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 pounds 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.
Funding & Development Support is provided by our Charity Engagement Manager, Peter. Call us on 01245 351888 to organise meeting him.
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.
External Funding Opportunities
We issue 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.
Do you require funding to make community activities accessible for Children and Young People with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families? Do you require funding to purchase specialist equipment, training, consultancy or run a pilot project to enable children and young people with SEND aged 0 –25 years to have greater access … Read MoreRead More
The government has launched the first round of bids for its £150m Community Ownership Fund. Open to community organisations across the whole of the UK. The scheme provides up to 50 per cent match-funded capital grants to help take ownership of ‘at risk’ assets. The bidding in round one runs from 15 July until 13 August 2021. … Read MoreRead More
In partnership with the Julia & Hans Rausing Trust, UK Youth has launched a fund offering grants of up to £50,000 to grassroots youth organisations based in England that have struggled due to the pandemic. The fund aims to ensure that grassroots youth organisations that have suffered due to the pandemic have the resources required … Read MoreRead More
Working in partnership, Active Chelmsford wants 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 the Chelmsford district. These small grants could be used to encourage more people to be more active. … Read MoreRead More
Independent Age Grants Fund (UK) Independent Age, which promotes independent living amongst older people, has launched a £2 million Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus. The funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds. In each round, Independent Age … Read MoreRead More
Funding for Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties is available. The Boshier-Honton Foundation aim to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, by making grants to organisations providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs. The Trustees are experienced in … Read MoreRead More
The Trust provides funding of between up to £5,000 to support environmental and conservationist projects. The Trust supports projects that cover the following areas: Renewable Energy / Nature Conservation / Sustainable Communities / Recycling and Repair / Science and Education / Community Energy ‘start up’. Click here for more information.Read More
Community groups can now apply for funding of up to £2000. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every three months. The winning project will receive up to £2,000, second receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500. Click here for … Read MoreRead More
Love Essex is an umbrella brand that acts on behalf of the Essex Waste Partnership and The Cleaner Essex Group to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle their rubbish as best as possible. We want to help make Essex a great place to grow, live and work by securing sustainable development and protecting the … Read MoreRead More
Since 2013, staff have been actively showcasing local voluntary and community action to local businesses. There are over 11,500 in Chelmsford and we want as many as possible to know about the work that local charities do and suggest ways that they can help with time, skills, resources and money too (if they are willing!).
We have taken up the licence to join the 4 Good family, and have launched Chelmsford 4 Good. The initiative won’t take away any great relationships that you may have already built with companies, but seeks to show others what can be done in small ways to give back to communities.
Any business can give; it’s just a matter of finding something that’s easy to broker. Chelmsford 4 Good is also a tried and tested way that smaller charities can operate an online ‘shop’ and claim gift aid.
To find out more information visit the Chelmsford 4 Good Website.