Funders Spotlight - North East Community Foundation Covid-19 funding

Funders Spotlight -  North East Community Foundation Covid-19 funding


Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland: update January 2021

With a new lockdown, the foundation knows that more support will be needed in the months ahead. It wants to encourage any eligible organisations that need funding for continued response and relief work to apply using the general application process. There are no deadlines, and the foundation will try to match suitable applications to available funds, including any further money given to distribute from the National Emergency Trust’s Coronavirus appeal.

Many organisations are worried about longer term funding, so the foundation has deliberately kept money aside to help organisations recover and renew for the longer-term following the impact the virus has had on work and finances. The Board has agreed that recovery support will focus on organisations that meet some or all the following priorities:

  • Addressing poverty, mental health and well-being, and diversity and inclusion
  • Being based in places less well served by philanthropy, especially Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and south-east and rural Northumberland
  • Having a turnover between £50,000 and £1m
  • Being able to adapt governance, services and finances to ensure continued impact.

Some organisations are concerned that funders will only award grants that are about coronavirus; although the above priorities will guide the foundation over the coming months, it will still award other kinds of grants in line with the wishes and interests of donors. Most of the money left in their dedicated coronavirus pot will be targeted, inviting organisations that are a vital part of the ecosystem serving people and places likely to be most vulnerable to apply. But any eligible organisation can make a general application for recovery work.




County Durham Community Foundation:


Community Grants Programme (Durham and Darlington)

Up to £5,000. VCSE. No deadline.

As Covid-19 continues to impact communities, the Community Grants Programme will now focus on sustaining health and wellbeing, while facing the challenges ahead.

Priority will go to those organisations that can evidence that they can deliver significant impact locally. Funding is available to continue existing work, start or extend projects tackling emerging needs, or support the running of organisations.

Organisations must demonstrate how their work will benefit one of the fund’s key themes:

  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Reduce poverty and inequality
  • Support those impacted by family breakdown or domestic abuse
  • Remove barriers to digital access
  • Provide advice and support to people struggling to manage money
  • Improve opportunities for education, training and employment
  • Work within their community to address local needs in other ways to those listed in their application.



Darlington Covid Fund

Up to £10,000. VCSE. No deadline.

Darlington Borough Council has launched a special fund in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation to help local voluntary and community organisations that provide support to vulnerable people across the borough.

The key aims of the fund are:

  • To help organisations that are providing support and services to the most vulnerable in Darlington during the Covid-19 crisis
  • To help organisations that provide support to the most vulnerable all year round but due to the Covid-19 crisis are financially challenged and may not survive, to provide support and services after the end of the crisis.




Tees Valley Community Foundation:


Tees Valley Covid-19 Relief Fund

Up to £1,000. VCSE. No deadline.

Tees Valley Community Foundation (TVCF) has £100,000 of funding available to provide fast funds to local groups working to relieve the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Individuals cannot apply directly - applications must be submitted by a support organisation which has detailed knowledge of the need or of those who will benefit.



Redcar and Cleveland Emergency Fund

Up to £1,000. VCSE. No deadline.

The immediate purpose of this fund is to support local groups based in Redcar and Cleveland to deliver activities which help alleviate the difficulties facing individuals and communities in the face of the current Covid-19 crisis.

Groups are invited to apply for funding to directly deliver activities that are needed by their local communities. This could take the form of activities such as food distribution, befriending support, disability care or mental health support.

The fund is only able to support activities that are focused upon the direct delivery of projects that meet an ‘immediate need' caused by the current Covid-19 crisis. Unfortunately the fund is not able at the present time to support groups with ongoing running costs, whilst activities are suspended or facilities closed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.