Calderdale Council Small Grants Scheme

Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations in Calderdale for projects that will improve the local area.

The annual funding pot is approximately £70,000 which is divided between the four rounds of funding. The maximum grant available is £3,000.

Higher priority will be given to:

  • Small community groups, defined as those having an income of less than £20,000 per year and no paid staff
  • Groups who have not received a Small Grant from the Council in the past five years

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Armed Forces Day Grants

Grants are available to help organisations and individuals in the UK to host an Armed Forces Day event which can take place within two weeks of Armed Forces Day.

A maximum grant of £10,000 is available per application, provided that MOD funding accounts for no more than 50% of the total cost.

In the past grants have ranged from a few hundred pounds for a street party, to thousands of pounds for larger events.

The 2019 event should:

  • Be held within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day, including the weekends (the 2019 Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 29th June, so the dates would be Saturday 22nd June – Sunday 7th July)
  • Have ‘Armed Forces’ in the event title
  • Be relevant to today’s serving Armed Forces
  • Have free access to members of the ‘Armed Forces Family’
  • Not be centred around fundraising or recruitment

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Community Business Fund reopening

The Community Business Fund, which has previously given away £22 million, is set to reopen on Wednesday 24th April, offering grants between £50,000 and £300,000 for community businesses to become more sustainable.

To find out if the fund is right for you, make sure to register for the free webinar taking place on 25th April at 2pm:

Click here for more information about the fund.

Tesco Bags of Help

The Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme is where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the Great Britain, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.

Click here for more information and to apply.

ABS – A Better Way Fund

ABS – A Better Way has joined forces with the Community Foundation for Calderdale to celebrate 30 years of #ABetterWay Foundation. The two Foundations are looking to support 12 different groups either based in or who deliver services in Calderdale with corporate funding, every month between May 2019 and April 2020.

The fund launches on March 29th and closes on April 26th (It will reopen each month) Grants of £950 are available, and at the beginning of May 2020, one of those 12 charities will be chosen to receive an additional £10,000 worth of funding.

Ideally, eligible organisations will NOT have paid staff.

Apply here

Power to Change Community Business Bright Ideas Programme

A package of tailored support and grants is available to incorporated or unincorporated organisations in England that want to develop their budding community business ideas.

A total of £3 million is being allocated to this fund over the next three years, starting in 2019.

Grants of up to £15,000 are available.

Successful organisations will receive:

  • Business development support of up to 12 days from Locality, Plunkett Foundation, or Co-operatives UK.
  • Grant funding of up to £15,000, which can be spent on specific activities to develop the community business idea.
  • Learning and peer networking – access to online resources, thematic webinars and the opportunity to visit and learn from existing community businesses.

The following is an indication of the range of grants available at different stages of development:

  • Ideas stage – grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.
  • Pre-venture stage – grants of between £1,000 and £15,000.

More information:

WHSmith Trust – Community Grants

Small grants are available for charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.

The maximum grant available is £500.

The funding for this scheme has been generated from the introduction of compulsory single-use carrier bag levies by the Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish and English governments. The Trust repurposes the proceeds from the compulsory carrier bag levies to charitable causes that support the community.

More information and to apply:

Football Foundation – Grow the Game

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to set up one or more new football teams in England over the next two years.

There is a total of £1.5 million for 2019. Organisations are able to receive a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project.

The Grow the Game grant scheme is provided and administered by the Football Foundation to stimulate and sustain increased participation in football at a grass-roots level. The funding is for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications.

The funding is for projects that use football to increase participation by both players and volunteers.

More information and to apply:

Funding Opportunities for Homeless Charities & Social Enterprises

Homeless Link currently has two funding opportunities:

Homeless Link Social Investment Fund – Dedicated support and flexible loan/grant packages from £25,000 to £150,000 to help you help more homeless people.


Enterprise Grants – to help homelessness sector organisations make a transition to new enterprise models or to grow existing ones:

  • Feasibility Grants from £5,000 – £10,000
  • Development Grants up to £50,000


Funding to Promote Local Community Swimming in 2019

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme provides grants of between £300 and £2,500 to support innovative and sustainable projects which will help more people participate in and enjoy swimming and to make swimming more accessible.

Grants will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon 2019.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application how the funding will allow them to:

  • Introduce people to swimming who would otherwise not swim
  • Increase the frequency that existing swimmers go to the pool
  • Improve the swimming experience for new or existing swimmers

Projects must take place at a Swimathon pool and have sign off from the Pool Manager or their delegated main contact for this project to take place.

Organisations including community groups, swimming clubs, senior groups, youth groups, sports clubs, disability charities, scout groups and healthy living groups in the UK are eligible to apply.

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