A £1m charitable fund has opened a new round of funding to support people and communities across Wearside and the wider region.
The Bernicia Foundation, which is led by North East housing association Bernicia, has so far awarded nearly £210,000 this year among 22 organisations, one being the International Community Organisation of Sunderland.
It has also released £200,000 in April for local authorities to help charities and organisations tackle hardship caused by the Coronavirus crisis.
The fund is now open for the next round of applications and will close on Monday 4 January 2021.
Andrea Malcolm, director of the Bernicia Foundation said: “Now more than ever, organisations and individuals need support, especially financial, to keep going during these challenging times.
“It’s all about paying it forward and, as a responsible business solely focused on the North East, we want to support communities by providing access to vital funds.
“It’s heart-warming to see the difference the funds already awarded have made to peoples’ lives across the region and I’m looking forward to hearing from more individuals and organisations who can benefit from the grants.”
Applications are welcomed for two grants:
• Inspiration Grants valued at up to £1,000 will target inspirational young people aged 24 and under.
• Inclusion Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be made to voluntary or community groups, registered charities, social enterprises and co-operatives with an annual income under £750,000 per year.
The Bernicia Foundation encourages applications from organisations committed to delivering real community benefits, such as tackling loneliness and accessing employment opportunities, as well as providing support for young talent to flourish.
For more information and to apply visit berniciafoundation.com.