Funding Opportunities for Community Groups & Voluntary Organisations in July
Please find useful and relevant funding opportunities available this month - thanks goes to Berkshire’s CVS’s for information contained in this article; Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Bracknell and Wokingham InVOLve and Slough CVS. Please click on headings for further information about each funding stream.
Bringing Communities Back Together
The ‘Bringing Communities Back Together’ grant will provide financial aid to local groups in two phases. Phase 1 July – September and phase 2 October – December; either through a celebration event (following social distancing guidelines) or by getting their activities and services back on track. Groups who cannot physically be back together, but whose activities are still open and available to the community, may also be included in this award. Groups may apply for one grant only to the maximum value of £1,000 and minimum of £250 per grant.
New Fund: Magic Little Grants
The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250k the opportunity to apply for a £500 grant.
The aim of the Magic Little Grants Fund is to support organisations to access a grant by completing a short application form. Organisations also receive access to the Localgiving online fundraising platform and benefit from online fundraising training and support from our team.
Next Deadline: 31st October 2021
Local Connections Fund
Small grassroots charities and community groups (below £50,000 income) can apply for grants of £300 – £2,500 to tackle loneliness from this National Lotteries Community Fund scheme.
Let’s Get Active Fund
West Berkshire Council have partnered with Greenham Trust to offer the Let’s Get Active Fund (LGAF) to improve access to physicalactivities in West Berkshire. Applications are now open as part of the district’s recovery from Covid-19.
Support for Education, Employability, Homelessness, Health, Wellbeing, The Environment & Sustainability
The DWF Foundation provides funds, resources and support to help communities achieve their full potential. They support charities workingwithin the topics of education, employability, homelessness, health, wellbeing, the environment and sustainability.
Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings
Not-for-profit organisations, such as charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies and parish and town councils can apply for grants of up to £350,000 towards the capital costs of restoring redundant or underused historic buildings in Town Centres for the benefit of the local community. The funding is being made available through the Transformational Project Grants scheme which is administered by the Architectural Heritage Fund.
National Heritage Memorial Fund – COVID-19 Response Fund
Grants are available to community and public sector organisations in the UK for projects to protect nationally important heritage assets that are at risk due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Barclays 100x100UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund
Funding for farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience.
Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good Fund
Grants are available for local community groups, charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in the UK for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment.
Postcode Society Trust – South of England
Grants are available for smaller charities and good causes in the south of England.
£500k available for ‘CIL’ Community Group Bids
West Berkshire Council; Second round of CiL bid process
West Berkshire District Council (WBDC) is now accepting bids for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. Up to £500,000 has been set aside to be used to “ensure sustainable services through innovation and partnerships” by allocating funding for community groups to bid to support the Adopted Local Plan and Infrastructure Delivery Plan Implications and Impact Assessment. This allocation will come from the 10% strategic CIL pot allocated for ‘Other Services.’