Nominations are currently on hold Our Community Fund Grant nominations are now closed. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve amended our current community fund grant process to ensure we can quickly help those most in need during this time. Please note: The information below will be relevant when we resume our normal grant process. We will keep you updated on any changes. You MUST be a customer to apply for a grant Nomination Criteria In order to make a nomination for funding, your charity or constitued1 community group must meet the following criteria: • Groups must be nominated by at least one current customer of the Society • Recognised community groups/initiatives within the North East or branch area for out of area branches • Any funding provided must ‘make a difference’ and be the reason why the initiative would be able to start • Project must be at a stage where it can start within 3 months • The funding must be used for a specific project- not just a donation We cannot fund requests to support: contributions to general appeals or circulars religious or political activity which is not for wider public benefit public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations activities which solely support animal welfare activities which have already taken place grant making by other organisations privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships commercial/profit making ventures Please provide as much detail as possible in your nomination and ensure you provide valid and up to date contact details in case we need to get in touch. 1A constitution is a governing document outlining a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which an organisation is governed. Coronavirus: changes to our grant making process Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve amended our community fund grant process to ensure we can quickly help those most in need. You can view our most recent grants here. In March we announced a £100,000 donation to the Community Fund’s Coronavirus Emergency Response & Recovery Fund. We’ll continue to update our website to share how our grant donations are being made.