Funding Update January 2019

Information courtesy of Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Slough CVS, Involve, Reading Voluntary Action

Vital for Berkshire funding – open until 25 January 2019

The second Vital for Berkshire funding round is now open for applications, with grants of up to £10,000 available

Vital for Berkshire aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment.

Vital for Berkshire goes beyond the statistics to uncover areas where pockets of deprivation can be found, and where local communities are struggling. A key message from Berkshire’s Vital Signs 2018 is that a safe home, good health and secure employment are interdependent and underpin wellbeing. Vital for Berkshire will raise awareness and funds, to support community groups that are helping people towards having a safe home, good health and secure employment.

Further information Charities, community groups and social enterprises seeking funding for activities and projects in these areas can complete Berkshire Community Foundation’s online eligibility checker and eligible groups will be sent a link to the application form. The deadline for completed applications is 9am on 25 January 2019.


Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants Application Deadline: 31 January 2019

Grants are available to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion among minority groups. Further details:

National Churches Trust – Foundation Grants Programme 2019-2023
Application Deadline: 24 January 2019

Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support urgent maintenance work and small investigative works. Maximum Value: £ 3,000. Minimum Value: £ 500. Further details here:

Pocket Parks Plus
Application Deadline: 25 January 2019

One-off grants are available for community groups working with local authorities to establish new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use. Further details here:

Big Lottery Fund — Reaching Communities
Reaching Communities make grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.
The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.
Find out more about the Big Lottery Fund — Reaching Communities

Funding available for youth violence intervention The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley was recently successful in a bid for the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund (EIYF).

Having identified key elements of delivery from our bid, we are now seeking providers for very specific interventions and this is advanced notice of our intention to request quotes for this work.

There is a criticality to the speed of this work and, therefore, the request for quotes will only be open until 29th January at noon.  Invitations to quote are requested only from organisations who completely fit the request criteria and who can deliver across the Thames Valley force area, within a budget envelope and within the given timescale. Please read the below and if you are interested in providing a quote please email for more information.

The bid for Thames Valley included a number of tiers of intervention, some of which are being delivered by existing providers of, for example, youth services.  The interventions that are open for quotes include:

  • Awareness raising theatre production (or similar) on youth violence for every secondary school across the Thames Valley.
  • 24 full days of training for between 700 and 1,000 professionals / practitioners / teachers / youth workers on County Lines, gangs, exploitation, etc (24 days for approx. 40 attendees per day)
  • Knife crime awareness sessions for young people in key hot spot areas across the Thames Valley, reaching at least 1,200 participants.
  • Intensive work (group or 1:1) with young people already involved in crime / gangs / exploitation to reduce their chances of further criminalisation through a targeted programme of work in at least 6 hot spot areas across the Thames Valley (6 programmes)

For more information about the EIYF:

Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019

The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is now open for applications from not-for-profit organisations with annual turnovers below £300,000. They are more likely to award grants – of up to £2,000 – to organisations who have a Greggs shop in their area.

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities or respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate improvements against at least one of the following ‘key performance targets’:

  • Beneficiaries have decreased social isolation.
  • Beneficiaries report improved health and wellbeing.
  • Beneficiaries report improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
  • Beneficiaries have improved life skills.
  • Beneficiaries have improved opportunities.

Further information

Find more information and guidance on how to apply on the Greggs Foundation website.



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