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

This funding is to help organisations get started with a great new idea.

Grants will be awarded for work that delivers against the priorities in our Corporate Plan. This work could include innovative new projects or plans to develop your organisation.

The maximum award is £3,000.

Please note that the innovation grant is currently closed for applications.

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.

Please note that strategic grants are currently closed for applications.

Improvement grants

We offer improvements grants for organisations in need of a bit of extra help.

This is to enable proactive organisations to build capacity, resilience and sustainability.

Please read our application guide before making your application.

Apply for an improvement grant

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