Apply For A Grant

It’s not all about money and this isn’t a purely transactional decision.

Tees Valley Community Foundation offers a wide range of options made up of money from the many different funds we distribute on behalf of our donors, partners, companies and public organisations.

We match applications to the criteria of the various funds available at the time and are able to support the activities of many different kinds of community groups and charities.

We welcome applications of up to £1000 from any suitably constituted, not-for-profit group.

About Our Grants

Aside from our Small Grants Programme we also have annual and emergency grants available.

The Goshen Fund

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.

The 2020 round is now open and will close at 4pm, Monday 30th November 2020. To submit an application please click the "APPLY NOW" button on this page and answer "GOSHEN" when asked if you are applying to a specific fund. 

The 2020 round is now open and will close at 4pm, Monday 30th November 2020. To submit an application please click the "APPLY NOW" button on this page and answer "GOSHEN" when asked if you are applying to a specific fund. 

John Bloom Law Bursary

The John Bloom Law Bursary was established in memory of John Bloom, a local solicitor and a Trustee of the Foundation. John was passionate about his chosen profession and 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 from the Tees Valley area (Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington or Redcar and Cleveland) intending to study for a full time undergraduate degree in Law at any 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.

Grant round will open early March 2020 (with a panel to be held in August) and will close at 5pm Thursday 16th July, 2020.

Please download and complete a copy of the application form from our Resources and Guidelines section, returning by email to l.leather@teesvalleyfoundation.org or via post to Wallace House, Falcon Court, Preston Farm, Stockton on Tees, TS18 3TX.

Grant round will open early March 2020 (with a panel to be held in August) and will close at 5pm Thursday 16th July, 2020.

Please download and complete a copy of the application form from our Resources and Guidelines section, returning by email to l.leather@teesvalleyfoundation.org or via post to Wallace House, Falcon Court, Preston Farm, Stockton on Tees, TS18 3TX.

The Prochorus Fund

The Prochorus Fund was established in September 2018 by David and Anne Heading, made up of funds from the estate of Anne's late mother. 

The fund is primarily for the making of grants to constituted groups with an area of benefit bounded by: 

  • The A19 to the West
  • Danby to the East
  • Great Ayton to the North
  • Helmsley to the South

The purpose of the fund is to provide small grants for the promotion of social, cultural and educational activities for which no government grants or lottery funding is available and for which a nominal or no entry charge is made. This may include grants for educational purposes (not including travel).  Examples of the types of groups that would potentially be funded include; Local History Societies, Parish Councils, Village Hall Committees and any constituted groups promoting the arts and/or music.

Grants will NOT be made for sport, buildings or for travel costs.

This grant is open for applications all year round. 



Redcar and Cleveland Emergency Fund

Tees Valley Community Foundation, in conjunction with Redcar and Cleveland’s Voluntary Development Agency, Sirius Minerals Foundation, EDF Renewables, and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have joined forces to establish a new Redcar and Cleveland Emergency Fund. 

The immediate purpose of this fund is to support local groups based in Redcar and Cleveland to deliver activities which help alleviate the difficulties facing individuals and communities in the face of the current Covid-19 crisis.

From the 4th May 2020, groups are invited to apply for up to £1,000 to directly deliver activities that are needed by their local communities. This could take the form of activities such as food distribution, befriending support, disability care or mental health support.

The fund is only able to support activities that are focused upon the direct delivery of projects that meet an ‘immediate need' caused by the current Covid-19 crisis. 

Unfortunately the fund is not able at the present time to support groups with ongoing running costs, whilst activities are suspended or facilities closed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Interested groups are kindly requested to complete an application form here.

If you require further information about the fund please contact us at info@teesvalleyfoundation.org.

Interested groups are kindly requested to complete an application form here.

If you require further information about the fund please contact us at info@teesvalleyfoundation.org.

Tees Valley Covid-19 Relief Fund

Tees Valley Community Foundation (TVCF) has £100,000 of funding available to provide fast funds to local groups working to relieve the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

TVCF, which has been helping local charities and community groups by distributing grants for more than 30 years, is providing fast-track access to the Tees Valley Covid-19 Relief Fund (formerly known as TERF).

Individuals cannot apply directly - applications must be submitted by a support organisation which has detailed knowledge of the need or of those who will benefit.

Grants of up to £1000 are being issued as quickly as possible and those who need funds can repeatedly apply for help as needed throughout this evolving situation.

Groups can contact TVCF through all the usual routes - calls to the main number are being diverted to the team but using the website's online form or messaging via Facebook is requested where possible. 

Interested groups are kindly requested to complete an application form here.

If you require further information about the fund please contact us at info@teesvalleyfoundation.org.

Interested groups are kindly requested to complete an application form here.

If you require further information about the fund please contact us at info@teesvalleyfoundation.org.

Better Together Fund

The Better Together Fund has been created specifically in response to the rising issues of loneliness and isolation in the community as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

TVCF’s mission is to empower local communities to address disadvantage and exclusion – the Better Together Fund is operated as a third-party grant, meaning individuals cannot apply directly. Applications must be submitted by a support organisation who has detailed knowledge of the need or beneficiary.

This fund will be open to applications from Monday 8th February 2021 and close at 4.30pm Thursday 29th April 2021.

Interested groups are kindly requested to complete an application form here.

If you require further information about the fund please contact us at info@teesvalleyfoundation.org.

This fund will be open to applications from Monday 8th February 2021 and close at 4.30pm Thursday 29th April 2021.

Interested groups are kindly requested to complete an application form here.

If you require further information about the fund please contact us at info@teesvalleyfoundation.org.

The Physical Activity Fund for 50yrs+

The current pandemic situation has proven to be challenging for so many and in particular for people aged 50+. Many people in this age group have had to shield, leaving them unable to carry out their normal day to day activities and increasingly feeling isolated and alone.

Now more than ever it is important to support people within this age group, to help them regain their confidence, and to support and encourage them to keep an active lifestyle.

In partnership with Tees Valley Community Foundation, we would like to develop several opportunities, post-lockdown, to engage those aged 50+ and encourage them to be more physically active.

We would welcome proposals from community groups and sports clubs from across the Borough of Stockton on Tees. Organisations will need to include in their proposals, how they aim to reach and engage older, isolated audiences, and provide evidence as to how the project will continue to be sustainable in the future. Funding of up to £1k will be available for successful projects. We would also welcome proposals focusing on older adults with disabilities and /or long-term conditions. Creative ideas, that are deliverable within any future restrictions, will also be welcomed.


The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 21 May. To express your interest in this exciting opportunity or for more information, please contact:

Jade Mulhearn on 07341073740 or email jade.mulhearn@stockton.gov.uk

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 21 May. To express your interest in this exciting opportunity or for more information, please contact:

Jade Mulhearn on 07341073740 or email jade.mulhearn@stockton.gov.uk

Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Construction Community Fund

Community groups and charities in East Cleveland are being invited to apply for a grant from this new fund, which we are managing on behalf of RWE Renewables and the Sofia Wind Farm Construction project. 

The 1.4GW wind farm will be located on Dogger Bank in the North Sea, 195 kilometres off the North East coast. Power generated by Sofia, which is 100% owned by RWE Renewables, will be brought to shore between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea in Teesside, with the wind farm’s new converter station near the village of Lazenby shortly due to start construction. 

With this £150K fund, the Sofia team aims to provide a positive contribution to the community where it will be undertaking building works for the next four years, and has engaged TVCF to support this ambition.

The fund is available to community groups and charities serving residents living close to the project’s onshore electrical infrastructure including Marske-by-the-Sea, New Marske, Yearby, Wilton Village, Kirkleatham, Lazenby, Old Lackenby, South Lackenby, Whale Hill, Eston, Grangetown and Redcar East.

Although applicants do not have to be registered charities, all applicant groups must have an appropriate constitution or governing document, and demonstrate they comply with all relevant safeguarding requirements for the activity for which they are seeking funding.

Interested applicants should go to www.teesvalleyfoundation.org and follow the “apply for a grant” links specifying the ‘Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Construction Community Fund’. Organisations requiring any help or support with their application can contact grants@teesvalleyfoundation.org with their enquiries.


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