How Can You Get Funding for Your Community Project?
We know that acquiring your funding for your project can be a difficult and time-consuming process, Smart 4U would like to support you in the application process, so we have provided a quick funding guide that we hope will give you more confidence when it comes to securing your project funding.
Funding for your project via fundraising is an option that may already be apart of your plans, even if you are looking for a grant to help fund a project, raising a portion of the total cost could be helpful as any extra funding can be used to help improve or expand your project.
While fundraising can be fun there is no denying it can also be very time-consuming requiring lots of effort and there is no certainty that the required amounts of money will be raised. It may be prudent for your organisation to look for alternative sources of funding and with many organisations that are willing to offer some funding towards projects, Smart 4U can help to ensure your application is a well thought out and relevant to the grant. Here are some examples of helpful organisations;
Awards for All
This is part of the Nation Lottery Fund grant scheme for local communities. There are different schemes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with grants available from £300 up to £10,000 (Wales up to £5,000). This type of grant is aimed at voluntary or community organisations, registered charities, constituted groups & clubs, schools and statutory bodies. You must meet at least of the schemes three funding priorities, which are;
- Bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
- Improving the placed and spaces that matter to communities
- Enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage
Children in Need
This grant aims to achieve the BBC Children in Need’s goal of improving the lives of children in local communities. There are 2 types of grants available, the first is the Small Grant where you can apply for up to £10,00 per year for up to 3 years (a total request of £30,000). The second is the Main Grant which is for projects over £10,000. An organisation can hold one Small Grant and one Main Grant at the same time. To apply for this grant you must be a Non-Profit Group or Registered Charities that work with disadvantaged children and people under 18 years of age.
There are three application deadlines throughout the year – January 15th, May 15th, and September 15th.
There are multiple grants available to Schools, Registered Charities, Community & Non-Profit Groups. The grants are available from £5,000 – £10,000 and aim to make significant improvements within local communities.
The Aviva Community Fund is available to Community Groups and Non-Profit Groups, with awards from £1,000 to £25,000. This grant is aimed to fund a community-related project in your local area.
Comic Relief Local Communities
The Comic Relief funding grant awards on average approximately £3,200. Any Organisation and Person who wants to invest in their local communities can apply for this funding, the Intermediary Funding grant is aimed towards reaching grassroots organisations who are committed to developing their local community.
Fields in Trust
Fields in Trust is the only independent UK charity that is working to protect and improve parks, playing fields and woodlands, you can apply for any local parks and green spaces in your community to be protected. The grants can vary depending on funding availability.
Tesco Bags of Help
This is a local community grant that is available thanks to the money raised by the sale of carrier bags and has been used to fund local projects across the UK. Any projects that will bring a noticeable benefit to their community will get the green light for between £1,00 – £4,000 in funding. This grant can be applied for by Voluntary or Community Organisations, Schools, Health Bodies, Parish/Town Councils and Local Authorities along with many other types of organisations.
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund grant is aimed towards projects that will make a positive and lasting impact on a community’s knowledge, understanding and celebration of local heritage. There are various types of grants available from between £3,000 – £5m.
Sports England is a charity that aims to get people no matter of age, background or ability to get involved in sport and physical activity, so if you are a non-profit, voluntary or community organisation, school or statutory body then you can apply for funding between £300 – £10,000.
Sports Wales is a charity like Sports England that aims to increase the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity, if you are a Sports Club or Association, Youth Club or Community Group then you can apply for a grant that awards £1,500 to help improve standards and increase community participation.