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 Round 3 of the Community Chest Scheme 2018 is now open. Applications are welcome for the following Local Area Council areas: Ashington & Blyth, Castle Morpeth, Cramlington, Bedlington & Seaton Valley, and Tynedale. Applications that benefit the whole County are also welcome. Deadline for receipt is 5pm Friday 11th January.

Please note that funds for North Northumberland are now fully allocated for this 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. In addition, a new small grant scheme, Help For You, has been included specifically to help young people under 18 to achieve an ambition (see below).

The fund 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 3   11th January 2019   15th February 2019

If your project seeks to benefit the County as a whole, then it may be considered as a Countywide project, for which £60,000 per annum is set aside. Such projects are considered by a separate panel of Area Chairs that meets more regularly. 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. 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.

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 or 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.

For further information, please contact: 

Community Regeneration Team
Ecomony and Inclusion Policy Team
Planning and Economy
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF