FUNDING: Gateshead Fund

Status:  Open to applications
Application Deadline:  08 June 2012


This scheme aims to build the capacity of local voluntary organisations in Gateshead.


Average Value:  £5,000

Value Notes

No minimum or maximum levels of funding are stipulated. However, it is expected that the average award will be in the region of £5,000

Extended Description

The Gateshead Fund is provided and administered by Gateshead Council and is designed to develop and build capacity of local voluntary organisations.

The scheme is divided into two strands:

  • Local Community Fund: this strand is accessible through local ward councillors for local issues with the aim of actively promoting community engagement and development.
  • Gateshead Capacity Building Fund: this strand is targeted at organisations to expand their activities and build their capacity, allowing them to diversify their income and become more sustainable.

Latest Information

Round Two opened on 14 May 2012 with a deadline of 8 June 2012. This Round is an Open Call

Key Criteria

Community and voluntary groups and social enterprises within Gateshead are eligible to apply. 

Eligible Expenditure

Capacity Building Fund

Support is for organisations to diversify their income by:

  • Increasing skills and expertise.
  • Expanding services.
  • Considering new ways of working.

The aim is to build capacity so that organisations become more sustainable. Examples of what will supported include:

  • Consultancy fees.
  • Training.
  • Increasing volunteering opportunities.
  • Expanding or developing activities or services.
  • Feasibility studies to consider different ways of working.
  • Implementing Social Impact techniques (including outcomes measurement, monitoring and evaluation procedures).
  • Collaborations / mergers / partnership working development.
  • Community Asset Transfer development – organisations / consortia (including groups of individuals) wanting to run their own building.
  • Marketing / promotion.
  • Fact finding visits to establish good / best practice.
  • Environmental sustainability projects eg renewable energy.
  • Core costs; such as salaries, utilities, rents, rates, volunteer expenses (This will be on a sliding scale depending on size and capacity of the organisation).

Application Procedure

Contact the Council for further information.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Chief Executive's Department
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Tyne and Wear
Telephone:  0191 433 2268
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