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Newcastle Building Society Community Fund

Providing grants to local charities across the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

Since 2016, the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has provided more than £2.1m of financial support, benefiting local causes through grants and donations. Community funding makes a real difference in the areas where we’re based, impacting thousands of people.

During the coronavirus crisis, we provided a £100,000 donation to the Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery fund.

More recently we’ve supported charities who are focused on tackling issues linked to employability, food poverty, debt management, homelessness, social isolation, the environment, as well as continuing to support hospices and cancer care services.

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

Queen’s Jubilee Grant Recipients 

Gateway into the Community & Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre

In March 2022, we awarded grants to a variety of organisations across the region to help them celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and tackle social isolation, which increased as a result of the pandemic.

St Paul’s Community Partnership

St Paul’s Community Partnership runs a weekly FairShare scheme, where food donated by local retailers and collected from a range of other sources, is made available for people in need across the community to collect free of charge. 

A group of ladies stand outside a church with a St Paul's Community Partnership banner.

With limited storage space, the charity was struggling to organise the many generous donations and risked losing track of available items. St Paul’s used a grant of £1,000 from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund to buy a series of storage units, which has allowed for proper organisation and for food products to be made available in date order

“The storage units have made a terrific difference to the way in which we can manage our FairShare stores and there’s no way we could have afforded to buy them on our own, so we’re hugely grateful for the support that Newcastle Building Society has given us.”

Rev Sue McCormack
St Paul’s Community Partnership

Read more here.

Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre

£2,500 to heavily subsidise the cost of a training course for 14 lifeguards to be recruited. 

Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre – Community Grant 2021

Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre has been able to subsidise the training costs to train and employ new lifeguards in time for their re-opening earlier this year, following a grant from our Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

"This sort of detailed, intensive training naturally comes at a cost, but the generous support we’ve had from the Society will make it much more widely accessible across our community and will open up new local employment opportunities that might otherwise have been out of reach for many."

Maxine Wilson
Manager, Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre

Our Community Fund grants

Our Community Fund grant nominations are back open.

Our latest round of community grants

Take a look at the most recent grant recipients and the amazing work they do across our region!