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This Foundation provides funding to charitable organisations in the North East of England whose work has a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged people. Grants of up to £15,000 per year for up to three years are available, with groups, therefore, being able to apply for a maximum grant of £45,000.

To be eligible, organisations must be based and delivering activities in a defined local area. Regional, that is, North East-based organisations, are unlikely to be considered and smaller organisations with fewer employees will be given priority. Applicants must have a turnover of less than £300,000 and those with more than six months running costs in free reserves are ineligible to apply. Grants are available to support core revenue costs rather than project costs or positions and preference will be given to funding existing work with a proven track record rather than new work. The Foundation generally funds core salary costs although any running costs will be considered.

Who Can Apply
Funding is available to charitable organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 that operate in the North East of England, incorporating Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside.

Organisations must be based in areas of high deprivation.

Regional organisations are less likely to be considered.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations with fewer employees.

Organisations that are well managed, but with a clear financial need are more likely to be considered. Organisations with more than six months running costs in free reserves will not be considered.

Funding is available to organisations that can demonstrate the following outcomes if successful with a grant:

  • Sustainability.
  • Improved diversity of income streams.
  • Improved services and improved beneficiary numbers.

Restrictions
The following are ineligible for support:

  • Animal charities.
  • Friends of associations.
  • Branches or federations of national charities.
  • Larger organisations with a greater capacity to fundraise.
  • Uniformed groups such as scouts, guides and sea cadets.
  • Sports clubs and associations.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Curricular activities that take place during the school day.
  • Religious promotion.
  • Research grants.
  • Repayment of loans.
  • Purchase of vehicles.
  • Equipment for hospitals.
  • Major capital projects.

Eligible Expenditure
Funding is available to support organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the North East of England, or organisations that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that support the following priority groups:

  • People with disabilities.
  • Homeless people.
  • Voluntary carers.
  • Older and isolated people.

The programme supports core revenue costs of organisations rather than project costs or positions. Preference is given to funding existing work with a proven track record, rather than new work. Typically the Foundation funds core salary costs, but any running costs can be considered. A core salary position is a person who oversees all aspects of the delivery of an organisation, rather than someone who delivers a project, for example a manager or administrator position is more likely to be funded than a youth worker.

The following core revenue costs will be considered:

  • Contributions towards bills, ie, electricity, gas, rent, rates
  • Contributions towards core salaries (managers or administrators rather than project workers or sessional staff)
  • HMRC costs relating to the core salaries only

How To Apply
Awards are typically made on a quarterly basis.

The deadline applications is 19th November 2018.

Applicants are advised to contact the Grants Manager first to ensure their application can be considered.

Applicants should send a letter of application not exceeding three sides of A4 to outline the following points (each point should be included as a heading in the letter):

  • Full contact details including telephone number and email address.
  • What the organisation does.
  • Who the organisation is helping and how.
  • Details of the skills and experience of the organisation’s staff and management committee.
  • Details of links with other organisations.
  • The amount of money requested and for what purpose.
  • The difference the grant will make to the organisation
  • Where the majority of the organisation’s current income comes from and how long it is expected to be available.
  • Details of pending grant applications and their expected decision date.

Applicants must also submit a copy of the organisation’s latest accounts, an income and expenditure forecast (budget) for the current financial year and a full breakdown of the costs that have been applied for.

Contact information

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

Justine Massingham
Grants Manager
Greggs Foundation
Greggs House
Quorum Business Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 8BU
Tel: 0191 212 7813
Email: greggsfoundation@greggs.co.uk