Successful Grant Applications

Back in 2016, we launched the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation and with the help of our customers, we’ve been providing grants to deserving projects across our branch network.

Find out about the successful projects which have received funding so far in our first three grant phases.


Phase 3


Alnwick Lions - £3000

Alnwick Lions currently publishes a ‘talking newspaper’ for the visually impaired, the grant will buy equipment to allow the talking newspaper to go digital and benefit more local people.

Blyth Stroke Support Group - £950

The grant of £950 will help with running costs and allow the group to purchase a wheelchair and a small PA system.

Brainbox - £3000

The grant will help Brainbox establish a new Tots to Teens project. The project will bring together families with young children, up to the age of 12 years, to participate in social activities aimed at reducing social isolation, supporting re-integration in to their local communities following brain injury and improving emotional health and well-being.

East Cramlington & Seaton Valley Conservation Volunteers - £1000

With this grant East Cramlington & Seaton Valley Conservation Volunteers will install a woodland nature trail at East Cramlington Nature Reserve with brass rubbing posts which children can use to make brass rubbings, each post will depict an animal, bird, insect or flowers which can be found on the site.

Full Circle Food Project - £3000

This grant will fund a 'Cook Well, Eat Well' project which will be delivered to approximately 30 elderly and vulnerable adults to combat social exclusion and increase health and wellbeing.

Lesbury Village Hall - £1000

Lesbury Village Hall is the only meeting place in the village; bringing together people from all sections of the local community. This grant will help towards refurbishing the toilet facilities.

Let’s Get Growing - £3000

The grant will provide 15 weekly gardening and healthy eating sessions that will support people with dementia, mental health difficulties and learning difficulties.

Tyne & Wear

Fighting All Cancers Together (FACT) - £1500

This grant will enable FACT to offer counselling sessions to young people to help them cope with the various stages of dealing with the imminent loss of a parent and help them adjust to their new situation.

Pathways 4 All - £2275

Pathway 4 All have been awarded a grant of £2,275 to purchase and fit a sensory play wall panel that would be accessible for all its users with disabilities.

Percy Hedley Foundation - £1500

The grant will contribute to enhancing an accessible, multi-functional gardening area for eight young adults with severe and complex disabilities at Leybourne Residential Service in Killingworth.

Samaritans of Tyneside - £695

Samaritans of Tyneside will use the grant to promote its contact information more widely across Tyne and Wear so vulnerable people will get the support they need more quickly.

Scotswood Natural Community Garden (SNCG) - £3000

£3,000 will allow SNCG to train vulnerable adults in Scotswood in woodworking and building skills and to support them to build a new bird hide using sustainable materials.

Bright Red - £1500

The grant of £1500 will fund a complementary therapy service for blood cancer patients in Sunderland Hospital.

Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside - £3000

The grant will contribute towards providing free, specialist bereavement support to approximately 10 children and young people, it will also provide training to four local volunteer counsellors.

Forest Hall Chess Club - £500

The club are using the grant to purchase five new chess tables and to provide high level training to strengthen the adult team and to bring the junior team up to England International standard.

Gateshead Indoor Bowls Club - £950

The club will use the grant to purchase a specifically designed Para-handy wheelchair which is suitable for indoor and outdoor bowling, fits all sizes and ages and will benefit a number of its disabled members.

Independent Advocacy North East - £3000 

The grant will provide training to seven volunteers who will be known as Citizen Advocates to support a new Citizen Advocacy Programme which aims to help those with mental health issues, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, aquired brain injury and dementia communicate their choices and support them in making decisions about their needs.

Josephine and Jack Project - £1950

The grant of £1995 will allow the project to run a 10-week ‘I Feel Good’ course to 12 young men living with disabilities, the course explores self-esteem and relationships (including keeping safe) as well as healthy eating and keeping well.

Rett UK - £1000

Rett UK will use the grant towards a regional event aimed at anyone who is affected by Rett syndrome including families, local health providers, social care and educational professionals. It will include presentations, workshops and one-to-one clinics to inform and educate on a range of Rett related topics.

Sara’s Hope Foundation - £1500

The grant will fund a holiday for a family with a child suffering from cancer, to Sara’s Retreat in Crete. This will allow the child to spend quality time with their family in a safe, supportive environment and offers a little respite from their hospital treatment.

St Oswald’s Hospice - £1000

This grant will go towards supplying Occupational Therapist led relaxation session at St Oswald's Day Hospice to patients who are living with cancer, motor neurone disease, and a range of other progressive, life limiting conditions.

Whitley Bay Tea Dance - £1760

This grant will secure venue costs for one year, allowing the Whitley Bay Tea Dance group to continue and go ahead with plans of a ‘Beginners Ballroom’ class and ‘Celebration Dance’ event which will be open to the public.

Stargate Lane & Crookhill Community Centre - £500

The grant will be used to improve the garden area at the front of the building; this will include establishing a wildlife area with the help of local children and installing local art work and purchasing a new notice board.

Lovaine Community Garden - £2000

The community garden will use their grant to purchase a polytunnel to replace an unsafe greenhouse.  Produce grown will benefit around 50 local families in the coming months.

North Yorkshire

Herriot Hospice Homecare - £1200

Herriot Hospice Homecare will use the grant to purchase a computer, shelving and a work station to help expand and improve the hospice's ebay sales and retail section that generates income for hospice running costs.

Breathing Space - £2500

Breathing space will use the grant to assist with transport costs so they can continue to provide a regular programme of social opportunities for its members with learning and physical disabilities.

County Durham

Lumley Boccia and Social Group - £700

The grant of £700 will purchase a portable bowling alley to offer a wider range of activities for young adults with learning difficulties.

Cheesy Waffles Youth Project - £1882

The Cheesy Waffles Youth Project will use their grant of £1,882 to run community activities to help raise the profile of young people with disabilities in their local community through a series of activities to encourage friendships and relationships with groups of other young people, children, adults and the elderly.

County Durham Stroke Club - £1000

This grant will be used to offer the group trips to accessible venues, one will be to Beamish Museum and the another will be the bowling centre which offers access to para-handy wheelchairs.

Laurel Avenue Community Association - £1000

The grant will cover room hire for a weekly Lunch Club for elderly residents; the club offers a support and befriending service as well as health, emotional and financial support, whilst indirectly tackling poverty.



Zoe’s Place Trust - £1800

This grant will provide armoatherapy training to 10 nurses who will then be qualified to provide aromatherapy treatment to babies and children, with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, who attend the hospice.

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust - £1330

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust will use their grant to create a demonstration woodland wildlife garden in Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough, in partnership with the Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery. It aims to provide an appealing setting for visitors to the on-site information centre and the many families who visit the baby memorial area, which is next to the garden.


5th Berwick Scout Group - £941

The Scout Group will use this grant to purchase equipment for group meetings, the equipment will also be available to other community groups who use the hall.

Berwick in Bloom - £786

The grant will purchase flower baskets to enhance the main street, the planters will be judged as part of Northumbria in Bloom.

Chirnside Common Good Association - £300

This grant will provide a new village notice board which will display local information about the wide range of events and activities in Chirnside.


Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club - £2410

Talkin Tarn will use the grant towards purchasing two single boats which will be used to hold 'Learn to Row' courses, giving both adults and juniors the opportunity to trial rowing.


Get Cameron Communicating - £1056

Cameron is 15 years old and due to severe cerebral palsy and microcephaly is unable to walk or talk. This grant will be used to purchase a wheelchair support for Eyegaze equipment which will help Cameron with communication.