Community Chest

The scheme gives local organisations a chance to bid for funding.

The scheme gives local organisations a chance to bid for funding.

Our aim is to support voluntary and community groups and organisations to deliver activities which contribute to achieving the council’s ambition of maintaining and creating sustainable communities.

Hear from some of our previous winners below and find out how you can apply for funding here. 

Ellington Brownies

Bedlington FC

Rothbury Pipers

Koast Radio

Howick Hall

Cramlington Youth Project

Learn more below about the latest grants.

We are happy to announce that there will be a further round of the Community Chest Scheme for the Ashington & Blyth, Castle Morpeth, and Cramlington Bedlington & Seaton Valley Local Area Council Areas. The deadline for applications is Friday 31st January 2020.

Please note that the North and Tynedale Local Area Councils have allocated their budgets for this financial year.

The aim of the Community Chest Scheme is to support community groups and organisations to deliver activities which contribute to achieving the Council’s ambition for Northumberland. This includes Help For You which aims to help young people under 18 to achieve an ambition (see below). This year we will also run an Event Fund to provide some transitional support to assist local groups, clubs, charities and local councils, to cover additional costs arising from changes in the way the County Council provides support for local events (see below).

The Community Chest Scheme will support one-off initiatives that are:
  • seen as valuable to the area
  • are not able to secure mainstream funding from the council or other sources
They do this by giving one-off grants of up to £5,000, but not exceeding 75% of the actual costs, i.e. you will need to find at least 25% from your own or other sources.

You are advised to read the guidelines carefully before applying. If you would like some ideas about the kinds of projects that have been successful, please see the list of successful projects for 2016-17.  To help the council decide between different applications, there are higher and lower priorities for the scheme.

Higher priority will be given to:
  • projects submitted by small community groups, defined as having an income of less than £10,000 per year and no paid staff
  • initiatives that will help community groups to become sustainable in the longer term
  • groups who have not received a grant from the community chest in the past
Lower priority will be given to groups who have received a community chest grant in the past two years and those that apply for projects similar to previous years.

If your group or organisation does not meet the priorities, then an application can still be made but is less likely to be successful.
  Deadline Panel Meeting by
Round 1 Friday 7th June 2019 Friday 19th July 2019
Round 2 Friday 18th October 2019 Friday 29th November 2019
Round 3 Friday 31st January 2020 Friday 28th February 2020

If your project seeks to benefit the County as a whole, then it may be considered as a Countywide project, for which £30,000 per annum is set aside. Such projects are considered by a separate panel of Area Chairs that meets more regularly (8 May, 30 July, 24 Sept, 26 Nov, 28 Jan). Although the maximum grant remains 75% of the actual costs, the upper limit will not normally exceed £10,000.  

If you would like to apply to the fund, please click on the form and guidelines links below.  Some users may experience formating issues with the Word version, in which case plase check the pdf version to make sure that all of the sections are correct. Once your project is finished you will be required to submit a completion form and submit copies of receipts. You can also request a link to a bespoke google docs application form via the email address below.

NB If you submit paper documents, please do not use staples. All documents are scanned and the paper copies are then shredded.

Application form  Guidance and conditions Sample completed application Completion form
Help For You
Grants of up to £200 are available for young people aged under 18 to support them in pursuing a particular ambition. Applications must be submitted by a constituted body, such as a sports club, youth club, scouts/guides, community group, local charity, or a school. No more than two grants per year per organisation will be allowed. Applications must be made on the form provided below. Applications will be considered in Round 1 followed by a review of the scheme. Submitting Help For You applications will not affect applications to the main Community Chest Scheme.

The grant panel will be looking for demonstrations of leadership, sporting excellence or other endeavour, which will inspire other young people or project a positive role model for others to follow.

Event Fund

The County Council has to find £36m revenue budget savings over the 3 year period 2019/20 to 2021/22. The Council has therefore sought to identify savings from discretionary areas of service provision in order to safeguard the delivery of vital public services. One such area of discretionary spending relates to the provision of traffic management and other services such as refuse collection, litter picking, etc which have previously been provided free of charge by the Council for a wide range of events held in the county.

As part of the Council’s revenue budget savings proposals for 2019/20 it has been agreed that the Council will seek to recover the costs it incurs from the provision of support services requested by event organisers. This will apply to all events with the exception of Remembrance Day Parades and Armed Forces Parades, which will continue to receive support free of charge.  By seeking to recover these costs the Council is able to safeguard the provision of other key front-line services that ensure the county remains an attractive place to live, work in or visit.

The Council values the contribution that cultural, sporting, community and other events make to the quality of life and economy of the county and wants to assist event organisers to adjust to the changes in support provision during 2019/20. The Council is therefore implementing an ‘Event Fund’  to provide some transitional financial support to assist local groups, clubs, charities and local councils to cover additional costs arising from changes in the way the County Council provides support for local events. For those events taking place from 1st June 2019, the Council will no longer provide free support services to event organisers for services such as traffic management. The provision of any support services will now incur a charge payable by event organisers. Events occurring before 1st June will be unaffected. The fund will run for one year only. 

Applications for grants from the Fund must be made on the form below and must be submitted by the deadline for the Round.
  Deadline Panel meeting by
Round 1 Monday 22nd April 2019 Tuesday 30th April 2019
Round 2 Monday 17th June 2019 Tuesday 25th June 2019
Round 3 Monday 23rd September 2019 Tuesday 1st October 2019

All applications are considered in chronological order of receipt date. Awards are made on a first come, first served basis. Once the budget is fully allocated the fund will close. 

Please read the guidance before applying.
For further information, please contact: 

Community Regeneration Team
Ecomony and Regeneration Service
Place Directorate
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF