Here you will find information from the funding opportunities in and around Co Durham

Funding for Durham Community Groups 

I am pleased to inform you that the new funding portal for community groups Durham4Community is now live.

You can sign up to the free, easy to use, Durham 4 Community website to: search for funding schemes available for your group apply for funding get advice on producing your funding application The portal can be accessed directly through the link above or through the Durham County Council website.

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Sherburn House Fund Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)
(Managed by County Durham Community Foundation)

£300 grants available for individuals or families
Funding for essential domestic equipment (eg cookers, washing machines, beds etc)
North East wide (recipients must live between the River Tweed and River Tees)

Sherburn House Fund Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)Applications are invited from professionals working with clients who are experiencing extreme hardship and are in extreme social and financial need. It is likely that they have been unable to obtain funding from other sources.

Applications must be submitted by organisations willing to undertake a supervised spend (purchasing items on behalf of your client).

For full details, please visit the CDCF website

Naomi Stevens
Donor Services Manager
County Durham Community Foundation
Please note my working days are Tuesday - Friday
Victoria House,Whitfield Court,St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL
T: 0191 378 6340 DL: 0191 378 6343 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. W:

Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - Wellesley Trust Community First Fund

Max. Value: £ 10,000

Grants are available for youth projects based in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham (including Darlington)

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Provider Training - Successful Tendering

To support our local providers we have arranged a Successful Tender Workshop on the 21st Feb 2019.8:45 to 13:00 Durham Leadership Centre, Spennymoor

If you have any providers that you think would benefit from attending this workshop, please can you provide some details so that we may contact them to make an invite to the workshop.

Please Provide Name, Organisation and Contact Email

Alternatively, if you would like to send this email on to your contacts to request directly, please do so. Please can all responses be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will collate names and confirm allocation of spaces – but this will have to be a first come first served basis.

Please note that we plan further session in June 19 and Sept 19 – so any missed allocations can be picked up then.

Louiza J McIntosh
Strategic Category Manager
Durham County Council

Nationwide – Community Grants

The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards grants of up to £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable, find new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords. Deadline is on Wednesday 12 December 2018.

Big Lottery Fund – National Lottery for All

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support projects that bring people together, 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. Rolling deadline

Sport England – Community Asset Fund

Sport England’s Community Asset Fund is a programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active Grants between £1,000 to £150,000 will be awarded to projects that help local organisations to create quality and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come. Rolling deadline.

Clarion Futures - One Digital Project

Funding is available to help organisations/projects embed/test-bed the use of Digital Champions within their employment programmes, in order to address the essential digital skill needs of clients.

To date, the One Digital project has partnered with 13 organisations, spread across the UK, to replicate their approach to embedding Digital Champions within employment activity. The One Digital project has an additional two grants of £20,000 remaining to issue, and are looking to engage a further two organisations who provide employment support and may therefore benefit from this funding opportunity.

For applications to be formally received the form (more information here and application form available here) must be attached to an email and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8th December with a view to beginning delivery in either January or February 2019.

If you would like to learn more about this work, the wider One Digital programme, or Clarion Futures visit and

RSN Rural Funding Digest - November 2018 Edition

Monthly bulletin featuring RSN Rural Funding Digest & Government Consultations Welcome to the monthly Funding Digest! Our usual publications have all been rolled into one weekly Rural Bulletin but we know how useful members find the Funding Digest (previously the Opportunities Bulletin) so we are keeping it as a monthly standalone publication!

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Alec Dickson Trust

The Trust is passionate about volunteering and about young people making a difference. Grants of up to £500 are available for projects in the applicant's local area that involve local people and can demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.


Bromley Trust

The Bromley Trust supports three programmes: human rights, prison reform and Conservation and sustainability.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Social Justice

The Social Justice programme aims to help marginalised individuals and communities become integrated. They see integration as a two-way process in which society at large and specific communities adapt, understand and benefit.


The Art Fund

The Art Fund exists to secure great art for museums and galleries all across the UK for everyone to enjoy. They do this by helping to buy, save and show works of art of all ages and all kinds by giving grants, placing gifts of art, fundraising and campaigning.


Lords Taverners Non-Turf Pitch Grants

The Lords Taverners (accredited by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as the official national charity for recreational cricket) commits 50% of the funds it raises each year to provide grants in support of youth cricket. Applications can be made for grants towards the installation of non-turf pitches, practice ends and nets.


The Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never support individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can't reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes.Because they do not appeal to the public for funds, they can take risks. Because the Trust is mostly run by volunteers, it can afford to make very small grants, without their funds being eaten up by administration costs. They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups - and they try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.

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Henry Smith's Charity

The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity. They make grants totalling approximately 25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

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Yapp Charitable Trust

Grants for small registered charities to sustain their existing work with: elderly people, children and young people aged 5 - 25, people with disabilities or mental health problems, people trying to overcome social life-limiting problems, education.

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Enterprise Grants (Social Investment Business)

New Grants announced for youth services and homelessness projects who want to become more enterprising. Thought you may be interested in this. Development Grants (up to £50k) were announced a few weeks ago for youth or homelessness organisations who have an enterprise proposition to help them scale up. They have now introduced a feasibility grant (£5 - £10k) to help projects develop an enterprise proposition.

Take a look – keen to help if you wish to apply and to involve myself and the NE-BIC in your proposal. If you do work with young people or impact on homelessness (it doesn’t have to be your only activity), then it could be a great opportunity for your project.

Kevin Marquis Social Enterprise Manager T: +44(0) 7909520069 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. W:

Coalfields Regeneration Trust - Community Investment Programme

Up to £10,000. VCSE. Deadline 7th December 2018 (eligibility survey) The Community Investment Programme was created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities.
Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work.
Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

Eligible North East areas can be seen here.

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Grow Wild

Grow Wild, the outreach project of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has two grant funds open for application: community projects and youth-led projects. They are interested in projects inspired by UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi, that help people connect to each other and nature.

Community project fund: £2,000 or £4,000 for groups and organisations trying something new or different to engage hundreds of people in their community with UK native wildflowers/plants/fungi. Deadline 10th December 2018.

Youth-led project fund: £500 for young people aged 14-25. Projects should be creative, actively engage other people in their delivery and be inspired by UK native wildflowers/plants/fungi

Local School Nature Grants Scheme

Schools. Deadline 30th November 2018.

This scheme offers schools the opportunity to apply for up to £500 worth of equipment from the product catalogue on the Learning through Landscapes website to help schools undertake environmental improvements. Applicants must be employed by the school. Learners must be aged 5 and upwards. Successful applicants will have demonstrated that they are passionate about making environmental improvements and, ideally, will have included the children and their local community in decision making about the project and the choice of equipment.

Aviva Community Fund launches

I wanted to let you know that this year's Aviva Community Fund is now open for entries - and we very much welcome applications from good causes in your constituency. The Fund will finance over 500 local projects in communities across the UK, with awards ranging from under £1,000 up to £25,000. Projects can be entered into one of three categories: Environment, Health & Wellbeing or Skills for Life. Applications can be made until midday on 9 October 2018. There will then be a chance to vote for favourite projects, with entries that make it through to the Finals being considered by a panel of judges. The winning projects will be announced early next year. Please do encourage charities or community groups in your constituency to enter, as this could make a real difference to the local community.

More information about the Aviva Community Fund and how to apply can be found here

Funding available from the Clothworkers Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Foundation awards capital grants to UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £15m through their Main and Small grants programmes. Organisations must demonstrate that the majority of their work fits with one or more of their programme areas

You can visit their website at for more information and to complete their eligibility quiz.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The CRT is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them. The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities.

The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes: Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Our offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

RSN Rural Funding Digest - September Edition

Welcome to the monthly Funding Digest! Our usual publications have all been rolled into one weekly Rural Bulletin but we know how useful members find the Funding Digest (previously the Opportunities Bulletin) so we are keeping it as a monthly standalone publication!

Santander Foundation - Discovery Grants

Up to £5,000. UK registered charities / CICs / Credit Unions (1yr+ accounts). No deadline. Santander Foundation awards Discovery Grants to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future. Grants will support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges and that fall into one or more of three priorities: Explorer – to improve people's knowledge, for example, Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget. Transformer - improving skills and experience, for example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Changemaker - innovative solutions to social challenges, for example, a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet.

Project beneficiaries may be, for example, people on restricted income or who are rurally isolated or disabled and can include people anywhere in the UK, not just in areas of high deprivation, who are excluded or who face barriers to taking part in day-to-day activities. Funding is available for small complete local projects lasting up to 12 months and can cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials specific to the project. More

Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Community Covenant Small Grant Scheme 

Up to £20,000. No deadline (applications reviewed four times a year. Next review 30th September 2018).

The aim of the National Covenant Fund is to support the armed forces community. Funding is available to support the integration of armed force personnel within their community and the coordination and delivery of support services.

Community Integration: projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities. They should be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration and in improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. MOD want to see projects that are rooted in their communities and that have grown out of a specific local need. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of local services: for local projects that offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.

Schools, registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unique Identification Number) can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with - and a real understanding of the issues facing - the Armed Forces Community. Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.


Apply for £500 - £2000 with CDCF and DCC

This is a rolling fund and the next round of funding will close on Sunday 16th September 2018. If you would like to discuss any potential ideas for projects please do get in touch with me. This can be for any creative project that achieves at least one of the below outcomes:
· Enhances opportunities for children & young people
· Improves levels of wellbeing through engagement in community arts
· Prioritises work with disadvantaged communities, and underrepresented groups e.g. disability, BAME, LGBT
· Improves and enhances skills for grant recipients to improve capacity, quality and sustainability of activity

Size of Grant Available · Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available · You can hold more than one grant from this fund, up to a maximum of £2000 · Organisations should not expect to receive repeat funding from the Grants Scheme

RSN Rural Funding Digest - August Edition

Welcome to the monthly Funding Digest!

Our usual publications have all been rolled into one weekly Rural Bulletin but we know how useful members find the Funding Digest (previously the Opportunities Bulletin) so we are keeping it as a monthly standalone publication! Please share with Colleagues, Parish Councils, Community Groups and anyone else that may be looking for funding as the Funding Digest includes many sources of grant funding that they may not be aware of. The Government Consultation section may include a draft response to relevant rural consultations and also highlights other consultations relevant to rural areas which you may be interested in responding to.

Funding Information North East

The FINE bulletin, produced by VONNE provides timely and relevant funding opportunities for North East VCSE organisations and is published fortnightly. In order to receive the FINE bulletin, organisations need to become VONNE Bronze Membership+ subscribers, which is free for organisations with a turnover of below £50,000. For those with a greater income level, the fees are very cost effective and Membership+ members receive a range of other benefits including discounts on job advertising, and events and invites to Membership+ only network events. Silver and Gold Membership+ subscribers are also able to access the FINE Online directory, a searchable funding resource of funders specifically interested in supporting North East organisations. Visit the VONNE website for more information.

Building Connections Fund

Following the Prime Minister's and Minister for Sport and Civil Society's announcement to unlock £20m funding to tackle loneliness (as a part of Government's ​wider endorsement ​of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations​) , a new £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness.

The fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation and aims to: increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected support organisations to build on their existing work, eg by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people encourage organisations to join up with others locally improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions

More details, including how to apply, can be found at :

Loneliness Fund & Integrated Communities Innovation Fund – now open!

Integrated Communities Innovation Fund: This fund seeks to support new and innovative approaches to tackling the barriers to integration and building integrated communities. The Fund will support projects that will enthuse and inspire others to adopt similar approaches more widely, with the confidence that comes from knowing they have been tested and found to be successful. The Fund’s prospectus, expression of interest form and assessment criteria can be found here.

Loneliness Fund: Following the Prime Minister's wider endorsement of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations on Loneliness in January 2018, the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness. The fund is split into two strands. Almost £9 million will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, with grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected. This is open for applications now and you can find out more on the Big Lottery Fund website.

The remaining £2 million from the Fund is the Youth Strand and will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation. Grants of up to £80,000 will be available for youth organisations already helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Applications to this youth-focused strand of the Building Connections Fund will open in August 2018. You can find out more about this on the Co-op Foundation blog.

CLLD Funding opportunity 

I have been working closely with the CLLD team for the North area over the last couple of weeks- who have been great to work with thanks for inviting me along .. Thanks so much to everyone who attended the events and everyone who made them happen this week in Stanley and Chester-Le-Street …it was a really useful networking experience and I think everyone who attended really valued the sessions – and was nice to be involved with them

Attached is the current call document for the North CLLD area. Here is the link to the pages on the DCC website -

If you require any further details please contact … North Durham CLLD Co-ordinator Gemma Dobson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07384247356

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants to support projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation especially in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care.

Family Action Grants - UK 

Family Action has been making grants to families and individuals in need since its foundation in 1869. Their grants programmes complement and enhance its mission of helping families to find solutions to problems, supporting them to become safer, stronger and more optimistic about their future.

Yapp Charitable Trust 

Grants for small registered charities to sustain their existing work with: elderly people, children and young people aged 5 - 25, people with disabilities or mental health problems, people trying to overcome social life-limiting problems and education.

The Co-op Foundation

The Co-op Foundation is offering interest free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces. Venues such as parks and community centres need regular income so they can continue to meet the needs of people who use them, love them, and rely on them for local services and social contact. If your community organisation is thinking about growing its trading activities to generate more sustainable income, The Co-op Foundation might be able to help your plans take off.

County Durham Housing Group Grant 

Want to make a difference to your neighbourhood? Then group grant could lend a helping hand. Our scheme offers grants of up to £500 to support projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and wellbeing. Not-for-profit ,voluntary and Community organisations can apply for a group grant, as well as local schools. Your project must benefit one or more of the areas that County Durham Housing Group operates in. We are looking to support organisations that are working to improve access to services, reduce isolation, enhance employment prospects and encourage engagement within the community.

Full details of the group grant scheme are available at, by calling 0191 349 7777 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bright Ideas Fund re-opening soon 

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000. The Fund will re-open on 26 June! Your community group will be able to apply for support and tools to set up a community business. Before you apply, please ensure you read the Guidance Notes thoroughly, and check that you meet all of the eligibility criteria.

Not sure if you have a community business idea? Find out more here.


Noel Buxton Trust (Grant - Great Britain / Africa) 

Up to £5,000. VCSE. No deadline.

The Trust operates three funding programmes:

Africa Grants: Supports projects based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan put forward by small charities. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are made to projects that focus on economic development, building sustainable futures in the semi-arid areas and support for and protection of street children that helps them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.

Families and domestic abuse: The Trustees particularly acknowledge that there is a pervasive impact on children, one that can affect them into adulthood and thus consider projects that work with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic abuse. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are offered to smaller, grassroots organisations, with an emphasis on areas outside London / South East England.

Penal Grants: Recognising the variety of VCSE organisations working with offenders, grants are made to local campaigning organisations, self-help groups and service providers as follows:

One off grants of up to £3,000 to pay for specific projects that help maintain relationships between prisoners and their families or for work that supports the contributions that volunteers make within the prison community.

Grants of up to £4,000 per year over two to three years, particularly where a guaranteed on-going contribution is going to make a difference to the sustainability of a programme or activity.


Rayne Foundation - Rayne Grants (UK) 

Not for profit. No deadline (allow 6 months for result)

The Rayne Foundation aims to support work which is untried, tests new approaches but has clear objectives. They favour work that could change the way issues are tackled in our society and that could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.

They will consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense and those that cover social issues. Their focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:

Young people’s improved mental health.

Arts as a tool to achieve social change.

Improved quality of life for carers and for older people.

They particularly welcome applications addressing these issues but will consider applications in other subjects which meet the broader criteria.


Tesco Bags of help grants open

Tesco Bags of Help grants is open to any groups, clubs, sports teams, schools and charities to apply for the funding grants as long as they are benefitting our local communities. The projects can range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events. If you know of anybody that is looking to complete a project, hold a community event or for new equipment applications can be found online at

More information about the funding: Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers. This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Caron Keating Foundation (Grant - UK) No deadline. 

The Caron Keating Foundation works to make a considerable difference to many individuals and families affected by cancer. It targets and financially assists small but significant cancer charities, professional carers and support groups. While there are no specific guidelines on the website, in the Beneficiaries section there is a list detailing some of those charities that have received grants which gives an idea of what will be funded. We suggest getting in touch with the Foundation to find out more about the criteria and procedures before making an application.


Marvellous Family Grants (UK) Up to £1,000. (considered monthly). 

Marvellous Family Grants are awarded to families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness. Grants can fund a variety of essential items and services including (but not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships.

Grants are open to any family residing in the UK with a child who has a serious illness that could be life-limiting as described by the following criteria: Group 1 - Life threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail. (e.g. epilepsy, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidneys.) Group 2 - Conditions where premature death is inevitable. (e.g. cystic fibrosis.) Group 3 - Progressive conditions without curative treatment options. (e.g. Batten disease, mucopolysaccharidoses, muscular dystrophy.) Group 4 - Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death. (e.g. sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as brain or spinal cord insult.) Group 5 - Syndromes without a name (SWAN) causing severe, chronic disability or illness. Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on behalf the family and are considered at monthly meetings.


Wakeham Trust (Grant - UK)

Usually £125 - £2,500. Registered charities. No deadline.

The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never support individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can't reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes. Because they do not appeal to the public for funds, they can take risks. They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups. The Trust does not favour any particular areas of activity. The best way to understand the kinds of projects they support is to look at their website.


Key Fund Investment Opportunity 

Important news: We have £4.5 million to invest! Are you buying a building? Are you looking to grow? Have you got a great business idea? We can help... we're pleased to announce that we have £4.5m to invest in your social enterprise. If you are based in the North and Midlands area we can offer you: Up to £300K in blended finance for property deals Up to £150K in blended finance to grow businesses or support new ideas

For more information on how we can help, please get in touch: For details on who we are and how we can help including the application process, please go to our Key Fund website Tel: 0330 202 0559

Sport England's Community Asset Fund Remains Open for Applications

Funding remains available for organisations that want to enhance spaces in their local communities for the benefit of local people. The Community Asset Fund was launched in January 2017 to support Sport England’s strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’. According to Sport England, this investment is intended to help local organisations ‘create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come’. Sport England is looking to invest in projects that look beyond helping get people into sport and active to projects that change lives and become a force for good. Community organisations, clubs, statutory bodies and educational establishments can apply for investments of up to £150,000 for projects which create or improve opportunities to play sport and get active in local communities. The grants do not have to be used for a traditional space or traditional sport.

Examples of eligible project locations include: canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces with the potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle. There are three levels of grant investment: Small Scale Investments (£1,000 and £15,000) – to cover the cost of emergency works due to something like storm or flood damage, or something totally unexpected that is stopping people from being able to stay active right now. Medium Scale Investments (£15,000 and 50,000) – to make more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community. Large Scale Investments (£50,000 and £150,000) – for projects which can demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under-represented groups. Examples of eligible activity include: Taking over an underused sports facility or one under threat of closure. Applicants might need support to bring a building back into use or need to make improvements to a recreational space. Expanding or improving the sporting experience applicants already offer to their customers.

Applicants could be looking to improve a changing room or install new toilets, heating systems or social spaces. Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that is stopping people from being active. Applicants might need to fix a roof that’s been damaged or repair an area after flood damage. Making improvements to a building or open space that’s clearly needed in the local community.

Applications continue to be accepted at any time.

Virgin Money launches £1million North East fund

Applications now open The Virgin Money Foundation has launched its North East Fund, encouraging applications from voluntary organisations working in their local community to: Help disadvantaged young people to find and keep a job. Help homeless people or people at risk of homelessness to find a new home.

They are also looking for ambitious locally-led voluntary, community and social enterprises providing social and economic benefit to an area, who want to explore new ways of generating income and, by doing so, achieve greater impact in their neighbourhoods.

For full details and how to apply please visit

My Community and Neighbourhood Planning 2018-2022 (Grant - England) 

Up to £17,000. Local forums / parish councils. No deadline specified

Local community forums and parish councils are able to apply for basic grants of up to £9,000 (plus an additional £8,000 if they meet certain criteria) through the Government's new £23 million My Community and Neighbourhood Planning programme.

The funding is available to Town or Parish Councils, where they exist. In areas that are unparished, applicants will need to put in place a Neighbourhood Forum. All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply.

Groups can apply for up to two types of grant funding:

Basic Grant Funding – all groups are eligible. Up to £9,000. Any grant support received in the 2015-2018 programme will be taken into account when assessing how much grant they can apply for (e.g. if £5,000 was awarded and spent in 2015-2018, they can only apply for up to £4,000)

Additional Grant Funding – up to a further £8,000. Eligibility:

Allocating sites for housing

Including design codes in the plan

A designated business neighbourhood plan

A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan

A Neighbourhood Area with a population of over 25,000

Any grant support received in the 2015-2018 programme will be taken into account as above.

Groups can also apply for technical support (or separately within their grant application) if eligible:

Allocating sites for housing

Including design codes in the plan

Planning to use a neighbourhood development order

An undesignated Forum needing help to get designated


Reaching Communities Programme Re-opens for Applications (England)

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that its Reaching Communities Programme has re-opened for applications. Reaching Communities provide grants of over £10,000 to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need, including hard to reach communities.

You can apply if you are a: * Voluntary and community organisation * Social enterprise * Group of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise * School * Statutory body (including town, parish or community council) * Community interest company.

During this financial £190 million will be available for projects that address one or more of the following outcomes: * Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities; * Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities; * Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Building Better Communities Programme Opens for Nominations (UK)

Jewson's Building Better Communities programme, which supports community buildings across the UK has re-opened for nominations. The Fund awards a Top Regional prize of £50,000 (split equally between labour and building materials costs) and multiple prizes ranging from £500 to £10,000 from a total pot of £250,000. Local Trade Heroes (which seeks to celebrate construction workers who play a big role in their community) can also win £50,000 worth of building materials to enable them to complete worthy projects such as new sports club changing rooms, much-needed play area for children or improve community buildings. Local projects can also apply for building materials worth between £500 and £10,000 to improve their local community building from a regional prize fund.

To participate, entrants must submit all the required details of their nominated community building project via the website below or via Jewson's Facebook page ( Shortlisted projects will be announced on the 6th May 2018. Shortlisted projects will face a public vote. Public voting runs from the 22nd May.

BlueSpark Foundation (Grant - England) 

Up to £5,000 (most are under £2,000). VCSE / schools.

BlueSpark Foundation supports the education and development of children and young people (aged 5-21) by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

They give particular consideration to projects which they believe will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. They like to fund relatively small-scale projects that might not happen at all or would only happen on a smaller scale without the support of BlueSpark.

Applications must be for a specific project. The kinds of projects that CANNOT be funded are:

life skill mentoring services

counselling services

holiday clubs or playgroups

construction, maintenance or repair of buildings

There are no preconditions for the making of a grant regarding the number of children or young people who may benefit from a particular project.

Funding provided by BlueSpark for any particular project must constitute a significant proportion of the costs of that project rather than being marginally incremental to its funding. If an organisation is able to raise part of the cost of a project itself, that will be a favourable factor in the assessment of a grant application.


Funding for Projects that increase the Emotional Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Individuals 

Funding for Projects that Increase the Emotional Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Individuals (London, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Teesside) The 'Mercers' Wellbeing Initiative' is a small grants programme to increase the emotional wellbeing of individuals through participation in creativity and the arts or through access to nature and the outdoors.

Grants from £20,000 to £50,000 for up to two years are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, charities, church groups and those of other faiths that are working in the following areas:
* Young People and Education
* Older People and Housing
* Church and Communities

Applications from organisations working in areas with high levels of disadvantage and low levels of participation in creativity and the arts or access to nature and the outdoors, will be prioritised as follows: For Children & Young People and Older People, grants are available for work in London only (within one or more of the 32 London Boroughs). For Adults & Families (in our Church and Communities Programme), grants are available for work in London, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and the North East of England (County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Teesside) Applications can be submitted at any time.

Community Safety Fund 

Please find attached the link to grants made available by Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner and County Durham Community Foundation.

Kind regards, Jo Jo’Anne Connor BA(Hons) Office of the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Governance Manager Police Headquarters 0191 3752156

Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. The scheme will fund approximately 150 small grants and up to 30 large grants.

Visit for full details.

Coalfields Community Investment Programme (Grant / Other - England)

Practical support: no deadline

This is a range of free services and resources available to registered/incorporated organisations such as registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations operating in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities. Support includes but is not limited to:

Organisational Diagnostic Tool – analysis of organisational need.

Critical Friend – face to face, telephone and email support from the team.

Local Area Profiling – detailed reports of local statistics.

Support to identify specific organisational needs.

Support applying for funding/finance and bid-writing training.

Evaluation & monitoring advice.


Sport England Small Grants (England) 

£300 - £10,000. VCSE / statutory. No deadline

Formally constituted not for profit organisations and statutory bodies including sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport are eligible to apply for grants to cover capital and revenue costs for projects that help more people regardless of age, background or ability, to play more sport or to be more active more often.

The focus of the programme is on adults and young people aged 14 or over. Projects working with mixed age groups may be considered if there is a particular focus on people aged 14 plus. People stop taking part in certain sports, such as gymnastics, at an earlier age and this will be taken into consideration. The maximum project size is £50,000.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation (UK) 

£10,000 - £45,000. No deadline

Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas can now apply for grants for

new buildings

upgrading, renovating or extending buildings

improving or creating outside space (not car parks)

The funders consider ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so this might also be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week and that all the community can access

Applicants must have already secured 50% of the total funding needed to complete the project before they apply.


HA Challenging Places (Other - England)

VCSE / schools. No deadline

Organisations working with children and young people who live in deprived areas can apply for a two-night break package through the Youth Hostel Association's (YHA) Challenging Places Support Programme.

Organisations can apply on the behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA’s criteria. They can reapply annually as long as the application is for a different group of young people.

To be eligible the children or young persons must be between the ages of 8 and 18 and must live in an area recognised as deprived.


Dayco Fund

The DAYCO Fund aims to provide grants to voluntary youth and community organisations located in County Durham who are looking to promote development and long-term sustainability within their organisation. The funding is not available in Darlington.

Apply here

Project Genesis Trust – Small Grants Scheme: 

The small grants scheme supports grants up to £500 that are benefiting the residents of the ex-district of Derwentside and that are consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust namely:
• providing or assisting in the provision of facilities for the recreation or other leisure time occupation
• providing or assisting in the provision of facilities to encourage the study appreciation and enjoyment of the arts (including an arts centre)
• encouraging the understanding and appreciation of local history and other matters of historic artistic architecture or scientific interest (including a heritage centre)
• the conservation, protection and improvement of amenity land and its flora and fauna

if you require any further information on the Trust or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks, Paula Nicholson
Clerk to Project Genesis Trust Tel: 03000 269710 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham County Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme 2017/18 

The Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme can help residents at times when they are at their most vulnerable by supporting their short-term needs or helping them to maintain their independence. There are two types of welfare assistance available: • Daily living expenses help meet immediate short-term needs for goods or services that arise because of a disaster or unforeseen circumstances. It can include direct payments to a gas or electricity supplier or prepayment card/vouchers for food and travel. • A settlement grant can help residents remain in the community, or move back into the community, after a period in supported or unsettled accommodation, for example someone leaving care or an individual who has been made homeless. It includes access to standard household items such as beds, bedding, furniture and white goods.

The contact telephone number for the Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme is 03000 267900. Applicants can apply for welfare assistance by telephone or by completing an application form online at

Football Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme 

Up to £20,000. No deadline

The three aims of the Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme are to:

Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs

Improve the way football supporters engage with each other

Improve fans’ experience of the game

There are two tiers of projects - up to £5,000 and up to £20,000; for both tiers, total project costs must not exceed £50,000. Projects can range from a one-off event / campaign, to a project running over a period of three years. Potential applicants must have discussed their scheme with and received support from associated clubs.


Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants – Defra

Details of this grant were announced on 3 October 2017. Local Authorities leading on the role out of Superfast Broadband can apply for Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants.
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).
You need to contact the rural Payments Agency at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a copy of the grant handbook, an application form, application appendix and guidance on how to apply.

GLL Community Foundation Fund

Spacehive have officially partnered with GLL, the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise to launch the GLL Community Foundation.
The Foundation has been established to provide grant funding and practical ‘in kind’ support with a value of up to £5,000 to a wide range of community schemes. Projects could include creating or renovating public spaces such as parks or gardens, running sports tournaments or supporting cultural or community events.
Along with financial support, GLL staff are also offering practical support and consultancy to projects, while Spacehive provides a platform for local schemes to build support and fundraise from within their own community.

Heritage Mortgage – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund is now able to offer bespoke mortgage-style loan facilities. The Heritage Mortgage programme allows borrowers to plan ahead across a number of years and at an earlier stage than is usual, potentially reducing the annual costs by stretching the payments over a longer period. The Heritage Mortgage is available either pre- or post-completion of a capital project. Investments of between £150,000 and £500,000 are available, typically over 10 to 20 years.

Social Investment Fund – Homeless Link

Homeless Link has £4.5m to invest over the next 3 years for charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness. The programme is said to be the first of its kind exclusively for the homelessness sector and one of very few sector-specific funds in existence.
The aim of the fund is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. It is looking to support organisations to:

increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment
develop new models for income generation and funding
improve their long-term sustainability
This fund will focus on the potential that smaller unsecured loans can have on creating change. The fund is offering unsecured loans of £25,000 to £150,000, repayable over a maximum term of 48 months.

Family Fund – The Family Fund Trust for families with severely disabled children.

The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.
See the website for more details.

Capital grants programme – Wooden Spoon Society

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish rugby charity and supports disabled and disadvantaged young people. Targets for grants cover: health and wellbeing; sensory rooms and gardens; specialist equipment and facilities; playgrounds and outdoor activities; and education projects.
Physical assets must have a life span of at least 5 years. There must be a key rugby element to any sports-focussed project and projects must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

Landfill Communities Fund – SUEZ Communities Trust

SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA) provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include:

Public Amenities
Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites
Projects can be supported that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. A ‘Smaller Projects Fund’ is available for grants up to £20,000 and a ‘Primary Fund’ for projects up to £50,000.

Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.
As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.
Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.
This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.
For more information visit the website below.

European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government

A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Deadlines for applications vary. Please see the website below for more information.

Community Fibre Partnerships – BT

£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships delivered by Openreach. Grants are for communities in the so called ‘final 5%’ of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Grants of up to £30,000 toward the cost of new fibre infrastructure are available, so long as that new infrastructure serves the local Ofsted registered (or equivalent) school or learning establishment.
50% of the required funds could be available from the scheme with the community raising the additional 50%. BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website "Spacehive" to assist with community fundraising.
Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.

Changemaker - Santander

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.
Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.
The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.
If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.

Tesco Bags of Help – Tesco and Groundwork

The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.
Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity Groundwork.
Bags of Help is always open to applications from community projects. Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.
The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.

Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.
The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:

Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
Improve fans’ experience of the game.
Applications are accepted at any time.

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage. HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve. HLF programmes include:

Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.
Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.
Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000. The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.
Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000. HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.
Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000. Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
Townscape Heritage – helps communities regenerate deprived towns and cities across the UK by improving their built historic environment. Grants range from £100,000 to £2million. Townscape Heritage schemes aim to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.
For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England

Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.
This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

A flexible package of support including:
an advice line
peer-to-peer study visits
business development advice.
Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.
Combined loan and grant funding up to £100,000

The Discovery Foundation

In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.
The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.
Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.
The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs. Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.
All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,
Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,
Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,
Healthier and more active people and communities
There is a two stage application process. After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation. The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.
Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.