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Community grants & funding

Some community grants and funding currently available to Locality members and other groups to cover core costs and and support community projects.

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Core funding

Funding for land and buildings

Community Enterprise funding

Social change funding

Crowdfunding

Core funding

Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest fund

Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest fund provides longer term core or delivery funding for charities which meet the programme aim and are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. These grants are up to £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Enable fund

Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Enable fund provides smaller, shorter term grants to strengthen charities which meet the programme aim, helping them to deliver their mission more effectively. Grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs. These grants are up to a total £15,000 over two years.

 

Funding for land & buildings

Reaching Communities: Building

The buildings strand of Reaching Communities fund from the Big Lottery provides funding for land and buildings projects costing more than £100,000. It can also provide revenue funding to help to get the building running and deliver project activities.

The Community Pub Business Support Programme

More than a pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a two year programme to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change.

Community Buildings fund

The Community Buildings funding programme from the DCLG offers up to £50K to help you get a community building, or a community-led housing project to the planning application stage.

Community Asset Fund, Sport England

Sports clubs and community organisations can apply for investment from Sport England’s Community Asset Fund –  the capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active.

Community enterprise funding

Big Potential

Big Lottery Fund’s £10 million Big Potential fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VSCEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England. Big Potential is administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Locality, Social Enterprise UK, Charity Bank and the University of Northampton.

Power to Change

The Big Lottery Fund’s Power to Change fund has a significant £150m to invest in community-led enterprises – such as shops, businesses and community assets. The £10m Community Enterprise Fund is currently open for applications.

Community Investment Fund

The Community Investment Fund (run by Social and Sustainable Capital) invests between £250,000 and £1m in community based, locally led organisations which are providing essential support and services to improve the well-being of local residents, developing the local economy and creating positive social change for all individuals in the community.

Coastal Communities Fund

The Coastal Communities Fund is a UK-wide programme, managed by the Big Lottery Fund, designed to support the economic development of coastal communities by funding projects which encourage sustainable economic growth and jobs.

Bright Ideas Fund

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools to start setting up your community business in the form of grants and support. The next round opens in April 2017.

 

Social change funding

Awards for All

The Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme is a quick and easy way to get a small grant of between £300 to £10,000 to fund a project or event to help your local community.

Comic Relief – Local Communities Small Grants

Local Communities, Small Grants is funded by Comic Relief and offers small grants (up to £10,000) for UK based projects, through the UK Community Foundation network.

Arts Council

Arts Council England offer a range of grants to support arts and education projects.

Tesco Bags of Change Grants

The money raised Tesco’s sale of 5p plastic bags is used to pay for a large number of local projects to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces across England, Wales and Scotland. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund is a funding pot of £8m for small charities who benefit the community. Applications for the next round of funding are now open.

 

Crowdfunding

Spacehive

Spacehive provides a single portal where people with project ideas can build support from their community, ensure their plans are viable, pitch for funding from the crowd and our partners at the same time, and share the impact they’ve created. We recommend Spacehive as a crowdfunding platform.