Community Grants

There are numerous funding opportunities for communities, here are just a few!

Awards For All
Deadline: Continuous. Amount: £300 to £10,000
Set up to help small groups, the main aim of the programme is to fund projects which involve people in their community; bringing them together to enjoy arts, sports, heritage and other community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. More information and how to apply

Heritage Lottery – Young Roots
Deadline: Continuous. Amount: £10,000 to £50,000
Young Roots is a grant programme designed to engage young people aged 13–25 with their heritage, which could relate to scientific / engineering developments in the past. Young Roots projects stem directly from the interest and ideas of young people, who are supported by youth and heritage organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with their local communities. More information and how to apply

Heritage Lottery – Heritage Grants
Deadline: Continuous. Amount: £100,000+
The Heritage Grants programme offers funding for projects that relate to the local, regional or national heritage of the UK (except the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). They welcome applications that help people to learn about, look after and celebrate heritage in a fun and enjoyable way. More information and how to apply

Ethnic Minorities Environment Award
Deadline: Continuous. Amount: Up to £500
This small scheme is aimed at schools, community groups and individuals undertaking projects which concern the environment and involve people from ethnic communities. They also offer an advice and referral service for projects which can access funds from larger existing grants schemes. More information and how to apply

Millennium Awards (UnLtd)
Deadline: Continuous. Amount: £500 to £20,000
UnLtd’s Millennium Awards provide support to people who have both the ideas and commitment to develop projects which will benefit their community. UnLtd Millennium Awards are funded by the income from a legacy of £100 million granted by the Millennium Commission. This legacy has to be carefully invested so that the income can be obtained for awards for the future – this is what is called a permanent endowment. UnLtd currently offers several levels of award. More information and how to apply

Grants for the Arts
Grants for the arts is our Lottery-funded grant programme for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. Grants are available for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. Awards from £1,000 to £100,000 are available to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts. More information and how to apply.

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The Main Grants Programme offers grants ranging from £10,000 to in excess of £1 million and the Foundation continues to maintain a balance between supporting large-scale projects, with far-reaching effects, and small-scale community endeavours. Whilst the Foundation does occasionally make donations to the health and social care sectors, it should be noted that the majority of its support is directed towards the cultural sector, and in particular to cultural learning and to museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces. Please note that organisations must be registered charities to be eligible for the Main Grants Programme. More information and how to apply

Wakeham Trust
Deadline: Continuous. Amount: Up to £1000
Grants to help people rebuild their communities, with particular interest in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. They also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though they never support individuals. They favour small projects – often, but not always, start-ups. Wakeham Trust try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established. More information and how to apply

Co-operative Membership Community Fund
Deadline: CURRENTLY CLOSED (re-opens in Spring 2019). Amount: £100 to £2,000
Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups to run projects that carry out positive work in the community. A project must do the following: address a community issue; provide a good long-term benefit to the community; support co-operative values and principles; ideally be innovative in its approach.
More information and how to apply