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Local Neighbourhoods Scheme (funding for local projects)


  1. Overview
  2. Aims of the scheme
  3. About the funding
  4. Before you apply
  5. When to apply
  6. How to apply


Local groups and organisations can now apply for a grant for community projects. 

This funding is called the Local Neighbourhoods Scheme 2021/2022.

The scheme will run from 31 May 2021 to 28 February 2022. Funding must be spent by 31 March 2022.

These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Community Area Forums (CAFs). Decisions will start to be made from 1 June 2021.

Aims of the scheme

The aims and objectives of the Local Neighbourhoods Scheme are to:

  • fund projects which are a high priority in local terms, but which cannot be funded from other mainstream or borough wide sources
  • help local voluntary and community organisations to develop and extend their activities for the benefit of disadvantaged groups
  • stimulate self-help within the community, develop a community spirit and enhance local pride within the borough generally
  • undertake small scale, locally important improvements and projects which deliver at a local level

About the funding

    You can only apply for funding for one project. 

    You can apply for funding for: 

    • a community event
    • a project including an overnight stay
    • maintenance of a building
    • a one off event, such as a day trip or party (maximum £500)
    • purchasing equipment (maximum £1,000)
    • running costs (maximum £500)

    Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Community Area Forums (CAFs). You may be awarded less than you apply for.

    Your group must contribute towards the total cost of the project. In your application, you must indicate which items will be funded by the Local Neighbourhoods Scheme and which items will be funded by your group. You must provide quotes for any items to be purchased.

    When your project is complete, you must provide receipts to show both contributions from the Local Neighbourhoods Scheme and from your group. If you spend less than intended, this must be taken from the Local Neighbourhoods Scheme and not the contribution made by your group.

    Before you apply

    Before you apply, please read the operating procedures and the terms and conditions.

    If you are seeking funding for a community event you must provide an event safety plan.

    If you are seeking more than £500, or funding to purchase equipment: 

    • you must seek funding via the South Tyneside Community Funding website before applying for funding from the Local Neighbourhoods Scheme
    • we also strongly advise you to apply for funding from the Community Foundation before applying for funding from the Local Neighbourhoods Scheme

    When to apply

    We are taking applications now.

    You must apply at least eight weeks before the date of your event. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

    Payments during peak times (July, August, November, December) may take longer to process.

    Applications will close on 31 December 2021.

    How to apply

    Application form

    Neighbourhoods Scheme 2021/22 application form1.42MB

    Supporting documentation

    You must provide the following supporting documentation: 

    • a copy of your group's latest bank statement (if you group doesn't have a bank account, your grant can be paid into another group's account, but you'll need written permission from them)
    • if your group is based in a community facility, you must provide a letter of support from the management committee which should state how long the group have been meeting and how often they meet
    • a copy of the event safety plan (for applications seeking funding towards a community event)
    • copies of quotes for all items to be purchased (these must be on the supplier's letterhead or email)
    • copies of any decision letters from any other funders approached for support (if you have sought funding from the Community Foundation you must provide a copy of the decision letter)

      If you have any queries, or if you are having trouble accessing the application form, contact Angi Rimington on 0191 424 7576 or email

      Return your application to us

      Return your application form and supporting documents to:

      • Email:
      • Post: Angi Rimington, Community Resource and External Funding Officer, Strategy and Democracy, South Tyneside Council, Town Hall and Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, NE33 2RL

      Changes to your project

      If there are any changes to your project details or costs after you've applied, please contact the Council before the project starts.

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