Showcasing Community Led Housing webinar – book now!

We all know there has been a LOT of house building within our county but are these homes really affordable to local people?

We have an exciting training opportunity for those living or working within Wokingham Borough.

Come along to our FREE webinar next week to learn more about community-led housing models

Monday 4th July 2022, 7pm, Free

To book please click here:

Event Information

An exciting opportunity to attend an online training workshop examining successful community-led housing & case studies.

About this event

Community led housing is an approach to housing delivery defined by three key principles:

• The community is integrally involved throughout the development process in the key decisions of what is provided, where and for whom

• There are clear benefits to the community and these are protected in perpetuity

• The community has a long-term interest in the stewardship, ownership or management of the homes

The community led housing group may deliver the homes themselves or work with a development partner. Community led housing delivers homes that the community wants and needs, and helps build thriving and sustainable communities. There are several models for community led housing which include:

• Community Land Trusts

• Cooperative Housing, Mutual Societies and Tenant Management Organisations

• Cohousing neighbourhoods

• Self-build, self-help and eco developments

Through case study examples, this event aims to illustrate the pros and cons of these models to help people better understand which model may be suitable for their community.

Funding for Community Groups June 2022

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva has launched the next round of its Community Fund. Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community. 

Every three months, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Aviva wants to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in the areas of climate action and financial wellbeing. 

To take part the project must also be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group. All beneficiaries must be in the UK. Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

Deadline for applications is 12 July 2022

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Woodward Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 (but mostly below £1,000) for core funding for smaller registered charities with an income below £200,000. They support work with isolated children and young people, disadvantaged families, and prisoners and ex-offenders in the UK.Deadline for applications is noon on 29 July 2022

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Thames Valley Community Fund

The Community Fund (previously known as the Police Property Act Fund) is intended to support voluntary and community groups that help to prevent crime and keep communities safe. Community Fund are pleased to share details of when the next round is due to open for applications (subject to change):

Launch of Community Fund applications: Monday 22 August
Close of Community Fund applications: Monday 12 September (12 noon)
Announcement of successful applicants: Friday 30 September

Please click here for more information:

Great Western Railway Community Fund
Grants are available for small and medium not-for-profit projects that have a community benefit or address an area of social need across the GWR network and can be completed within one year.
Application deadline: 27 June 2022.

Please click here for more information:

Funding to Combat Loneliness Among Older People and Adults with Disabilities Across Great Britain

Grants are available for small groups and charities across England, Scotland, and Wales to support older people and adults with physical, learning, and mental disabilities to get active, connect with people, and engage with their local community. Please click here for more information:

Asda Foundation – U18 Better Starts Grant

Not-for-profit organisations working to benefit children and young people under 18 years of age can apply for funding of £500 – £1,500 for a range of activities in the summer that address the following:

  • Provision of essential items eg, food, hygiene products.
  • Encourage physical activity.
  • Improve mental health.
  • Celebrations within communities eg, summer holiday events.

Application support and guidance are available from Asda Community Champions based in local Asda superstores.

Deadline for applications is 19 August 2022

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The Barrack Charitable Trust
The purpose for which the trust is established  are as for the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, the provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational facilities, with the object
of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities are primarily intended, and, the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health and disability. All applicants must complete the Trust’s Application Form and return it, signed and dated. Grants range in size from £500-£5,000. Applications
will be accepted via post, but the preference would be to receive them by email to Next deadline is at the end of October. Click here to learn more.

The February Foundation
We makes grants to a range of charities and charitable activities in accordance with its grant making policy which is set out in our annual report and accounts. The Foundation supports project or core or capital costs. Our median award is £5,000. We are happy to part-fund projects. We support capital as well as core costs. Re-applications can be for the continuation of previously-funded projects. It normally takes a maximum 12-weeks from application to applicants being informed of the trustees’ decision. There are no application deadlines as trustees normally make grant decisions on a monthly basis. Click here to learn more.

The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund – deadline on 31 July 2022

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. They cannot cover costs already incurred or activities which have already taken place.

Who can apply?

Registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations and social enterprises.

What can the grant be used for?

They specifically provide funding towards project and administrative core costs. Although for the Covid-19 response fund, applications can be submitted for projects which include PPE or other essential medical equipment with awards made at the sole discretion of the Trustees. They will not generally fund capital expenditure.

Is there a deadline? Applications are open now and run until 31st July 2022, with decisions to be made by  October 2022. Click here to learn more

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.

We recognise the vital role that Parish Churches, Mosques, synagogues and similar bodies can play as community hubs, and we sometimes can help with their work in the wider community (though NOT with building appeals, and not with evangelising or religious instruction).  Click here for more details.

Newly Reopened: Music for All – Community Project Funding

Are you working in groups and educational organisations within your community? We support projects and initiatives bringing music to communities. We have opened Round #3 of funding for the year that consists of seven categories for you to apply in. To read more click here.

Just Out! Our highlights for 2021-22

Take a look at a quick video highlighting our work of the last year and our future priorities.

Take a look at our 2022 Annual Review to learn a little more about us and our work.

Our Annual Review highlights our achievements over the last year and showcases a little about our future plans.

We would like to recognise the work of our staff team, board of Trustees, members and funder in helping us deliver another successful year.

To read the Annual Review please click here:

Could you be ACRE’s next Chair of the Board?

Our national body Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) are seeking applications from exceptional people with an enthusiasm for rural communities who can provide leadership for their organisation as they embark on the next stage of our development.

As their current Chair, David Emerson CBE, comes to the end of his term in November, they are looking for a successor.  The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker, with strong diplomacy skills, and have an understanding of, and passion for, rural community issues and membership organisations.

As Chair of their Board of Trustees, you will be their champion and ambassador, helping them to influence government and key stakeholders nationally, whilst engaging and responding to the needs of ACRE members locally.

Speaking about the role, ACRE’s Vice Chair Jan Thornton MBE said, “‘Trustees are looking for an experienced chair who is passionate about the future of rural communities, committed to the work of the ACRE Network and capable of influencing on the national stage. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate who wants to help us provide a strong voice for rural communities so that no one is disadvantaged because of where they live”.

Their board meets quarterly with an annual strategy away day and an AGM. There are opportunities to engage with our membership and government throughout the year, while also being a critical friend for our strong executive team. We expect your time commitment to be circa 3 or 4 days per month.

Peridot Partners are coordinating recruitment for this voluntary role. If you are interested in applying, please read the full advertisement on Peridot’s website.

The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 11 July 2022.

Island community tackles the fuel crisis

Short film recently released, shows how residents in Northumberland are being supported to cope with soaring energy prices

Hear from those involved in The Holy Island Warm Hub, an initiative being pioneered by our sister organistaion and ACRE member Community Action Northumberland

Every week, inhabitants of Holy Island in Northumberland are encouraged to come along to the Warm Hub held at Crossman Village Hall, to socialise, enjoy refreshments and learn about how they can save money on their energy bills.

The initiative is one of many rural projects being piloted by members of the ACRE Network; charities providing practical support to rural community groups and alleviating hidden disadvantage across England.

The small rural community, otherwise known as Lindisfarne, is no stranger to meeting its own needs. Residents must wait until the tide has receded to reach shops and services on the mainland, so creating opportunities for residents on the island is considered very important.

Putting aside the fantastic coastal views and rich heritage that visitors flock to each day, many of the island’s c.180 inhabitants are beginning to feel the pinch as the cost of living – and specifically fuel prices – soar.

Sarah Hills, local vicar, and enthusiastic volunteer at the Warm Hub confirms these fears. Speaking on camera for a short film about the initiative, released today, she said: “I think it’s quite an issue, particularly for older people who live by themselves and are often on low incomes. I’ve noticed people in their living rooms, but their kitchen and bathrooms are freezing. If you’re frail, going from warm to cold can be disorienting and can cause people to fall. We’ve also got some single mums with small babies and it’s tough for them too.”

An estimated 6.3 million households in England are estimated to be in fuel poverty. In the predominantly rural county of Northumberland where many homes are older and harder to heat, it is currently estimated by that there are 41,085 households in this situation: equivalent to 28% of all properties[1]. It is also a country where 360 households are completely off grid, many of whom rely on oil fuelled generators and heaters which are not covered by the Ofgem price cap.

It is hoped that Warm Hubs, a concept pioneered by Community Action Northumberland, can provide welcome relief to people in the countryside struggling to pay their bills

Christine Nicholls, Community Development Worker for the charity explains: “We have people come to us who say they’ve not had a hot meal for over six months. People are desperate and trying to manage by themselves. We have over 20 active Warm Hub groups across the county that are trying to help. They provide warm, safe and friendly spaces where anyone can enjoy refreshments, social activity and get information and advice, all in the company of other people. It’s about reducing isolation and supporting people to cope with the difficulties they are experiencing”.

Here at CCB we are keen to replicate the Warm Hub programme in rural communities in Berkshire and are currently seeking funding streams to do this. If you are part of a community that would be interested in this please register your interest by e-mailing