The Communities Fund
The Communities Fund is set up to support local community groups, voluntary organisations and not-for-profit social enterprise. The fund recognises the positive impact of voluntary action enabled by our third sector partners. It is an open, accessible fund.
You can apply for funding towards core costs, to cover the specific costs of an activity or for the purchase of small items of equipment.
All applications must address any one of the three key outcomes:
- Improving wellbeing
- Building cohesion
- Promoting fairness
The Communities Fund reflects the city's dynamic and diverse third sector and is made up of three funding schemes:
The Engagement Fund
Open to applicants with an income of up to £20,000 per annum, with awards up to £2,000. The Engagement Fund supports groups to engage and empower local people, communities or neighbourhoods in the city.
Applicants will be able to tell us about their service users, beneficiaries, volunteers and staff as well as later demonstrating how they achieved their chosen outcome.
Summary of projects funded from the Engagement Fund
- 2019/20 round 1 projects funded (PDF 72KB)
- 2018/19 projects funded (PDF 265KB)
- 2017/18 projects funded (PDF 290KB)
The Resilience Fund
Open to applicants with an income of up to £100,000 per annum, with awards up to £10,000. The Resilience Fund aims to support groups that are already working with local people and communities.
Applicants will be able to tell us about their delivery, networks, experience of need and any secured monies they have in place. As well as later demonstrating how they achieved their chosen outcome.
Summary of projects funded by the Resilience Fund
- 2019/20 round 1 projects funded (PDF 140KB)
- 2018/19 projects funded (PDF 280KB)
- 2017/18 projects funded (PDF 367KB)
The Collaboration Fund
The Collaboration Fund supports the role of local community groups, voluntary organisations and not-for-profit social enterprise to form operational and strategic partnerships to support the city's most vulnerable residents.
We ask applicant organisations to complete and submit a simple expression of interest form. All expressions of interest will require a named third sector lead, supporting partners and support from council officers.
To submit an expression of interest for Collaboration funding, or if you have queries on any of the above, please contact the Communities, Equality & Third Sector Team. Telephone 01273 291114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnerships invited to submit a full bid for collaboration funding will be provided with additional support and guidance as appropriate. As well as later demonstrating how you have achieved your chosen outcome you will be asked to document how collaboration funding has helped your partnership build a sustainable model for future delivery. Awards up to £20,000.