Funding Update December

Information sources: with thanks to Slough CVS, West Berkshire Volunteer Centre, Wokingham Involve, Norfolk Community Action

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

National Churches Trust – Foundation Grants Programme 2019-2023

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. To read more please click here.

UK Theatres Grants Scheme

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK, run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.
To be eligible you must:

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work, presenting no less than 30 performances a year
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years

Applications for awards up to £5,000 can be made.

Round 13 of the UK Small Grants Scheme will close on Tuesday 8th January 2019 at noon.

Find out more about the UK Theatres Grants Scheme

Pocket parks plus: supporting parks and public spaces

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is inviting applications from community groups interested in establishing a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing park.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is providing a £1 million fund to support the development of new pocket parks and to refurbish existing parks that have fallen into disrepair where their restoration could have a significant positive impact on the local community and address a specific local need.

They expect to allocate grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.

The deadline is 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019.

Find out more about Pocket parks plus: supporting parks and public spaces

The Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts & humanities. They generally only fund capital projects (buildings/refurbishment, equipment) and only award grants to charities or organisations with charitable status (or equivalent).

The size of our grants vary greatly across different programme areas. For an idea of how much you might reasonably hope to receive, should your application be successful, you may wish to look at their recent Annual Reports to see what amounts similar organisations/ projects have received.

Find out more about The Wolfson Foundation

Centre for Ageing Better: Age-friendly and Inclusive Volunteering Fund

Grants to support charities and community groups in England with initiatives that will tackle the barriers that might prevent older people from volunteering and contributing to their communities, thereby benefiting from this positive interaction. The fund seeks to stimulate new approaches and identify good practice that other organisations can learn from and replicate. Please click here for further information.

Healthwatch Community Investment Fund 2018

Healthwatch Wokingham wants to invest in grassroots projects by individuals or groups that aim to improve the health & wellbeing of local people. There’s no need to be a registered charity or an official group. We’ll be judging applications on how well we think they could contribute to improving people’s wellbeing. It would be great if your project relates in some way to emotional wellbeing/mental health. Projects do not have to be expensive or complicated & the application process is easy and straightforward. If interested, send in a short description of your project idea & the amount of funding with a breakdown of costs to or call 0118 418 1418. Deadline for applications is 24.12.18.

Did you know that applying to the Big Lottery Fund is now easier?

If you would like to apply for funding between £300 and £10,000 you can apply online for our Awards for All Grants. See our website for more details:-

If you are looking for funding for over £10,000 and your project helps to:-

  • Shape the spaces and places in your local community,
  • Strengthens relationships and brings people together or
  • Enables people to work together to address issues at the earliest possible stage,


Funding Update – November

With thanks to Slouch CVS, Reading Voluntary Action for providing funding information.

Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund

The Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund has been set up to develop and document models of good practice in supporting older people’s voluntary and community activity.

Successful projects will:
• Sustain lifelong contributions and help people remain involved throughout major life changes such as bereavement, caring or developing a health condition;
• Help people connect to and take part in voluntary activities and opportunities that suit their life circumstances, including informal and self-organised contributions; and/or
• Provide practical support to include older people who currently face barriers to volunteering (for example due to health, language, cultural or social factors).
Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations or social enterprises – the lead applicant must be a registered charity or community interest company.

Funding size: Up to five grants of approximately £40,000 to £60,000 each, from a total fund of up to £250,000.

Funding period: Awards will be made in March 2019 with initiatives funded for up to 12 months (until end March 2020). Grantees must be ready to start project work immediately in April 2019.
Application deadline: 10th December 2018 at 12 noon. Find out more here.
Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities programme

Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Large Grants
Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. Grants are between £10,000 and £150,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £80,000. Large grants must be used to fund a specific project.

First stage applications close on 2nd January 2019.

Find out more about the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities programme

Help the Homeless

The organisation gives grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only – those with a turnover of under £1m per annum.

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Next deadline is 15th December 2018. Full details here

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust — Local Grants and Digital Development Programme

The Local Grants and Digital Development programme is open for applications.

Under the Local Grants and Digital Development programme, they make grants of up to £20,000 for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services.

Integration projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community, who are current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities; and be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of Local Services projects should be local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families.

Find out more about the fund

Santander Discovery Grants for up to £5K

Santander Discovery Grants are open for applications all year round. The three priority areas are-

  • EXPLORER Improving people’s knowledge
    Such as Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget. 
  • TRANSFORMER Improving skills and experience
    For example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • CHANGEMAKER Innovative solutions to social challenges
    What about a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet?

Funding is available:

  • for small local projects that last for up to 12 months
  • for complete projects, they don’t make contributions or part funding
  • to cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials but they must be specific to your project

Who can apply:

  • UK registered charities
  • Community Interest Companies

How to apply:

Simply fill out the application form found in any local Santander branch and post it in the Discovery Grants post box at any branch.

What to include in your application:

Explain clearly how your project improves people’s knowledge, skills and experience or overcomes social challenges in an innovative way.

If your application is successful, they’ll let you know within 6 weeks.

What they can’t fund:

  • Multi-year funding
  • Fundraising activities
  • Unregistered charities, not-for-profit groups, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, exempt or excepted charities
  • Organisations which restrict their beneficiaries to a single religious or single ethnic group
  • Events, conferences or sponsorship
  • Shortfall funding
  • Political party activity
  • Beneficiaries outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • Start ups – organisations must have at least one full year of accounts registered on the relevant commission site

Visit the FAQ section of Santander Foundation for more information

The Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000. All applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November.

Your charity should be:

  • A registered charity or not for profit organisation.
  • Helping those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK.
  • Looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

Find out more about The Screwfix Foundation grants

BBC Children in Need Main Grants – next deadlines

Grants above £10,000 for projects that support children and young people up to and including the age of 18 years who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Projects should make a difference in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.

The first two deadlines for 2019 are 13th January and 19th May.

Find out more about the BBC Children in Need Main Grants

Strengthening local youth services: Coop Foundation invitations to tender now open

As part of our Building Connections Fund Youth strand (in partnership with Government), the Co-op Foundation is inviting tenders from organisations with the right skills and expertise to deliver two key contracts to tackle youth loneliness by strengthening local youth services.

Two invitations to tenders opened on 6th November 2018, for:

  • Up to £85,000 (including VAT) to develop and support the ‘Belong’ Learning Network.
  • Up to £150,000 (including VAT) to develop a suite of resources aimed at improving the capabilities of youth workers and youth organisations to tackle loneliness.

Both contracts will run to the end of March 2021. Organisations can tender for one or both of these.

Tender responses must be submitted by midday on Monday 3rd December 2018. Contracts will start in January 2019. Please see the Coop Foundation’s website for more information.

Funding Update – July 2018

Santander Foundation

The Santander Foundation awards grants of up to £5,000 to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future.

Discovery Grants support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges. We can only support projects which fulfil these goals and our three priority areas – Explorer, Transformer and Changemaker.

Grants can be used to support one or more of our three priorities.

EXPLORER Improving people’s knowledge
Such as Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.
TRANSFORMER Improving skills and experience
For example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
CHANGEMAKER Innovative solutions to social challenges
What about a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet?
They fund projects that are wholly charitable. They must specifically help disadvantaged people in the UK by improving knowledge, skills or providing innovative solutions. We aim to help as many organisations as possible so we don’t offer grants for longer than one year.

To apply fill out the application form found in any local Santander branch and post it in the Discovery Grants post box at any branch.

Find out more about the Santander Foundation Grants

Tesco’s Bags of Help

Tesco’s Bags of Help is an exciting grant programme funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland. The programme will support local good causes and grants, and up to £4,000 will be available to support projects which will ‘support local projects, that benefit the community’. The types of project we fund is very broad.

As this is a rolling programme, voting for projects will be happening continuously in Tesco stores. Three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote every two months. If your project gets the most votes across all stores in your region, you will win the grant amount you requested from us up to a maximum of £4,000. If your project is second, you will win up to £2,000 and if your project is third, you will win up to £1,000.

If you have any more questions or concerns, you can contact Jennifer Rose at or 07702 532755.


Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500, £750, £1000 and £10,000 available, Cash 4 Clubs gives away real money that can help your club.

Find out more about Cash4Clubs

Mobbs Memorial Trust

Mobbs Memorial Trust grants are available for charitable causes in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire that are within a 35-mile radius of St Giles Church, Stoke Poges.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Private companies.
  • National charitable organisations unless a specific need arises with the local area.
  • Groups or projects that should be funded by national or local government.
  • Running costs, apart from exceptional cases within a four-mile radius of Stoke Poges.

What For?

The Trust would prefer to support the following type of applications:

  • One-off capital projects.
  • Projects for the benefit of the public at large.
  • As a guide, the following are examples of some recent successful applications:
  • Community halls to enhance facilities.
  • Hostels, housing associations or care centres for the young, elderly, disadvantaged or disabled requiring equipment.
  • Sports clubs for additional equipment.
  • Primary schools for computers and the enhancement of art and drama facilities.

How Much?

This is a small trust with approximately £85,500 (depending on the investment performance) to award in grants each year. The Trust tends to give between 20 and 25 grants each year. Although the funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, grants tend to be in the range of £500 to £10,000.

There are no deadlines. Applications are considered at quarterly meetings which normally fall in March, June, September and December.
More Information 

Sport England

Sport England uses National Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sportSport England uses National Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport


Small Grants can fund formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport. They will not fund an individual, sole trader or partnership, organisations established to make profit or organisations not established in the UK. You will need to have a written constitution or governing document which should contain a clear not-for-profit statement and charitable dissolution clause.

Your membership should be open to all sections of the community and your governing committee should include at least three people who are not related and who do not live together.Your application and supporting documents should show them that your organisation is appropriately governed.

More information can be found in their Good Governance Guide.If your organisation is part of a larger organisation, you should confirm that you are sufficiently independent of them. If you do not have your own committee, bank account and constitution you will need the support of your parent organisation, which must accept overall responsibility for the award.

What For?

  • Their mission is to get more people playing more sport more often and all applications should tell us how they will help deliver their strategic outcomes:
  • More people playing sport once a week
  • An increase in the number of 14-25s playing sport once a week
  • A reduction in drop off at ages 16, 18, 21 & 24
  • Growth in the number of disabled people playing sport

For further information please click here.

The Power To Change Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business.

To be eligible to apply for the Bright Ideas Fund, you must:#

  • Be setting up a community business.
  • Be based in England
  • Be an incorporated or unincorporated organisation, but not an individual
  • Have been established for five years or less
  • Have a charitable purpose
  • Ensure your idea is for community benefit
  • Share Power to Change’s impact goals
    Please use the eligibility checker at:

What For?
The programme is run by Locality and offers:

  • Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field

Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.

How much?
Up to £15,000

More Information

The Bright Ideas Fund closes on Tuesday 31 July 2018

Building Connections Fund Announcement

Following the Prime Minister’s ​ and Minister for Sport and Civil Society’s announcement to unlock £20m funding to tackle loneliness (as a part of Government’s ​wider ​endorsement ​of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations), a new £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness.

The fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation and aims to:

  • Increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected
  • Support organisations to build on their existing work, eg. by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people
  • Encourage organisations to join up with others locally
  • Improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions

Find out more about the Building Connections Fund

Magic Little Grants Fund

Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups. Thanks to support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Magic Little Grants Fund provides small charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.

To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:

  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

Applications must be made by 31st October 2018. As part of the grant, organisations who are not currently members of Localgiving will also be awarded an annual Localgiving membership, worth £96, that will enable them to benefit from Localgiving’s online fundraising support and services.

Find out more about the Magic Little Grants Fund

The Radcliffe Trust

The Radcliffe Trust supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s cultural heritage and crafts sectors. This includes support for: craft and conservation training; practical projects, particularly those that include a strong training element; strategic and capacity-building projects which demonstrate clear benefits to the sector; Special Needs projects whose emphasis is on skills development. However, the Trust remains committed to flexible, open and inclusive grant-giving and will consider other projects, should they fall broadly within its remit. The Radcliffe Trust wishes to promote standards of excellence through all its support.

Applications will be forwarded to the Trust’s Heritage & Crafts Adviser, Ms. Carole Milner. If appropriate, she will then submit them for assessment by the Heritage & Crafts Committee. This, in turn, will make recommendations to the Trustees. Applicants will be informed if their requests have been recommended to the Trustees. The Trustees’ decision will be made known as soon as possible after their meeting.

To check eligibility and exclusions and to submit an application, please click here.

Our Heritage & Crafts scheme deadline is 31st July and our Music scheme deadline is 31st August.

Grants are generally in the region of £1,000-£5,000.

Find out more about The Radcliffe Trust

Work and Health Challenge Fund

The Work and Health Unit (WHU), which is jointly managed by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care, is using a £4.2m Challenge Fund to test new approaches that can help people experiencing mental health and/or musculoskeletal (MSK) issues stay in work.

We are looking to fund around twenty initiatives which will improve our understanding of what works in one or more of the following areas:

  • Helping people stay in work, by increasing their ability to self-manage their conditions.
  • Helping people access advice and support about what sort of work they might be capable of doing, given their wider needs and circumstances.
  • Developing new approaches to help employers and individuals develop workplace solutions, or ways of working that facilitate greater participation of people experiencing these conditions.
  • Improving systems by joining up services to strengthen communication, liaison or joint action.

We welcome applications from employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others from across England, Scotland and Wales.

The deadline for receipt of Challenge Fund applications is Friday 17th August at 17.00. Projects are anticipated to run between October 2018 and February 2020.

Find out more about the Work and Health Challenge Fund

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Local Grants and Digital Development Programme

The Local Grants and Digital Development programme is open for applications now.

Read our guidance on how to apply: Local Grants Guidance for applicants

If you are looking to apply for Armistice Silhouettes please click here

Under the Local Grants and Digital Development programme, we make grants of up to £20,000 for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services.

Community Integration projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community, who are current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities; and be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration, there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of Local Services projects should be local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.



Slough CVS E-bulletin, RVA E-bulletin and Bruce Wright Funding Matters updates

Funding News – February 2018

Postcode Lottery

Local charities and community groups will have the opportunity to apply for between £500 and £20,000 raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery with various focuses:

People’s Postcode Trust: applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights and equal rights.

Postcode Local Trust supports community gardens, play areas, wildlife and green energy projects.

Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

The dates for 2018 round 1 funding are:

Stage 1: February 14th – February 28th

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Trust gives grants of mostly £1,000 – £5,000 to charities whose activities involve the whole family in initiatives that encourage and nurture a supportive structure within the family unit, and whose aims include the development of strong and supportive family bonds by helping all elements of the family unit to grow together and support each other.

The three areas that the charity wishes to support are:

  • Interventions and support that help families to manage better and prevent the fracture of the family unit, eg relationship counselling, mediation
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment

Deadline is 1st March 2018.

Sheds Grant Fund

Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, has established a Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking for help with either set up or early stage development costs.

  • Do you need between £250 and £1,000?
  • Is your Shed run as a membership – co-ordinated by unpaid volunteers for the benefit of your members?
  • Is your Shed a member of (or willing to join) your national Men’s Sheds Association?
  • Are you happy to participate in local promotional or partnership opportunities, as may arise, with your local Asda store?

What can we fund?
Royal Voluntary Service can help you in many ways, including…

  • Tools and equipment
  • Building renovation costs – eg roofing/flooring materials
  • Revenue costs – eg rent/insurance contributions
  • Promotional materials

If you answered YES to all these questions, then the Sheds Grant Fund could be right for you.

Application form [Word doc]
Application form [pdf]

Guidelines for applicants [Word doc] 
Guidelines for applicants [pdf]

Examples of good answers [Word doc] 
Examples of good answers [pdf]

Allchurches Trust

Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts. We are an independent charity, regulated by the Charity Commission.

We welcome applications from all parts of the UK and Ireland, particularly from areas of social and economic deprivation.

Our grants include support for: 

  • Churches of all denominations, to restore their historic buildings and open them for wider community benefit
  • Charities addressing homelessness, poverty and isolation
  • Charities helping people whose lives are in crisis
  • Schools, colleges and charities that nurture young people and those in prison.

Our grants further our charitable objective of promoting the Christian faith but we are entirely independent of the Church of England and all other religious organisations.
Most of our grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 but we do make larger grants.

The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund Programme

The Greggs FLCP Fund Programme offers a helping hand to community organisations across the UK. They look for community organisations that are helping to improve the quality of life of people who need it most throughout.

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/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 your community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

The maximum grant that they can give is £2,000 & the deadline to apply is 9th March 2018 with decisions being announced by 27th April 2018. For more information & to apply visit If you require assistance however, please contact the Greggs Foundation on 0191 2127626.

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.


  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered charities and voluntary organisations
  • Social enterprises and other not for profit companies or ventures Community benefit societies and co-operative societies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Trade unions that meet the statutory definition of a trade union

Partnerships or consortia are able to apply for funding. One organisation within the partnership or consortia must be the lead and take on full responsibility for the project and the terms and conditions of the grant. The lead organisation must be an eligible applicant organisation. Special purpose vehicles are not able to apply.

Museums, galleries and cultural organisations are encouraged to apply. Local authorities may not apply for funding directly, but are encouraged to be part of partnership or consortia bids. For further details please click here.

Berkshire Community Foundation: COMIC RELIEF LOCAL COMMUNITIES

This 12 month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding of grants, between £1,000 and £5,000, for groups’ core costs – meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. The Grant shall be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged this may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these need.

Applicants need to:

  • Be a registered charity, constituted community group or other charitable organisation, including social enterprise/CIC, working in Berkshire, which benefits those who are excluded or disadvantaged in some way.
  • Have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Have annual income £100,000 or under (for the last full financial year).
  • Apply for a project that fits one of the Comic Relief priorities for Core Strength – Local Communities for 2017/18: Connected Communities, Productive Communities, Empowered Communities.

Applicants can read the full criteria details and apply by visiting:

Berkshire Community Foundation: #IWILL PROGRAMME

The #iwill Programme aims to increase youth volunteering and social action by 50% by 2020 and is being delivered by community foundations across England. Local groups can apply for grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for youth social action projects which last up to a year (they can be one-off events). Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action. Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action: reflective, challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded.

Applicants need to:

  • Be a registered charity, constituted community group or other charitable organisation, including social enterprise/CIC, based and working in Berkshire.
  • Be seeking a grant (of £1,000-£5,000) for a youth social action project, that will promote volunteering, fundraising and/or campaigning amongst young people aged between 10 and 25.
  • Have a project that meets the principles of great youth social action – as identified in the Fund Criteria and Guidance for Applicants.

Applicants can read the full criteria details and apply by visiting:

With thanks to Slouch CVS, Wokingham Involve, Bruce Wright Funding Matters and Berkshire Community Foundation for the information above

Funding Update – November 2017

BlueSpark Foundation 

BlueSpark Foundation is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

They are particularly keen to support projects which will help  the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. They will fund schools, voluntary groups, and individuals.
Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Foundation makes grants to registered charities which help people to live happy, fulfilling lives and to participate actively in society. Issues they support are:

  • financial hardship
  • health and disability
  • education and employability
  • social exclusion and disadvantage

Small Grants

Between £500 – £5,000 can be awarded to smaller charities with an annual income that does not exceed approximately £500,000. Small Grants can be used for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity.Large Grants. Over £5,000 can include funding salary costs, specific project costs and refurbishment costs. These are available only to charities with an income above £500,000. The next deadline for applications is 2nd February 2018.

Segro Thames Valley Community Fund

The SEGRO Thames Valley 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 Thames Valley 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.

Grow Wild
Grow Wild is awarding funding of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups and projects that:

  • Stand out from the crowd – think something creative, or even better something that hasn’t been done before!
  • Focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life.
  • Will engage one or more of these groups:
    • Young people aged 12-18
    • Students and young people aged 18-25
    • People living in urban areas
    • People experiencing hardship and reduced access to services
    • Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities
  •  Will encourage large scale community involvement, ideally in the hundreds!
  • Will deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public i.e. is not in a restricted or controlled area

Information courtesy of Slough CVS