Fundraising

There are numerous ways that communities can raise funds from small events which can be labour intensive but can turn around money quickly, for example lotteries, raffles, fairs, street parties, bazaars, afternoon teas, car boots, street fairs, fetes and sponsored events (swims, walks, pub crawls, etc). Large events can be complex to organise but can […]


Countryside Productivity Scheme

The Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors, including those with a water resource management focus, and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.


Home equity loans/refinancing

Property owners who have equity within their properties can release this money through extending their current mortgage or taking out a new mortgage.  The money can then be used to fund property level flood resilience measures. Equity release can be in the form of an additional income, a cash lump sum, or both. The Money […]


Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI)

This is a loan granting mechanism. Community Development Finance Institutions provide loans where banks have refused credit. Their website lists loan providers who consider individuals, businesses, charities or social enterprises. The level of funding provided depends on individual circumstances. Funds can be released quickly.


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.


Home equity loans/refinancing

Property owners who have equity within their properties can release this money through extending their current mortgage or taking out a new mortgage.  The money can then be used to fund property level flood resilience measures. Equity release can be in the form of an additional income, a cash lump sum, or both. The Money […]


Biffa Award Community Fund

A community group is needed in order to apply for funds. There are two relevant funding streams: Rebuilding Biodiversity – The project must be located within 15 miles of a Biffa site and 10 miles of a landfill site (in Northampton there is a Biffa site at NN3 9ER). Grants are awarded up to up […]


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.


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.


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 […]