Obtaining external funding for both small and major improvements is often critical for halls. Although many halls can gradually increase their levels of reserves to cover unplanned costs, refurbishments etc are often beyond their means.

This is why obtaining funding is usually top of most halls’ lists when it comes to seeking support.  Who should we apply to?  How should we word the application? What are funders looking for?  How long will the decision take? A useful starting point is this booklet as it provides contact details and eligibility information for about 20 potential funders. It has been produced by CAN. Please note that things change and this was collated in June 2013. Northumberland CVA have also produced two helpful documents: Fit for Funding and Searching for Funding . Marc Johnson, based at Northumberland CVA is a source of knowledge on funding and can be emailed

In 2020 your Consortium arranged with VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) to allow members access to its on-line funding directory. But those members wishing to accessing it must join VONNE first. The good news is that this is free  when you join as a “Bronze supporter”.  When asked who your employer is type in “NNVHC”. This will link your membership to the Consortium’s and allow you to interrogate the directory at your leisure.

At our Zoom meeting in May 2021 Ellie Phillips referred to the Northumberland Locality Coordinators’ small grants (maximum £500). Here are the details of the scheme and a list of the 4 co-ordinators, with their contact details, here.  Please ignore the 2019 deadline!

May 28th 2021   VCSE Digital Skills Fund

Raising digital skills levels across the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector in Northumberland and supporting local residents with digital skills for work and life. 


  • The grants are open to any Voluntary Community and Sector Enterprise (VCSE) organisation operating in Northumberland and are from £500 up to a maximum of £15,000.  

  • Applications from smaller VCSE organisations are welcomed, to ensure they remain digitally included and are digitally prepared for the future.

  • Organisations should have as a minimum, their own bank account, constitution, safeguarding policy, equal opportunities (EDI) policy and public liability / other insurance. If you do not have the relevant policies in place, contact for support.

  • Recipients of grants, training or other support must benefit staff, volunteers or service users of a not-for-profit VCSE sector organisation.

  • Ownership of any equipment purchased must remain with the applicant organisation for a period of at least 3 years.

  • All project expenditure must be completed by 15th September 2021 and reports submitted to Northumberland CVA by 20th September 2021 at the latest.


The deadlines for applications are at 9am on the following dates (until all the funding is allocated):

Friday 11th June

Friday 25th June

Friday 9th July

Wednesday 21st July

Friday 6th August

Friday 20th August

Workshops will be held on 3rd June at 1pm and 8th June at 6pm to go through the application form and give an opportunity to ask any questions. 

To book on the workshop visit Eventbrite or for any questions, email


Full details are available on