The Northstar Foundation

Supporting entrepreneurship and community regeneration in the North East.

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What we do

The Northstar Foundation was set up to support entrepreneurship and social enterprise in the North East of England.

It does so through a number of different programmes:

Fresh Ideas Fund - North East

The Fresh Ideas Fund (FIF) is a £3m grant programme set up to enable voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSEs) in the North East of England to explore new opportunities. Organisations can apply for up to £40,000 to find ways to grow in size, improve long term sustainability and increase their social impact. FIF is funded by The Northern Rock Foundation. 

FIF is delivered by The Community Foundation Serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. For full details, including deadlines and how to apply, please visit communityfoundation.org.uk/freshideas

Fresh Ideas Fund – Cumbria

The Northern Rock Foundation also granted The Northstar Foundation £500,000 to run the FIF programme in 2016 and 2017 in Cumbria.

The Cumbria Community Foundation will be managing the FIF - Cumbria on behalf of The Northstar Foundation.  For full details on how to apply, please visit: cumbriafoundation.org

Matched Giving & Volunteering

The Northstar Foundation further supports the local community by offering to match any fundraising that team members at Northstar Ventures undertake (up to £500 a year each). If team members spend time volunteering for North East VCSEs, the Foundation will also make a donation. 

While the Foundation has wide charitable goals, we already have a number of charitable commitments and are therefore not generally in a position to respond to unsolicited requests for grants or donations.



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