The Gateshead Thrive Fund

The Council is 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

Gateshead Thrive Fund strands

The Fund comprises the following strands:

Community grants

Eligibility: community and social enterprise sector organisations based or working in Gateshead and with an annual income under £50,000

Amount of funding that can be applied for: Between £500 and £1,500

What can be supported

  • start-up costs
  • core running costs (except Social Enterprises, such as CICs)
  • events/activities
  • publicity materials
  • capacity building activity, such as volunteer and management committee training
  • purchase of small items of equipment, such as ICT equipment.

The Community Grants Programme closes on 30 November 2018.

Funds are limited and will be awarded using a fast track system; once the allocated funds are awarded, the programme will close.

Thrive Main Fund

Eligibility: community and social enterprise sector organisations based or working in Gateshead and with an annual income under £250,000. Social enterprises, for example, CICs and Co-operatives, are eligible, subject to the normal restrictions on funding for the costs of continuing services outlined at CICs will be required to submit their business plan with their application.

Amount of funding that can be applied for: up to £10,000

What can be supported: The Thrive Main Fund is intended to support organisations to achieve funding stability and help plan for the future. Funding is available to support the following four 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 community asset transfers, property purchases and leases

The Thrive Main Fund opens on 29 October 2018 and closes on 11 January 2019

How to apply for funding from the Gateshead Thrive Fund

The Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland administers the Gateshead Thrive Fund on behalf of the Council.

When a particular strand of the Fund is open for applications, the application information will be accessible on the Community Foundation's website, including the full criteria.

Keep up to date by signing up for the Community Foundation's eNews monthly newsletter.

Applications can only be made using the dedicated Community Foundation's website and the specific Thrive Fund application form - NOT the generic Foundation application form.

How the Gateshead Fund has been spent

The following publications provide information about previous grants and how they have been spent in communities across Gateshead.

Further information

Applicants may wish to discuss their potential applications with the Community Foundation in advance of applying. Please contact:

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

0191 222 0945

    For general advice and guidance contact

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

    0191 433 3824


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