Below is just a small selection of some of the many grant & funding programmes currently available to support community projects. If none of these grants are what you are looking for – please get in touch with us and we will help find you a more suitable fund for your specific project. We are a not for profit Community Interest Company – supporting local businesses and communities across the South West and the UK
COVID19 FUND – Community Support (Devon County Council)
Devon County Council has temporarily re-opened the COVID-19 Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of the second national lockdown.
Applications will open on 9 November 2020 and will close on 2 December 2020.
What is the COVID-19 Fund?
While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and local and national government are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our voluntary and community sector organisations and local communities are also assisting those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.
Through the COVID-19 Fund, DCC will provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this further lockdown and in particular measures to support those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
These can include:
- safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines
- support for accessing online information and services
- measures to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
- transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak
Applications will need to include details of how much funding will be required and how you have assessed the need for that amount. Grants will typically be between £300 and £700, although in exceptional circumstances we may make offers of up to £1,000. We will require a report on how the money was spent and benefits to the community on completion of your project.
DCC buildings are currently closed and most staff are working from home so applications must be submitted online.
Applications will be processed as speedily as is possible. DCC may need to contact you for further information. You will receive an email informing you whether your application has been successful or not, so please try to avoid contacting the team ahead of this.
Who can apply?
Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together.
Please read part (a) of our guidance for more details.
How to apply
Please ensure that you have read and understood the guidance and what this funding can be used for.
Summaries of your project will suffice as there are word number limitations but do include the key information of how your project meets the purpose of this grant fund and how you have identified the size of the grant you require.
Community Business – Bright Ideas Fund
Offering up to £20,000 grants for local community business ideas
Groundwork is working with a range of partners to deliver the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, a £5 million programme that will offer around 230 community groups up to 15 days of tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to develop their budding community business ideas.
Between September 2016 and December 2018, the Bright Ideas Fund supported over 80 groups with £1.85m. In February 2019 the fund was extended for another three years.
The fund is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and will be delivered by Groundwork UK alongside Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and led by Locality.
The fund offers:
- Online induction and on-going support, either online, by phone or where possible through visits.
- Community Business development plans, to help successful groups shape and develop strategies and plans for their community business.
- Mentoring and visits, to inspire applicants and give them the opportunity to learn from peers.
- Regional networking and events, to learn from social finance experts, successful community business leaders, funders and technical specialists.
Apply for funding:
School for Social Entrepreneurs – The Community Trade Up Programme
Apply before Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Are you running a project or organisation that exists to improve a local neighbourhood, village or town? Do you want to recover and rebuild income from trading and pandemic proof your business?
This FREE support programme will give you the head-space, support network and funding needed to adapt, digitise and diversify your income from trading. You’ll become a stronger, more sustainable community business as a result of this programme.
- A free learning programme, to help you recover and rebuild your income and impact
- Up to £10,000 Trade Back grant
- An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out
The B&Q Foundation is a charity founded by B&Q to support local communities and help everyone experience the benefits of home improvement. Whether it’s a community hall or care centre, hostel or hospice, we believe that that anyone can improve their home or environment around them to make life better.
With that in mind, the B&Q Foundation wants to help local communities shape the spaces that mean so much to them. It will provide grants to local charities to support communities with projects to improve homes or a community space.
The Foundation has awarded its first round of grants to charities across the UK and Ireland, ranging from homelessness and abuse charities, to children’s hospices and rehabilitation centres.
One of the first grants has been awarded to homeless charity St Martins in Norwich, which supports vulnerable adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The £3,500 grant is being used to create a safe and welcoming outdoor area for clients to wait for appointments, meet and socialise in, without the fear of being moved on.
Herts Young Homeless (hyh) charity, in Hatfield, is using its £5,000 grant from the B&Q Foundation to help furnish accommodation for the vulnerable 16-24 year olds at risk of homelessness it supports. By helping these young people, who have often moved out of shelters or homes following a family breakdown, live in dignity and comfort, hyh aims to help them avoid homelessness for now and the rest of their lives.
B&Q will support the B&Q Foundation by raising funds, donating product and providing volunteers.
To apply for funding support
B&Q Foundation is a registered charity, set up to support projects and provide grants to registered charities in the UK and Ireland to improve homes and community space for those that need it most. To find out more and to register interest in applying for a grant from the B&Q Foundation please see here.
The NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund – Round 4 (Open until 1st December)
The NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund (CGF) was set up in 2005 to support community initiatives and charitable events, as well as to help boost staff fundraising initiatives.
In 2019, it helped 88 community groups and charities across the UK.
What you need to know before applying
Donations are limited to a maximum of £1,000. Ideally to fund something specific so NFU can measure the difference the donation has made – whether it’s purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time. It is likely to approve funding requests which meet one or more of four areas of interest:
- Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
- Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community
- Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities
- Advancing education and experiences for young people
If you’d like to apply for a large donation for a rural cause, take a look at the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.
How to apply
Do you know a local charity or community group who could apply to this fund? Visit:
The Morrisons Foundation
The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. Before submitting an application please read the following criteria and answer the eligibility questions below.
The Morrisons Foundation will not generally consider applications which are related to:
- Salaries and other running costs
- Support of on-going service delivery
- Grants, bursaries etc. to individuals
- Expeditions recreation or overseas travel
- Fundraising events
- Work that is primarily the statutory responsibility of public agencies
- Promotion of religious or political messaging
- Event sponsorship
- Advertising, promotion or marketing of events or services
- Overseas appeals
- Conferences or seminars
- Equipment which will be retained by individuals rather than the charity
- Animal charities, unless the objective is to improve the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged people
- Projects being delivered outside England, Scotland or Wales
- Sports-based charities, unless the objective is to improve the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged people
- Projects which could harm the reputation of the Foundation
To download a guidance PDF document containing the list of questions included in the Morrisons Foundation online grant application form, please click here
For more information and to apply: https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/grant-funding-request/