Five business schemes and supportive organisations
To give yourself the best chance, make sure you carefully read the criteria on the individual websites, tailor your application to closely meet the criteria and leave plenty of time for it to be processed.
- Applications accepted from: Ford employees, registered charities, non-fee paying schools or PTAs and non-profit organisations
- Support projects that provide clear benefits to the local community/environment and young people close to Ford UK locations (Essex, Bridgend, Southampton and Daventry)
- Small grants (up to £250) four times each year
- Large grants (usually between £250 – £3000) are considered twice a year
Visit the Ford website for more info
Get your neighbours to ask if their employers have community funds or if they'll consider match funding community activities. You could also approach local businesses and ask them to sponsor particular elements of your party, like the hire of a bouncy castle, or to provide food, drink or prizes for a raffle. Try and make your ask relevant to the service or business they provide.
Housing associations work hard to encourage strong sustainable neighbourhoods, some offer community funds or may be able to support your event or project in other ways. There are too many to list but if you are part of a housing association, try contacting your resident, tenant or community involvement officer as a first step.
Times are tough and councils are always being asked to do more with less, but it is worth approaching your local council as some have community and neighbourhood funds or schemes which you might be able to apply to. Try searching for community fund or grant, neighbour or community relations on their website. Even if they don’t have any funds available they may be able to help in other ways or direct you to other local organisations for help and support.