Current grants

Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau

£60,000 over two years to June 2017

Newcastle upon Tyne CAB collects data on a range of pressing social issues through its case work. It has amassed considerable information about the effects of Welfare Reform on its clients, especially those with mental and physical disabilities. There are particular concerns about the digitisation of the benefits system which may lead to exclusion or error in the cases of vulnerable claimants. This second grant will enable NCAB to analyse its data, use its knowledge in campaigning for fairer and more effective government policies in content and implementation and support other regional CABx to use their information more effectively. Read more about NCAB here:

Tel: 0191 229 2750
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North East Child Poverty Commission

£120,000 over three years

The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) is a cross-sector stakeholder partnership which aims to provide a strong regional voice to raise awareness of child poverty in the North East, and to facilitate collaborative working to tackle the problem. Core activities include undertaking policy and research analysis, organising events, working with children and young people, and engaging with local, regional and national campaigns. The NECPC also undertakes specific pieces of research and development, including regional work with schools and employers. Commission members include representatives from all 12 local authorities as well as a wide range of other public, private and voluntary sector organisations. Further information about our membership, objectives and current activities can be found here:

The NECPC is hosted by the Institute for Local Governance (ILG) at Durham University. Established in 2009, the ILG is a research and knowledge exchange partnership between the region’s universities, local authorities and other public sector organisations. Further information about the ILG is available at:

Millfield House Foundation has supported the NECPC since 2011.

Telephone: 0191 334 9107
Mobile: 07983 408966
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Regional Refugee Forum North East

£120,000 over three years to June 2018 to continue its policy and campaigning work on behalf of refugee communities in the North East

Regional Refugee Forum North East has been made a Strategic Partner by the Trustees at their May 2015 meeting.

Tel: 0191 423 6255
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The Philanthropy Story


The history of philanthropy in the north east is distinguished but largely unknown. Clare Thomas, Diana Leat and Cheryl Chapman, who successfully mounted an exhibition on City Philanthropy in the City of London, now want to create something similar to show the north east and others what has been accomplished here. The Trustees of the Foundation are contributing towards the feasibility study for the project.

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Youth Homeless North East

£35,000 per year for three years

Millfield House Foundation Trustees invite a very few organisations to bid to become Strategic Partners. They look for organisations that work over a number of issues and are of regional significance. Youth Homeless North East is the most recent Partner. This means that the Foundation will provide core support for this regional body looking at the issues contributing to youth homelessness and poverty in the north east, and of course, seeking solutions. For more about YHNE see:

Tel: 0191 5109762
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