North East Core Funding

Helping charities in the North East of England to thrive.

When the Greggs Foundation was set up back in 1987, the intention was to share our success with the communities who had supported us. Our North East Core Funding Grant was created to support charitable organisations in the area that helps the communities most deprived and excluded members. We offer grants of up to £20,000 a year - sometimes for as many as three years - to help cover their core running costs. This financial support helps these organisations to grow and do more good for the people they serve. Today, Greggs plc is one of only a handful of national businesses headquartered in the North East of England which is why we've chosen to continue focusing our efforts here. Please read the following guidelines to see if your organisation may be eligible for support. 

Organisations may only apply once every 12 months.

Programme timetable:

Please see our section on grants deadlines for details of our deadlines.


Who do we support?

The programme supports organisations in the North East of England in the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or organisations that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that support the following priority groups: 

  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless people
  • Voluntary carers
  • Older and isolated people

If you represent a generic community organisation, i.e. doesn't support people with a specific identified disadvantage, the organisation must benefit people who live in a disadvantaged area. We will calculate the level of disadvantage using indices of deprivation and if your local area doesn't fall within the most disadvantaged ten per cent of areas as a minimum it is unlikely to be considered.


What do we mean by core running costs?

North East Core Funding provides core running costs of organisations rather than project costs or positions. We prefer to fund existing work with a proven track record, rather than new work. Any core costs can be considered where you can demonstrate that the grant will improve the capacity of your organisation to provide a great service. We can consider the following costs:

  • Contributions towards bills, i.e. electricity, gas, rent, rates
  • Contributions towards core salaries (managers or administrators rather than project workers or sessional staff)
  • HMRC costs relating to the core salaries only


Why do we support core running costs?

We know through consultation with the sector that core running costs are the most difficult area of your budget to secure. We are motivated by helping organisations to be more sustainable, diversify their income streams and offer better quality services to all of their beneficiaries. We therefore look for organisations that can demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes if successful with a grant

  • New and/or improved programmes/services
  • Improved organisational sustainability
  • Increased number of beneficiaries reached
  • Maintained delivery of programmes/services


How much can we can give?

We can give up to £20,000 per annum for up to three years, resulting in a maximum grant size of £60,000.


What sort of organisation do we fund?

Any not-for-profit organisation can apply. They must be based in and delivering activities in a defined local area in the North East of England. Regional, i.e. North East based organisations are less likely to be considered and we are unable to consider national organisations, branches of national organisations, or federations of national organisations.

Smaller organisations with fewer employees are prioritised. We are unable to consider organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000.

We prefer to fund organisations with a proven track record. Organisations must be able to provide at least one full year's set of accounts.

We are more likely to support organisations in need than those in a healthy cash position. We will not consider organisations with more than six months running costs in free reserves. Reserves are that part of a charity’s unrestricted funds that is freely available to spend on any of the charity’s purposes and exclude tangible fixed assets used to carry out the charity’s activities, such as land and buildings. Organisations that are well managed, but with a clear financial need are more likely to be considered.


What are our chances of success?

The programme is highly competitive, with around 1 in 5 eligible applications being successful. We meet to discuss grants once per quarter and typically have considerably more requests for funding than we can support. It is important to read the guidance notes fully and if you think you might be eligible, call our Foundation Secretary, Justine Massingham on 0739 2195377 for a preliminary discussion.


How do we apply?

Before you apply, please contact our Foundation Secretary, Justine Massingham on 0739 2195377. She will help to make sure your application is eligible before submitting it for consideration by the trustees.

Follow the link at the bottom of this page to be taken to an online application form.  After successful submission, you will receive an automatic email with the details of your application.  If you don't receive an email it is likely that something has gone wrong.  You may want to check your junk or spam folder before contacting us.  If you do require our assistance however, please contact us on 0191 2127626 and we can help you.  

You can usually expect a decision within 10 weeks of the closing date.  

As part of the application process, you will need to submit a copy of your latest audited accounts, an income and expenditure forecast (budget) for the current financial year and a full breakdown of the costs you have applied for. 

 Excluded items:

We are unable to consider applications from any of the following:

  • Animal charities
  • Friends of associations
  • Branches or federations of national charities
  • Larger organisations with a greater capacity to fundraise
  • Uniformed groups such as scouts, guides and sea cadets
  • Sports clubs and associations


We are also unable to provide funding for any of the following:

  • Overseas travel
  • Curricular activities that take place during the school day
  • Religious promotion
  • Research grants
  • Repayment of loans
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Equipment for hospitals
  • Major capital projects

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