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Northern Inclusion Consortium

Funding & Commissioning

Third sector organisations in this region have huge potential to play an increasing role in provision. The NIC partners all have significant bidding and delivery capacity and strong reputations of winning and delivering large contracts, so our ambition is based on experience. However, our four founding partners are just the beginning. The NIC will continue to expand and is always looking for collaborators.

We exist to innovate, push boundaries, and create a network of organisations which strives for change. The establishment of the NIC positions us to be able to compete collaboratively on a large scale. We believe we can support and develop the sector’s position, ensuring it has a significant role in delivering high-quality, people-focused services.

If you would like to register your interest in working with us, please get in touch.

Our current funding 

We are currently delivering two projects across the North East with a total value of £13.2 million.

Our funders:

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004, it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

Our projects have been funded as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

Who is the NIC?

Stay in touch


  • Northern Inclusion Consortium
  • Yarm Road
  • Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Darlington
  • DL1 4PJ
  • 01325 529 210
  • info@niconsortium.org

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