Below we have provided a list of organisations that may be able to fund projects at your community building. The criteria for each fund can be found via the web links provided, if you would like any support in making funding applications please contact our office and speak to Lisa Chambers at email@example.com or call 01353 865048.
Armed Forces Day grants – 27 June 2020
The Ministry of Defence offers a grant for Armed Forces Day (27 June 2020) events up to the value of £10,000, depending on the size and format of the event.
This grant is match-funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, If the total cost of the event is £10,000 and you raise £5,000, the grant could cover up to £5,000. To apply for this grant, you must first register your event on the Armed Forces Day website.
Ministry of Defence funding can be used to pay for:
- road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches
- decorations, flags and banners
- newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event
- marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event
- PA and communications systems
For more information visit their website: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/get-involved/organise-your-own-event/apply-forfunding/
Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund
The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.
The grant funding is managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network across the country. The grant aims to help fund the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:
- Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
- Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
- Supports the local rural economy
There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding for their project as this scheme only funds up to 20% of eligible costs, with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable, meaning the overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000.
For more information please contact either Lisa Chambers at Cambridgeshire ACRE or go directly to the ACRE website: http://acre.org.uk/our-work/village-hall-improvement-grant%20fund
Community Asset Fund – Sport England
Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.
As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they’re doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.
Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.
This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply. For more information click the link: https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/
Awards for All England – National Lottery Community Fund
National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. You can apply if your organisation is a:
- voluntary or community organisation
- registered charity
- constituted group or club
- not-for-profit company or community interest company
- social enterprise
- statutory body (including town, parish and community council).
National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities. Applications must meet at least one of them. The priorities are:
- bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
- improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
- enabling more people to fulfill their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
This is an open programme. Applications can be made at any time. More information can be found via this link: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awardsfor-all-england
Community Centres & Village Halls grants – Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.
The Foundation wants to support community centres and village halls which are at the heart of small, deprived communities. They expect that you will be providing a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to your area.
They interpret ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so you might be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.
The Foundation will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the costs of the project before you start an application.
For more information click the link: http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/grants/community-centres-and-villagehalls/
Tesco Community Grants
Tesco provide three local community grant schemes, where the money raised from plastic carrier bag sales is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events.
There are currently three grant schemes covering different sizes of projects and parts of the country:
- Tesco Bags of Help, which provides grants of up to £2,000 to projects in the UK
- Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, which provides funding of up to £25,000 to projects that have a significant regional impact in the UK
- The Tesco Centenary Fund which provides grants of up to £50,000 to projects that have a significant regional impact in Northern Ireland
More information via this link: https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/