Fundraising

Centre Supporting Voluntary Action is able to offer charities and community groups within the Chelmsford District help with your fundraising. 

Whether your voluntary organisation needs just a few hundred pound or thousands of pounds, this is the best place to start. Raising funds is a very daunting task with approximately only one in ten funding applications being successful! We don’t give out money or write the application for you, but we can give free access to tools, skills, tips and techniques that you can use to significantly improve your chances of fundraising success.


Current Grants

Community Funding Scheme

Chelmsford City Council has been undertaking a review of its grant giving processes, the result has been the creation of the Community Funding Scheme.

The Scheme combines the discretionary funding previously granted under the Corporate Aid Scheme with the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) Neighbourhood Fund. Please read the guidelines on the website.

The new fund will have a similar scope to the previous schemes, but will share a single portal through which groups can complete an online Expression of Interest.

To find out more, click here.

Active Chelmsford Physical Activity and Sport Grants

Working in partnership, Active Chelmsford want to create opportunities and resources to reduce inactivity and develop positive attitudes to health and wellbeing in communities across Chelmsford.

Grants of up to £500 are available for projects or work aimed at engaging inactive people in Chelmsford district.

To find out more, click here.


Funding help sheets are available to download here. We also have a number of publications in our library that you can borrow, and we feature funding opportunities in our quarterly newsletter, here on our website, and in our weekly e-bulletin to CVS members. If you are struggling to achieve success with your funding applications please do call us on 01245 351888.

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. They list hundreds of funding and finance opportunities. Click here to view their website.

We can offer free online access to over 4,000 trusts and foundations. If you would like to book an appointment to access this software please contact us on 01245 351888.

For the past five years the Centre has been funded by Big Lottery to offer intensive one-to-one fundraising support which has directly facilitated local groups to raise in excess of £1.5 million of external funding. This funding has now ended but you can read more about the successes of the project here