Grants & funding

Here you will find information on grants and funding for individuals, organisations and businesses in Northumberland.

Here you will find information on grants, funding and other support for organisations and businesses in Northumberland.

Advance Northumberland is the economic regeneration company for Northumberland and is responsible for the Council’s business development activities. This includes being responsible for inward investment, strategic account management and the commissioning of a range of business support initiatives.

The mission is to:
  • attract private sector investment in business and property
  • promote enterprise and support business growth
  • support the regeneration of disadvantaged places and neighbourhoods
  • help create prosperous, attractive, sustainable communities throughout Northumberland
For further information, please go to the Advance Northumberland website.

Tel: 01670 528400

Email: enquiries@advancenorthumberland.co.uk​
 

 

The Growth Hub provides information and signposts to the latest in regional business support services and finance and funding opportunities, helping businesses access the funding and support they need to grow.

The Growth Hub is delivered by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP). The LEP works to make the North East a place where more businesses invest, grow and prosper, to deliver more and better jobs for everyone.  The North East area covers County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. 

To access the Growth Hub please click this link


 
The UK Government's Business Support finder allows you to explore finance and support options available to your business.
A list of local and other Trusts, Charities and Foundations with a funding or support offer, that have previously been active in Northumberland and regionally can be found here.

Note: the editor’s decision on what is considered appropriate is final.

The information contained in these webpages is meant as a general guide only. It has been prepared from information provided by third parties and NCC accepts no responsibility for any actions taken or not taken in reliance on or in connection with this information.

Where reference or links (which may not be active links) are made to external publications or websites, the views expressed are those of the authors of those publications or websites, which are not necessarily those of NCC. NCC accepts no responsibility for the contents or accuracy of those publications or websites.

ECO Help to Heat statement of intent for flexible eligibility

Northumberland County Council intends to work closely with energy companies, installers and customers to maximise the input of Flexible Eligibility ECO on fuel poor households.

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations local authorities can set their own criteria for eligibility for funding for domestic energy efficiency measures. This funding is aimed at those within a local authority most likely to be in fuel poverty.
 
Obligated energy suppliers can spend up to a maximum of 50% of their ECO Affordable Warmth obligation within these criteria.

This statement takes into account NICE recommendations on how to reduce the risk of death and ill health associated with living in a cold home. NICE guideline [NG6] Published date: March 2015 https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng6
 
The aim is to help meet a range of public health and other goals. These include:
  • Reducing preventable excess winter death rates.
  • Improving health and wellbeing among vulnerable groups.
  • Reducing pressure on health and social care services.
  • Reducing 'fuel poverty' and the risk of fuel debt or being disconnected from gas and electricity supplies (including self-disconnection).
  • Improving the energy efficiency of homes.
  • Households are considered eligible for flexible eligibility ECO if they are at risk of living in fuel poverty (FP) or a low income household, with at least one household member vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home (LIVC). Flexible eligibility only applies to private tenure so a property must be privately owned or rented.

To be redirected to the full statement of intent, eligibility criteria and how to apply for funding please click here
Information about grants and support for rural growth.

Rural Business Growth Service

Grants are available to support eligible rural businesses with growth potential that require direct capital investment to grow, expand productive capacity or diversify into new markets or products.  

Grant projects must be based in the rural areas of Northumberland, North Tyneside, or Newcastle and the programme can offer grants ranging from £10,000 upwards at a maximum intervention rate of 40%. 

To access the grant, you must be looking to create a minimum of one full time job, and operate in one of our target sectors: 

  • Food and drink production 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Knowledge intensive businesses 
  • Culture, creative and tourism (excluding retail and accommodation) 
  • Energy products and services 
  • Environmental products and services 
To find out more about the support available please visit Rural Business Growth Support.

To discuss your business needs please contact the Rural Business Growth Service at ruralbusinessgrowthservice@northumberland.gov.uk or email ruralsupport@advancenorthumberland.co.uk

For information on grant eligibility and the support available please register here

Support for Rural Growth

The Rural Growth Team takes a lead on economic growth in rural areas of the county.  

This is achieved by working across several themes, including natural capital, energy, culture, place, and business support.  

The team supports the development of programmes and projects within these themes working with partners across the Authority and a range of external partners, to deliver benefits to the economy and communities across Northumberland.  
 
Support is provided, alongside others, to help the Economy and Regeneration Service deliver the following primary functions: 

  • Maximise opportunities to champion rural productivity and stewardship. 
  • Promote employability and inclusion, particularly for those furthest from the labour market. 
  • Promote Northumberland’s interests at regional and national level   
  • Provide advice and services which support the Council in its role as Accountable Body for external grant funding 

The Rural Growth Team supports the development and delivery of various regeneration programmes including: 
 
  • Various Borderlands Programmes, such as Hadrian’s Wall, Energy Master Planning, Berwick Maltings, Walking & Cycling. 
  • Supports business and communities' sustainability through energy investment / funding and energy advice 
  • Supports the Council's Climate Change programme and drive for Clean Growth.  
  • Supports the Great Northumberland Forest project and Local Nature Recovery Strategies 
  • Supports the North of Tyne Low Carbon Energy Programme 
  • Management of the Rural Business Growth Service and appraisal of applications for the Rural Business Growth Fund. 

Contact us 
If you have any enquiries, please contact ruralbusinessgrowthservice@northumberland.gov.uk

Climate change is a significant long-term challenge for the planet and for Northumberland. We are committed to taking action to reduce the impacts climate change will have on all our lives long into the future.

Our Climate Action Plan 2021-23 outlines the significant role that everyone across Northumberland can play in achieving our goal to reach Net Zero Carbon emissions across the County by 2030. The Council has established the Community Climate Fund to enable community organisations to develop their own schemes to contribute to this goal.
  
For more information, please contact: climate@northumberland.gov.uk
 
This list is not exclusive, but the grant could be used to support activity for such as:
 
Through the Community Climate Change Fund, two opportunities are available. The list is not exclusive, but the grant could be used to support activities such as:

Small bid: up to £1,000:
  • Event equipment
  • Promotional materials
  • One off hire cost
  • Tree planting
  • Energy audits/EPC ratings/retrofit assessments
  • Community orchards or forests
  • Larger events or series of events

Bigger bid: up to £5,000:
  • Renweable energy/retrofitting
  • Paid community positions
  • Can be used to match fund larger projects, but cannot be used to match fund other Council funded projects
To apply, projects must be a new initiative, demonstrate longevity and show a commitment to engaging the wider community to encourage action on climate change.

Exclusions
  • Projects or activities that do not have a climate-focus or do not align with the Council's Climate Change Action Plan
  • Entertainment licenses, road closures, and traffic management
  • Core organisational costs, such as transport and premises
  • Goods and services already purchased
  • Personal attire, such as sports kits and uniforms
  • Tourism/visitors
  • Social excursions
  • Food and hospitality
  • Loan repayments
  • Fundraising
  • Annual or repeat funding
  • Consumables
  • Parish allotments
  • Religious or political activities
  • Projects or events that would otherwise already be funded
The funding will be allocated within the financial year, with a potential second round, until the budget is fully allocated.
  • Small bid: up to £1,000
  • Bigger bid: up to £5,000
  • 100% intervention rate (no match funding required)
  • Cannot be used to match other funding from the Council
As an organisation, you are allowed to submit one application of your choice per round of funding. If your organization is successful in the first round, they can reapply in a subsequent round however the total grant to that organization will have a combined upper limit of £5,000.00.

Please note this year's funding has now been fully allocated. Funding will be available again in Spring next year.
 
​We are offering financial support to help the following organisations in Northumberland make changes to become more sustainable:
  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Registered charities
  • Constituted group or club
  • Community interest company (CIC)
  • Social enterprise
  • Parish Councils
  • Faith groups may also apply, provided their projects are inclusive

Beneficiaries must be domiciled in Northumberland.
Information on funding for outdoor sport and play using section 106 housing developer contributions.

Section 106 agreements are sometimes entered into with housing developers to fund sport and play in some areas of Northumberland. The money collection method is based on current planning documentation from the former districts.

This documentation remains in place until the new local development framework is introduced. This means the amounts collected and the items/projects on which the money can be spent can vary.
The council is keen to see the development and improvement of children's play and outdoor sports and recreation facilities. In most of Northumberland, S106 money is collected based on individual agreements for precise amounts for a specifically agreed purpose.

However, in certain areas of Northumberland (south east, former Tynedale and parts of the north), funds are collected and may be spent in specific geographical areas on a variety of sports, play and recreation projects.

What can be funded?
The funding is for items only for children's play areas or outdoor sports facilities, plus some indoor sports and recreation facilities in areas of the north. The funding is for new facilities or improvements to existing ones, for example:
  • new children's play areas
  • new sports pitches/areas
  • new equipment in an existing play area
  • upgrading of facilities for outdoor sports such as changing rooms
  • Specialised sports equipment, eg cricket roller
Projects must be within specified locations and be open to the general public.

Who can apply?
Projects must be located in specific geographical areas and applications can be made by not-for-profit organisations, such as:
  • community groups
  • residents' associations
  • sports clubs
  • schools
Individuals or businesses are not eligible for funding. Where a local sports club or school is looking to develop or improve facilities, it needs to include appropriate arrangements for wider community use.

How much funding is available?
The level of funding available will depend upon the amounts collected at the time and requests from other projects in the same area. This means funding can be limited and sometimes there will be no funding available.

How can I apply for funding?
  • Applications for funding can be made by completing the S106 Housing Developer Fund Application Form. The application form and accompanying guidance notes and application completion supporting notes can be downloaded from the useful links section.
Applications will be considered by a cross officer panel, which will meet according to the timetable below, and which will make recommendations for approval (applications of more than £100k will be subject to a longer approval process).

Upcoming s106 Housing Developer Fund Panels (Sport & Play) 2022-2023

Panel Date Deadline for receipt of applications Result of applications by:
Tuesday 8 March 2022 Friday 18 February 2022 Friday 25 March 2022
Tuesday 7 June 2022 Friday 20 May 2022 Friday 24 June 2022
Tuesday 6 September 2022 Friday 19 August 2022 Friday 23 September 2022
Tuesday 6 December 2022 Friday 18 November 2022 Friday 23 December 2022
Tuesday 7 March 2023 Friday 17 February 2023 Friday 24 March 2023

 

The latest updates in business grant funding and loans as a response to COVID-19. Find out about the Bounce Back Loan, Future Fund, help for Fishing and Aquaculture businesses, and help for larger businesses. Please note that the COVID-19 Discretionary Grant Fund, alongside the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds are now closed.

Last updated 6 Jan 2021

Information on the Local Restrictions Support Grants can be found here


Future Fund

This fund is for companies which are facing financing difficulties due to COVID-19. The loans range from £125,000 to £5 million (subject to at least equal match funding from private investors), and may be an option for businesses unable to access other government support. 

The scheme is open for applications until the end of September 2020. 

Please click here to apply for the coronavirus Future Fund.

Fishing and aquaculture businesses

There are two funds for England’s fishing and aquaculture businesses, administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and that target those most in need. 

Fisheries Response Fund
  • Qualifying fishing vessel owners will be contacted directly in stages by MMO, starting from Monday 20 April 2020.
  • Qualifying aquaculture businesses are being contacted directly by MMO from Thursday 07 May 2020.
Domestic Seafood Supply Fund

The second fund is a grant scheme to support the sale of fish locally.




Bounce Back Loan

The Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan will help both small and medium-sized businesses affected by the pandemic.

Businesses will be able to apply for loans from £2,000 to £50,000, with no fees or interest for the first 12 months. 

Please click here to apply for the coronavirus Bounce Back Loan.

Larger Businesses

Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility
The government has introduced a financing facility where the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies. Operating initially for 12 months, it’s intended to relieve cash flow pressures. 

Click here to find out if the Corporate Financing Facility is right for you.
 
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
A Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will enable businesses with a turnover of up to £45m to apply for Government-backed finance up to £5m. The Government will cover the first 12 months of interest payments. 
 

In 2022, Her Majesty, The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, commemorating 70 years of service.

***Due to high levels of demand for this fund, it is now closed from Friday 25 March***

Full list of grant recipients

To help communities celebrate the occasion, Northumberland County Council has allocated £70,000 to create a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund. The purpose of this special fund is to enable non-profit making community and voluntary groups, schools, local charities, parish councils and churches within Northumberland to apply for grant funding to help them to take part in celebratory events, and community and legacy projects, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Community groups are encouraged to organise commemorative or celebratory events for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee extended bank holiday weekend of 2 June 2022 to 5 June 2022, but supported activities can take place throughout the year. Grants of up to £500 are available from the opening of the fund on Friday 14th January 2022.

All project activity must commence after 1 April 2022 and be completed by the end of the calendar year. The Fund will close for applications when all funds have been allocated, and no later than 28 October 2022.

This list is not exclusive, but the grant could be used to support activity for such as:
  • Purchasing a Jubilee Beacon
  • Street entertainment, including performance fees
  • One off hire costs, such as marquees, stage and PA hire.
  • Hospitality, excluding alcohol
  • Long lasting commemorative schemes, excluding public seating
Specifically excluded are:
  • Entertainment licenses, road closures and traffic management.
  • Core organisational costs
  • Religious or political activities
  • Commemorative gifts, such as coins, mugs, etc
For further guidance on road closures and organising events, such as 'Street Parties', on the highway, please click here.


The panel will be looking to support projects that demonstrate the following:
  • opportunities for the community to come together to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
  • opportunities for the community to create a legacy of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
  • Maximum Grant £500.00
  • Total funding available £70,000.00
  • 100% intervention rate (no match funding required)
  • Cannot be used to match other NCC funding
  • Delivered in monthly rounds until the budget is fully allocated
Applicants must fall into one of the following groups:
  • Constituted voluntary and community organisation
  • Social Enterprise
  • Parish Council
  • School
  • Churches, where the benefit is to the wider community
Beneficiaries must be domiciled in Northumberland.

Please note: we cannot fund individuals.
  • Round 1 – 28 January
  • Round 2 – 25 February
  • Round 3 – 25 March
The fund is now closed..
 
Application forms should be returned to communitychest@northumberland.gov.uk

Please note: organisations seeking to host an event should also consider other important event notification aspects that may be required such as road closure requirements, licensing, etc. If you plan to hold an event in parks and other council owned green space, you may still require an event licence, and you should discuss this first with the relevant Green Spaces Officer or Parks and Sites Officer.  If the relevant officer is not known to you, an enquiry should be sent to countryside@northumberland.gov.uk.

For more information, please contact: communitychest@northumberland.gov.uk
This page talks about funding searches. The service is free to individuals, community groups and businesses in Northumberland, but you need to register to view them.

GrantFinder and Northumberland County 4 Community is a user-friendly, accurate UK wide professional funding tool which has helped users to secure millions of pounds worth of support. It is an online, step-by step process which enables you to identify and select funding schemes and awards that are appropriate for your project.
  • A convenient one-stop-shop of funding information.
  • Information source provided on over 8,000 funding schemes including grants, loans and awards from local, regional and national UK government, European funding, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.
  • Content ranging from modest community funds at one end of the spectrum to major, multi-level European initiatives at the other.
  • Authoritative reference library of articles on topical funding issues (full subscription only).
  • Newsflash service sending approaching deadlines, news of launched funds and policy decisions direct to your inbox (full subscription only).
  • Information is presented jargon-free and in plain English.
  • Interactive Update Bulletin sent weekly and categorised by subject, keeping you up-to-date on areas of interest to you (full subscription only).
The site also contains access to useful self-help guides, including:
  • 10 steps to writing a constitution
  • a beginner’s guide to regeneration terminology
  • writing a fundraising strategy
  • writing a successful business plan
  • how to write a winning financial plan
You can access GrantFinder by registering some basic details; Northumberland County Council hosts this service and pays a licence fee, but partners and community users can access the funding search service free of charge using the Council licence.

To register click here: GrantFinder webpage - Northumberland County 4 Community

Other free funding search websites and portals:
Grants Online Local Funding for Northumberland

For further information on Northumberland grants and funding searches, or if you wish to receive our funding bulletin by email, please contact: regenerationinvestmentteam@northumberland.gov.uk
If you are involved in writing funding applications, the Northumberland Knowledge website can provide informative research and statistics to support your bid.





 
The latest information on funding policies and strategies.

Defra Unveils Draft Environment Bill

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill, setting out how the UK will maintain environmental standards after Brexit whilst building on the vision of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

The Bill was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2018 and is designed to place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government. Environmental decisions made in the UK – from improving air and water quality to protecting endangered species – are currently overseen by the European Commission and are underpinned by a number of EU principles, including the precautionary principle, sustainable development and the ‘polluter pays’ principle. While these principles are already central to government environmental policy, they are not set out in one place besides the EU treaties.

The draft Bill focuses on three core principles, which set out an ambitious new green governance system, incorporating key clauses on environmental principles and governance that will be part of the wider Environment Bill. The key principles are as follows:

  • Environmental principles: The environmental principles – such as the “polluter pays” principle or that the public should be able to participate in environmental decision-making – are fundamental to achieving the Government’s environmental ambitions. These will act as guiding principles to help protect the environment from damage and will encourage decision-makers to further consider the environment in the development of government policy.

  • The Office for Environmental Protection: A world-leading, green governance body will be established – the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) – to uphold environmental legislation. The OEP will be an independent, statutory environmental body that will hold government and public bodies to account on environmental standards, including taking legal action to enforce the implementation of environmental law where necessary, replacing the current oversight of the European Commission.

  • 25 Year Environment Plan: The draft Bill proposes making it a legal requirement for government to have a plan for improving the environment, to monitor and report annually to Parliament on progress and update it at least every five years. The 25 Year Environment Plan would become the first such plan, giving it the status and permanence to deliver on the Bill’s goals.


This draft Bill comes ahead of a full Environment Bill to be introduced in 2019. This Bill will contain specific measures to tackle ongoing environmental issues, including: cleaning up the air; restoring and enhancing nature; improving waste management and resource efficiency; and managing water resources better. It will also contain measures to improve human health and wellbeing.