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Funding Information North East (FINE)
A funding information service for voluntary and
community groups in North East England. It serves County Durham,
Northumberland, Tees Valley, and Tyne & Wear.
FINE researches potential sources of funding and
provides information on funding opportunities via its publications
(mainly by subscription). It also provides helpful tips for writing
funding applications and advice on how to raise money from charitable
Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund
The Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund provides grants to
disabled children and families in North East England for specialised
equipment, wheelchair, trikes, resources and learning aids.
It is open to:
- Groups of disabled children in special schools
- Individuals (up to and including 18 years)
To apply: download an application form. An estimate from the supplier and two recommendations from appropriate professionals will also be required.
FutureSport provides grants to up and coming talented young able and disabled athletes who live in the North East.
Applicants are usually aged 10 to 20 years and they must not be in receipt of National Lottery funding. The grant averages £500 to cover 12 months training costs.
To apply: download an application form.
The Sir James Knott Trust
The Trust awards grants for community projects in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Hartlepool.
It supports the communities in a wide variety of areas including health, education and community issues.
Previous beneficiaries have included The Calvert Trust (outdoor
activity centre for the disabled), the Aidis Trust (assistive technology
solutions) and the Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Association.
Applications are considered three times a year, in spring, summer and
autumn. Written applications must contain detailed information about
your organisation and details about the proposed project.
County Durham Community Foundation
The County Durham Community Foundation manages 135 charitable
funds for the Durham and Darlington area.
The Foundation has previously funded a Family Fun day for the
disabled, furnishing part of a hospice, a contribution to the cost of making
facilities fully accessible to the disabled, and the development of a sensory
It provides funding to individuals including:
- Hylton House Fund
- for individuals with cerebral palsy, their families and carers. Grants up to £500 for specialist equipment
- Kenneth Malloy (Burnhope)
Fund - provides
grants of up to £500 for individuals living in or around Burnhope and who
require specialist equipment due to poor health or a disability.
- John T Shuttleworth
Ropner Memorial Fund - for funding towards a respite holiday.
To apply: download the appropriate application form.
School Benevolent Fund
Durham County Council administer the School Benevolent
Fund which provides a grant towards clothing and shoes for primary and
secondary school pupils.
A grant of £35 can be awarded to pay for a winter coat and shoes. Applicants must be in receipt of means tested benefits.
To apply: download the full criteria and application form.
Tyne and Wear
The Sunderland Guild of Help
The Sunderland Guild of Help supports residents of Sunderland in need of welfare.
In special circumstances the Guild has acquired refurbished goods to give to those considered most in need (for example beds, washing machines and fridges). For financial reasons it cannot supply new goods or goods made to order.
All applications must be made by a social worker or a professional familiar with the charity. Financial information will be required.
For more information email: email@example.com