Funding body information

South Tyneside Council

South Tyneside Council
Town Hall & Civic Offices
Westoe Road
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2RL
0191 427 7000


South Tyneside Council provides one main grant programme for voluntary sector groups; The Community Area Forum Social Scheme.

The council administers approximately £300,000 throughout the six local areas of South Tyneside; Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn, East Shields, Hebburn, Jarrow, West Shields, Riverside, which is managed by a Local Area Forum. The Local Area Forum distributes this money to the projects and organisations in their community that they would like to fund. The fund is distributed annually, for information regarding applications rounds, please visit the council's funding page.

Local community and voluntary groups can apply for grant assistance for:

  • Equipment
  • Day trips
  • Parties/special events

We have previously provided grant assistance for:

  • Residents Associations
  • Sports groups
  • Sheltered housing Schemes
  • Shared interest groups

Groups can apply for up to £1,000 for one for one off events and up to £5,000 for projects of a long term benefit.

For more information or to apply for a grant, Strategy & Democracy on 424 7319 or email

Additional Funding

'Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund'

£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country.Community First is managed by the community Development Foundation (CDF) and is part of the new programme of community funding brought in to replace Grassroots Grants. The Neighbourhood Matched Fund aims to provide local communities with the means to address their own priorities. The key apsects of the fund are: 

  • communities will set up local panels in each eligible ward, and will decide upon projects for funding in their area;
  • it is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time);
  • funding has been allocated at ward level across every local authority in England. Eligible wards were selected on the basis of high levels of deprivation and significant increases in benefits claimants. The amount of funding for each area is based on the concentration of these characteristics within a ward.

Within South Tyneside, Biddick and All Saints has been allocated £33,910.

For full details see the CDF website.

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:

External Funding

Useful organisations:

South Tyneside CVS

Voluntary sector funding from South Tyneside Council is managed by the Regeneration Team.

At the time of writing, this department was very busy and could not provide full information of the grant schemes that South Tyneside Council provides, however they were very helpful and confirmed that they would provide more information at a later date.

The information available on 'Your Fund' was fairly easy to find and contained all relevant contact details.

Staff at the council were also very helpful in dealing with our enquiry.

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