A guide to our Community Fund

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under On your estate - our Community Fund.

The fund, supported by The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council, can offer grants of between £500 and £5,000 in cash or in kind (or a combination of both) to voluntary organisations in Gateshead who provide support to housing company tenants.

Applications should be made using the Community Foundation’s online application process.

Please read the following before applying, and, should you have any queries, email Jon Goodwin at the Community Foundation or call 0191 222 0945.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcomed from voluntary organisations and charities that are based in, or work in, the borough of Gateshead who have not had a grant from this fund in the last twelve months.

Please see Community Foundation guidelines for full details about types of organisations we can support and what applicants need to have in place before applying.

What can be funded?

The Community Foundation funds activity that helps people overcome disadvantage, creates stronger communities, and makes our area a good place to live.

Specific priorities for this fund are as follows…

Helping people overcome disadvantage

  • Mitigating the impact of welfare reform
  • Tackling financial exclusion
  • Tackling digital exclusion
  • Addressing issues around fuel and food poverty
  • Building the resilience of individuals
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of young people and older people.

Creating stronger communities

  • Supporting community groups who are undertaking an asset transfer
  • Raising awareness of, preventing, and responding to hate crime.

Making Gateshead a better place to live

  • Actively promoting volunteering as a way to bring people together and deliver services.

In all cases at least one-third of people supported by the projects / organisations that we fund must be tenants of The Gateshead Housing Company. This should be clearly stated in the application.

As well as general Community Foundation criteria, the following guidelines apply:

  • Grants will not be awarded to replace any local authority funding. However, grants can be awarded to improve a local-authority-owned venue over and above what the local authority will do
  • Grants will not be awarded for ongoing running costs or projects that are likely to require ongoing support
  • Applicants need to assure us of ownership and maintenance of a project once it has been completed (eg a garden or play area)
  • Groups can receive no more than one grant from this fund in any twelve month period
  • Exclusions include grass maintenance equipment and sports kits for teams and clubs
  • Match funding – we would prefer groups to raise some of the funding themselves. Conditional grants can be awarded with payment released once the group provide evidence that match funding has been secured.

More than 100 local groups have benefited from the fund, including:

Want to know more?

Apply to the Community Fund.

You can also contact the Community Foundation by: