Eligibility: Inclusion Grant

The Inclusion Grant Programme supports initiatives that encourage:

Economic inclusion:

  • Removing barriers to employment, training and volunteering
  • Reducing child poverty
  • Tackling Fuel Poverty
  • Improving financial wellbeing

Social inclusion:

  • Reducing isolation and loneliness
  • Promoting independence
  • Building citizenship, confidence and aspiration

Grants between £5,000 and £10,000 are usually awarded although we will consider amounts outside these guidelines where they demonstrate significant community value.

We are particularly interested in projects that demonstrate how they reach and will support communities where Bernicia tenants live.  See our Operating Area  for details

  • Constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • Registered charities, including charitable companies
  • Organisations who have received funding from us in the past will usually not be considered for further funding for 3 years from the grant award
  • We will fund core costs for eligible charitable organisations to help them recover from the impact of Covid-19 (excluding non- charitable social enterprises)

 

Social enterprises like co-operatives and Community Interest Companies (CICs) that are not charities:

  • We will only fund charitable starting up costs of setting up the enterprise
  • This includes setting up to trade existing goods in a new market or developing new goods and services to trade in-line with a sound business plan which must be included with your application. It is subject to normal funding restrictions for the costs of continuing services.
  • Bernicia Foundation will not fund the costs of continuing services (often called core running costs). These should be financed by the sale of goods and services in-line with the governance model chosen.

Applicants will only be considered if they:

  • are based or working in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside
  • have an annual income under £750,000
  • have no more than 6 months’ running costs in reserve
  • have a governing document (a constitution, rules, articles of association etc.)
  • have a governing body of at least three unrelated individuals
  • have their own bank account
  • have a safeguarding policy in place (where working with vulnerable people or children)
  • Organisations who have received funding from us in the past will usually not be considered for further funding for 3 years from the grant award

The Programme will not fund:

  • Contributions to general appeals or circulars
  • Religious and/or political activity, which is not for the wider public benefit
  • Routine building or equipment repairs and maintenance
  • Activities which have already taken place/retrospective funding
  • Grant making by other organisations/third party funding
  • Privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships

Organisations which have received funding from us in the past 3 years will usually not be considered for further funding for 3 years from the grant award

Delivering sports activity or requesting funds for club refurbishments will not be considered a high priority for funding. Sports and arts applications should be able to demonstrate a strong community benefit against one of the key fund criteria.

The last year has been extremely challenging but as we now begin to look ahead, it’s fair to say the donation from The Bernicia Foundation amongst others has been an absolute lifeline, not just for us as a charity, but also for our beneficiaries and their families. Bruce Howorth, Hextol Foundation

What our customers say

The last year has been extremely challenging but as we now begin to look ahead, it’s fair to say the donation from The Bernicia Foundation amongst others has been an absolute lifeline, not just for us as a charity, but also for our beneficiaries and their families. Bruce Howorth, Hextol Foundation