T: 0191 514 7844
E: enquiries@backonthemap.org

Hendon People's Fund - Community First Funding

This Funding Programme is now Closed

If you are part of a local group looking for Small Grant funding between £250 and £2,000 and are working in Hendon you may be eligible to apply to the Fourteen Small Grants Programme. 


The Community First Fund was a £80m government-funded programme that will operated across the country until March 2015. The program helped communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and give local people means to address their own priorities. The fund is open to both new and existing groups from the voluntary and community sector.

The Hendon Ward of Sunderland was awarded £50,865 funding to support community groups based in the Hendon ward. Back on the Map led the Panel for Hendon and supported a Panel of local volunteers to award the funds to local community groups. Back on the Map also supoported local groups and projects to access the funds. The funding is now closed and the Panel have committed all of the funding awarded ensuring these much needed funds were not lost from the area.

Funding Themes

In order to make sure the funds were put to good use in the community the Panel asked local people what they felt were priorities for Hendon and used this information to develop a 'Community Plan', availble to download at the bottom of this page. The following four priorities were identified and all applications for Community First funding in Hendon needed meet at least one of these priorities identified by the Panel;

  • Improving open spaces, green spaces, street-scene and the local environment
  • Address the needs of Children and Young People
  • Health and Wellbeing activities
  • Sports groups and activities

What did the Panel Fund?

The Panel looked for projects that were community-led, increased local involvement, made an impact locally, made a little go a long way and were good value for money. All information about projects funded to date can be found in the 'Funded Projects' document at the bottom of this page.

The Panel

The Panel wass made up of representative of the Community and Voluntary Sector Resident Representative (CVS), Local Authority and residents. Back on the Map would like to thank the following Panel members who gave up their time to make the funding a success;

  • Father Andrew Collins Jones - Resident Representative
  • Dot Sopp - Resident Representative
  • Hazel Clark - Resident Representative
  • Richy Duggan - CVS Representative Hendon Young People's Project
  • Jen McKevitt - CVS Representative Back on the Map
  • Cllr Michael Mordey - Hendon Ward Councillor
  • Ann Smith - Resident Representative
  • Lesley Leng Adams - Resident Representative
  • Raymond Davison - Resident Representative
  • Jenny Ganning - Resident Representative
  • Chris Young - Resident Representative
  • Geoff Young - Resident Representative