If your organisation is working to support local communities, you may be eligible to apply to our grant programmes below.

Please read the criteria for each programme carefully before starting an application. 

During the COVID-19 outbreak we have paused our Local Community Projects Fund and North East Core Funding while we distribute emergency funding to schools, charities and community groups who are supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. This has also given us the time to find out more about the emerging needs of our communities. Moving forward, our primary focus is to support organisations who we have worked with previously and who can support their communities to thrive in the longer term.  Over the next few weeks and months we will work with those organisation that we have funded previously and who we have identified can help us deliver our purpose of building stronger, healthier communities. For now, our Local Community Projects Fund and North East Core Funding will remain paused and we will put any updates on our website. This will not affect any existing funding under these programmes.

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(currently closed to applications)

The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to help organisations based in local communities to deliver activities that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to, with particular emphasis on addressing issues of poverty and inequality. 

Guidelines and Application


The Hardship Fund provides small grants to people in financial need in the North East of England via recognised social organisations such as housing associations, social services and charities registered with the Charity Commission who are acting on behalf of a family or individual in need.  Grants are made to fund household equipment, such as cookers, fridge freezers and clothing that can make a significant difference to people's lives. 

Guidelines and Application

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nore east core funding


(currently closed to applications)

North East Core Funding provides grants of up to £45,000 to charitable organisations based in the North East of England who are making a real difference in their communities.  These grants are to help those organisations increase their capacity to provide quality services.  


Guidelines and Application