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Our Community Fund

The Newcastle Building Society Community Fund, at the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, provides grants to local charities across the North East, Cumbria, and North Yorkshire.

Since 2016, we’ve awarded more than £1.7m to benefit local causes and make a real difference in the areas we’re based.

More recently, we’re continuing to support charities and projects linked to:

  • Food poverty: helping our communities achieve food security
  • Sustainability and the environment: helping our communities reduce their carbon impact or supporting biodiversity and conservation
  • Work and opportunity: helping to develop regional talent and the opportunity to access decent work for those less advantaged in our communities
  • Homelessness: working to end housing insecurity and reduce homelessness
  • Debt management: providing advice, information, and guidance to help those most in need to develop their financial capability

Here’s just a few of the great causes we’ve recently supported: 

Yatton House Society

Yatton House Society received a grant of £3,000 to install energy efficient insulation and glazing at their centre in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire.

Our Community Fund grants

Our Community Fund grant nominations are now closed. Take a look at the local charities and causes we've supported over the years.
Community Campus, a Newcastle Building Society colleague volunteering with a North East charity.

North Tyneside Disability Forum

North Tyneside Disability Forum received a £3,000 grant to extend the amount of time it can dedicate to helping individuals and families across the area manage the negative social, financial and cultural impact of financial pressures.

Newcastle Building Society colleague sat with members of the North Tyneside Disability Forum

Newcastle Building Society’s support has made a massive difference to the number of people that we’ve been able to help obtain the different resources that they need and are entitled to, and we’re very grateful to have them on our side.

Sue Adams

North Tyneside Disability Forum

The Comfrey Project

The Comfrey Project is a longstanding North East charity which helps refugees and people seeking asylum gain practical horticultural skills, a and runs a community garden at its Windmill Hills Centre headquarters in Gateshead and allotment sites in Fenham and Walkergate.

The charity provides its volunteers with a chance to undertake a range of meaningful work at its weekly sessions, including gardening, cookery and housekeeping, and recently received a four-figure funding boost from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund. The grant will help meet the growing costs of delivering its services and ensure it can provide all the equipment and support that its volunteers need.

Two ladies sat in a community garden holding cups of tea.

"We spend a great deal of time on raising the money we need to cover our costs, so this sort of funding from Newcastle Building Society allows us to spend more time on planning and delivering the best possible services we can provide.”

Eleni Venaki

Director of the Comfrey Project

Our latest round of community grants

Take a look at the most recent grant recipients and the amazing work they do across our region!
Volunteers and colleagues stood outside of HartlePower building.