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


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

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 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 Led Housing

The Community Led Housing Programme from Power to Change will open in Summer 2019. Seed grants for feasibility and pre-development work will be available with an average grant size of £55,000. Grants will only be available for projects in five regions:

  • Bristol city region
  • Leeds city region
  • Tees Valley combined authority region
  • Birmingham, Solihull and Black County
  • Liverpool city region

Community enterprise funding

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.

Power to Change – Bright Ideas

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.

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.

Community Shares Booster programme

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

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.

Reach fund

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

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.

Reaching communities England

Reaching Communities from Big Lottery Fund make grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years.

Resilient Heritage

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

Good Finance

Our partner, Good Finance, helps charities and social enterprises navigate social investment. 

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.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

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.



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