Funding News – June 2019

New courtesy of Slough CVS, Involve Wokingham & Bracknell, Reading Voluntary Action and West Berkshire Volunteer Centre.

Segro Community Fund

The SEGRO Community Fund is part of a three year partnership between SEGRO and Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to help tackle barriers to work and education and help local people into employment.

The SEGRO Community Fund will tackle barriers to work and support those suffering from disadvantage who require help to get into, or return to, the workplace through skills training, apprenticeships and educational activity to boost their chances of employment. The funding will focus on supporting, but not be exclusive to, young people and those suffering from mental health difficulties, physical disabilities, language barriers or a criminal background.

This Fund will award at least five grants of up to £5,000 and local groups from the Slough, Reading or Bracknell areas are eligible to apply.

Deadline: 30th June 2019
Find out more about Segro Community Fund

Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people in the UK who want to use volunteering or community service to do brilliant things in their communities.

We think that young people are amazing and that they have the potential to make the world a better place through volunteering. So, we provide grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under, to help them put their ideas into action and run projects that benefit the lives of others – particularly the most marginalised and disadvantaged.

The deadline is 1st July 2019.

Find out more about the Alec Dickson Trust

Sport England Small Grants changes

Grants of £300 to £10,000 are available from Sport England’s small grants programme for not-for-profit organisations to help more people get active. Projects must involve adults and young people aged 14 or over and meet one or more of the aims in Sport England’s “Towards an Active Nation” strategy.

The application form has now been simplified and they have relaxed a few rules about what cannot be funded. The focus of the application should be what difference the project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen. Projects can last up to three years, and can be part of a bigger scheme

They will also be doing more to support organisations who traditionally do not seek funding from them but who are able to support inactive people become active.

Find out more about Sport England Small Grants changes

Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England.

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England.

 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 by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Helping people in to a home
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment

Nationwide believes doing what is right by their members and their communities is at the heart of what it means to be a building society. Following a member vote in 2007, Nationwide invests at least 1% of pre-tax profits to support good causes each year.

The fund is open across the UK: to find out more please click here:

Thursday 18 July, 6:30pmat Westmead Day Service
Could a donation of around £200 make a difference to your Wokingham-based project or cause? If so, apply now to pitch at a Wokingham Soup event. Wokingham Soup is a crowd-funding event for local people and local projects. The only condition is that your project must aim to benefit the Wokingham community.

How does Wokingham Soup work?
• 3 local community projects are invited to pitch at each event.
• Attendees vote for their preferred cause, in a secret ballot.
• The winning project receives all of the proceeds taken on the door that evening. Optalis will also match fund the donations made by attendees, up to £250.
Who can apply?*
• Any charity, social enterprise or community project based in the Wokingham borough.
• Your services or project must support people, communities or environments
• Your idea can be brand new or an existing project.
* Applicants that meet the basic criteria will be entered into a draw to pitch at the event

Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding 2019-2020

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders.  The aim of this funding is to give groups the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue, in their community in a different way. for applications is June 30th 2019.

Funding for Projects that Fight Poverty & Discrimination
Charities and community groups can apply for grants of £500 – £20,000 for projects to help people with the skills, opportunities and rights to improve their lives. Projects should focus on:  The prevention of poverty, Promotion of human rights or Combatting discrimination for vulnerable groups. See for more information.

Deadlines: 31st July – 14th August. Short-listed applicants provide a full proposal 11th September and 25th September 2019.


Community Organisers has made available £100k to support its members to form Local Organising Groups.

Local Organising Groups are made up of a minimum of 21 people who will work together to listen to people in the community, build their collective power and develop community led solutions to the issues that matter most to them.

Since 2015, Community Organisers has grown its membership to over 1,200 people across England. This fund, which is part of the Community Organisers Expansion Programme funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, aims to support the development of 20 Local Organising Groups who will each develop and deliver their own community organising action plan.

Skills for Positive Futures Funding – open until 3 July 2019

The Berkeley Foundation is launching Skills for Positive Futures, a funding programme which will support vulnerable children and young people aged 8 to 14 years, to develop the life skills they need to thrive and make positive choices. Two grants sizes are available for a three-year period on a full cost recovery basis:

  1. Small grants of up £30K
  2. Medium-sized grants of up to £270K

For more details please click here.

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