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Since September 2015, health and social care services in Sunderland have joined together with other providers, including third sector partners, to reshape and deliver a new way of working under an NHS ‘vanguard’ programme known as ‘All Together Better’.

Small Grants

£90,000 has been allocated to the small grants programme which is being delivered by VCAS. Grants range from £250 - £1000 and organisations must be based and operate on the North side of the city, they also have to spend their grant within a 12 month period. 

Funding Theme

Louise Telford the Grants Manager for the Lloyds Foundation in the North East & Cumbria, is available on the 7th September from 9am to talk to prospective applicants to the foundation.
They have two funding programmes Invest and Enable


Five project calls have been made for ESF funding they are as follows;

North East Employment Support for Young People 18- 29 (OC25S17P0608)

Value (50% match required): Minimum £150,000
Duration of project: Maximum of 3 years duration and start activity/ delivery within 3 months of the award of contract
Deadline:  25 September 2017

The local Community Fund is now open for applications, you'll need to be quick as the deadline is 8th August - Apply now at


Sunderland Cardiac Support Group is in the finals of The National Lottery Awards 2017


Voting has started for the National Lottery Awards 2017


They are in the last seven of the Health category. Winning depends on how many votes they receive. If you and your colleagues can help in any way they would be grateful. Voting ends at midnight July 27th.  If they are successful they will receive a cheque for £5000 for their charity.

VCAS Funding Training Programme - something for everyone, made up of short two housr sessions in consideration of everyone's hectic schedule. Why not have a look and see if there is something that can help you and your organisation. All sessions take place at VCAS offices, 8 Frederick Street, Sunderland, SR1 1NA. For more information or to book a place please telephone VCAS on 0191 565 1566 - Booking is essential as there are limited places on the day.


Sunderland is celebrating after taking a huge step forward in its bid to become the next UK City of Culture 2021, making it through to the next stage of the competition.  Having made it to the final five, work is now underway on Sunderland's second stage bid which will be submitted in September - before the overall winner is announced in December. Swansea, Paisley, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent currently remain Sunderland's close rivals in the hotly-contested competition.

Healthy Manifestos?