"The Church is a home with open doors, because she is a mother.” And in imitation of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “We want to be a Church that serves, that leaves home and goes forth from its places of worship, goes forth from its sacristies, in order to accompany life, to sustain hope, to be the sign of unity… to build bridges, to break down walls, to sow seeds of reconciliation.”

Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti 276

What Is The Fund?

A new fund has been launched within the Diocese to help us fulfil the Diocesan values and the call of Pope Francis to support organisations within the Diocese who reach out in Christian love to those in need.

This fund aims to provide long term help to existing organisations but also to encourage people within parishes, schools and partnerships to start new local projects to help those on the margins.

Caritas Hexham and Newcastle has already helped fund 8 organisations with small grants. You can read some of their stories below.

That those who have too
little will have enough.
That those who have more
than enough will be
moved to share.

A Prayer from the World Council of Churches

Caritas Hexham and Newcastle Fund Beneficiaries

The Caritas Hexham and Newcastle Fund was established by the Diocesan Trustees as a way of supporting organisations located within the Diocese who are taking the mission of the church to those on the margins of society and to help tackle the environmental crisis. The fund has been inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ which clearly links concern for the poor and the planet. The aim is to support existing projects within the Diocese, but also to encourage new projects to expand this vital part of the church’s mission. A small part of the fund will also be available to support overseas projects which have a link to the Diocese.

Thanks to our benefactors (see link opposite) grants were made to each organisation which applied.

April 2022

Gift for Life (Dunston, Whickham, Lobley Hill) | View Website
The Mercy Hub (Newcastle) | View Webpage
Northumbrian Industrial Mission (NIM) (Across the North East) | View Website
Nurturing Dementia. (South Tyneside) | View Website
Proud Catholics. (Newcastle based but Diocesan wide) | View Webpage
St. Aidan’s Catholic Academy (Sunderland) | View Webpage
Hexham together for Ukraine (Hexham) | View Website

September 2022

Open House (Sunderland) | View Website
Justice & Peace Refugee Project (based in Newcastle but across Tyneside) | View Webpage

February 2023: Cost of Living Grants (£500)

Allen Valleys Community Food & Warmth Network (Parish of St John of Beverley)
Joe’s Place (based in St Joseph’s, Gateshead)
Welcome Thursday, JFK Centre (based in Our Blessed Lady Immaculate, Blackhill)
Refugee and Asylum Seeker Project Stockton (Hilda Partnership)

April 2023

St Bernadette’s Club, Walkergate
Blaydon Churches Together

September 2023

Allen Valleys Community Food and Warmth Network
Minsteracres Outreach Project

How Our Past Grants Have Been Used

How Our Past Grants Have Been Used - Archive

Wonder Tots Playgroup, Hartlepool – click here.
St Vincents (SVP) Newcastle – click here.
Joe’s Place, Gateshead – click here.
Parish of the Holy Family, Hartlepool – click here.
The Mercy Hubclick here.
Parish of Our Lady and St Philip Neri, Gateshead – click here.

How You Can Help

Fundraising

The Diocese and a number of parishes have already helped with financial donations and we will encourage more to do so to make this a truly diocesan fund. Perhaps you would like to make an individual donation, organise a parish or partnership fundraising event or even have a word to see if your parish would be willing to make a donation from its funds. Donations can be made by clicking the Donate button opposite and simply follow the links to Caritas.

If you would like to donate by cheque please make it payable to Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and send it to Caritas Hexham and Newcastle Fund, Finance Office, St Vincent’s Diocesan Offices, St Cuthbert’s House, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7PY. Please do include a note stating that this is a donation for the Caritas Fund. Thank you.

Join the Decision Panel

We are looking for people who will help us to make decisions when we receive requests. The panel will sit twice a year to look at the requests and deem which we can support at that time. If you feel you have the time, skills and passion to help us with this please email Fr Adrian Tuckwell.

What We Can Fund

The following are examples of what we can fund:

  • Established Diocesan, parish, partnership and parishioner involved projects including core costs.
  • New Diocesan, parish and partnership projects.
  • New environmental projects.
  • New school based and youth projects.

How To Submit A Bid

If you would like to submit a bid for funding please click the button opposite to open a Grant Application Form. This documents will give you more details. If you have any further questions please email us. Grants will be available April and September.

The next funding begins in April 2024 and applications must be received by Thursday 29 February 2024. You will need to complete a Grant Application form opposite, which includes guidance notes.