Funding body information

Newcastle City Council

Newcastle City Council
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 278 7878

Point of contact:

Jo Jefferson, Communities Facilitator, 0191 2773640,


Newcastle Council now administers a wide range of grants to voluntary sector organisations and community groups. Further information on any of these schemes, including application forms, guidance notes and timetables, can be found on the council's website.

Community Covenant Grants for Armed Forces Veterans

This schemes fund local projects that seek to strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live. this funds is available to any part of the community, including volunteer groups and charities.

Further information is available here.

If your organisation might be interested in applying for a grant, please contact the Armed Forces Co-ordinator, June Hunter in the first instance for an informal chat on 0191 211 6677 or email

The Newcastle Fund

The Newcastle Fund allows the Council and its partners to support organisations working to meet the needs of people in Newcastle. It provides scope for local innovation, and support for organisations whose main objective is to support the needs of a community, rather than the delivery of a pre-specified service.

The Newcastle Fund usually awards small grants. Applicants can apply for funding for 1, 2 or 3 years from April 2016, however, if the project is longer than 12 months then the need for longer-term funding must be clearly demonstrated

  • Applications deadline: 7 September 2015

For further information, please visit the council's website or contact Craig Nicholson by e-mail or by phone 0191 211 63.

Ward Committee Grant Aid

Every Ward Committee in Newcastle has funding available for projects that benefit the local community. To apply, you must be a 'not for profit' organisation.

Further details and guidance are available here or through contacting Jo Jefferson

The Wellbeing Fund

This is to fund local projects that help people get more active or more involved in their communities and projects that encourage people to volunteer and play a part in community life. Each ward share a total fund of £400,000.

Applications will be considered through the ward committee funding process.

For more inforamtion, please visit the council's website or phone 0191 277 2075.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Newcastle CVS funding advice sheets

Voluntary Sector Support

Useful organisations:

Newcastle CVS:

The council has a range of grant programmes as well as extra information that is very useful and relevant for all VCS groups.

Many supporting documents are provided, such as application forms, guidance notes, funding information sheets from Newcastle CVS, contacts, funding policy information, funding timetables

There is also a Voluntary Sector Support page which includes details of external funding opportunities and information on the local compact.

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