Funding News

This page has details of a variety of different sources of funding which may assist your council. Please be aware each funding source will have different qualifying criteria, time scales and application methodology. Check carefully before you apply.

Awards for All

  Visit the Awards for All website to get details about the programme and to get an application form, or call 0845 4 10 20 30 .

This scheme will be the Fund’s biggest ever commitment to a small grant scheme supporting community projects, offering a more easily accessible programme with even quicker decision times.

Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available to grassroots groups in the community and voluntary sector, health bodies, schools and parish or town councils. Grants are available to ensure that:

  • people have better chances in life
  • stronger communities
  • improved rural and urban environments
  • healthier and more active people

 

Reaching Communities Fund - The Big Lottery

The Reaching Communities programme has two strands.

Reaching Communities is for revenue or small capital project funding

If you are applying for funding of between £100,000 and £500,000 to support larger projects to improve the physical condition of a building, primarily through extension and refurbishment, please see the Reaching Communities buildings page.

Reaching Communities grants are for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants range from £10,000 to £500,000. We encourage you to look for other funding to cover some project costs and the total project costs must be less than £750,000.

We can fund, salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs, equipment as well as funding buildings.

The application process

We want to let you know quickly whether or not we can fund your project. First of all you need to complete an outline proposal form. We will let you know whether your project is one that we might consider funding within 20 working days of receiving the outline proposal form. 

If you are invited to apply, we will send you a full application form. You will have 4 months to complete this. Once we receive your completed form we will let you know our decision within 17 weeks.

Read the Reaching Communties guidance notes for revenue and small capital grants to make sure your project stands a good chance of success.

If you have questions about how to apply or plan your project, contact the Big Advice line on 0845 410 2030 or email: enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk.. Or go to the website.

 

The Reaching Communities programme has two strands.

Reaching Communities is for revenue or small capital project funding

If you are applying for funding of between £100,000 and £500,000 to support larger projects to improve the physical condition of a building, primarily through extension and refurbishment, please see the Reaching Communities buildings page.

Reaching Communities grants are for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants range from £10,000 to £500,000. We encourage you to look for other funding to cover some project costs and the total project costs must be less than £750,000.

We can fund, salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs, equipment as well as funding buildings.

The application process

We want to let you know quickly whether or not we can fund your project. First of all you need to complete an outline proposal form. We will let you know whether your project is one that we might consider funding within 20 working days of receiving the outline proposal form. 

If you are invited to apply, we will send you a full application form. You will have 4 months to complete this. Once we receive your completed form we will let you know our decision within 17 weeks.

Read the Reaching Communties guidance notes for revenue and small capital grants to make sure your project stands a good chance of success.

If you have questions about how to apply or plan your project, contact the Big Advice line on 0845 410 2030 or email: enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk.. Or go to the website.

 

Funds Available for Projects in the Cotswolds AONB


Cotswolds Conservation BoardThe Cotswolds Conservation Board has a variety of grants available for different purposes. Look at their website to understand the criteria and timescales:

http://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/grants-and-projects/grant-funding/

South Oxfordshire DC grants

South Oxfordshire DC offers a variety of grants - capital, revenue and individual councillor. Please look at their website for details of closing dates and criteria

http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/community-advice-and-support/grants-and-community-loans

OCVA Guide to Funding Opportunities 

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OCVA have general advice and guidance on potential sources of funding on their website. Their website provides pointers to specialised sources of funding by category and other useful tips and hints to help you make a successful grant application.

 

Sharing Heritage – Heritage Lottery Fund

This fund is available to not-for-profit groups wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage. Activities supported can include events, exhibitions, festivals and celebrations, or producing local history publications, conservation of individual heritage items, volunteer training and support.


Whether you want to rescue a historic building, breathe new life into a collection or record people’s stories, Heritage Grants can help with awards over £100,000.

Everything you need to know is here on the Heritage Lottery Fund website

 

Enhancing Communities Programme – SITA becomes SUEZ COMMUNITIES TRUST

We're here to support community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

SUEZ Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include: Public Amenities (Object D), Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites (Object E) and Biodiversity (Object DA).

We support projects that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by our donor, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK.

Go to the SUEZ website for more information and application criteria

Sport England Small Grants Programme

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The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport.

The step by step guide is here

http://www.sportengland.org/funding/small-grants/

 

Community building projects line up for grants

Community building projects line up for grants

From community centres to brand new social housing schemes, the new £14 million Community Led Project Support fund is opening up possibilities for communities to push forward local building projects right across the country.

Locality is in touch with dozens of local groups and parish councils interested in taking up the grants to improve their communities. It is operating a free advice line through the My Community Rights support service to enable many more to come forward and discuss the options.

The grant pot managed by the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) can be used to cover the cost of getting ideas for community building development off the drawing board and up to planning application stage, including paying for detailed site plans and professional fees.

Advice and support on all the Rights is being provided by Locality, which is the leading network of community groups in the country, with 700 members. Guidance on how to apply for Community Led Project Support funding is available through the My Community Rights advice service at https://mycommunity.org.uk/resources/clb-grants-guidance-notes/ or by visiting the Homes and Communities Agency website.

 

The Rural Community Energy Fund

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The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), is a £15 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

The fund provides up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready

To find out more about the fund and eligibility criteria please click here.

 

Funds Available for Projects in Chilterns

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Special projects:

Many people, businesses, communities and local groups have great ideas for projects to care for the chilterns Area of Outstanding natural beauty and make it a better place to live, work and visit. The Chilterns conservation Board can help turn those ideas into reality through grants available from its easy to access Special Projects Scheme.

What kind of projects can be supported?

Projects that make a difference to the Chilterns and for those who live, work in and visit the AONB. Projects must clearly meet the following priorities:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Chilterns AONB – e.g. wildlife, landscape, or historical projects - and /or
    Increase the understanding and enjoyment of the area’s special qualities – e.g. information, events, access improvements, sustainable tourism projects – and /or
    Promote the economic and social well-being of local communities within the AONB – .e.g. local food and drink, outdoor play, health walks.

What are this year's specific priorities?

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT PRIORITIES FOR SPECIAL GRANT FUNDS - 2017/2018 - ARE STILL BEING FINALISED. GRANTS WILL NOT BE OFFERED AT THE PRESENT TIME THOUGH YOU ARE STILL WELCOME TO CONTACT US AND DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT IDEAS.

For more information, case studies and an application form go to the Chilterns AONB website here

 

LEADER Funding £1.55m for businesses in rural Oxfordshire

Grants are available from now until March 2020


Are you a farmer, forester, small or micro rural business or community? Do you have an idea that will create jobs and boost our local economy?

Does your project fit into one or more of our four themes?
• Growing, selling, eating more local food.
• Vibrant villages.
• Reviving the River Thames and associated waterways.
• Unlocking the potential of woodlands.


We want to hear from you if your project will create jobs, increase productivity / efficiency or develop new markets. Or if your idea will increase visitor spend in the area or provide an essential rural service.

For more information, check our webpages: www.oxfordshireleader.org.uk
Or speak to Fran Walker - Oxfordshire.Leader@southandvale.gov.uk - 07717 271909

Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund


Community governanceThis £10 million fund is now administered by the Ministry of Defense rather than Oxfordshire County Council. The following four priorities have been set for the financial year 2016-17. Priorities 2, 3 and 4 will be reviewed in two years’ time:

  • Veterans’ Gateway
  • Families in Stress
  • Improving local covenant delivery (for local authorities)
  • Community integration / delivery of local services

 For each of the priorities there are different application deadlines, probably the most pertinent priority for town and parish councils is 4. Community integration. Small grants up to £20,000 and large grants up to £500,000 are potentially available. Go to the Ministry of Defense website for more information :https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply

 

CELEBRATING PARTICIPATION IN HEALTHCARE - COMMUNITY GRANTS 

Has your community group done some amazing patient, service user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? If so NHS England want you to tell them about it. In fact, they want to support you to tell everyone about it!


NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £1,000 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare.


In your application you will need to tell NHS England a bit about how you have been working with patients and citizens and, and how you plan to use the grant to share and showcase your work in a creative way.


The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation. Please make sure that you read the guidance before you apply and that you can meet the criteria set out. You can apply here

Transparency Code –FREE MONEY!


Latest good news - Additional funding for 2015/16 grant recipients

Councils who received funding during 2015/16 from the Transparency Fund are reminded that they may apply for additional funding to cover recurring costs, such as monthly internet costs, monthly staffing costs, and monthly website costs for this financial year. These costs have to be applied for on a yearly basis by completing the Transparency Fund application form and are subject to availability of funds. For further details please access the revised instructions for completing the application form on the NALC website here.

What can we do to make you apply for a grant?

The Transparency Fund will be available for the rest of this financial year to March 2017 but may not continue if sufficient applications aren’t made; do not leave this until a rainy day. If your council does not comply with the Code NALC tell us your council may be subject to Judicial Review.

The Transparency Code requires that smaller councils (turnover under £25,000) publish, on a freely available website, information about:

  • all items of expenditure above £100
  • end of year accounts
  • annual governance statement, internal audit report
  • list of councillor or member responsibilities
  • the details of public land and building assets
  • Minutes, agendas and meeting papers of formal meetings

There has been an updating and clarification of the eligibility criteria - councils who exceed the £25,000 turnover limit were previously excluded. However, provided that the council does not exceed the turnover limit for more than three years in a row they are now eligible to apply.

Also, councils do not need to have their own website in order to be compliant. Councils may opt to upload relevant information on another organizations website, for example, a village website. These councils are also eligible to apply for funding to cover equipment costs (computer, scanner, software), website costs (annual running costs

 Typical amounts of money available are:

  • Internet set up costs £300
  • Website setup costs £500
  • Training costs £400
  • Scanner costs £100
  • Computer costs £350

The application form is available from OALC, info@oalc.org.uk 

For more information on completing the application form and Top Tips go to the NALC website here

NALC want to stress that the purpose of the Transparency Fund is to cover the extra burden incurred by smaller authorities as a result of complying with the Transparency Code. For this reason, the Fund cannot cover the cost of modernising a council’s website or purchasing more modern equipment. For example, as long as a council can upload the necessary information onto their website, even if the website has a basic design, is running on a free of charge platform, and is not mobile compatible, the council cannot claim funding from the Transparency Fund to cover the costs of setting up a new website. Also, if the council already owns a computer that allows them to perform the necessary tasks to comply with the Transparency Code, they may not apply for funding to cover the costs of a second machine. However, if the council uses a member’s equipment (computer and/or scanner) and does not have its own, then they may apply for funding to purchase their own.

Towards the end of the financial year, NALC and DCLG will follow up on a sample of applications, asking applicants to submit evidence on how the money was spent. It is your responsibility to hold proof of the way the grant funding was spent.

 

Oxfordshire Community Foundation

 

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OCF award grants to local organisations with a charitable purpose that they believe will benefit Oxfordshire.

Their grants help a huge variety of community groups throughout Oxfordshire, with beneficiaries ranging from children with disabilities to people coping with homelessness, and vulnerable adults struggling with mental health, amongst many others.

One application for a grant from Oxfordshire Community Foundation provides groups with access to the whole range of different funds that we manage. Whichever fund the grant is to be made from, OCF will always consider the following:

  • ORGANISATION OF THE GROUP
    OCF will only award grants to constituted groups that have been established for at least 12 months. The group should be able to demonstrate it has the capability to run the project.
  • PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT
    There should be a genuine need for the project, and its purpose must be clear. OCF prefer their grants to fund projects that will leave a permanent legacy and will continue after the grant is spent. It must be clear that the community in Oxfordshire will benefit from the project.
  • FINANCIAL DETAILS
    OCF always want to ensure that the project is value for money. It should aim to deliver a value to the community that exceeds the project cost. A group’s finances are very important as these may determine from which fund grants are available. All groups must have a bank account in their own name.


OCF check on the progress and success of projects they fund, and it is very important to them that evaluation of the project is completed.

For more information and details of how to apply check the OCF website.

Bright Ideas Fund, Round 2 is now open

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools to start setting up your community business. It will also give your group the early stage finance that you need need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.

What is a community business?
A community business is set up and led by local people to look after what matters to them. Any profits flow back into the business to deliver positive local impact.

Watch some case studies to hear some community business ideas.

What the Bright Ideas Fund offers

  • Online induction and ongoing support, either online, by phone or where possible through visits
  • Community Business development plans, to help successful groups shape and develop strategies and plans for their community business
  • Mentoring and visits, to inspire applicants and give them the opportunity to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events, to learn from social finance experts, successful community business leaders, funders and technical specialists.


Register for the Bright Ideas Fund webinar
On 11 April, Power to Change and Locality hosted a webinar for those who are keen to find out more about the fund criteria, application process and FAQs.

You can listen again to this webinar here.

Future rounds

  • September 2017: Third window opens
  • February 2018: Fourth window opens

Biffa Award

Biffa Award currently provides funding for projects between £10,000 - £75,000.

The Main Grant scheme Recreation and Community Building project theme requires an active Biffa operation to be within 5 miles of the project site OR an active Biffa Landfill site within 10 miles. In addition your project must be within 10 miles of any registered landfill site. However, if you’re applying under the Main Grants Rebuilding Biodiversity theme, the radius of the Biffa operation is extended to within 15 miles.

More information here on the Biffa Award website.


The Biffa Award Board meets three times annually. At each meeting the Board considers applications from two of the three project themes, with each theme being considered twice annually, as follows:

October 2017 - Community Buildings and Rebuilding Biodiversity
FULL APPLICATION DEADLINE 16/8/17

February 2018 - Rebuilding Biodiversity and Recreation
FULL APPLICATION DEADLINE 12/12/17

Once your application is received, it will be seen at the next appropriate Board meeting relevant to your theme.