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 5

Tyne and Wear

21st Gateshead Sea Scouts - £852

£852 will be used to purchase camping equipment specifically for the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition challenges.

LD NorthEast - £2,500

£2,500 will be used by LD North East to help people with learning disabilities to understand report incidents of hate/mate crime and sexual exploitation/grooming through a series of interactive workshops.

West Moor Gardening Group - £711

Gardeners of West Moor Gardening Group will use their grant of £711 to purchase a metal grill to cover the pond on the grounds of the community centre.

Gateshead Indoor Bowls Club - £2,010

A grant of £2,010 will be used to provide the group with bowling equipment primarily for the youth section.

Clara Vale Conservation Group - £795

Clara Vale Conservation Group will use the grant of £795 to purchase additional equipment to meet the demands of increasing numbers of learners and visitors to the site.

Dene Circle Ladies Group - £500

£500 will be used to contribute to the Ladies Group running costs, including room rental, annual speaker costs and minibus hire.

HealthWORKS Newcastle - £2,400

HealthWORKS will be purchasing a running machine for the community gym.

Riverside Community Health Project - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will provide an outing during the summer holidays for local families for the Riverside Community Health Project.

Brainbox - £2,237

A grant of £2,237 will go towards purchasing equipment for around 15 Brainbox Harmony Group activities.

Time Exchange - £2,876

Time Exchange will use their grant of £2,876 to support the community initiative - maintaining and improving planting in the Arthurs Hill area of Newcastle.

Out of Sight - £2,500

The grant of £2,500 will allow Out of Sight to secure ground rent and maintenance costs of Chloe’s Den (caravan) for one year.

FACT – Fighting All Cancers Together - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will purchase items for a new outreach centre in Sunderland, including two sofas, four armchairs and an electronic therapy table.

The Charlie Cookson Foundation - £3,000

£3,000 will allow the Charlie Cookson Foundation to renew all of their IT equipment.

Friends of Jarrow Cemetery - £1,910

A grant of £1,910 will be used by Friends of Jarrow Cemetery to purchase equipment to help with the clearing and tidying process of the cemetery, including a petrol shredder, grass trimmer and leaf blower.

Beach Access North East - £3,000

The grant of £3,000 will go towards the purchase of a powered beach accessible wheelchair, located on Whitley Bay Promenade.


Stainsby Gymnastics Club - £2,908

Stainsby Gymnastics Club will use a grant of £2,908 to purchase wall pads and a landing mat to reduce the risk of injuries within the club.

Abbey Hill School & Technology College - £1,000

A grant of £1,000 will be used to create the 2018 prom for approximately 100 students who are finishing in 2018.

Yarm1914 - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will be used to create a lasting 1914 memorial in Yarm, including two metal seats, a memorial garden and six plaques.


1st Duns Brownies - £780

£780 will pay for transport to an indoor camp weekend, craft items and activity resources for the camp.

County Durham

Brandon Boxing Club - £795

A grant of £795 will allow Brandon Boxing club to purchase new boxing equipment.

Chasing Rainbows - £1,763

£1,763 will be used to purchase new instruments, a camera tripod and will go towards general running costs for the group.

Delves Lane Community Association - £1,500

A grant of £1,500 will contribute to the group’s range of activities which run during the school holidays.

Lumley Ladies Football club - £1,500

£1,500 will be used to buy new goals for the club to replace the existing unsafe goals.

Age Concern County Durham - £2,912

The grant of £2,912 will employ a development worker for four hours a week for one year to support their new initiative – the “Intergenerational Craft Shed”.

PACT House - £2,500

£2,500 will help PACT house to arrange an outward bound style activity holiday for 44 young people who attend its Pactivate youth club.

Weardale Community Transport Ltd - £1,125

A uniform will be purchased for the 25 volunteer drivers. This will enable them to be more visible and protected in the cold weather when providing support.


Ullswater Yacht Club - £2,000

The club will purchase paddle boards with the grant of £2,000 which will be suitable for young children and disabled sailors to learn on.

Eden District Talking Newspaper Association - £520

The grant of £520 will enable Eden District Talking Newspaper Association to buy a second laptop and software to improve its weekly digital service.


Alnwick Garden Town Trust - £1,000

A grant of £1,000 will contribute to improving disabled access to the Column Field by resurfacing pathways within the site.

Get U Started Training (GUST) - £3,000

The grant of £3,000 will allow GUST to purchase a range of mechanic tools for its garage mechanic training scheme.

Josie’s Dragonfly Trust - £3,000

The full grant of £3,000 will allow Josie’s Dragonfly Trust to increase the contents and update the appearance of their specialised arts and crafts boxes.

Knit, Knatter & Kake Community Group - £500

£500 will be used to purchase wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks and finishing items for the Knit, Knatter & Kake Community group.

Silver Fox Motorcyclists - £1,125

A grant of £1,125 will be used to offer First Aid training to approximately 25 group member of the Silver Fox Motorcyclists.

Riverdale Scout Group - £675

New chairs will be purchased with the grant of £675.

Wooler Netball Club - £1,860

£1,860 will help the club to purchase coaching and secure comfortable training space.