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.

Ballinger Charitable Trust

Website :

£4.03 million (2018)


£1.91 million (2018)


D S Ballinger, N Crowther, A J N Ballinger, J Flynn


England with a strong focus on the North East



Geographical Areas of Work: County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, North East
Areas of Work: Children, Young, People, Older People
Grant Amount: Under £1,000, £1,000 - £5,000, £5,000 - £10,000, £10,000 - £50,000, £50,000+
Covid-19 support or funding information:
Type of Funding: Core costs, Project running costs, Capital
Type of Organisation Funded: Registered Charity, Community Group, Social Enterprise

***From the website: "we have paused our usual grant application systems for the time being. Our next Trustees meeting is on 12 June 2020, and after that we expect to be able to let you know what we plan to do next". ***

The Trust gives out grants and funding to charitable causes working with young and older people, with their current focus on supporting organisations in North East England.

They prioritise their support for:
- activities that deliver health, development and well-being to children and young people
- activities that deliver health and well-being to older people, particularly to people living with dementia and their carers

Grants can cover revenue costs, core costs, project costs and capital costs.

There is no minimum or maximum threshold limit to the funding that can be applied for. However, applicants should consider the genuine costs of the proposal and any other grants awarded or that have been applied for elsewhere.


During the year donations to charities totalling £1.67m. £1.12m went to grants of £20,000 and over.


Applications can be made using the online application form. The initial application form should only take about 15 minutes to complete. There is no cut-off date and no limit to the total number of applications accepted in any time period.

Applications for over £5,000:

Initial applications are circulated monthly to Trustees and, for those of interest, the first step is a visit by Trustees – usually within two months.

They can award grant for a period of up to three years - the larger the application, the greater the amount of detail they require.

Grant decisions are made four times a year, in March, June, September and December. Initial applications received close to the time of any of these meetings will usually be rolled into the next decision period.

Applications for under £5,000:

The initial application form is exactly the same, but is processed differently. Decisions on these applications are made twice a year, in June and December, therefore deadlines for submissions are end of May and end of November. Please note that they do not currently award multiple year grants for those under £5,000.