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Small Grants Fund

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Community and voluntary groups in North Tyneside are being invited to bid for a share of a £25,000 cash pot. 

North Tyneside Council has set up the Small Grants Fund to provide much-needed financial support for small local groups with big ideas.

The fund will award up to £3,000 to groups who can demonstrate how their ideas would help to meet the priorities identified in the Council Plan / Creating a Brighter Future. 

The plan revolves around four key themes: 

  • Ready for school - help to ensure children have the best possible start in life
  • Ready for work – support young people towards work and training 
  • Cared for, safeguarded and healthy – protect our most vulnerable people
  • Great place to live, work and visit – work to improve and promote our borough

Who can apply?

This fund is available to new or existing community and voluntary sector (third sector) organisations based in North Tyneside. 

How much is involved?

There is £25,000 in the fund to be allocated in 2017/18. 

What can the fund be used for?

The funding is for projects that will help to achieve at least one of the Creating a Brighter Future outcomes. Organisations will have to identify how they think their project will have an impact on at least one of the Creating and Brighter Future themes. The funding will allow for the testing out of new ideas, where support from the council team in evaluating the impact is needed this should be identified on the application form.

How will it work?

Groups and Organisations that are based in North Tyneside need to complete the attached application and return it to Felicity Shoesmith by 4th September 2017.  
Funding decisions will be made by a panel including:

  • Cabinet member for Community Engagement
  • Head of Corporate Strategy
  • Community and Voluntary Sector Liaison Manager 

They will meet to discuss all applications and agree which projects will receive funding / additional support.

Organisations will be informed of the outcome. Successful organisations will be sent a funding agreement which they will need to sign to confirm the scope of the project and the monitoring arrangements.

Funding will be paid up front, however all money must be spend as agreed in the funding agreement, within the agreed timescales. Any funding not spent as set out in the agreement will need to be paid back to the council.
 

Apply

If you think your group is eligible for a share of the cash, simply download and complete your application and return it by 9am on Monday 4 September.

Completed forms should be returned to:

Felicity Shoesmith
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant East, The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

Email: felicity.shoesmith@northtyneside.gov.uk 
Telephone: (0191) 643 7071

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The application process

Two appointment days have been arranged for any organisation that has any queries or need some help with completing the application. To book places on this please email Felicity (felicity.shoesmith@northtyneside.gov.uk) stating the best date and time for you. The appointments will take place at Quadrant on 8th August and 21st August.

Alternatively you can email or phone Felicity with any queries. 

Timing

The funding is available for 2017/8 and money needs to be spent by the end of March 2018.

The closing date and time for all applications is 9am on September 4 2017.

Evaluation

In March 2018 a short evaluation exercise will be undertaken to check that the approach has been effective.

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