FINE Directory

Welcome to our Funding Directory which is currently open to all as part of our support to the North East VCSE sector during the Covid-19 crisis. If you are searching for specific Covid-19 funding opportunities, please select Covid-19 support in the Type of Funding search field below.

Barbour Foundation

PO Box 21
Website :

£1.9 million (2018/2019)


£1.5 million (2018/2019)


Dame M Barbour DBE DL, N Bellaby, H Barbour


Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Northumberland


Quarterly (Main grants) Bi-monthly (Small grants)

Geographical Areas of Work: County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, North East
Areas of Work: Abuse, Addiction, Animal Welfare, Arts, Asylum, BME, Carers, Children, Young, People, Community Development, Culture, Disability, Disadvantage, Poverty, Discrimination, Education, Training, Employment, Environment, Conservation, Family, General Charitable Purposes, Health, Medicine, Hearing Impairment, Heritage, Homelessness, Housing, Information and Advice, Learning Difficulties, Leisure, Maritime Activities, Mental Health, Offending Crime, Older People, Regeneration, Research, Rural, Service Charities, Uniformed Services, Social Welfare, Community Care, Visual Impairment, Volunteering, Women
Grant Amount: Under £1,000, £1,000 - £5,000, £5,000 - £10,000, £10,000 - £50,000
Covid-19 support or funding information:
Type of Funding: Project running costs
Type of Organisation Funded: Registered Charity, Non-registered Charity, Community Group, Unconstituted Organisation, Via an intermediary charity, Social Enterprise, Hospices

The Trust makes grants to organisations in the North East of England (not including Tees Valley) for a wide range of charitable objectives. The Trust supports registered charitable institutions whose objectives include
• the promotion of research into the cause and treatment of illness or disease and the provision of medical equipment
• the protection and preservation for the benefit of the public in the North East of England such features of cities, towns, villages and the countryside as are of special environmental, historical and architectural interest
• the relief of persons resident in the North East of England who are in condition of need, hardship or distress as a result of local, national or international disaster, or by reasons of their social and economic circumstances
• to help improve the employment prospects of young people and to alleviate problems of homelessness in the North East of England.

Grants range from £100 to £250,000, with the majority of grants in the region of £1,000 - £5,000. The Trust always receives more applications than it has funds to support. Even if a project fits the Trust’s policy priorities, it may not be possible to make a grant.


During the year, the charity made grant payments of £1,369,538. 163 grants were for £1,000 or more and 373 were for less than £1,000.

Community Welfare Grants accounted for 27% of the expenditure, other medical causes were 32% and youth and childrens' charities accounted for 14%.


The Trust welcomes exploratory telephone calls from potential applicants. Applications are in writing to the contact (post) and should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the Trustees meeting. Printed guidelines are also available from the contact. Letters of applications should include a contact telephone number and full back-up information (e.g. statement of accounts, charity number, other funders who have been approached and any donations raised to date).

Successful applicants should wait for a period of one year before re-applying and unsuccessful applicants should wait for six months.


• Requests from outside the area
• Requests from education establishments
• Capital grants for building projects
• Applications for/from individuals