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North East England

North East - General

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
  • Learning units
  • Hospitals
  • 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.

Smile for Life

The Smile for Life Charity helps children under 18 years living in the UK and disadvantaged through poverty, illness, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties.

The charity helps with equipment, experiences, bedroom and garden makeovers.

Email for further details:


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 garden.

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.

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:

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