Applications for our Communities Fund 2023 to 2024 are now open.
The Communities Fund is a council grants scheme, set up to support local community groups, voluntary organisations, and not-for-profit social enterprise.
It is an open, accessible fund that is flexible and responsive to the city’s changing needs around the climate, poverty and inequality.
Bids are invited for work addressing any one of the key outcomes in the city:
- improving wellbeing
- building cohesion
- promoting fairness
Grants are set up under 3 funding streams.
- The Engagement Fund awards up to £2,000 and is open to smaller organisations with incomes up to £20,000 a year. The Engagement Fund supports groups to engage and empower local people, communities or neighbourhoods in the city.
- The Resilience Fund has awards up to £10,000 and is open to applicants with incomes of up to £100,000 a year. The Resilience Fund aims to support groups already working with local people and communities.
- 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.
Applications for the Engagement Fund and Resilience Fund are in 3 rounds, with the first round bids for full year costs and early start projects needing to be submitted by 5 May 2023.
Applications for the Collaboration Fund are made by submitting a simple expression of interest form and can be made any time between April 2023 and March 2024.
For more details of the scheme, including how to apply, visit our Communities Fund webpage.