We couldn't provide our services without the generous support of our funders. Read more about how we are supported below.


North Tyneside CouncilNorthumberland County Council

The North Tyneside Domestic Abuse Strategy sets out how we can help people and communities in North Tyneside become free from the harm of domestic abuse and violence, and reflects the breadth of commitment from all local stakeholders to tackle domestic abuse, recognising that it is everyone’s business. Similarly, in Northumberland, the Domestic Abuse Strategy outlines how the County Council will implement the recommendations of the refreshed Domestic Abuse needs assessment and the statutory duties associated with the provision of safe accommodation and support as required by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Acorns is delighted to receive funding from both North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council in order to participate as one of many agencies addressing issues affecting children and their families as a result of domestic abuse in our region.

The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust

We are delighted that The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust has generously awarded Acorns a grant of £20,000 per year for the next three years, to support our work in Northumberland. This will help us to continue to reduce waiting times for children and young people to access our recovery services, and increase our ability to meet increased demand for services post-lockdown. It will also increase the likelihood of being able to see children from the same family 'in tandem’ and therefore offer families a better service, and help us to reach more young people in extremely rural settings. We are extremely grateful to the Trust for their ongoing support.

Garfield Weston Foundation

Acorns is absolutely thrilled to receive a one year grant of £25,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation, for 2023-24. The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £80 million annually. The Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a businessman who moved to the UK with his family in 1932, and has made a positive impact on numerous projects, both large and small, throughout the United Kingdom. The Trustees today are all lineal descendants of the founder and remain committed to continuing the family’s philanthropic ethos that has made the Foundation one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the country. Acorns is extremely grateful for this substantial grant which will enable us to continue our important work.


National Lottery Community Fund: Reaching Communities

Acorns has been awarded funding from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Grant; £120,000 over three years. The National Lottery’s grants for grassroots and community activity aims to bring people together and building strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, and enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage. We are also very grateful to have received Covid Emergency Funding, which has helped us to keep going during the pandemic.


Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner

We are extremely grateful to have been awarded grants by three of the Northumbria PCC Funds: Supporting Victims Fund, Covid Emergency Fund, & Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund. We know from our work that early intervention and support can make a huge difference to adults, children and young people who have gone through experiences of domestic abuse, giving them the best possible chance of recovery. It is imperative that families are able to reach out, and when they do, that our services are there for them, not just in the short term, but over the coming months and years, and these grants will ensure that we are able to continue our work.


Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

We are extremely lucky to have received support from various philanthropic individuals and organisations through the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. We have used the funding that we received to help mitigate the pandemic’s damaging effects on levels of domestic violence and food poverty in North Tyneside, whilst remaining flexible and responsive in our approach to tackling the needs of our beneficiaries and expanding our staff team. Funding applications for project work can take months to be processed, so grants such as this, coming at a time of our greatest need, made an immediate difference to the children and young people who access our services, and their families.


St James Place Foundation

St James Place Foundation is currently one of the largest corporate foundation in the UK, supporting hundreds of charities every year through our grant-making programmes. The Foundation was set up in 1992 as a way for the staff and advisers of St. James’s Place plc (SJP) to give back in their communities. More than 30 years on, and the support of the SJP community has helped raise millions of pounds for charities and become one of the largest corporate foundations in the UK. We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded funding of £10,000 for three years, for which we are extremely grateful.


National Lottery Awards for All

Social connections and community activities are at the heart of creating healthier, happier lives and a flourishing society. That’s why the National Lottery Awards for all supports amazing community-led projects, offering funding from £300 to £20,000, to support projects that bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage, and support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis. In 2024, we are incredibly pleased to have been awarded £20,000 to fund our Family Support Team, which does really important work with the wider families of the children and young people that come to Acorns. This generous funding will make a huge difference to our service users.


Ballinger Charitable Trust

The Ballinger Charitable Trust was founded in 1994 and seeks to support charities, CICs and community groups in North-East England, through grants and funding, and award grants to organisations supporting children and young people throughout the North-East, supporting their health, development and well-being, particularly those within a community experiencing disadvantage, and who have open access, long term, open-ended relationships with young people. The trust has generously awarded Acorns £15,000 each year for 3 years to be used wherever it is most needed. We are very grateful for this support.


Coutts Foundation

The mission of the Coutts Foundation is to support sustainable approaches to tackle the causes and consequences of poverty, in the communities where Coutts has a presence. Building on the legacy of Thomas Coutts and Angela Burdett-Coutts, the grand-daughter of Thomas Coutts, who was a progressive 19th-century philanthropist, the Foundation currently focuses on work that supports vulnerable women and girls and work that empowers young people through the performing arts. In 2023, Acorns became the very grateful recipient of £40,000 each year for 3 years, to be used wherever it is most needed. We look forward to using this generous funding to continue our important work with children and young people.