Funding Opportunities for Community Groups & Voluntary Organisations in July

Bringing Communities Back Together

The ‘Bringing Communities Back Together’ grant will provide financial aid to local groups in two phases. Phase 1 July – September and phase 2 October – December; either through a celebration event (following social distancing guidelines) or by getting their activities and services back on track. Groups who cannot physically be back together, but whose activities are still open and available to the community, may also be included in this award. Groups may apply for one grant only to the maximum value of £1,000 and minimum of £250 per grant.

Each superstore has a Community Champion, their role is to support projects within the community and support bringing people together. They manage all applications for Asda Foundation grants. The Asda Foundation do not accept applications sent directly from community groups. Please use the Asda Store Locator on the Asda Foundation website to get in touch with your local store and speak to your Community Champion about how we might be able to support you.

How to Apply | Asda Foundation

Next deadline – September 2021

New Fund: Magic Little Grants

The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250k the opportunity to apply for a £500 grant.

This year the fund has expanded to support the following funding themes:

  1. Improving mental wellbeing
  2. Enabling community participation in the arts
  3. Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  4. Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  5. Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  6. Enabling participation in physical activity
  7. Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  8. Increasing community access to outdoor space

The aim of the Magic Little Grants Fund is to support organisations to access a grant by completing a short application form. Organisations also receive access to the Localgiving online fundraising platform and benefit from online fundraising training and support from our team.

The application process should only take 15 minutes to complete and are reviewed on a rolling basis every month. You should receive a decision on your application and the funding within two months.

Magic Little Grants (localgiving.org)

Next Deadline: 31st October 2021

Local Connections Fund
Small grassroots charities and community groups (below £50,000 income) can apply for grants of £300 – £2,500 to tackle loneliness from this National Lotteries Community Fund scheme.
This round of funding will enable local activities to “become more accessible and reach people who may be less likely to attend traditional clubs and societies”. Given the partial relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in England, the funding will focus on supporting community projects to bring people together – where possible and safe to do so – in face to face settings.
If you received funding in Round 1, you will not be eligible for funding in Round 2.

Deadline for applications is 6 August 2021 at 5pm. Click here for further details.


Let’s Get Active Fund
West Berkshire Council have partnered with Greenham Trust to offer the Let’s Get Active Fund (LGAF) to improve access to physical
activities in West Berkshire. Applications are now open as part of the district’s recovery from Covid-19. The £33,660 pot is available to community groups, organisations, social enterprises, charities, profit-with-purpose businesses and schools in West Berkshire. Click here for more details.

Support for Education, Employability, Homelessness, Health, Wellbeing, The Environment & Sustainability
The DWF Foundation provides funds, resources and support to help communities achieve their full potential. They support charities working
within the topics of education, employability, homelessness, health, wellbeing, the environment and sustainability. With quarterly rounds, the next deadline for applications for grants under £5000 is 31st July. Click here for details, to read the guidelines, register for an application workshop and apply online.

Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings
Not-for-profit organisations, such as charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies and parish and town councils can apply for grants of up to £350,000 towards the capital costs of restoring redundant or underused historic buildings in Town Centres for the benefit of the local community. The funding is being made available through the Transformational Project Grants scheme which is administered by the Architectural Heritage Fund and is part of the wider £15 million Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme and support restoration projects that:
~ will make a positive impact on the vitality
and distinctiveness of the local area
~ include introducing new uses for the building
and offering new opportunities for local people
~ bringing vacant floor space or whole buildings into use
~ having the potential to act as a catalyst for nearby owners to revitalise their property.
Deadline for applications is 31st July. Click here for more info.

National Heritage Memorial Fund – COVID-19 Response Fund
Grants are available to community and public sector organisations in the UK for projects to protect nationally important heritage assets that are at risk due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Barclays 100x100UK
Covid-19 Community Relief Fund
Funding for farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience.

Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good Fund
Grants are available for local community groups, charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in the UK for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment.

Postcode Society Trust – South of England
Grants are available for smaller charities and good causes in the south of England.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

£500k available for ‘CIL’ Community Group Bids

West Berkshire Council; Second round of CiL bid process

West Berkshire District Council (WBDC) is now accepting bids for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. Up to £500,000 has been set aside to be used to “ensure sustainable services through innovation and partnerships” by allocating funding for community groups to bid to support the Adopted Local Plan and Infrastructure Delivery Plan Implications and Impact Assessment. This allocation will come from the 10% strategic CIL pot allocated for ‘Other Services.’

Thanks goes to Berkshire’s CVS’s for the information contacined in this post; Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Reading Voluntary Action, Bracknell & Wokingham InVOLve and Slough CVS.

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