Funding of Up to £10,000 Available to Tackle Social Deprivation (North East)

Registered charities exempted or excepted organisations can now apply for up to £10,000 of funding for core costs and charitable activities that benefit the residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • ease social deprivation


  • enrich the fabric of the local community and the quality of life of individuals within that community.

The funding is being made available from the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust which, with the help of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, distributes up to £500,000 each year. The Trustees prefer to prioritise projects for which the funding will represent a significant contribution to the delivery of the project.

Examples of projects that the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust will fund include:

Projects that meet the needs of communities experiencing high levels of deprivation.

Self-help initiatives that improve local quality of life.

Services for young people that address educational needs or offer diversion from crime and anti-social behaviour.

  • Projects assisting local communities affected by crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Art projects that help tackle deprivation or improve local quality of life.
  • The work of youth organisations and, in particular, the Sea Cadets, Scouts, Guides, Boys’ Brigades and other uniformed organisations. Grants here will not generally exceed £1,500.
  • Projects that draw on the region’s rich maritime tradition to deliver improvements in local quality of life or address deprivation.
  • Gap year voluntary work through Project Trust. Grants are limited to a maximum of £500 towards expenses in undertaking a voluntary placement. Applicants must normally reside in the North East region.

The closing date for applications in this round of funding is the 15th February 2020.


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