Newcastle communities benefit from £1m grant funding

Twenty two projects in city's north and outer west funded to make a difference where they live.
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Owl Tree Community Nest Managing Director Hannah Tait and Project Support Officer Amelia Carr at the Owl Tree Café at Coxlodge, Newcastle.

Almost £1 million has been awarded to local groups in the north and outer west of Newcastle to help improve communities in the city.

Across the two-year programme, Newcastle City Council is administering £1.35 million to help fund a variety of revenue and capital community projects in the two areas of the city. 

The funding comes from the Local Community Partnership grant scheme, funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, with the North of Tyne Combined Authority as the lead authority. 

So far, grants have been awarded to 22 different projects which have bid for funds to implement initiatives aiming to bring communities closer together to build relationships, create more vibrant communities, provide opportunities for residents, and tackle local issues. 

Cllr Alex Hay, Newcastle City Council Cabinet member for a thriving city, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to help support our communities in the north and outer west of the city to fund some excellent projects that will really help create more inclusive neighbourhoods in these areas.

“This funding will help futureproof many important community buildings that our residents rely upon, provide a range of volunteering opportunities for people to make a difference where they live, and help residents access skills and support at places that are accessible and inclusive. 

“I look forward to seeing the positive difference these projects make and send my thanks to the volunteers involved in this process, who have amassed more than 400 volunteering hours between them already for the good of their neighbourhoods.”

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll said: “Getting more cash into our communities is a must. Having emerged from the pandemic into a cost-of-living crisis, people are really struggling. When money is tight, people rightly prioritise the essentials of food, heat and shelter. 

“With this new funding, we can begin to also build back the networks and services that support us when times are tough. There are so many organisations doing great things to improve the lives of their friends and neighbours, this fund will give them a much-needed boost.”

The grants allocated so far are made up of almost £570,000 towards revenue projects and more than £390,000 for capital investment initiatives.

These include a range of volunteering opportunities, providing residents with the chance to develop different skills and engage with their wider community, as well as a variety of projects for children and young people, families, and older adults.

The capital projects that have been allocated funding will help important community buildings remain open to the public, provide better facilities, and make energy efficiency improvements. 

The fund was open to projects in Blakelaw, Brunswick Village, Cowgate, Fawdon, part of Fenham, Havannah Park, Kenton, Lemington, Newbiggin Hall, Newburn Riverside, Oakwood Grange, Slatyford, Throckley, and West Denton.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information see:

For more information about the projects that have received funding and how you can get involved see:

 

Image caption - Owl Tree Community Nest managing director Hannah Tait and project support officer Amelia Carr, at the Owl Tree Café in Coxlodge, Newcastle.