Successful Grant Applications

Back in 2016, we launched the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund. With the help of our customers, we’ve begun the process of providing grants to the first of what will be many deserving recipients across our branch network.

Phase 7

Teesside (8 grants; £19,677 in total)

Zoe’s Place - £2,642

£2,642 will pay for six iPads which will be used to develop many diverse learning skills for children who have profound disabilities allowing them to use the equipment for communication as well as a means of creative expression at its Middlesbrough Hospice.

The RDA Centre in Cleveland Ltd T/A Unicorn Centre - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will pay for a new horse to help the centre deliver their riding therapy sessions to people with disabilities for a number of years.

Epilepsy Outlook - £1,000

A grant of £1,000 will help the group pay for two PCs to support people with epilepsy.

POSCH (Parents and Carers of Special Children) - £3,000

£3,000 will pay for training to enhance the wellbeing of families with children on the Autistic Spectrum, by providing them with coping mechanisms to improve the ability to positively parent and support their children.

Eaglescliffe Parish Hall Association - £2,416

The Hall has received £2,416 to purchase a new hot water boiler and electrical sockets to improve the safety of its kitchen.

Families First North East - £3,000

This grant of £3,000 will enable the charity to improve the interior décor of the centre, including a new hard wearing floor, interior decoration and black out blinds.

Neoangels - £2,400

A grant of £2,400 is enabling Neoangels to provide a food voucher scheme for vulnerable families who are struggling financially with very ill babies.

Butterwick Children’s Hospice - £2,219

A Vital Signs Monitor will be purchased for the hospice with a grant of £2,219


Tyne and Wear (17 grants; £42,239 in total)

St Oswald’s Hospice - £1,953

A grant of £1,953 will pay for a Vital Signs Monitor for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Escape Intervention Services Ltd - £1,000

£1,000 will go towards building the group’s capacity and allow them to continue to deliver the services to support young vulnerable people.

Silverline Memories - £3,000

A grant of up to £3,000 will enable Silverline Memories to plan 12 day trips and visits for around 30 people per month who suffer with dementia

The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company - £2,959

The Theatre Company will use their grant of £2,959 to improve music participation through accessible technology for their members, both children and adults with learning disabilities and Autism

Action on Dementia Sunderland - £2,944

£2,944 will cover staffing and transport costs to help them support the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers.

Kids Kabin - £1,600

A grant of £1,600 will be used to enable Kids Kabin to upgrade their 12 mobile workshop units where young people can participate in hands-on projects and learn new skills such as woodwork and cookery in the deprived areas of Newcastle.

Soroptimist International Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District - £2,000

New Start Bags will be provided from the grant of £2,000 for vulnerable, abused young women and girls to help support their health and well-being

The Bede Foodbank T/A Newcastle West End Foodbank - £2,688

£2,688 will enable the Foodbank to upgrade its kitchen appliances, helping support the volunteers who provide meals to around 80 people every Tuesday and Wednesday.

St. Cuthberts Care - £2,372

A grant of £2,372 will provide regular pampering sessions for people with advanced dementia.

Grace House North East Children’s Hospice - £3,000

£3,000 will be used to fund 100 counselling session for young people with complex disabilities or life limiting conditions.

Footsteps Children’s Services Ltd - £3,000

A Nursery Garden Project will go ahead thanks to a grant of £3,000 for children to plans and grow flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Active Strokes North East - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will support Active Strokes North East’s work to support the health and wellbeing of stroke survivors.

Friends of Hadrian School - £1,500

A grant of £1,500 will pay for seating for the school’s outdoor adventure playground.

28th South Shields (4th East Boldon) Scout Group - £2,994

Bunk Beds will be purchased for the Scouts group thanks to a grant of £2,994

Green Beans Community Market - £2,589

£2,589 will help expand the Community market by offering more stalls.

Victims First Northumbria - £2,640

A grant of £2,640 will be used to recruit and train a third Independent Sexual Violence Advisor as part of the group’ HEAL project allowing more people the access to crucial early intervention

The Children’s Foundation - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will pay for story chairs and reading resources providing these useful tools will support children experiencing anxiety in hospital.


Cumbria (3 grants; £8,612 in total)

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team - £2,972

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team will use their grant of £2,972 to pay for critical search and rescue equipment which will be particularly useful during the winter months.

Chrysalis (Cumbria) Limited - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will be used to convert two bathrooms into offices for essential head office staff, who help support people with special needs in Cumbria.

Carlisle Key - £2,640

Carlisle Key will use their grant of £2,640 to purchase IT equipment to support their work in Supporting Accommodation Project in Carlisle.


County Durham (4 grants; £7,113 in total)

Durham Association Boys and Girls Clubs - £2,508

A grant of £2,508 will pay for a defibrillator and funding to run four accredited basic first aid training sessions of the club.

Down’s Syndrome North East - £1,300

£1,300 will pay for a weekend dance workshop for 14 to 16 adults with Down’s Syndrome.

Derwentside Mind - £1,800

Derwentside Mind’s grant of £1,800 will pay for Talking Therapy sessions addressing mental health and vulnerability for woman.

Castleside and District Community Association - £1,505

£1,505 will enable the Communtiy Association to refurbish the stairs in the Village Hall.


Northumberland (8 grants; £17,341 in total)

Darcey’s Dream – My Family and Siblings Matter - £3,000

The grant of £3,000 will fund 1,200 Sibling Distraction Therapy sessions supporting 150 vulnerable young people experiencing profound grief.

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - £2,000

The food bank will use their grant of £2,000 to pay for a Vegetable and Fruit voucher scheme.

The North Northumberland Hospice - £3,000

A grant of £3,000 will pay for two interactive screens at their Alnwick and Berwick sites to increase efficient teamwork.

Amble Youth Project Limited - £2,940

£2,940 will enable Amble Youth Project to provide a regular health drop-in service for local young people.

Action4Acomb - £2,846

The group helps to make outdoor space more accessible and inviting for young people, families and the older generation. Their grant of £2,846 will pay for and install two playground tables and repair the surface on which they are installed.

Howick Village Hall Trust - £750

£750 will enable the Village Hall to replace a broken audio visual projector system and will allow the groups that use the hall to put it to good use.

The Hextol Foundation - £1,975

Social activities to help to reduce social isolation and build confidence sessions will be held by the Hextol Foundation thanks to their grant of £1,975

Heddon Stitchers - £830

A grant of £830 will provide the group with two metal lockers to provide storage for wool and fabric an alternative to their current ground level storage.