External Funding Opportunities

The Centre Supporting Voluntary Action issues a quarterly bulletin of funding opportunities and information. We can also carry out research of grant funding opportunities on your behalf. Those opportunities that have deadlines deadlines too tight to be included in our quarterly bulletin to members we list below. Please note that Chelmsford CVS is not a fund provider.


Community Green Space Project Grants

Bags of Help is open to community groups across England, Wales and Scotland to apply for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 to improve local green space. Projects may include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, wildlife areas, seafront improvements and community gardens.  From 1 October 2016 Tesco customers will vote on which shortlisted project in their area they would like to see receive the top grant. Groundwork is administering the grant scheme which will support over 300 projects across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Deadline for applications: June 2016 (date TBC).

For more information, please click here. 


First LEADER Grant Awarded

Essex Rivers Local Action Group which has been set up to distribute £1.8million of EU funding to rural businesses and organisations in parts of Essex has Awarded its first grant. It covers parts of Colchester, Chelmsford, Brentwood, Braintree, Maldon and Rochford local authority areas and the aim of the Defra grant is to help boost growth and create jobs in the countryside.

Beverly Davies, LEADER Programme Manager said: “You don’t have to be a business to apply; if you are a farmer, smallholder, forester or are involved in local tourism, you may be eligible for a grant. Just contact me and I will let you know if you are eligible to apply for money for your project.” Contact Beverly at the Rural Community Council of Essex on 01376 547330 or visit the website www.essexrcc.org.uk


Flood Partnership Programme Grant 2016/17

It is ECC’s intention to contribute towards the delivery of schemes which result in protecting residential properties in the Essex County from ordinary watercourse, ground water and surface water flooding. ECC have stated the eligible bodies who may apply also include Town and Parish Councils, District, Borough and City Councils, Community groups, The Environment Agency, Water supply and Sewerage, Essex Highways, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Voluntary Organisations, Charities, Conservation Bodies, Landowners and Farmers. Applications opened 31March 2016 and closes 1 September 2016.

For more information, please click here.


GenesisThe Genesis Community Foundation is the grant giving arm of Genesis Housing Association and exists to fund initiatives that help to sustain, empower and create great places for their residents.  Funding is for one or more of the following areas: Financial Inclusion, Enterprise, Employment & Training, Volunteering , Health & Wellbeing, Social Research. There are two types of Community Foundation awards: Small Grants up to £5,000 and Large Grants over £5,000 to a maximum of £50,000.

The Genesis Wellbeing Fund is for local organisations that have a commitment to supporting residents to improve their life opportunities. Grants between £5,000 and £50,000 awarded to support residents in one or more of the following areas: Employment, training and skills, Financial Inclusion, Volunteering, Mental & physical wellbeing, Greener communities.

The above mentioned grants must support projects that will benefit Genesis resident/s. For more information, click here, or email: GCF@genesisha.org.uk or wellbeingfund@genesisha.org.uk


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Funds projects focusing on:

  • Homelessness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Prisoners/offenders
  • Training and education
  • Counselling and support
  • Activities for those with limited access or opportunities.

Grants are usually between £1,000 and £3,000 and are awarded to registered charities. Deadline: 1 June 2016. For more information, click here.


Postcode LotteryPeople’s Postcode Trust

The Small Grants programme invites applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, healthy living initiatives, upholding human rights and facilitating reconciliation projects which help disadvantaged or at-risk groups.

Registered charities can apply from £500 – £20,000 for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.

For more information click here, or contact 0131 555 7287 or email: info@postcodetrust.org.uk


Youth Clubs Grants Available

Variety has grants of £200 to £600 available for youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition or UK Youth.

They can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure. You’ll have to raise some of the funds yourself and applications that have young people involved in the fund raising will be looked upon favourably.

For more information, please click here.


The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation | Capital Grants

Available to Registered Charities and Community Amateur Sports. Unlike many Foundations and Trusts, it solely supports capital projects, such as new builds, refurbishments, equipment and specialised transport, distributing around £2.5 million a year throughout the charity sector.

The Foundation offers three different tiers of grants.

  • small grants of up to and including £5,000
  • medium-grants of £5,001 to £25,000;
  • large grants of £25,000 and over.

For more information please click here.


8The BOOST Charity provides grants of up to £500 to not for profit organisations and charities for projects use sport to help people to challenge and overcome disadvantage and disability.

For more information, please click here.


The Dulverton Trust Award grants to registered charities including those registered as a company limited by guarantee and CIOs working in the following areas: Youth Opportunities, General Welfare, Conservation, Preservation

Grants are typically from £20,000 to £30,000 so they prefer to support medium sized charities (with an income above £200,000) where their grant can make a difference. They will also consider applications from newly registered charities. 

For more information, please click here.


9New Grant Scheme for Youth Work (UK)

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has a grant fund of £25m a year until 2021 and £4m a year has been set aside for projects focused on helping marginalised young people. Youth work organisations can apply to two new funds – a Youth Fund and a Growth Fund. The Youth Fund will provide grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 to go towards core operating costs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and up to 30 awards a year will be granted through this fund. The Growth Fund will provide funding and support to help organisations identify and implement practical steps to growth.

For more information, please click here.


The Law Society

The Charity provides grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to voluntary sector organisations for projects that:

  • Promote human rights
  • Provide access to justice and legal education.

Priority is particularly given to projects that promote the needs of excluded, under-represented or disadvantaged groups and minorities

For more information, please click here.


10Morrisons Foundation is looking to award approximately £2 million a year for community projects that improve people’s lives.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no specific grant amount that can be applied for but applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change.

Applicants must also have financial information dating back to 2012 and have raised some of the funding elsewhere.

For more information, please click here.


11Funding to Support Vulnerable Young People

Funding is available through:

  • The Small Grants programme
  • The support for Young People programme.

The Small grants programme provides funding for essential items to children and young people whose health, safety and well-being are at risk.

The Support for Young People programme provides tailored funding packages of up to £2,000 available for young people aged 16-20 years.  

For more information, please click here. 


12Makes grants to registered charities which bring benefits to the local communities served by Newsquest newspapers.

For more information about previous awards and to apply for a Gannett Foundation, please click here.


14Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust gives grants to registered UK based charities who support people of all ages, who are socially disadvantaged and/or have mental and/or physical disabilities.

For more information, please click here.