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Grants for community organisations

Our RISE grants programme

Our RISE (Resilient, Informed, Sustainable, and Engaged) grants programme is designed to support not-for-profit organisations in making positive improvements to our local communities.

Before making an application you should read our commissioning and support policy documents, which explain our aims and how the RISE programme will be used to meet those aims.

Innovation Grants and Improvement Grants suspended

The UK is facing unprecedented measures to manage the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). In light of these extenuating circumstances, we have suspended our usual grants programme in order to divert funds to support our local community with managing the impact of COVID-19.  

The schemes affected will be:

  •  Innovation Grants
  •  Improvement Grants (new applications)

Strategic Grants due to start from April 2020 are not affected by this decision.

We appreciate that for many organisations this is disappointing news, and we apologise to organisations that have already submitted applications or have begun working on them, however in the circumstances we have no choice. 

We are also sympathetic to the struggles many organisations will be facing at this time and are working together with partner agencies to design a recovery plan for our local voluntary, cultural and sports sector.

Strategic grants

The strategic grant fund is aimed at organisations that are already achieving good outcomes for the local community, and want to take their work to the next level. This includes: 

  • projects that have outcomes that are aligned with the council's strategic grant priorities
  • core funding for organisations whose strategic aims closely align with the council's strategic grant priorities.

The maximum award is £30,000.

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