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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.

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 our strategic grant priorities
  • core funding for organisations whose strategic aims closely align with our strategic grant priorities

The maximum award is £30,000.

Applications for 2021/2022 are now closed.

Community Recovery Programme

The Community Recovery Programme has been developed as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector. The aim of the programme is to ensure that access to services, traditionally provided by local voluntary sector organisations, is maintained for the communities that need them the most.

This is a two stage process. Please read the community recovery programme guidance, including the estimated timelines, before completing the initial application form.

Apply for the Community Recovery Programme

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. 

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