Hartlepool Community Pot


Welcome to Hartlepool Community Pot, a funding opportunity for Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Organisations to apply to address issues specifically relating to hardship that has risen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All applications should be for the benefit of Hartlepool residents and communities.

There is a total allocation of £200,000 and organisations can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £200,000. All applications will be considered through an assessment process to determine how many grants are issued.

The higher limit is proposed to allow VCS organisations to work collaboratively on ambitious projects that would be deemed to have a greater impact. Any bids over £50,000 will need to provide evidence of collaboration between two or more VCS organisations and a single award of £200k would only be made if there was evidence of a sustainable VCS partnership working on town wide priorities.

It is asked that organisations only apply for the funding that they need to enable as many people to benefit from this funding as possible.


Applications should fulfil the following criteria and this will be used for assessment purposes:

  • Evidence of need based on community engagement
  • Delivery of interventions that will address hardship arising from COVID-19 that is impacting on communities in Hartlepool.
  • Provides additionality rather than duplicating similar projects or replacing core funding for an ongoing scheme.
  • Clear impact and outcomes.
  • Delivered through a collaborative approach across the VCS.
  • Clear exit strategy demonstrating the longer term impact due to resources being one off.

The duration of schemes can be flexible due to the size of grant allocated, nature of proposal and long-term outcomes and strategy. Details of the end date (date by whichall funds contributed from Community Pot will be spent) should be included as part of the exit strategy. It is encouraged that projects should be no longer than 24 months in duration from start date.


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday January 18th 2021.

download application form

Following an assessment of applications, a final decision will be taken on Monday February 15th. Successful applicants will be informed and funding awarded from week commencing February 22nd 2021.

Projects must have started by 31st March 2021

Contact details:

Completed applications should be submitted to CommunityPot@hartlepool.gov.uk

All other enquires or should you wish to discuss your application concept with appropriate officers please contact CommunityPot@hartlepool.gov.uk