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£57,000 grant funding boost to local charities

Date published: 4 July 2024

Read time: 2 minutes

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Twelve charities have been awarded a total of £57,907 in grant funding from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation to help them deliver vital community support.

Our community grants programme is just one of the ways we work to create positive change in our communities. Grants from our Community Fund of up to £5,000 benefit local causes across the North East, Cumbria, and North Yorkshire.

Awarded in grants so far this year


Charities supported so far this year


Our strategic community priorities


So far this year, we've awarded a total of £57,907 to 12 charities, supporting projects linked to our five strategic community priorities: 

  • Food poverty
  • Work and opportunity
  • Debt management
  • Homelessness
  • Sustainability and the environment

These priorities are a response to our region's key needs. They are guided by our ongoing collaboration with the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. 

Developed by the Foundation, the Vital Signs reports are a guide to the key issues affection our region. They suggest how individuals and businesses can work with charities and community organisations to address them. You can view all the reports on the Community Foundation website.

Charities who received a grant this round include Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden, Skills4Work in Gateshead, YMCA Northumberland, Meadow Well Connected in North Tyneside, Hambleton Foodshare in North Yorkshire and more.

For a full list of our grant recipients and the work they do, visit our community grants webpage.

Donna Stubbs, Newcastle Building Society Community Manager, stood outside the Whitley Bay branch.

Donna Stubbs, Community Manager at Newcastle Building Society

“Our Community Fund is just one of the ways we seek to create a positive impact in our communities. Demand for grant funding is high and it’s clear that members value the opportunity to nominate their worthwhile causes and charities. Our community priorities and the Vital Signs reports help us focus our efforts and support on projects that can have the greatest impact - benefitting not just the charities and their service users but their wider communities too."

Our Community Fund grant nominations are now open. 

Since 2016, we’ve awarded more than £1.7m to benefit 492 local causes. 

All our members are entitled to nominate a charity for funding. The charity must be based within 10 miles of one of our branches within the North East, Cumbria, or North Yorkshire, and the project must align with one of our community priorities.

If you would like to nominate a charity, please visit our grant nomination webpage.

Image caption: Two members of Bright Futures, one of our previous grant recipients. 

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