Funding Opportunities for Community Groups in Berkshire in July

Grants For Heritage Projects
Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. National Lottery Grants for Heritage fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional, and local heritage of the UK. In 2021-22, National Lottery Heritage fund is prioritising heritage projects that will meet the following outcomes as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants range from £250,000 to £5 million. The next deadline for applications is 11th August. Click here for more details.

Community Ownership Fund
The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets at risk of closure. Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets. Up to £250,000 match funded capital will be available for all eligible types of assets. In exceptional cases, bidders will be able to make the case for up to £1 million match funding for assets related to sports facilities. Next deadline is 19th August. Click here for more info.

Barchester’s Community Foundation
Our funding focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. We support applications that combat loneliness and enable people
to be active and engaged. We help individuals, but please note that all applications for name individuals must be completed by a third party who knows the individual in a professional or community-based capacity. We help individuals with mobility equipment, activities, vocational courses, UK based holidays or special days out. We also help small community groups and small local charities with activity projects, equipment/materials used by members, transport, day trips, outings, and/or group holidays. Our grants range from
£100 up to £5,000, with the average grant in 2021 being £725. Click here for more info

Tesco Community Grants
This fund helps thousands of local projects across the country. These are open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK. The scheme aims to make a positive difference, because where our communities thrive, our business and our colleagues thrive too. Click here to learn more.

Empowering Local Communities
This is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities which contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives.
We know the rising cost of living is having a big impact on communities and this grant is open to groups helping to address this issue. Groups supporting refugees arriving
to the UK are also welcome to apply under this grant. Groups may apply for one Empowering Local Communities grant per year to a max value of £1500 and min value
of £500. Applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks before your activity to give enough processing time. Next deadline is 19th August. Click here to learn more.

Starting Life Well Fund
This fund is open to organisations looking to support young people aged 5-18 in becoming physically active. From a community centre looking to deliver physical activity in their youth sessions to grassroots sports clubs looking to target inactive young people in their community, we are looking for a wide range of applications! The next deadline is 16th August. Click here for further details.

The Greenham Trust

As part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations, the Greenham Trust is offering 5:1 matched funding to three local charitable organisations in the Autumn. The applicant will need to raise £5k in one day to receive £25k of matched funding. Applicants need to submit an application and a fundraising plan via thegoodexchange.com

Deadline for applications is 15 July

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The Wakenham Trust

We have been established since 1975, and in 2020 we are still supporting many of the same sorts of micro-scale community projects we helped back then, though we have added education (in its broadest sense) to our list of priorities. Our core goal is to help small groups of people who are getting together to make a difference in their communities. On the whole, we don’t support big or established charities. We are especially interested in helping groups that are starting up and need a little seed money to help them get going. We are privately funded, so we can take risks (and support unpopular causes) in ways that big charities and government bodies find hard to do.  We are entirely run by volunteers, so our costs are low. We usually make very small grants to very small projects because they often find it hard to appeal to larger and more formal funding bodies.

Deadline for applications is 19 August

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McCarthy Stone Foundation

Our vision is a society where every older person has an opportunity to live a life that is fulfilling, connected and independent.  Where older people enjoy better health and wellbeing and do not suffer from isolation and loneliness.  We will achieve this through generations working together to ensure older people are included and valued, local charities are better resourced to deliver services, and  community spaces can become hubs for intergenerational activity that bring a sense of belonging, independence, and connection.

The McCarthy Stone Foundation awards one-off grants to grassroots and volunteer-led charities and community organisations, CICs and social enterprises that support the wellbeing of older people, the educational needs of young people and the urban regeneration of communities across the UK. Through the Small Grants Programme, the Foundation provides grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will make a difference to those who need it most in local communities, particularly those recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Do you support individuals in need within the West Berkshire area?

Opportunity to meet local funders
Wednesday 20th July 2022, 11.30am – 2.30pm

Location : Meeting Room G9, Ground Floor, Broadway House
4-8 The Broadway, Newbury RG14 1BA

Ideal for professionals, agencies and voluntary groups who encounter individuals in West Berkshire who need financial support.

Drop in at a time to suit you and meet representatives of the charities to find out more about the small grants we have available for local people in need, including details of criteria and the referral processes.

For further information contact:
ntwt@hotmail.com or thatchamcharities@btinternet.com

Nearest Parking:
Pelican Lane, Newbury, RG14 1NX

Click here to read the more information

Music for All – Community Project Funding

Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.
Application deadline: 26 August 2022

Magic Little Grants – deadline 31 October 2022

Localgiving is the UK’s leading independent non-profit online fundraising platform for charities and community groups. They are incredibly excited to announce that Magic Little Grants 2022 is going to be even bigger and better than ever before.

This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply for grants to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. For further details please click here.

Veolia Sustainability Grants

Berkshire groups can apply to Veolia Sustainability grants of £200 to £1000 for eco, waste reduction or materials-reuse projects. Deadline 4 Nov.

Grants For Heritage Projects
Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. National Lottery Grants for Heritage fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional, and local heritage of the UK. In 2021-22, National Lottery Heritage fund is prioritising heritage projects that will meet the following outcomes as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants range from £250,000 to £5 million. The next deadline for applications is 11th August. Click here for more details.

Equine Welfare & Elderly Support Grants
In 1979 Mrs Elise Pilkington set up this Charitable Trust to help fund her two passions. Equine welfare grants are normally only considered from charities that are members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) or charities that are proactively working towards membership of NEWC. Membership of NEWC ensures equine charities are working to improve equine welfare standards and adopting industry best practice. Applications are also welcomed from charities supporting older people, or from hospices that are able to show they provide equitable care to older people. We welcome applications from all qualifying charities, no matter whether small or large. In order to put forward an application you should download the relevant application form which also has further guidelines
and terms and conditions of any grant being made. Next deadline is 26th August. Click here to learn more.

giffgaff emergency fund

Grants up to £1,000 through The Neighbourly Foundation for causes that will support those most affected by the rising cost of living. Read more

Thank you to the Berkshire CVS’s that provided the information contained in this article – Wokingham & Bracknell InVOLve, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Slough CVS.

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