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What is the YHN Community Fund?
The YHN Community Fund aims to have a positive impact on the communities where YHN has homes by investing in community projects and partners that are already doing great work and helping them to achieve more.

The fund is open to voluntary and community sector organisations in Newcastle to bid for a share of £20,000 available across four rounds throughout the year, with the first round launching in April 2021. Organisations can bid for grants of up to £4,000 per round.

We are looking for projects that will focus on:
• Building stronger communities
• Reducing social isolation and loneliness
• Improving mental health and well-being
• Tackling digital exclusion and digital poverty

An “interesting” second year!
Impacted by the pandemic, some of our successful projects had no choice but to pause or pivot and change their delivery model so they could continue to serve those in need.

The 14 successful projects, included vital counselling services for primary school children and their families, open access youth provision, salvaging food destined for landfill to create delicious and nutritious meals for those in need, Elvis themed music fun to bring pride and fun to where local residents live, supporting a long-standing and much needed social club for people with learning needs and much more…

A resident who is part of the Food Nation Bait and Banter project, serving nutritious meals and warm conversations to isolated residents, said: “Receiving the meals has given me something to look forward to every week. Being able to have someone to talk to has helped me feel better because I can talk through problems and get things off my chest.”

Help us get the word out!
If you are part of or know any local charities or organisations that would be interested in applying to this pot of money, then please let them know!

YHN Community Fund Application guidance
CIF Application form 2021

PLEASE NOTE that individuals cannot apply to the fund and eligibility criteria applies – contact the Engagement Team if you have any queries around this.

You can find more information by contacting our Engagement Team by:
• Email communityfund@yhn.org.uk
• Phone: 07814 079518

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – Friday 30th April 2021