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Available Grants

Teesside Emergency Relief Fund (TERF)

Maximum Grant = £250


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

Teesside Emergency Relief Fund (TERF) is an emergency grant fund to assist individuals living in Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees and Redcar & Cleveland who are faced with an emergency or crisis.  The operation of the fund is at the Foundation's discretion and individuals do not have a statutory right to support from this fund.

To be eligible for the fund applicants must be aged over 16 and living in one of the local authority wards shown above.  In exceptional circumstances applicants may be in the process of moving into one of these areas to flee domestic violence, hate crime, forced marriage or honour based violence.

The fund is operated as a third party grant and individuals cannot apply directly, applications must be submitted by a support organisation who have detailed knowledge of the applicant's circumstances.

The fund is focused on supporting individuals facing crisis and this must be evident in the application.  The fund will provide items to ensure applicants have:

  • something to sleep on; something to cook hot food with; something to store food and medication in safely; suitable means to keep warm, dry and healthy.

All applications are dealt with on an individual basis, but must show evidence of which of the following circumstances are faced:

  • Crisis due to a force of nature - such as a fire or flood or other weather related poverty such as extreme cold or heat;
  • Personal Crisis - such as relationship breakdown, domestic violence or prejudice;
  • Poverty Related Crisis - such as immediate loss of job or income.

The fund is NOT for lifestyle choices such as the desire of new furnishings when moving or non-essential items, also due to demand we are unable to provide carpets, curtains or other soft furnishings.

The application form must be completed in full and proof of income and crisis must be included.  A full weekly budget is also requested and it should be noted that if the budget includes excessive spending on non essential items it is likely to be refused.

Successful applicants will be issued with a voucher for the requested items and in a small number of cases monetary grants will be paid directly to the referring organisation who will supervise the spending of the said grant.  Cash will not be given to any applicants.  Typical items to be provided via TERF are: -

  • beds/mattresses, bedding, towels, mini fridge, microwave or mini oven/hob, kitchen essentials such as pots, pans and crockery, clothing, shoes, blankets and assistance with gas/electric.

Applicants are considered weekly and decisions are final and cannot be appealed against.

Any applications for clients in the Stockton on Tees area MUST go through Stockton Citizens Advice Bureau otherwise applications will be returned.

Any applications for clients in the Middlesbrough area MUST go through Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau otherwise applications will be returned.

Any applications for clients in the Redcar and Cleveland area MUST go through the Financial Support Team on 01642 771276 otherwise applications will be returned.

All referrals MUST be sent as detailed above, please DO NOT ask clients to contact us directly. If you are a client in need of support please visit the organisations as listed above (dependent on area) as we are unable to assist you directly. 

To download or print a copy of our application form and guidelines click here

Lt Colonel N L Cohen Charitable Trust

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

Call for applications to support respite activities for young carers and young people experiencing disadvantage who would benefit from undertaking positive activities in their lives.

The Lt Colonel N L Cohen Charitable Trust has made available up to £10,000 from which the Trustees would like to make awards of up to £1,000 per award.

Applications are invited from charitable organisations within the Tees Valley working with young people experiencing disadvantage, who for the purpose of self -development and respite would benefit from a trip away or enjoyable activities with their peers. These activities should take place between 1st October 2016 and 31st March 2017 and the Trustees would like to see a minimum of 10 people benefitting from each award.

Applications for a grant of up to £1,000 can be submitted by constituted groups based in Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Stockton on Tees. The group will be required to provide a copy of their constitution/ set of rules, proof of bank and any safeguarding policies in place.

A call for applications will be made on 1st July 2016 and will close at NOON on 30th August 2016.

A decision panel will be held in mid September 2016 involving the Trustees and Tees Valley Community Foundation.

Groups will be informed within 2 weeks of the decision panel meeting.

 To apply please click here 

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme 2015-17

Maximum Grant = £5,000


Area of Benefit

Hartlepool,  Stockton on Tees,  Redcar & Cleveland,  Middlesbrough,  Tees Valley

Details

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse.

 Comic Relief is pleased to be working with UK Community Foundations and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities programme.

 The Local Communities programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:

  • Community Groups
  • Resident Associations
  • Community Centres
  • Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies     
  • Credit Unions

Examples of the type of activities we will fund

  • Community sport activities
  • Furniture Projects
  • Projects providing access to benefits advice
  • Projects combating fuel poverty
  • Community consultation exercises
  • Community employment projects
  • Food Co-ops
  • Running costs; including salaries, core costs and project costs
  • Committee and volunteer/staff training
Exclusions

The criteria do not include the award of the Grant:

  • Groups with an annual Income of more than £75k
  • to individuals;
  • to statutory organisations, including schools;
  • to fund trips abroad;
  • to fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project);
  • to fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings;
  • to organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief
 
A Local Communities grant MUST be at LEAST 30% of the total cost of the project and grants of  Between £1000 and £5,000 are available. 
 

Applications are now CLOSED.

 

River Tees Rediscovered

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

The River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership covers an area of 147km2 within the Tees Lowlands, focusing on the river corridor from the coast upstream of Piercebridge. Supported by over twenty partner organisations and the Heritage Lottery Fund over a five year delivery period, the Partnership aims to reconnect communities, organisations and visitors to the river. Further information regarding the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership can be found at www.riverteesrediscovered.org

Tees Valley Community Foundation have joined up with River Tees Rediscovered to contribute £20,000 per annum to support 20 groups to deliver 20 projects on and around the River Tees each year over a 3 year period (from 2015-2018).  Grants of £1,000 are available to support groups that celebrate the River Tees through projects involving:

  • Sport
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Environmental activity
  • Arts/Culture
  • Community Engagement
  • Volunteering
  • Heritage

Applications can be submitted by constituted groups based in Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington. The group will need to provide a copy of their constitution/set of rules and proof of bank and any safeguarding policies in place.

 To apply please click here 

Tees Valley Small Grant Fund

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

Tees Valley Small Grant Fund is the new quick and easy grant available to community groups from Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland.  It provides a fundamental link between our resources and the community. The Fund prioritises projects that address issues of disadvantage, projects fulfilling a need not already being met and projects aimed at improving the social environment. The Fund draws from a number of individual funds, which the Foundation holds on behalf of businesses, individuals and trusts. Grants of up to £1,000 are available and decisions are made within 4 weeks of the Foundation receiving an application.

Applications exceed the amount of funding we have available and therefore priority will be given to those activities that are essential to the running of a group/organisation.  For activities that are of a more desirable nature, groups are encouraged to fundraise themselves and not apply for a TVCF small grant.  For example if a group would like to hold a Christmas party or take members on a daytrip or outing we would consider this desirable not essential.

To apply, simply click on the link below:

NOTE: You can only make ONE application upto £1000 in any 12 month period from one small grant fund.

To apply please click here 

Teesside Offshore Community Benefit Fund

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Hartlepool,  Stockton on Tees,  Redcar & Cleveland

Details

The Teesside Offshore Community Benefit Fund is a community support fund providing much needed financial help for community groups on the coastal arc of the Tees Valley.  Groups from the Headland in Hartlepool to beyond Saltburn are eligible to apply for small grant support of up to £1,000.

 To find out if your group is in an eligible ward to apply please have a look at the map by clicking on the link. View Map.

To apply, simply click on the link below:

NOTE: You can only make ONE application upto £1000 in any 12 month period from one small grant fund.

To apply please click here 

Northumbrian Water Fund

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

Small grants are available for

  • community projects
  • environmental projects on any space, facility or building that can be enjoyed by the general public for leisure, recreation or entertainment. 

Decisions are made twice yearly Feburary and August by a panel of representatives from Northumbrian Water.

To apply, simply click on the link below:

NOTE: You can only make ONE application upto £1000 in any 12 month period from one small grant fund.

To apply please click here 

EDF Energy Fund

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Hartlepool

Details

The EDF Energy Fund was established in 1999 in collaboration with Hartlepool Power Station.  It aims to provide financial support for the community of Hartlepool particually for the benefit of youth.  In recent years sports clubs, arts activities and healthy living projects have successfully applied for grants from EDF Energy through their partnership with Tees Valley Community Foundation.

To apply, simply click on the link below:

NOTE: You can only make ONE application upto £1000 in any 12 month period from one small grant fund.

To apply please click here 

The Goshen Fund

Maximum Grant = £5,000


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

The Goshen Fund has been established to provide small grants to local groups working to support the community in the Tees Valley, especially those experiencing disadvantage or social exclusion.

Applications are CLOSED

Stockton Borough Community Fund

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Stockton on Tees

Details

We are delighted to announce that this grant fund has been increased and is now able to accept applications up to £1,000.

Grants are available to support community projects and activities e.g. arts & crafts, educational trips, keep fit classes, walking trips, new equipment, social activities etc.

Decisions are made weekly by a 'virtual' panel of local representatives from Stockton on Tees.

To apply, simply click on the link below:

NOTE: You can only make ONE application upto £1000 in any 12 month period from one small grant fund.

To apply please click here

Pursuit of Excellence - Sport

Maximum Grant = £1,000


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

Tees Valley Community Foundation is working in Partnership with Tees Valley Sport. All applications for grant support for individuals excelling in sport should apply on the Tees Valley Sport website by clicking here.

The Pursuit of Excellence scheme awards grants of up to £1,000 for young people aged 11-24 who are resident in the unitary authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees, and who are excelling in their chosen speciality and who are in need of financial assistance to achieve their aims.

Excellence - The Foundation looks for those who are likely to reach national and/or international prominence in a sporting endeavour, and in doing so bring credit to their home town. Furthermore, there should be clear signs of potential to progress to full national or international recognition at senior level.

Disadvantage - One of the prime objectives of the fund is to address the needs of disadvantaged young people in the area; this forms a major theme in the Scheme.

Recognised sports - support is confined to the 46 listed sports recognised by Sport England and in addition Ice & Roller Hockey. Please refer to their website for the full list of recognised sports by clicking here.

 

 

Tees Valley Community Foundation Bursary

Maximum Grant = £4,500


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

The Tees Valley Community Foundation Bursary will be awarded to a student from the Tees Valley area who will be studying for a full time undergraduate degree at Teesside University.

Decisions will be made on ‘A' level (or equivalent) grades achieved UCAS personal statement and financial circumstances. The bursary will be awarded to a candidate who might otherwise struggle to find the necessary funding to pursue their chosen career.

John Bloom Law Bursary

Maximum Grant = £6,000


Area of Benefit

Tees Valley

Details

The John Bloom Law Bursary was established in memory of John Bloom who was a local solicitor and a Trustee of the Foundation.  He was passionate about his chosen profession and also about the area in which he was born and worked.  His widow set up the Bursary in memory of John with the aim of providing financial assistance to students who have chosen to follow a career in Law.

The Bursary supports students intending to study for a full time undergaduate degree in Law at a UK University.  The successful candidate for the bursary will be expected to obtain good 'A' level grades and will be from a background of modest means.  A bursary of £6,000 (over 3 years) will be awarded to a student who might otherwise struggle to find the necessary funding to pursue their chosen career.

The student must live within the Tees Valley area to be eligible.

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS (UNTIL APRIL 2017)

The John Bloom Law Bursary Application Form ( 731.5kb )