain funding from other sources.

Applications must be submitted by organisations willing to purchasing items on behalf of your client.

For full details, please visit the CDCF website


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.

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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.  


National Lottery Community Fund

Awards for All

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)

Their priorities are:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

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Reaching communities

Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

Applicants must show how they would:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

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There are a range of other funding programmes available from the National Lottery. Please visit their website to find out more