Each ward in Newcastle has funding available for projects that benefit the local community. 

This page contains all the information you need to apply for Ward Committee funding:

Application deadline

Please note that applications for funding in 2019-2020 are now being accepted.

There has been a review of the ward boundaries which will took effect with the Council elections on 3 May 2018. The ward budget allocations for 2019/20 are to the new wards. Further information about the new ward boundaries can be found here.

Applications for funding are now being accepted. Please try to ensure you submit your application at least 28 days before the funding is required to allow time for your appplication to be processed and considered.

Applications for funding in 2019/20 will close on 1 December 2019 and no further applications will be accepted after that date.

How to apply for funding

  • Download the application form by clicking on the link below.

Click here to open the ward funding application form

Please Note: If you are applying on behalf of a public sector body such as the Police, NHS or a school please contact wardgrantaid@newcastle.gov.uk and ask for a copy of the public sector form.

Before filling in the form please consider the following points:

  1. Whether the ward(s) you are applying to have enough money to fund your request. Click here to see the budget allocation for each ward
  2. whether your project is eligible for funding.

To be eligible for Ward Committee funding applications must:

  • Be for projects which are primarily for the benefit of people in no more than four Newcastle Wards. Citywide projects or projects covering a large part of the city will not be considered.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the Council’s priorities and or any priorities agreed by the ward(s) you are applying to.
  • The Council's corporate priorities are:
    • Employment – creating more and better jobs

    • Education and Skills – the best learning opportunities for all

    • Environment – a clean, green, safe Newcastle

    • Health and Social Care – a healthy, caring City

    • Housing – building more, and better, homes

  • Be from a constituted community or voluntary group, public sector body or a not for private profit organisation. We cannot fund individuals or businesses
  • Not be for projects that campaign on matters of public policy or which seek to promote religious or party political activity.

Please refer to the Guidance Notes for more information.

Ward Committee Funding Procedure

The rules and procedure for ward committee funding are set out in the Ward Committee Funding Procedure, which can be viewed here.


Adam Taeger
Communities Officer
Communities Team
2nd Floor, Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 277 7523

Email: wardgrantaid@newcastle.gov.uk

Ward Budget Allocations

Funding allocations for 2019/20 are being finalised and will be posted as soon as the allocations have been agreed.


2019/20 Ward Budget

Arthur's Hill


Benwell and Scotswood






Callerton and Throckley






Dene and South Gosforth


Denton and Westerhope




Fawdon and West Gosforth








Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall




Manor Park




North Jesmond






South Jesmond






West Fenham






How is the budget allocation for each ward calculated?

The ward budgets consists of two elements. The main part of the budget comes from general Council funds, a smaller amount comes from the Housing Revenue Account (Council house rents). The HRA money is divided between the wards in proportion to the number of Council homes in each ward. The money from the Council's general funds is allocated in accordance with the following formula:

10% of the total is evenly divided between the 26 wards

20% of the total is divided between the wards in proportion to the population of each ward

70% of the total is allocated between the wards on the basis of deprivation. Deprivation is measured using the English Indices of Deprivation which are national statistics produced by government. For more information about the Indices of Deprivation click here.

Ward Priorities

As wards agree their priorities they will appear in the table below. If you wish to discuss the ward priorities please contact the Communities Officer for the ward you are interested in. Until ward priorities are agreed wards will consider any applications that contribute the the delivery of the Council's overall priorities. For more information about the Council's overall priorities click here

Click here for contact details for the Communities Officers

Benwell and Scotswood

  • Environment and beautification of the ward
  • Support to small local groups in the ward


  • Getting Blakelaw Working
  • Local Environmental Quality and Green Spaces
  • Fear of Crime
  • Children and Young People


Byker ward have identified the following priorities for ward committee funding:

  • Getting Byker Working – Increase the number of residents that are employed, tackling the barriers to gaining skills, training and employment.
  • Education – Make sure children are at school, achieving well, getting the right support and help to achieve their aspirations
  • Decent Neighbourhood’s – Clean & tidy pathways and streets.
  • Investing in Children – Ensuring children have an opportunity to exercise their rights as young citizens living, learning and playing in Newcastle.  As active members of their community the views of children and young people should be taken seriously.
  • Welfare – Support for people on low incomes and out of work, benefits advice and welfare support to help people with their daily lives and in seeking gainful employment.
  • Health and Wellbeing – Support initiatives to tackle health inequalities in the ward
  • Byker Old Town - The Ward Committee recognises that this neighbourhood in particular has missed out on investment programmes in the past As such the committee has made the case to the Council and other partners that this area in particular needs inward investment.

Dene and South Gosforth Ward

Dene and South Gosforth ward agreed the following priorities at thier meeting on 24 July 2018:

  • Environment
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Network

Denton and Westerhope

  • Activities for children and young people including places for children to play safely
  • Activities which provide opportunities for older people to develop and maintain social connections and offer mutual support and promote inter-generational activities and cooperation
  • Tackling anti-social behaviour
  • Local Environmental Quality – Particularly regarding clean and tidy streets
  • Support and enhancement to local community buildings including West Denton Community Centre and West Denton Indoor Bowls.


  • Regeneration of Elswick
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Young People
  • Environment

Fawdon and West Gosforth

Fawdon and West Gosforth Ward will consider applications at their ward meeting on 9 January 2019. If you need funding before then, for example for summer or Christmas activities please make this clear on your application form.


  • Environment: clean and tidy streets, play areas and green spaces
  • Transport: efficient networks for road users, including cyclists, and pedestrian safety
  • Community Networks: Supporting local projects and encouraging active citizenship
  • Community Assets: supporting the continuing success of our vibrant High Street


The Heaton Ward Councillors have agreed the following draft priorities which will be considered at the Annual Ward Priority Setting Meeting

  • Working together to keep local streets and lanes clean and tidy
  • Supporting our local parks, open spaces, planters and greening activities
  • Supporting all our communities across the ward and across the age range
  • Celebrating Heaton’s great high streets, arts and culture scene


  • Improving the environment
  • Improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents in Kenton ward

Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall

  • Supporting young people into education, employment, training
  • Promoting environmental activities
  • Supporting local community buildings
  • Prevention of substance / alcohol misuse / educating residents
  • Adult education


  • Making Lemington a nice, safe place to live and increase residents' satisfaction with living here
  • Tackling inequalities - a fair deal for Lemington residents - focussing on health and social inclusion
  • Decent neighbourhoods - clean and tidy streets and open spaces
  • Children and young people - including childcare

Manor Park

Manor Park ward councillors have agreed the following priorities for ward committee funding:

  • Environment:  Green, open space and spaces to play.  Traffic and parking.
  • Create and Strengthen Community Networks:  Create and support community networks, support existing community groups, support for children and young people, create opportunities for new groups and initiatives to evolve.
  • Safety:  Safety, Access and availability of activities in the Ward, reducing social isolation for elderly residents, volunteering in the community


Monument Ward Councillors have agreed the following provisional priorities, which will be discussed at the annual ward meeting.

  • Community building
  • Green and clean
  • Financial inclusion

North Jesmond

  • Community engagement and communication
  • People's safety and anti-social behaviour
  • Clean streets and green spaces


Ouseburn ward have identified the following priorities for ward committee funding:

  • Environment – People care about how Ouseburn looks they would like to see a reduction in fly tipping and dumping in back lanes and clean and tidy streets that everyone can enjoy. They want to see access to good quality green space and parks across the ward protected and improved including Heaton Park, City Stadium and Ouseburn valley.
  • Activities for Young People – People want to see positive activities for young people, to ensure they are not on the streets, and to help raise their confidence and skills to widen future opportunities.
  • Reduce Social Exclusion and Social Isolation – People want to ensure appropriate local services are available including for emerging new communities and older people. They also want to bring communities together to support each other to reduce isolation and combat loneliness.
  • Community Safety - People would like to feel safe and see a reductions in incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour and late Night noise.
  • Parking – People have highlighted that increased car ownership, high levels of multiple occupancy properties in some neighbourhoods and commuter parking due to proximity to City Centre have all increased pressure on parking within the ward.

South Jesmond

  • Keep South Jesmond clean and green
  • Keep South Jesmond safe and healthy
  • Keep South Jesmond a great place to live


Walker agreed the following priorities for ward committee grant funding at thier annual Ward priority setting meeting on 9 August 2018:

  • Walker football
  • Sheltered accomodation
  • Walker park
  • Community groups
  • Environment
  • Young people
  • Play schemes
  • Administration and contingency


  • Flooding around the ward (Benfield Rd, Jasmine Cl, Courtfield Rd)
  • Speeding traffic and inconsiderate parking
  • Environmental quality
  • Older residents
  • Youth unemployment
  • Better local shopping facilities

West Fenham:

  • Children and Young People
  • Environment – cleaner, greener, safer
  • Support to community projects
  • Health and Wellbeing


Page last updated: 
1 April 2019
Was this page useful?