Funders Spotlight - Coalfields Regeneration Trust: Coalfields Community Investment Programme


Funders Spotlight - Coalfields Regeneration Trust: Coalfields Community Investment Programme 

CRT is an independent regeneration organisation established to improve the quality of life in Britain’s coalfield communities. Their Coalfields Community Investment Programme provides a range of practical support as well as grant funding to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to help them deliver their projects.

Eligible wards are listed on the website and include those in the following areas:

  • Chester-le-Street
  • Derwentside
  • Durham
  • Easington
  • Sedgefield
  • Alnwick
  • Blyth
  • Castle Morpeth
  • Wansbeck
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland

The Programme’s Funding Support element is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities.

The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities.
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work.
  • Health & wellbeing: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

Applications can be submitted for up to £10,000 (with a maximum of £2,000 on capital items and up to 50% of the total request – a maximum of £5,000 – on core costs).

The total fund value of £500,000 will be committed over the period 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 at four decision making Committees which will take place quarterly (£125,000 allocated to each Committee). The next Committee will take place in October - the eligibility survey closes on 30th August 2019 and the deadline for applications is 13th September 2019.