Fund Information

The Small Grant Fund covers areas both in and around Northumberland National Park; from the Cheviots, Glendale and Upper Coquetdale in the north, North Tyne and Redesdale in the west and Hadrian’s Wall and South Tyne in the south.

The fund is primarily aimed at those wishing to visit or learn about the National Park whilst enabling communities, businesses and groups to conserve, enhance, enjoy and understand the landscape, culture, traditions, wildlife, history, places that make up the area.

What is the Small Grant Fund suitable for?

The Small Grant Fund is suitable for projects that will make an immediate difference and must meet the aims and objectives of Northumberland National Park Authority. As a guide, communities can apply for up to 75% of their project costs and businesses 50% – up to a maximum of £2,000.

Please see our eligibility guidelines for more information.

Funding decisions will normally be made by Northumberland National Park Authority within 28 days on receipt of a completed application form.

Making An Enquiry

For more information please contact [email protected]

Further Information

More information about the funding process and eligibility.

NU Leader

The Northumberland Uplands Local Action Group (NULAG) uses the LEADER approach to promote bottom-up, local decision making.

LEADER is an area-based approach used across the European Union that ensures development is appropriate for that area. LEADER views local people as the main asset of rural areas and empowers them to decide what is best suited to their own environment, culture, working traditions and skills.

The Northumberland Uplands LEADER area covers the whole of Northumberland National Park, the dark skies of Kielder Water and Forest Park and the most visited and dramatic parts of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

The Northumberland LEADER Programme is open for applications and will provide grants to small businesses, farmers, foresters and communities for projects that create jobs and grow the rural economy. Please visit the Northumberland Uplands website for more details.

PLEASE NOTE  – Northumberland Uplands LEADER is now closed to new expressions of interest.

Eligibility Guidelines

We can support a wide range of applicants, including:

  • Community groups
  • Voluntary groups
  • Parish councils
  • Registered charities
  • Businesses
  • Individuals

We aim to be as inclusive as possible in order to enable local people to benefit from, and take part in, a variety of activities. The projects that we can support must be of benefit to the communities in and around Northumberland National Park.

Ineligible Activities

We are unable to support the following activities:

  • Replacement/duplication of statutory funding
  • Animal welfare
  • Ongoing running costs
  • Fundraising events
  • Security costs
  • Prizes
  • Projects that require repeat funding
  • Activities promoting religious or political beliefs
  • Foreign trips
  • Unfairly supporting business development
  • Non-educational trips to or from the National Park
  • Purchase of fossil fuel vehicles
  • Anything that damages the National Park
  • Endowment/loan repayments.
  • Projects that require funding to replace or upgrade equipment/or the fabric of a building that fall within compliance issues or statutory requirements.

Grants also cannot be used to support any project that will duplicate the existing or imminent work of Northumberland National Park Authority.

Can I apply for funding for a salary?

We will not provide a grant for a salary, because it will be interpreted as ongoing running costs, which are ineligible for support. However, we will provide funding for project management costs. If the employment of someone to oversee an initiative is crucial for the project to take place, then these costs can be applied for. Please keep in mind that funding for project management costs will only be considered if:

  • It is essential in order to realise the project.
  • The outputs from the project can be clearly measured and assessed.
  • The requested project management funding is fully accountable and realistic of the going market rate.

Please send any questions to: [email protected].

Useful Contacts

Through our combination of free expert advice, grants and active support, we’ve been able to help a wide range of schemes get off the ground. Talk to our experienced Community Enterprise staff or our Farming and Rural Enterprise staff about your big idea. They are useful contacts in helping to make all the form-filling easier and more effective.

Community Enterprise Officers

Our Community Enterprise Officers can assist local businesses and community groups both within and around Northumberland National Park. Their support entails working up ideas through advice and guidance while helping to secure appropriate funding where it is needed.

They can help you to access grants from the Small Grant Fund and Northumberland Uplands LEADER. They also advise on external funding, typically including grants available from the National Lottery distributors. They have links with many local organisations and often help to put clients in touch with the best person to meet their needs.

They can act as a first point of public contact for many of the specialist services available at the Authority, including our Archaeologist, Ecologist and Visitor Development staff.

E-mail: [email protected]

Farming and Rural Enterprise Officers

Environmental Stewardship agreements are an important source of income to farmers within Northumberland National Park, helping them to look after the countryside and provide an important home for wildlife, whilst providing us all with food and many other products in common use.

The Farming and Rural Enterprise Officers can provide a comprehensive advisory service to all farmers and landowners with regards to these agreements. With farming being one of the main providers of employment within Northumberland National Park, and diversification schemes on farms increasingly contributing to the local economy, we are able to assist with accessing grants for such schemes.

E-mail: [email protected]

Please send any questions to: [email protected].