About our grants

About our grants

School children and their parents in Heaton come together for the 200th anniversary of the Heaton Main Colliery Disaster.

The Four Corners Music Network facilitates art and music projects in schools, colleges and community projects across the NE region.  The organisation received a grant of £5000 towards the costs of staging the ‘Under the Fields’ festival which commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Heaton Main Colliery disaster in May 1815.  The grant enabled the network to work with 10 local schools who undertook a wide range of artistic projects, each with an artist in residence. In the community, their work resulted in concerts, lantern events, and the specially commissioned ‘Heaton Main Suite’ for massed choirs and bands (www.underthefieldsofheaton.com).

You can find more examples of our grant recipients on the right hand side of this page.

Grants are normally made to charities that can demonstrate that their aims have identifiable public benefit and that they operate in, or for the benefit of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham including Hartlepool. The Trust’s area of benefit does not include Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar or Cleveland and we do not accept applications from individuals.

Special consideration is given to charitable activities known to have been of particular interest to Sir James Knott. They include: military and maritime organisations, youth clubs, projects to help the elderly, education and training.

The Trustees have wide discretion on the distribution of funds and meet to consider grant applications three times a year. Grants totalling about £1.4million a year are made, funded from investment income.

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