"At NTDF we believe disability does not mean inability and Bernicias support helps us to help all young people fulfil their potential."
Sue Adams, North Tyneside Disability Forum
The Bernicia Foundation, which is led by North East housing association Bernicia, has so far awarded nearly £210,000 this year among 22 organisations as well as releasing £200,000 in April for local authorities to help charities and organisations tackle hardship caused by the Coronavirus crisis.
North Tyneside Disability Forum is one of the organisations to benefit, receiving around £10,000 to support the delivery of ACTION, a training project for young people to help them achieve employability qualifications.
Sue Adams, Chief Officer at North Tyneside Disability Forum, said: “The support from Bernicia Foundation means we can make sure those young people who have missed out on learning opportunities because of health, care or disability, get the same opportunities to enhance their employability as is afforded their more fortunate peers. At NTDF we believe disability does not mean inability and Bernicia’s support helps us to help all young people fulfil their potential.”
The fund will open for the next round of applications on Monday 23 November 2020 and will close on Monday 4 January 2021.
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.
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 region, 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.”
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 www.berniciafoundation.com