How to Apply

Who can apply

The Trust has a preference for supporting community organisations in an area including the East of Newcastle City, Cramlington, Ashington, Blyth, South East Northumberland and North Tyneside.

In certain circumstances we may assist those operating in the wider Northumberland area if we consider that they offer exceptional value to their communities or are particularly innovative.

The Trust will give priority to projects and groups which:

Operate in the area shown above

  • Are locally run and led
  • Help people with the greatest need
  • Involve disadvantaged and minority groups
  • Improve the quality of life in their community
  • Are in the public interest

Where a group or organisation is not a registered charity it should provide details of one which is prepared to accept the grant on their behalf.

The Trust will not support:

  • Large well established national charities except where there is a specific project which is delivered locally
  • Individuals
  • Church buildings except where they are used for community groups
  • Projects which can attract public funds except where there is a particular part of the project which other sources would be unlikely to fund
  • Deficits already incurred or to replace statutory funding
  • Projects south of the River Tyne
  • Medical research

If you are in any doubt as to whether your application fits our criteria you should contact us by telephone or email outlining your project.

The Trust reserves the right to refuse any appeal without giving reasons and may also amend their grant guidelines at any time.

Making an Application

The Trustees meet very regularly and applicants will usually hear if their applications have been successful within a maximum of four weeks.

Please apply in writing, including the details below, to the following address:

John L Hamilton OBE, DL
R W Mann Trust
PO Box 119
Newcastle upon Tyne

It is very helpful to include an addressed envelope.

If your application is no more than four pages long you can email it to us at

In assessing the application the Trust tries to make the process as simple as possible. Please note there is no official application form.

When applying you should provide as much detail as will help the Trustees evaluate the worthiness of your project and where possible you should include:

  • Brief details of the aims of your organisation and how you are managed
  • Your registered charity number where applicable, or a registered charity which will accept the grant on your behalf.
  • Outline of the project, its aims and intended outcomes where appropriate.
  • Who the project will help – how many people are involved and how they will benefit.
  • How much you need and how you are planning to raise any remainder required.
  • Any other funder to whom you have applied for a grant.
  • Details of funding raised or committed to date and steps taken to raise any balance needed.
  • Your most recent accounts if available.
  • Any other information which you think will assist the Trustees.

On receipt of your application it may be that the Secretary will wish to contact you to arrange a visit or to ask for further information.

Additional Information

The grant may only be used for the purpose for which the application was made as approved by the Trustees.  It is not transferable to any other body or for any other purpose without the express permission in writing from the Secretary.  In the happy event of your application being oversubscribed please let us know. If for whatever reason the project changes you should contact the Trust as soon as possible.

While the Trustees do not wish to receive a formal report on the outcome of the project – unless you are preparing one as a matter of course – we do like to receive a brief report or photographs as to how the grant has been spent and how it has benefitted the local community.