Community Foundation

This needs to be led by the local community and aims to benefit the whole community. The grant size is variable but is likely to be less than £10,000.


Housing Associations/Groups

This funding is normally applied for by a group of residents (e.g. residents association).  Grants vary but are usually less than £10,000.  Housing associations do fund community enhancement projects.  For example Orbit Heart of England offers small grants of between £500 to £5,000 but these cannot benefit individuals. The enhancements must benefit communities belonging to […]


Charitable Trusts

A Charitable Trust can be established with the specific purpose of dealing with and managing contributions for a particular cause or project. The Trust does not procure funds, but it is a mechanism for obtaining, holding and administering funds. Funds can be collected from the community/general public and is administered and allocated by the Trust. […]


Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

CIL is a levy which local authorities can attach to new developments. The money can be used for infrastructure including flood defences. District councils will need to set up and charge the levy; however they also have responsibility for deciding what infrastructure the levy is spent on. Funds must be spent within the area from which […]


Community Interest Company (CIC)

In order to gain funding from a variety of sources you may need to become a Community Interest Company (CIC). The level of community involvement varies, some CICs depend on the input of the community whereas others undertake actions on their behalf. Case Study Example: A community-led partnership was formed by Bucklebury residents with support from […]


Reaching Communities Fund

This Big Lottery Fund covers equipment costs, building and engineering works, purchase of land and equipment and legal fees. Community groups must apply for the funds, which are a minimum of £10,000. This fund does not cover routine repairs, maintenance or general improvement to public areas.


Awards for All England (Lottery)

Grants between £300 and £10,000 can be applied for by communities to put on an event, buy equipment, run training courses, set up a pilot project or group, carry out repairs or conservation work, pay volunteer expenses and transport costs. The grant must be used within 1 year.


Community Foundation

This needs to be led by the local community and aims to benefit the whole community. Grants of £1000-5000 are considered regularly.


CEMEX Community Fund

A community group has to apply for this fund. It is very flexible. It would be advantageous to be within close proximity to a CEMEX operation.


Charitable Trusts

A Charitable Trust can be established with the specific purpose of dealing with and managing contributions for a particular cause or project. The Trust does not procure funds, but it is a mechanism for obtaining, holding and administering funds. Funds can be collected from the community/general public and is administered and allocated by the Trust. […]