Below we have identified just some of the providers offering grants and funding to community groups. Click on the logo to go to the appropriate site and find out more about the grants, their eligibility criteria and any application forms:
The Big Lottery Fund:
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. This totals around £600 million each year. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 80-90 per cent of the funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations. BIG gives a variety of grants from £300 to over £500,000 to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities. There is a useful fund finder tool that guides you through the application processes and helps you choose the right grants programme for your project. Some of the available grants are:
Awards for All is a part of the Lottery funding programme and is a small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000. The aim is to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. You need to be:
- A not-for-profit group (including social enterprises), or a parish or town council, school or health body.
- Have a bank account that requires at least two unrelated people to sign each cheque or withdrawal.
- Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members
- Can spend the grant within one year.
Reaching Communities funds projects between £10,000 to £500,000. It has two strands:
- Revenue and small capital – funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects and/or smaller capital projects up to £50,000.
- Buildings – funding of between £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects.
Parks for People provide grants for projects that regenerate public parks of national or local heritage value. it is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Funding is available from £100,000 to £5 million.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) uses money raised from the National Lottery and gives grants to sustain and transform heritage projects. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, HLF invests in every part of our heritage. HLF offers a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. Assessments of any application take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that project will achieve.
Plunkett Foundation – shops & community enterprises
- Support rural communities looking to set up and run community-owned shops
- Helping rural communities to set up a wide range of community-owned enterprises, social enterprises and co-operatives to provide vital rural services
- Enable community food and farming enterprises to set up and run successfully
Garfield Weston Foundation – community buildings
The Garfield Weston Foundation only supports UK registered charities. GWF will consider applications for capital for community buildings including village halls and churches. The Foundation offers Major Grants of £100,000 and above and Regular Grants from £1,000 to £99,999. They look for evidence of existing fundraising success.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation
The Northamptonshire Community Foundation delivers funding for the local voluntary and community sector from money that has been donated by supporters and partners. The Foundation is for the county of Northamptonshire and all funding raised stays in the county. People and organisations can give to the Foundation and they will advise you on where the greatest need is in the county. This allows donors to decide what happens to their money and how it is spent.
Sport England including Places People Play Programme
Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. It is investing both National Lottery money and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in a huge variety of sports organisations and projects. There are a number of funds provided including the £10 million Protecting Playing Fields fund which is part of Sport England’s Places People Play Olympic legacy mass participation programme.
Fields In Trust (FIT)
FIT was originally the National Playing Fields Association. Its remit is to ensure that everyone has access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation irrespective of age or ability. FIT is a useful site for information on setting up or maintaining any open spaces in your community. They are also responsible for running the UK wide programme, Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge which gives give communities an opportunity to vote for an outdoor space in their area to become part of the scheme and be permanently protected as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee.
WREN (landfill sites) – biodiversity and conservation
WREN (Waste Recycling Environment) is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects. WREN receives the majority of its funding from the landfill tax levied by FCC Environment .
The Communitybuilders Fund will help support exemplar projects which are unique in their offering to local communities, and help long-term regeneration. They must be innovative, enterprising and ambitious. Communitybuilders is primarily a loan fund and investments will have a minimum 80% loan element. They charge an interest rate of 5% on the loan.
Arts Council – art activities in England
The Art Council funds arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work. The aim is to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
Lloyds TSB – helping disadvantaged people
Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales aims to fund and support charities that help disadvantaged people play a fuller role in their community through delivering lasting changes and benefits for their users/beneficiaries. The programmes are needs-driven, primarily supports core costs and is designed to fund issues that affect individuals as well as multiple communities.
If you would like more information about any of the above funding organisations, want to talk to us about obtaining funds for your project or just need support applying, then please post a comment below with details of your query and we will get back to you. Alternatively you can contact us on 01604 765888.