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Mackem Money

Working with the local voluntary sector in Sunderland and local people, Northumberland Tyne and Wear Community Foundation are launching a new grant programme 'Mackem Money' a participatory grant making programme, a small grants fund of £130,000. The fund is for community organisations in Sunderland in 2023/24. It is run by a Panel of residents from across the City with lived experience of the challenges faced by local communities.

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VCAS are delighted to announce the launch of "East End of Eden" having secured a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant. This is the first phase of a £3.6 million Community Research Networks programme. The programme will enable and empower communities to develop grassroots "bottom-up" research agendas and build capability and expertise in community-led research and innovation. VCAS is one of only 25 groups to have secured this funding nationally.

Over the next six months, VCAS will work with our partners NAREF, Sunderland Mind, Young Asian Voices, Living History North East, Groundworks NE and Sunderland CAB to develop detailed plans for a network bid for a share of £3 million later this year. 

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SeaScapes is excited to launch the second round of the Community Grants Scheme.

The scheme aims to enable communities, groups and organisations to devise and deliver their own projects that celebrate, protect and cultivate stewardship of our coastal and marine wildlife, and marine heritage – be that natural, built or cultural heritage. There will be a total of three funding rounds that provide the opportunity to apply for grants from £150 up to a maximum of £2000.

The second round of applications is now open, and the closing date will be 23.59hrs on the 19th of June. The grants panel will then meet shortly after, and all applicants will be notified via email with a decision. The third round of applications will then open in Autumn 2023.

Please see our Community Grants Scheme Information and Criteria Document for guidance on how to apply for a grant.

If you need any additional advice or information, please contact us on or ring Michael, SeaScapes Access and Volunteer Officer, on 07909 453860.

Round 2 Application Form

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