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The Gateshead Thrive Fund

The Council remains committed to supporting the Borough's voluntary and community groups, despite the difficult budget choices it has had to make over recent years.

The Gateshead Thrive Fund's principles reflect our ambition to make Gateshead a place where everybody thrives, by:

  • developing the capacity of community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations in Gateshead
  • supporting the provision of services by voluntary and community organisations in Gateshead
  • creating stronger communities in Gateshead by building on the voluntary efforts of residents, local community assets and the work of elected members in their wards
  • encouraging and supporting residents to help out in their communities (volunteering)

The main priorities for the Gateshead Thrive Fund are:

  • projects which support the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Gateshead and/or the most vulnerable residents
  • projects which address poverty
  • building social capital and increasing active participation by residents within Gateshead
  • helping to support and enable volunteering

Further information can be found on the Thrive pages.

The Thrive Fund comprises the following strands:

 

Thrive Fund Community Grant

The Community Grant is administered by the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear & Northumberland to support voluntary and community sector organisations delivering activities and services for the benefit of people in Gateshead.

Funding request

Applications can be made for between £500 and £2,000. Funding for Community Grants is limited and will be awarded using a fast track system; once the allocated funding is awarded, the programme will close.

Eligibility

Applications will be considered from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, based or working in Gateshead, and with an annual income under £250,000. Eligible groups are:

  • Constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • Registered charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • Charitable companies
  • Social enterprises (for example, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and Co-operatives)

Type of project objectives that can be funded

Project objectives which can be funded include those that:

  • support the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Gateshead
  • support the most vulnerable residents, such as children, young people, older people and those with disabilities
  • enhance the environment
  • help address poverty, such as school holiday activity projects and foodbanks
  • projects which develop and increase volunteering, including activities associated with Gateshead Volunteer's Month, will also be considered. For example:
    • a taster event or open day to help recruit new volunteers
    • activity which benefits the growth and development of volunteers, both new and existing; for example, training and team development
    • Publicity and promotional materials
    • demonstrable and reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by volunteers linked to a specific volunteering event or activity

Type of project activities that can be considered

Applications can request the following to be considered for support:

  • start-up costs associated with setting up newly constituted community organisations (CICs can seek support within the first 12 months of operation)
  • a contribution to core costs, such as accountancy fees and public liability insurance (except CICs)
  • publicity materials, including website design/social media, film and print
  • consultation and feasibility research
  • events/activities
  • professional fees, such as planning, building regulation, architects, surveyors
  • capacity building activity, such as training and development for volunteers and management committee members, organisation accreditation/quality standard compliance, for example, Trusted Charity Mark
  • purchase of small items of equipment, such as tablets, printers, display banners

Exclusions

Community Grants will not fund:

  • organisations with an annual income over £250,000
  • organisations in receipt of a Community Grant awarded in the last 12 months
  • contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • one-off events that do not demonstrably meet the Fund's priorities
  • religious activity, which is not for the wider public benefit
  • activities which have already taken place/retrospective funding
  • grant making by other organisations/third party funding
  • privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships
  • organisations with unrestricted reserves that exceed one year's running costs
  • individuals and sole traders

How to apply

Applications can only be made using the Community Grants online application form. Please ensure you are using the correct application form, as we cannot consider applications made on the general online application form; if you are unsure, please seek advice using the contact information below.

Paper applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances; please contact us first if you are unable to use the online system.

 

Thrive Fund Main Grant

The Thrive Fund Main Grant Programme aims to support organisations to achieve funding stability and to help plan for the future. Funding is available to support the following objectives:

  • business and financial planning
  • the development of new ways of working
  • capacity building activity, including staff, volunteer and management committee training, strengthening organisational structures and systems
  • costs associated with pursuing asset transfers, property purchases and leases

A contribution to core running costs will be considered, but only where it can be clearly demonstrated to support delivery of one or more of the above objectives. The Fund will not support core cost requests from Social Enterprises, including CICs.

The purchase of small items of equipment, for example furniture, computers and printers, will be considered where it also supports delivery of objectives. Requests for large capital funding will be considered but must be accompanied by a robust business case.

Amount of funding that can be requested

Eligible organisations can apply for up to £10,000 to support activity over a 12 month period.

What can be funded

Priority will be given to projects which address the needs of the most vulnerable communities or residents in Gateshead. Applications must outline how the funding will be used to strengthen and grow the organisation, supporting the development and delivery of one or more of the Council's five pledges within its five-year strategic approach, 'Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives': Further information can be found on our Thrive page.

Applicants will be required to identify three objectives related to the increased sustainability and capacity that will be achieved as a result of a Thrive Fund grant. Applicants that secure funding will be required to provide an end of grant monitoring report, explaining the impact of the funding within their local community, evidence of need and progress against their grant objectives.

Subject to eligibility criteria, the fund can be utilised to support organisations with match funding for projects seeking funding from the Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme, Gateshead Goes Local. Further information can be found on our Gateshead Goes Local page.

Eligibility

Applications will be considered from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, based or working in Gateshead, with an annual income under £1 million.

Organisations with between £250,000 and £1 million annual income will be required to provide an explanation as to why the requested funding cannot be met, either in whole or in part, from their unrestricted reserves or other alternative sources.

Examples of eligible groups include:

  • constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • registered charities including charitable companies
  • social enterprises, for example, CICs and Co-operatives, subject to the normal restrictions on funding for the costs of continuing services outlined on the Community Foundation website

(CICs must submit their business plan with their application)

Exclusions

The Main Grants Programme will not fund:

  • organisations with an annual income over £1 million
  • contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • religious activity, which is not for the wider public benefit
  • routine building or equipment repairs and maintenance
  • activities which have already taken place/retrospective funding
  • grant making by other organisations/third party funding
  • privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships
  • organisations with unrestricted reserves that exceed one year's running costs
  • individuals

Decision making

The Community Foundation's recommendations are considered by the Gateshead Thrive Fund Advisory Group, whose recommendations are submitted to the Council's Cabinet for approval. If the Fund becomes oversubscribed, the Advisory Group will have sole discretion as to which applications are put forward for approval by Cabinet.

The Community Foundation expects to notify successful applicants in January 2020.

How and when to apply

Applications can only be made using the Gateshead Thrive Fund Main Grants online application form which only appears on their website during the application window, which is 27 August to 18 October 2019.

We are unable to consider applications made on the general Community Foundation application form. Paper applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the Community Foundation if you are unable to use their online system.

Further information

Applicants may find it useful to discuss their proposed application with the Community Foundation in advance of applying to clarify eligibility issues.


Please contact:

Nils Stronach
Senior Programme Advisor
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
Philanthropy House, Woodbine Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1DD

Telephone: 0191 2220945
Email: ns@communityfoundation.org.uk

    For general advice and guidance contact

    Neighbourhood Management and Volunteering
    Culture, Communities, Leisure and Volunteering
    Civic Centre
    Regent Street
    Gateshead
    NE8 1HH

    0191 433 3824
    davidandrew@gateshead.gov.uk

     

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