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We can give advice and guidance on funding and bid-writing through training, 'Meet the Funder' sessions and by sharing information on funding opportunities as they come up.

You will find a regularly updated list of local, regional and national funding opportunities on this page.

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Support for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Support for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Nottinghamshire County Council remains committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector and working with Parish Councils.
This information sheet lists a range of support opportunities which we hope will be of interest and benefit to your organisation.

Veolia Environmental Trust Accepting Applications for Projects Starting in 2019

Funding for constituted not-for-profit organisations that are within five miles of an operating Veolia site in England.

Veolia Environmental Trust offers grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.

UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund Taking Round 3 Applications

UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund Taking Round 3 Applications

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is part of UK Aid Direct, the Department for International Development’s (DFID) main fund for small and medium sized civil society organisations. The Fund is managed by Mannion Daniels on behalf of DFID.

The funding will support Britain’s small not-for-profit groups to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their projects.

Warburtons Accepting Community Grants Applications Again

Warburtons Accepting Community Grants Applications Again

This well-known family run bakery business provides grants of up to £250 to not-for-profit organisations with charitable purposes only that are delivering work that aligns to Warburtons priorities and which has a direct and tangible impact.

The funding is for projects that focus on supporting families that need help the most and fit with Warburtons’ priorities which are to:

  • Work with those who need support within the social areas defined.
  • Focus on support that fits with its principles of Transparency, Trust and Transformation.
  • Work with families facing challenges.
  • Help families with opportunities

Biffa Award - Recreation

Biffa Award - Recreation

Recreation is part of Biffa Awards’ Main Grants Programme which aims to provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Not-for-profit organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 as long as their projects have a total cost of less than £200,000, inclusive of VAT.

Biffa Award - Rebuilding Biodiversity

Biffa Award - Rebuilding Biodiversity

The Rebuilding Diversity scheme is part of Biffa Awards’ Main Grants Programme which aims to provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Rebuilding Biodiversity theme aims to protect and enhance the environment so that it can adapt to threats such as climate change.

Biffa Award - Community Buildings

Biffa Award - Community Buildings

The Community Building scheme is part of Biffa Awards’ Main Grants Programme which aims to provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Co-op Community Dividend Fund for Central England Accepting Applications

Co-op Community Dividend Fund for Central England Accepting Applications

The fund has opened a new round and is currently accepting applications from 16 counties from the Midlands to the east coast.

The Co-op Community Dividend Fund is inviting applications from local charities and community and voluntary groups based in Central England to apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Each year the Fund reinvests at least 1% of the Society’s profits in local communities to help a wide range of projects across 16 counties, from the Midlands to the East Coast. Last year, a total of 122 groups and organisations shared £209,000 to spend on a wide variety of projects.

Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Reaching Communities England

Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Reaching Communities England

The Big Lottery Fund is seeking ideas for projects that will improve communities across England and will make grants of more than £10,000 available to support organisations that want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

New Neighbourhood Planning Programme Launches for England

New Neighbourhood Planning Programme Launches for England

The Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme has been extended for another four years and is now open for applications for grant funding and technical support.

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Scheme Opens for Second Round in 2018

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Scheme Opens for Second Round in 2018

The Gregg's Foundation's Environmental Grants programme is now inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 for projects in England, Wales or Scotland that deliver a real benefit to the environment

Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund 2018 Opens for Round 2

Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund 2018 Opens for Round 2

The Greggs Foundation's Local Community Projects Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain for projects or for equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

Coalfields Community Investment Publishes 2018 Programme

Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) – Funding Support

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) Funding Support element is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. 

Children In Need Funding Information

Small Grants

Our Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply and that you meet our minimum standards for grantmaking. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK?

Wren’s Community Action Fund Opens for 2018 Applications

FCC Community Action Fund

Competition for WREN funding is considerable.   Requests for funding from our most recent round exceeded £5 million and we have to regularly decline worthwhile projects due to funding restrictions. 

WREN will accept applications for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity:

  •  Village Halls and Community Centres
  • Public Play Areas
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
  • Churches – community spaces only
  • Nature Reserves
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
  • Museums

Applications for funding are assessed against our criteria and you should read carefully our Guide for Applicants and ensure your project meets our criteria and you have shown the difference the project will make to your local community.   WREN will not request further evidence of community need and benefit so you should make sure you application and enclosures reflects what your project will achieve.  

WREN requires all projects to be delivered within 12 months of our funding decision.

Please note WREN no longer accepts paper applications.

Garfield Weston Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary with One-Off Charitable Fund

Registered charities, places of worship and state schools in the UK can apply for the Garfield Weston Foundation’s new one-off capital fund to benefit communities.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines Announced

Charities in the UK that are seeking funding for their work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and younger can start the application process for funding in 2018.

The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of up to £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 Expected on 27 October 2017

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 Expected on 27 October 2017

Launch of final Horizon 2020 Work Programme anticipated for 27 October 2017.

SUEZ Communities Trust Launches New Application Process for England

SUEZ Communities Trust Launches New Application Process for England

Applications for the SUEZ Communities Trust Landfill Fund are now accepted at any time as part of a new two-stage application process for not-for-profit organisations in 80 locations across England.

National Churches Trust Relaunches Grant Programmes for 2018

National Churches Trust Relaunches Grant Programmes for 2018

The National Churches Trust offers funding for projects that are in line with its aims which are:

  • To help maintain the UK's heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities.
  • To promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them.

Comic Reliefs Core Strength - Local Communities Grants Programme

Comic Reliefs Core Strength - Local Communities Grants Programme

This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups that are doing ‘much needed’ work in their local communities.

East Midlands Airport Community Fund

East Midlands Airport Community Fund

East Midlands Airport Community Fund

The East Midlands Airport Community Fund was established in April 2002 and since then over £920,000 has been awarded to over 1180 projects, to bring lasting benefit to the communities around the airport.

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Big Lottery Fund Updates Guidance for Awards for All (England)

Big Lottery Fund Updates Guidance for Awards for All (England)

The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the Awards for All guidance notes, including fewer restrictions and new priorities.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme

Funding Support is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes....

Support Adoption for Pets Launches 2017/18 Programme to Support UK Rescue Centres

Support Adoption for Pets Launches 2017/18 Programme to Support UK Rescue Centres

Support Adoption for Pets has re-launched its grants programme which supports UK domestic animal rehoming and rescue centres.

Awards For All

Awards For All

Awards for All gives groups an easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000

Link: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/awards-for-all-england

Church Care Fund Open to Applications

Church Care Funding

Grants are available for Anglican churches across England.

ChurchCare, the Church of England's national resource to support parish churches and cathedrals offers grants to Anglican churches across England to help care for, preserve and conserve these buildings.

Further information and online application forms can be accessed online at the ChuchCare website.

 The Link is: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/

Barchester Healthcare Foundation is continuing its 2016 priority to combat loneliness and engage older or disabled people.

Barchester Healthcare Foundation

The Foundation's priority is continued from 2016: connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive the highest priority throughout the year.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to groups in England, Scotland and Wales.

Applications can be submitted online at any time - http://bit.ly/2iiVWsL

Raising The Next Generation

Funding Opportunities

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Growing a Greener Britain Small Grants Programme Opens to Applications

Growing a Greener Britain, a registered charity, is providing grants to constituted community groups for projects which help transform green spaces in Great Britain.

Growing a Greener Britain has been set up by idverde UK, a nationwide contractor that creates and maintains parks and open spaces across the UK, to help fund community projects in publicly-owned parks and open spaces across Britain.
Constituted community groups in Great Britain can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects which transform green spaces in Great Britain.
This includes:

  • Improvements or modifications to publicly-accessible:
    • Parks.
    • Gardens.
    • Cemeteries.
    • Green open spaces including green spaces in social housing schemes.
  • Work in state school grounds.
  • Work in privately owned grounds that encourage the public to enter and enjoy them free of charge, including some university grounds.
  • Creating wildlife areas and ponds.
  • Improvement of disabled access.
  • Making an area safer or more family-friendly.
  • Environmental and Biodiversity management/education projects in local communities.
  • Training or employment projects which offer opportunities for young people who are not currently in training or employment.

Clothworkers' Foundation

Improving the Lives of People and Communities

Award capital grants to charities which work in one of their programme areas. 

You can apply for a grant under the Main Grants Programme, which is for UK charities with an annual income of less than £15m, or the Small Grants Programme which is for UK charities with an income of less than £250,000.

Rayne Foundation

Makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues.

The Rayne Foundation is interested in the arts, health and wellbeing, education – in its widest sense, and social issues.

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