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Community grants

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Holiday Activities Fund - now open

We're inviting providers across the South Tees area to apply for funding to provide enrichment activities over the Easter holidays for children and young people who get free school meals-related benefits. Organisations can submit a maximum of 4 bids, each up to a maximum of £1500. More information can be found on the Holiday Activities Fund application form (DOCX).

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 22 March 2021.

Successful applicants will be contacted the following day (Tuesday 23 March 2021).


Council grant programmes

The council has a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support activity for people in Middlesbrough. All applications must demonstrate how they link to the Mayor's Vision.

For more information on grants, please contact:

Market Management Officer
Phone: 01642 729309

Looking for funding? Middlesbrough Council and MVDA run Find a Funder, an online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities.

Community Fund

Community Grant Fund

Grants of up to £1500 are available through the Community Grant Fund.

There are two different funds in the Community Grant Fund programme: the Small Grants Fund and the Community Chest.

Small Grants Fund

Our Small Grants Fund is for residents and small community groups. If you have an idea but you need some money to get it off the ground, let us know. You don't have to have a bank account or a constitution, we're just looking for people and groups who want to do some good, and need a helping hand to make that happen.

The Small Grants Fund is currently closed to applications.

Community Chest

Our Community Chest fund is for more established groups which have a constitution, bank account, and policies in place. Don't worry if you're not an established group - our Small Grants Fund might be better for you.

Funding is available for groups which are working for the benefit of Middlesbrough residents, and encouraging community participation and activity.

The Community Chest is currently closed to applications.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Privacy policy for the Community Grant Fund.

Community Fund - Staying Included

Staying Included is a council-run service aimed at helping vulnerable people find solutions to live independently at home and to stay connected to their community. This will allow individuals to live more healthily, become more active, form new friendships, and pursue their ambitions.

This grant is aimed at building capacity within the VCS to support clients beyond the Staying Included support period. Grant requests must be able to demonstrate how the funding will make a difference to supporting people.

Grants of up to £5000 are available. The total amount to be allocated in 2020-2021 is £18,000.

The Community Fund is currently closed to applications.

COVID-19 Community Communication small grants

Protecting residents by stopping the spread of COVID-19 is important to the Council and underpins our Local Outbreak Plan. This plan aims to reduce the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Middlesbrough, keep the numbers of new and secondary COVID-19 cases low, and make sure people are supported if they're affected by an outbreak. 

Communication and engagement is key to this, and getting the right information and support to the residents of our community that need it most is crucial. We must remind communities how to stay safe, and encourage them to take part in test and trace services if they're concerned about symptoms as this will help reduce the spread of the disease. We also need to let people know how to respond to a local lockdown if it is necessary.

Our grant programme will support community groups to communicate COVID-19 prevention advice for a period of 12 months.

The Community Communication small grants fund is currently closed to applications.

Sustainability Capacity Fund

Middlesbrough Council is conscious that the financial health of the Voluntary and Community sector in the town has been hit by COVID-19. Changes to service delivery and increased demand have all led to greater strain on the sector.  In order to maintain and increase capacity to support vulnerable groups whilst also reducing impact on statutory services £250k of the Test and Trace grant received by the Council is allocated through this grant programme to support VCS capacity to respond to outbreak management, prevention and recovery.

The funding is aimed at sustaining the capacity of key VCS partners, in particular those who directly support:

  • Older population
  • BAME communities
  • Shielded people
  • Clinical risk groups (including multiple morbidity/obesity)
  • Those with addictions
  • Wards with high levels of deprivation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Mental Health (including causes of anxiety such as debt management)

The maximum grant available is £20,000, though smaller bids are also welcome. 

The Sustainability Capacity Fund is currently closed to applications.

More information

Read: What funding is available to charities during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Carers Community Fund

This small grants scheme is available to community-based groups who want to support informal carers in their area. 

Outcomes for your project should help with one or more of the following:

  1. Reduce carers’ social isolation and develop social networks
  2. Help carers, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing
  3. Reach, connect, and support disadvantaged carers.
  4. Build on available community assets and resources to support carers

Successful projects will have high involvement and ownership by the carers within the community, and be driven by them.

The Carers Community Fund is currently closed to applications.

Short Break Grants

Do you work with children or young people who are disabled? Grants of up to £3000 are available to groups offering positive activity to children and young people with a disability on evenings, weekends or during school holidays.

The Short Break Grants fund is currently closed to applications.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

ESF Community Grants Programme

Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with the four Tees Valley councils, has been awarded funding to support those who are furthest from the labour market to move into work. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 are available for individual projects. Funding is for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment.

Find out more about the ESF Community Grants Programme and apply.

Find a Funder training sessions

Training sessions on using Find a Funder are available. Sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups looking for grant funding.

Our Find a Funder training sessions are currently being held online. The next sessions are:


Monday 12 April 2021

Join the April session on Zoom
Meeting ID: 984 6834 3537
Passcode: 417815

Sessions will be delivered from Sharon from Middlesbrough Council and John from MVDA. You'll need to use the link and details above to join the session.

Educational bursaries

The Student Bursary Fund is no longer accepting applications.

As these are available due to Trust Funds, the amount available varies.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Voluntary and community sector grants awarded - 2019-2020

View details of the purpose and size of grants awarded (2019-20).

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