Community grants and funding
If you need a little bit of cash to help your community project have a more lasting impact, take a look at our round-up of grants and funds. We aim to keep this information as up to date as possible, but some funds have shorter application windows, so please continue your own research to find the best option for you.Scroll down to next section
National Lottery Fund
Grants of £300 – £10,000
If you are a voluntary or community organisation, school, health body or a parish or town council, have a UK-based bank account in the name of the organisation (that requires at least three people who are unrelated and do not live at the same address), you should be able to apply. You will also need a written governing document e.g. set of rules, articles of association or constitution. They do not fund individuals or sole traders. Funding is available to not for profit groups who have a bank account that requires at least two unrelated people (not living at the same address).
Please note applications take around 18 weeks to assess. We would recommend you submit five months in advance of anticipated project start date.
If you are a charity looking to help people improve their homes and community spaces, B&Q Foundation have a number of grants available. They can support with planting community gardens, building modification work and redecorating properties to better support people living there.
The grants aim to help people in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, other disadvantage or distress.
Supermarket grants and funds
Being central to their communities, local stores and supermarkets often have wonderful initiatives to help local groups thrive.
Co-op Local Community Fund
Applications open annually each spring – as long as your organisation isn’t…
Tesco Community Grants
Currently Tesco are prioritising projects that support food security and young people.
Asda Foundation Grants
Different application timings depending on the cause.
Lidl Community Works NI
Supporting a range of amazing charities along with a voucher donation fund.
Quartet Community Foundation
Grants of £250 – £40,000 +
West of England
Covering Bristol, Bath, North and NE Somerset and South Gloucestershire, Quartet have current grant programmes so you can see if there’s one that suits your needs.
Based in North East England?
UK Community Foundations manage a range of locally provided grants and funds. They support Tyne and Wear and Northumberland as well as other areas across North East England.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) lists open funds on its website – some of which are relevant for community projects, so it’s a good page to bookmark and check regularly.
Grants of £500 – £1,500
The scheme awards grants of between £500 and £1,500 to enable community-based and access-related projects which might otherwise not proceed. The grant may be for up to 50% of the total budget for the project, excluding volunteer time. Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.
Deadlines are: 31 December, 28 February, 31 May, 31 August and applications are usually processed within two months of the closing date.
The KFC Foundation
Grants of up to £2,500.
The KFC Foundation funds work that helps young people to create firm foundations, by addressing their needs through early intervention. This grant programme is for registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000.
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