Funding body information

Gateshead Council

Civic Centre
Regent Street
0191 433 3000/2836

Point of contact:

Community Grants, Chief Executive's Department, 0191 433 2836,
Rebecca Leary, Volunteer Centre Gateshead, 0191 478 4103,


Gateshead Council provides grants to community/voluntary groups and social enterprises in Gateshead whose services and activities benefit local people.

The Community Grants are open to all voluntary and community groups, although priority is given to those working towards key council priorities such as promoting healthy lifestyles, working with younger/older people, arts and cultural organisations, social support and care, economic development or sports and leisure.

Application forms and guidance notes are available for download from the council's website: Community Grants

Please note: The council have stated on their website that they currently have no funding to offer grants this financial year. However, if funding becomes available, the website will be updated with the relevant information.

The Gateshead Fund (Capacity Building Fund)

This fund will support organisations to diversify their income by increasing skills and expertise, expand their services or consider new ways of working to build their capacity so they become more sustainable. The scheme will operate two application rounds. Each round has a specified application deadline and decision date.

  • Round One, closed.
  • Round Two, 'open call' for organisations is now open for applications and closes on 31 July 2015. Results will be announced on 6 October 2015.

Please see the above link for further information regarding the Gateshead fund.

Sport Athlete Support

This fund will help local athletes to acheive their potential and support their progression. Application forms are available for download from the council's website: Sport Grant Application Form

Please see the above link for further information regarding the Sport Athlete Support.

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:

Information and links on external sources of funding is provided along side that on the 'Community Grants', e.g. Arts Council England, Awards for All, Big Lottery Fund, Department of Media, Culture and Sport, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England.

Free access is also provided to GRANTnet.

Useful organisations:

Gateshead Voluntary Organisations Council

Tyne and Wear Community Foundation

This website was very easy to use and provides a direct link from the home page to details of the grants and funding that are available.

The information provided is clear and easy to understand, however it is still relevant to the last funding round in April. Full supporting documents are also provided, including application forms, guidance notes and contact details for the relevant department.

Contact details are also given for other avenues of local authority funding not specifically relevant to voluntary and community sector groups, including Arts Development, Sports Development and Community Education.

The council were also very helpful when contacted and stated that they also allocate a community officer to each group, to provide help when making their applications.

What is the DSC Funder Rating?

We need your help

Our ratings are by no means a final verdict, just a starting point to begin discussions about the voluntary sector’s experience of government funders. We are inviting all subscribers to share their experiences and contribute to the DSC Funder Rating. If you can help, please email us at