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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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Funding for land & buildings
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.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has made £4 million available through the Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22 to award grants to eligible community organisations in England (outside of the Greater London Authority area).
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.
Community business funding and support
Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England. Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Arts Council England offer a range of grants to support arts and education projects.
Tesco Community Grants support thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK.
The scheme is open to all registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.
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.
Need more support?
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By pooling knowledge, experience and tools we build a better understanding of what works. Together we motivate and inspire each other to unlock the power of local communities.