‘A Chance To Trade’ Small Grants Fund is now open for its 3rd round! 

The Small Grants Fund provides opportunities for women who are in the process of starting up their own business and who need access to small amounts of funding that will have a big impact on the progress of their start up.  This is an exclusive grant for members of the Women’s Trading Collective Project.

The Small Grants Fund has been set up to give that little extra support to women for when a financial barrier is getting in the way of their start-up. This can help to pay for some of the costs involved with starting up including insurance to trade at markets, training or with materials or equipment.  Awards will be made with the underlying principle that they will make a long-lasting effect on the applicant and their plans for self-employment. Members can apply for a minimum of £50 and a maximum of £200. Funding rounds will be launched every two months.

Since we launched the Small Grants Fund at the end of last year, we have been thrilled to have been able to support women to progress further with their businesses and look forward to continuing to do so with this next round.

To apply, members will need to complete a short application form and send it to admin@themillincharity.co.uk before the deadline date.

Applications will then be shortlisted by members of the Grants Panel, and those who have been shortlisted will be invited to come for a brief meeting. Where applicants are unsuccessful, feedback and support will be provided to make an application to  the next round.
The deadline for this round is Friday 27th April. Please get in touch for further details or for an application form.


The Millin Charity has been shortlisted for funding …

to help at least 60 unemployed local women to achieve their dream of becoming financially independent through accessing accredited enterprise training and support!

TO VOTE, CLICK HERE, select Region NORTH, scroll down to The Millin Charity and click VOTE

The Millin Charity, a charitable organisation based in the West End of Newcastle, has been shortlisted for funding to deepen and broaden the impact we can have by helping local people to get further by working together.

We’ve been shortlisted for the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund for our #AChanceToTrade project. This funding will enable us to help at least 60 unemployed local women to achieve their dream of becoming financially independent. They’ll be able to participate in our accredited Local Women Local Enterprise enterprise-based training alongside an amazing, supportive community of women. Then, if they choose to set up their own business, we’ll be able to offer intensive, personalised support, coaching and learning opportunities to get them actively trading.

With your vote 60 women could get #ACHANCETOTRADE to transform their own and their families’ lives through earning their own money, sometimes for the very first time.

Thank you so much for voting!

#AChanceToTrade for local women

Latifa, Sheila and Cindi get #AChanceToTrade

At The Millin Charity we have a real passion for helping women who are unemployed, and not really sure how to move forward, to discover enterprise as a route to learning new skills as well as also, possibly, as a way to become financially independent through self-employment.


Through our Local Women Local Enterprise learning and development programme local women are able to build the skills, local networks and, importantly, the experience they need to have the confidence to set up their own businesses. With the help of our crowdfunding campaign and some funds awarded through the Hadrian Trust we have been able to add to the trial trading experiences even further …

We are now the proud owners of our own market stall which local women can borrow to try out selling their own products and services as a pop-up trading experience, and for volunteer members of our Women’s Trading Collective the stall is completely free to use, so they can trial trade without worrying about the cost of hiring and insuring a stall themselves.

Latifa was first to use the stall in September, selling beautiful scarves and hijabs, and it was a great success – she said

“It was fantastic! My sales were way more than I’d expected – thanks to The Millin Charity I had the chance to give it a go!”

Sarah Miller explains “We’re so pleased we’ve been able to give women a chance to trade, because through having real trading experiences they can learn more about what customers want and test out their pricing, branding and product range – putting into practice the things they have learnt through our accredited training. This makes it much more likely that they’ll have the confidence to take that final step into self-employment to ‘go it alone’.”

A chance to offer your support and encouragement

At the moment women will be getting #AChanceToTrade every Wednesday lunchtime outside our centre on the Ground Floor of The Beacon, and we’re looking to local businesses, customers of The Beacon cafe and members of the local community to give the women their support and encouragement and, hopefully, to buy some of the wide range of products and services on offer.  You can see who’s having #AChanceToTrade on our What’s on calendar.

We’re also on the look-out for more busy locations to set up our stall around Newcastle and Gateshead in the near future, so if you know of the perfect place please let us know!