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Making Every Contact Count - Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Opportunity

An opportunity is available for the Voluntary and Community Sector working with Gateshead residents, to apply for ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC) grant funding. MECC is an approach that uses the many day-to-day interactions which organisations and individuals have with people as an opportunity to enhance health and wellbeing.

Grant Funding

  • The Grant fund has been earmarked to provide resources to support the uptake of the free training and other MECC related training in order to further develop the skills of staff in organisations across the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS).


  • The Grant is to be used to cover the associated costs of attendance at Council provided training, to enable the purchase of relevant additional training, and to allow subsequent development and practical delivery of the MECC approach by the Grant recipient. 


  • This funding is divided into two pots, one of £100k, for Grants up to £10k and a pot of £200k, for Grants of between £10k and £50K.


Who is eligible and application dates.

Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS)organisations working with Gateshead residents who could benefit from improving physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Grant Fund opens on 4th October 2017 and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis until the closing date of 15th December 2017, or until the funds in each pot are exhausted.


Please go to Gateshead Council’s grant application page at http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/MECC to access the application form, and guidance documents. It is important that you read the supporting information prior to completing and submitting any applications.

If you have any queries in relation to the grant application or about MECC please Email: CWLBusinessSupportTeam@Gateshead.Gov.UK please include in the subject header: MECC Applications

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