Community Chest

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

Learn more below about the latest grants.

We are pleased to announce that the Community Chest Scheme for 2023-24 is now open. 

For more information, please contact:

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). 

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.

Grants awarded in previous years: 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  02 June 2023                    14 July 2023
Round 2  29 September 2023  10 November 2023
Round 3  12 January 2024  23 February 2024
If you would like to apply to the scheme, please click on the form and guidelines links below.  Some users may experience formating issues with the Word version, in which case please check the pdf version to make sure that all of the sections are correct. Please email all of your documents to the email address above, preferably in PDF format. Once your project is finished you will be required to submit a completion form and submit copies of receipts. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide an online application form at this time.

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 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. 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.
For further information, please contact: 

Community Regeneration Team
Economic Growth & Regeneration Team
Economy & Regeneration Service
Place Directorate
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF
The scheme gives local organisations a chance to bid for funding.

Hear from some of our previous winners below:

Ellington Brownies

Hear from the Ellington Brownies and how the Community Chest Scheme helped them buy new sporting equipment. 

Bedlington FC

Find out how Bedlington FC will be using their money from the Community Chest Scheme to improve their facilities. 

Rothbury Pipers

Learn how the Community Chest fund has helped the Rothbury Pipers and find out how you can get involved with the group. 

Koast Radio

With the help of the Community Chest fund, Koast Radio were able to buy new broadcasting equipment.

Howick Hall

Find out how Howick Hall are using their Community Chest money to improve their space for the whole community. 

Cramlington Youth Project

Find out how the Cramlington Youth Project used the Community Chest Scheme to buy media and music equipment.