How we fund

We fund in three ways:

  • We invite a limited number of policy-focused organisations to become our strategic partners.
  • We are developing the capacity and policy skills of the North East voluntary sector through placements we are setting up with accomplished policy-focused organisations.
  • The Trustees will make occasional one-off grants to help organisations develop interesting or potentially powerful ideas that contribute to their overall aims. We do not accept unsolicited applications.

Strategic partners

We currently have six strategic partners IPPR North, VONNE, Regional Refugee Forum North East, the North East Child Poverty Commission, Youth Homelessness North East and Citizens’ Advice Newcastle. We chose them because they have overarching interests in line with our own agenda of addressing issues of inequality, because they are skilled in policy thinking and development and because we believe that their work contributes to the work of many other policy workers and campaigners in the North East. We have a sustained relationship with them but we neither set their workplans for them nor make detailed demands of them.

Fellowship Scheme

Our Fellowship Scheme offers an aspiring policy worker the chance to develop their skills by being placed in a more experienced organisation. The first two such placements have been IPPR North Fellowships. We are open to suggestions from other hosts, who need not be based in the North East. Our grant contributes to helping the placement holder’s organisation to back-fill in their absence, towards travel and other expenses and towards additional costs for the host organisation. Over time we hope to build a cohort of placement ‘graduates’ and to encourage them to continue learning through each other. We do not run this scheme every year but are happy to be approached at any time by prospective Fellows to discuss their ideas for a placement.

Occasional one-off grants

The Trustees are active in the voluntary sector themselves and always reserve the possibility of investing in interesting or potentially effective ideas that they or their Trust Manager come across. MHF does not accept unsolicited grant applications.