Holocaust Memorial Day funding

Holocaust Memorial Day funding

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the 27 January each year.  The day is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, by allied troops.  It is a day to remember the six million people murdered during the Holocaust and the millions of others who lost their lives under Nazi persecution and in the genocides that followed. 

Since 2015 Newcastle City Council have offered organisations the opportunity to apply for grant funding from the Newcastle Holocaust Memorial Day Fund to help deliver the city's Holocaust Memorial Day programme.  

In 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID pandemic, we needed to change the way the programme was delivered. Most activities were moved online with less people able to attend any remaining in-person events.  Some of these changes were beneficial. More people were able to take part online and we reached more audiences than ever before.

Groups and organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,500 to help deliver Newcastle’s Holocaust Memorial Day programme in 2024.  

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 31 July 2023.

You can find more information about Holocaust Memorial Day in Newcastle and see examples of previous projects here

Funding criteria

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 is Fragility of Freedom.  All projects will need to relate to the theme.  The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have created a theme, vision and other resources that reflect the theme of Fragility of Freedom.  You might find these helpful when you are developing your project. You can find out more about Fragility of Freedom and why it is so important at https://www.hmd.org.uk/what-is-holocaust-memorial-day/this-years-theme/

Applications are invited for grants of up to £1,500 from organisations who would like to contribute to the Holocaust Memorial Day programme 2024. We welcome ideas that can be delivered online, in-person or a mix of both (hybrid). Although there are currently no COVID-19 restrictions, if there are changes, we will need to follow government guidance.

When deciding if an activity should be online, in person or both the question we need to think about is ‘how can we reach and engage the greatest number of people in the city most effectively and in the safest way?’ We are also keen to connect with our local communities and engage as many people as possible

What we will fund

The aim of Newcastle Holocaust Memorial Day Fund is to support the development and delivery of activities which:

  • Commemorate those who were persecuted and or killed during the Holocaust or other genocides;
  • Enhance understanding and increase awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides and their victims, particularly amongst children and young people;
  • Engage the interest of an increased number and broader cross section of Newcastle residents in understanding the Holocaust and other genocides;
  • Encourage appropriate opposition to behaviours and attitudes that characterise discrimination and victimisation of all kinds and the Holocaust and other genocides in particular; 
  • Recognise and celebrate the courage and suffering of survivors.

We are inviting applications for activities:

  • Address one or more of the aims of the Newcastle Holocaust Memorial Day Fund as set out above;
  • Have a direct and unambiguous link with the Holocaust or other genocides;
  • Are available and accessible to the public in person, online or both;
  • Are developed and delivered by not-for-profit organisations that are legally constituted and have a suitable bank account; 
  • Are commemorative or educational 

 Priority will be given to applications for activities which include or address one or more of the following:

  • Survivors or those with first-hand experience of the Holocaust or other genocides
  • The needs or perspectives of children and young people
  • Partnership and communities working together
  • Opportunities for the Lord Mayor, elected members and other civic dignitaries to participate
  • Activities which reflect the theme for 2024 – Fragility of Freedom

You should make yourself familiar with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trusts' theme vision before applying. You can find this at https://www.hmd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/HMD-2024-Theme-Vision.pdf

What we won't fund

  • Organisations that are not legally constituted or are profit-making
  • Individuals
  • Organisations who don't have a suitable bank account
  • Core organisational costs
  • Costs associated with making an application
  • Costs of activities that have already taken place
  • Activities that take place outside the Newcastle City Council area or that are not accessible to residents of the city
  • Contributions to appeals or non-specific activities
  • Religious activity which is not for wider public benefit
  • Activities that are already fully funded unless the additional resources have a demonstrable and measurable impact on quality, extent and reach

Application process

How to apply

Timetable for applications

  • Monday 5 June 2023:   Applications open
  • Monday 31 July 2023: Deadline for submission of applications
  • August 2023:  Applications assessed
  • September 2023:  Applicants informed of decision
  • January 2024: Programme delivery
  • February 2024: Project evaluations completed and returned

The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 31 July 2023

Organisations interested in apply for a grant from the Newcastle Holocaust Memorial Day Fund are advised to discuss their proposals before making an application. 

You can do this by emailing Andrew Rothwell, Culture and Tourism Manager at andrew.rothwell@newcastle.gov.uk.

Did you know?

Arrival and selection process at Auschwitz

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2024,  Fragility of Freedom  considers how genocide restricts and removes the freedoms of those who are persecuted before many are then murdered. The process is often subtle and slow, genocide doesn't just happen.  

Freedom means different things to different people, freedom of expression, of movement, of identity. But freedom is fragile and cannot be taking for granted. We can all play a role in challenging the prejudice and discrimination that can lead to Fragility of Freedom.

Groups and organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,500 to help deliver Newcastle's Holocaust Memorial Day Programme in 2023.  The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 31 July 2023.



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