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Funding for community projects and more
When looking for funding it’s important to always be clear where your organisation is on its developmental journey, and what precisely you need the funding for.
This, in turn, will help you assess whether you should be thinking of accessing repayable or non-repayable funding and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The Locality team can also help you access new income streams to increase your financial resilience, with discounts on our support for Locality members. See how we can help you.
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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’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
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.
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.
Homes in Community Hands Programme
The Homes in Community Hands programme provides support and grants to help you progress projects to build or refurbish affordable homes.
Community Housing Fund – Phase 1
The Homes England Community Housing Fund Prospectus was launched on 2 July 2018. It confirms the Government is making £163 million available across England through the Community Housing Fund (CHF) up until March 2020.
Phase 2 Capital Funding for CLG housing – Capital funding for all tenures of CLH
This programme will fund a range of tenures in addition to funding affordable rent and shared ownership schemes. Affordable rent and shared ownership schemes can also be funded with capital grants through the existing Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes programme (SOAHP) 2016 to 2021.
Social Investment Business (SIB) Enterprise Grants
Enterprise Grants will support charities and social enterprises in England working in either the homelessness or youth sector to develop or grow their enterprising activity and earned income.
Community enterprise funding
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.
The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.
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.
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.
Local groups needing an extra boost to set up or grow a community business can access up to £10,000 grants and £100,000 match funding to launch their share offer through the Community Shares Booster programme.
The Hive is a support programme for co-ops delivered by Co‑operatives UK in partnership with The Co‑operative Bank. It’s for any group wanting to start a co‑operative or existing co‑ops looking to strengthen or grow. Support ranges from a unique mix of online resources, direct advice, mentoring and training.
The Reach Fund is a two-year grant programme that helps charities and social enterprises raise investment. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and is open to organisations in England. Between £3m and £4m of funding will be available and you can apply for grants of up to £15,000.
The Growth Fund is managed by Access and funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital, with over £40m already available to charities and social enterprises in small loans and blended loan and grant investments. When the Growth Fund is fully invested it is expected to total more than £55m and social investors supported by the Growth Fund will be making loans until at least 2021.
Resilient Heritage grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £3,000-£250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.
Social change funding
Our partner, Good Finance, helps charities and social enterprises navigate social investment.
The National Lottery Community Fund gives small grants of between £300 to £10,000 to fund projects or events to help your local community.
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 England offer a range of grants to support arts and education projects.
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.
The Co-op Local Community Fund is a funding pot of £8m for small charities who benefit the community.
Trusthouse are a grant-making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.
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.
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