In celebration of our national saint’s day, Tees Valley Rural Action and Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency are delighted to announce the return of GrantFinder for voluntary sector organisations based and operating in Redcar and Cleveland.

Following the unexpected discontinuation of the previous GrantFinder portal, funded by the local authority, we have worked together since February this year with IDOX to find a route by which we could bring back this service to benefit the communities that we all support and serve.

The Redcar Fund Seekers portal, powered by IDOX GrantFinder, is an open, self-service grant portal that gives you access to the thousands of grant opportunities from national, regional and local funders from the public sector to private charitable foundations and corporate sponsors.

The portal is highly customisable to your needs and can be setup to find and send you funding opportunities that are just right for you, allowing you to slay the proverbial funding dragon and make sure that you’re only putting effort into those funding applications where you are most likely to be successful.

This is a free service, brought to you by a unique partnership of local infrastructure organisations, with the sole request that in order for us to continue to advocate for this free provision you share with us tales of your successful funding bids, as well as those that miss the mark, so we can advocate to funders as to how valuable this service is.

Sign up for your free account today by visiting and access additional support by visiting either or

Best Wishes,

Peter Neal, CEO, RCVDA and Rita Lawson, CEO, TVRA

Announcing East Cleveland’s Big Jubilee Festival

East Cleveland Big Jubilee Festival 2nd-5th June 2022 brings together rural communities and heritage, linking people in celebrating the Jubilee with a series of multi-generational living history-themed events and activities. The festival has been created by a community partnership led by Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and involves:

Thanks to Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, County Durham Community Foundation, East Cleveland Big Local and the Big Lottery Fund for supporting the East Cleveland Big Jubilee Festival. In-kind support is provided by a range of local business and supporters. The festival builds on residents’ interest in local history, heritage, passion and community pride. Activities around East Cleveland’s villages will include making oral history recordings of local residents’ memories, exhibitions, schools’ activities, face-to-face and online dance workshops, a ‘ration book style’ record of the festival and costume making. Artists will lead sessions working with volunteers, a film including drone footage will be created and shared online, and audio and visual records will be stored for posterity and made available to the public through the internet. “Our partnership is overjoyed to have been awarded this funding which will allow our village communities to work together in a wide range of creative ways to engage residents in honour the Jubilee. On our journey out of the Covid pandemic, the festival brings opportunities for people to work together to achieve a goal by: being involved in their communities; making positive connections; building feelings of togetherness and belonging; and increasing intergenerational understanding. We can’t wait for the culmination of the festival in the form of our final spectacular dance performance on Skinningrove Jetty on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June. We’re very much looking forward to sharing our final video to celebrate the richness of our communities, their history, culture and natural landscape.” Jo Booth and Graham Banwell – East Cleveland Big Jubilee Festival Steering Group

For further information, images, branding or to confirm an interview please contact or call Jo Booth on 07941 631486 #CreativeJubilee #LottoGoodCauses

We will provide this space for useful resources to access and download.

EC BIG Jubilee Festival Header

EC BIG Jubilee Crown

EC Big Jubilee Flag

EC Big Jubilee Bunting

Platinum Jubilee Tool Kit includes lots of colouring in sheets, download recipes and even bunting well worth checking out.