Funding advice session to help community groups

North Shields Fishermens Heritage Project member Henry Howard receives a cheque and award letter from the R.W.Mann Trust. Picture by Alison Spedding.
North Shields Fishermens Heritage Project member Henry Howard receives a cheque and award letter from the R.W.Mann Trust. Picture by Alison Spedding.

Charities and community groups looking for help to secure additional funding are being invited to a special event.

Grant-making funder the R.W. Mann Trust is holding a free session for groups to have questions answered or bid for grants.

It will take place on Wednesday, July 13, from 1pm to 2.30pm at the Shiremoor Centre, Earsdon Road, and is being organised by North Tyneside VODA (Voluntary Organisations Development Agency).

The R.W. Mann Trust is a grant-making trust that helps improve the lives of people and communities in the North Tyneside, South Northumberland and East Newcastle areas.

The Trust awards grants for a wide range of work, including uniformed and non-uniformed youth work, work with children, people with disabilities, older people, schools and colleges.

This event will give groups the chance to hear directly from the Trust’s decision-makers about the types of project they are looking to support and to have any questions about the funding process answered.

VODA’s funding adviser, Frank Gillender, said: “The R.W. Mann Trust is one of the most easily accessible and user-friendly funders for registered charities in the North Tyneside area, who are looking for sums up to £1,000.

“If you are new to putting funding applications together, this excellent local funder could be the one to get you up and running.”

One group which has been successful in applying to the R.W. Mann Trust is North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP), which was recently awarded just under £1,000 towards set up costs and paying for promotional materials.

NSFHP has been set up by a group of local people who want to create a lasting and fitting memorial to fishermen lost at sea.

Alison Spedding, spokeswoman for the project, said: “It is estimated that hundreds of fishermen have left the port of North Shields never to return to their homes and families.

“We want to honour their memory by creating a fitting memorial that people will travel to see, and that will also help in the wider regeneration of the Fish Quay. This grant from the R.W. Mann start is a great boost to getting our efforts underway.”

For more about NSFHP visit www.nsfhp.org.uk

For more information or to book your place on VODA’s funding event, contact VODA on 0191 643 2626 or email Kathryn.tate@voda.org.uk