Funders Spotlight - North East Community Foundation COVID-19 funding

Funders Spotlight -  North East Community Foundation COVID-19 funding


Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland: Coronavirus Funds

£1,000 - £5,000. VCSE. No deadline

The Foundation is calling for applications from organisations providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis. By vulnerable, it means the elderly (70+) and those with pre-existing health conditions, heart and circulatory problems, lung conditions, cancer and arthritis. It can also support organisations during the crisis that are helping people experiencing hardship, victims of domestic violence, or people needing support with mental health issues or bereavement.

The funders are keen to help organisations working with communities who may be disproportionately affected by the outbreak in other ways. For example, those already facing prejudice and discrimination or those poorly served by ‘mainstream’ services. They would like to fund organisations that are responding by continuing or adapting existing activities. Funding can cover core costs, project/capital costs of adapting services and the costs of provisions for people facing hardship. Please note, grants can only fund work covered by the purposes set out in your governing document.



County Durham Community Foundation: COVID-19 Fund (includes Tees Valley)

Up to £5,000. VCSE. No deadline.

The COVID-19 Fund has been set up to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty. The focus is to offer funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. This will be to directly support a group’s work in their community in response to the virus and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.

Grants are available to support the following:

  • Organisations that are supporting older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community including volunteer costs
  • Activities to support community coordinated resources
  • Initiatives working to combat poverty
  • Advisory services that complement those being put in place by statutory authorities such as directing people to local services or listening on the phone and giving emotional support.

Your request for funding may be to support something you already do, or it may be for a completely new project. Either way, you should demonstrate how it relates to emerging community needs in light of the COVID-19 crisis. You should identify where your activity complements the support measures that are being put in place in your communities by the statutory authorities.



Darlington Covid Fund


Up to £10,000. VCSE. No deadline.


Grants are available to help the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people affected by coronavirus in Darlington. Darlington Borough Council, in partnership with the County Durham Community Foundation, will provide two themes of support: ‘proactive’ and ‘recovery and resilience’.


The first theme will provide funding to organisations that are supporting older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the outbreak. Theme two will provide financial support to organisations which are facing hardship due to loss of income, ensuring their vital work continues.


Applications can be made at any time, with the Foundation aiming to make a decision within two weeks.



Teesside Emergency Relief Fund (Grant)

Up to £1,000. VCSE. No deadline specified.

Tees Valley Community Foundation is providing fast-track access to the Teesside Emergency Relief Fund. The fund was set up by local councils in the 1970s to provide emergency grants to assist individuals living in Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees and Redcar & Cleveland who are faced with an emergency or crisis.

Applications to the foundation are usually restricted to one per year – this has now been relaxed to provide urgent support where it’s needed. Applications must be submitted by a support organisation with detailed knowledge of the need or beneficiary.

Groups can contact TVCF through all the usual routes - calls to the main number are being diverted to the team, but using the website's online form or messaging via Facebook is requested where possible. While TVCF is still processing general grant applications, it is prioritising requests from those groups that are directly responding to the impact of COVID-19. Applications for other purposes will be processed, but may experience a slight delay.