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

Going Green Together Launch Events

Going Green Together is very excited to announce the launch of our new project, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and County Durham Community Foundation. As well as expanding the resources we’re currently offering through the Going Green Together website, we’re inviting VCSE organisations in the North East and Cumbria to join a special cohort to access training and courses in order to reduce their carbon footprint and learn how to make their working practises more environmentally conscious.

To celebrate the launch of this programme, and to let you know how to get involved, we’re hosting a range of online and in-person events in mid-July. These events will include a presentation of what we’ve done so far, the aims of Going Green Together, what’s coming up and what we’re looking for in applicants for our training cohort. The events will also involve break-out sessions to provide a taster of future activities, and to let us know more about your environmental needs. They will also include an opportunity to meet other organisations in your region, to begin building a climate support network of your peers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are looking to make their first steps towards environmental reform within their organisation, those who want to discover more, and for those who are already embedding environmental practise in their organisation but who are looking to collaborate with and help other organisations do the same.

The first event will be an in-person launch and networking event on Tuesday 12th July, 2-4.30pm, at VODA’s new Spirit of North Tyneside venue in Wallsend Customer First Centre. You can sign up to this free event here:

This will be followed by three online launch events. While each of these will have a regional focus, anyone from the North East or Cumbria is invited to attend whichever event they prefer based on their availability. These are as follows:


There will be a limit on spaces for each event, so be sure to reserve your ticket soon!

Going Green Together Launch

Going Green Together Launch!
The VCAA (VONNE Climate Action Alliance) have launched the Going Green Together campaign!

After 10 intensive weeks working with SIDE Labs and di:ga Communications on Catalyst’s Development programme, the VCAA have developed a web-tool to help organisations take their first climate action steps and share their action with others.

The website also provides more information about the VCAA, learning resources and the opportunity to read their news, subscribe to their newsletter and join their MeetUp group for future events and meetings.

It would be great if you could visit the Going Green Together website and share any feedback by emailing