Apply For A Grant

Please select a local authority below to see any grants you may qualify for.

Available Grants

Teesside Emergency Relief Fund (TERF)

Maximum Grant = £250

Area of Benefit

Tees Valley


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

Pursuit of Excellence - Sport

Maximum Grant = £1,000

Area of Benefit

Tees Valley


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 12-24 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.



John Bloom Law Bursary

Maximum Grant = £6,000

Area of Benefit

Tees Valley


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.


The John Bloom Law Bursary Application Form ( 731.5kb )