12 April 2021


YHN Community Fund 2021

YHN Community Fund 2021

An example of one of the projects previously funded

YHN Community Fund 2021 - Investment in our local communities  

We are excited to announce the launch of the next round of the YHN Community Fund – offering £20,000 to community groups and organisations.  

A volunteer at one of the projects we previously funded

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 three remaining rounds throughout this year. 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  


Engaging diverse communities   

We are also looking for projects that strongly demonstrate engagement with diverse communities of Newcastle and help to bring people together.  


A strong first round!   

In Round 1, 11 projects were successful, spanning summer playschemes, a programme supporting Refugee women’s mental health and well-being, social events to bring older people out of their homes and beginning to social once again following the impact of the pandemic, environmental conservation and planting delivered by young people and many more.  

One of the successful projects was D2 Youth Zone based in the Newbiggin Hall estate. Angela Smith, Project Manager from D2 Youth Zone shared:   

“We aim to work alongside young people who will freely give up their time to help to make Newbiggin Hall a much nicer place to live. Young people will help to clear weeds, cut grass, and plant flowers at the front of our building and the adjoining houses. This will make the whole row of houses look neat, tidy, and well-cared for and will hopefully inspire others to do the same.  


Young people have been growing plants from seed and planting vegetables in our private garden at the rear of the building. They have really caught the gardening bug and have completely transformed the space. Once the front of the property is tidied, they will grow plants and herbs all designed to attract butterflies and bees and will learn a little about biodiversity in the process.”  


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!  

How to apply

Here's our guidance for applying, and our application form

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:  

  • Phone: 07814 079518  


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS - Friday 16th July 2021  


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