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More than £70,000 of grants to benefit regional charities

Date published: 2 March 2023

Read time: 2 minutes

A St Vincent's volunteer re-stocking the shelves at their foodbank larder.

Twenty five charities from across the North East and Cumbria have benefitted from over £70,000 in grant funding from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Grants ranging from £3,000 to £6,900 have been distributed amongst a number of charities across the region, to support the work they do to tackle issues surrounding employability, food poverty, debt management, homelessness, social isolation, and the environment.

We have also continued our longstanding commitment to hospices and cancer care services.

Organisations who have received a grant from our Community Fund include:

  • The Rock Youth Project, Cumbria – to help pay the salary of a part-time youth worker;
  • Sunderland Women’s Centre – to launch a free ten-week computer skills course;
  • Middlesbrough Environment City – to purchase a new freezer to store a wider selection of surplus food in its Eco Shop;
  • St Vincent de Paul Society, Newcastle – to meet the growing cost of buying ingredients for its weekly lunch club.

Donna Stubbs, community manager at Newcastle Building Society, says: “Our Community Fund is one of the ways we can make a positive difference in our communities.

As living costs continue to place pressure on our communities, it’s important that we support our charities in meeting the increasing demand for their services.

Working with the Community Foundation, our grants provide a long-term funding legacy that is tailored to the specific needs of the charity.”

To find out more information about our Community Fund and our grants, click here.

Look out for more about Sunderland Women’s Centre and Middlesbrough Environment City coming soon!

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