Funding body information

Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF
0845 600 6400

Point of contact:

Locality Development Team, 01670 534 264,
Heather Smith, Corporate Programmes and External funding Manager, 01670 623883,
David Baird, External Funding Appraisal Manager, 01670 623888,


Northumberland County Council operates various grants schemes to offer financial support to local voluntary and community organisations.

Community Chest Grant Scheme

The council runs a Community Chest grant scheme open to all for voluntary sector groups, community or non profit groups/organisations. There are three dates by which applications must be received:

  • Round 1, now closed
  • Round 2: 4th September 2015, decision letter issued by 9th October 2015
  • Round 3: 8th january 2016, decision letter issued by 12th February 2016

For the 2015 - 2016 grant schemes, higher priority will be given to the following applications

  • Projects submitted by small community groups with an income of less than £10,000 per year and no paid staff
  • initiatives that will help to support the development of sustainable, long term projects;
  • groups who have not received a grant from the Community Chest in the pastl

Lower priority will be given to groups which have received Community Chest grants in the last two years and 5hose that apply for projects similar to previous years.

Further information, including application forms and guidance notes, can be found through the following link: Community Chest

S106 Housing Developer Fund For Sport, Play and Recreation (2015 - 2016)

The funding is for capital items only for children's play areas or outdoor sports facilities plus indoor sports in certain areas as well as recreation facilities in areas of the North. The funding can be for new facilities or improvements to existing ones for example:

  • new children's play areas
  • new sports pitches / areas
  • new equipment in an existing play area
  • upgrading of facilities for outdoor sports such as changing rooms
  • Specialised sports equipment eg Cricket Roller

Please note that the amount available is limited as it is dependent upon the contributions from housing developers in specific areas.

There are several rounds for this fund. Applications deadlines can be found on the council's website, along with further useful information.

The Northumberland Grant Portals

On this page, voluntary and community organisations can view the latest funding news and undertake funding searches. Registration is required to access the formation of funding opportunities, but otherwise this service is free to individuals living in Northumberland, as well as community groups or businesses based in Northumberland.

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: Find Your Commissioner?'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

External Funding Support: community funding support and advice for the five districts of Northumberland; Northumberland County, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Blyth Valley, Tynedale and Wansbeck.

Useful organisations:

Northumberland VCS Consortium

Previously, Northumberland Council have been undergoing changes in their grant-making arrangements to the voluntary sector.

At the time of writing, the Policy and Partnerships team were dealing with funding for VCS groups. Information on the council's website regarding their grant scheme for VCS groups was up-to-dated, easy to find, clear and comprehensive and well-detailed.

Unfortunately, there was little general information available in terms of voluntary sector support, however some information can be found on external funding under the following path:

Community and Living - Grants - Voluntary Organisations (Funding)

Staff in the Policy and Partnerships team were very helpful in dealing with our enquiry and were happy to be contacted at a later stage.

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