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New partnership to help Gateshead communities

Posted on Monday 12 September 2016

Gateshead Council has launched a new partnership with the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, to support and give funding to voluntary and community organisations across the borough.

The Foundation has agreed to administer and explore the development of the Council’s Capacity Building Fund for the next three years and will be looking at ways to help voluntary, community and social enterprise groups in Gateshead. It will also be researching how individual philanthropists and Gateshead businesses can get involved.

The next round of the Capacity Building Fund opens for applications this Wednesday 14 September 2016 and will provide funding to help organisations develop their capacity and skills to help create stronger, connected communities in Gateshead. The Fund also supports activities that promote and celebrate volunteering, during Gateshead Volunteers Month every June.

During the last financial year, 131 applications received funding, totalling £583,197.

Councillor Linda Green, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering, said: “Gateshead Council is maintaining its commitment to supporting voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in the borough and we are very excited about our new partnership with the Community Foundation.

This is a very experienced and well respected organisation that has successfully managed a wide variety of charitable trusts and endowments in the region for many years”.

She added: "A strong and vibrant voluntary and community sector is vital for the overall health and wellbeing of Gateshead residents and our collaboration with the Foundation will hopefully see the financial resources available to Gateshead’s communities develop over the next few years”.

Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, said: “At the Community Foundation, we know that public sector grant schemes continue to be vital part of the funding mix for very many voluntary and community organisations.

“So we are delighted to be working with the Council to support the continued delivery and potential development of its Gateshead Fund. We will be working to promote the funding opportunities available, and researching ways the Fund might grow in the future through the support of partner organisations, businesses and individual giving.”

All of the Fund’s application information and criteria is now located on the Community Foundation’s website:

Groups and organisations considering submitting an application can obtain advice and guidance by contacting either the Gateshead Support Team at Newcastle CVS or the Council’s Neighbourhood Management and Volunteering Team