Community funding

Community funding

Heritage Lottery offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, they take account of the outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.

Heritage Lottery funding schemes come under the following categories:

  • Buildings and monuments
  • Community heritage
  • Cultures and memories
  • Industrial, maritime and transport
  • Land and natural heritage
  • Museums, libraries and archive

For further information please visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website

Sport England is committed to investing in clubs and projects across the country to create a great environment that encourages more people to play sport.

Whether you need to make your make your clubhouse more accessible, want to improve the drainage of your pitch or need financial help to put on more coaching sessions, they have a funding stream that could help.

Each of their funds has been carefully designed to support their strategy and meet the needs of the applicants.

Funds are distributed in two ways.

  1. Through solicited applications - they will invest in organisations which have specific objectives related to community sport, such as national governing bodies, county sports partnerships and local authorities.
  2. Through open applications - through open applications, they will invest in a wide range of organisations. Applications will be judged on their merits against transparent and relevant criteria.

For further information on available funding please visit Sport England.

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery.

BIG has awarded to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 80 to 90 per cent of funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations.

They deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK.

BIG also distributes non-Lottery funding on behalf of public bodies such as the Department for Education and the Office for Civil Society.

More information can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.

The majority of funding for environmental projects is provided by one body, Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN).

Grants ranging from £2,000 to £50,000 are available. These will fund projects, such as the: 

  • Supply or improvement of a public amenity.
  • Delivery of biodiversity conservation for UK species or habitats.
  • Repair or renovation of historic or architecturally significant buildings. 

WREN’s funding comes from landfill tax. Operators of landfill sites are liable for tax, but can claim back 20% if they make their payments to an approved environmental body.

The idea is to encourage landfill operators to support local environmental improvements and improved education on waste. 100% of funding is available at the moment, but 11% must be paid back, in cash, by a third party, to the landfill operator.

More information can be found on the WREN website.

The Community Covenant Grant Scheme is to help local projects that aim to strengthen the ties between members of the armed forces community and the wider community in which they live. The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.

There are two funding routes:

  • small grants, for applications up to a maximum of £20,000 
  • large grants, for applications of between £20,001 and £500,000

Application forms and guidance notes are available on the gov.uk website.

Awards for All England is a simple grants scheme. The programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of those people most in need.

Projects must lead to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
  • Stronger communities, with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
  • Improved rural and urban environments, which communities can access and enjoy better.
  • Healthier and more active people and communities.

You are eligible for funding from Awards for All if you:

  • Are a not-for-profit group (including social enterprises), or you are a parish or town council, school, or health body.
  • Have a bank account that requires at least two unrelated people to sign each cheque or withdrawal.
  • Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members.
  • Can spend the grant within one year.

Applications forms are available by downloading them from the Awards for all website. Awards for All England applications take around 8 weeks to assess. If a decision is made to offer a grant there is then a set up stage before payment is made. Applications should be submitted 4 months in advance of anticipated project start date.

For advice, telephone 0345 410 2030 or email The Big Lottery Fund.

Grants between £100 and £5,000 are available.

The Co-op is based on the values of self-help, social responsibility and caring for others. Thousands of community groups who share these important social values have benefited from the scheme.

They include:

  • Environmental groups
  • Young people
  • People with disabilities
  • Playgroups
  • Elderly people
  • Credit unions
  • Education projects

You can find out whether your project is eligible on the Co-Op Community website. You can apply for funding by filling out the online application.

What is Fund NK?

North Kesteven District Council operates a grant aid scheme called FundNK.

  • FundNK aims to support community projects in the District of North Kesteven which correspond to the vision of a district of flourishing communities.
  • The scope of FundNK is very broad to encourage new and innovative projects.
  • It will support a group’s project where the community will benefit.
  • Applications will be considered quarterly. Closing dates for applications are 1st April, 1st July, 1st October and 1st January annually.

Funding available

  • For Community Projects (excluding building and recreational) grants are available for up to 50% of project costs, up to a maximum of £1,000
  • For building and recreational projects, grants are available for up to 50% of project costs, up to a maximum of £2,500 (for building projects) and £1,500 (for recreational projects)
  • The 50% match funding can be met by voluntary labour or the donation of goods in kind.
  • In-kind contributions for voluntary labour are to be calculated £6.47 per hour for ALL work.

Objectives

For a project to be supported by FundNK it must meet one of the following objectives and one or more of our priorities: 

  • Working in Partnership to improve the quality of life, economic performance and environmental sustainability of North Kesteven
  • Inspiring community participation to deliver local aspirations and community based services

Priorities 

  • Our Economy – to promote the economic and employment growth of North Kesteven
  • Our Homes – to promote housing growth that meets the current and emerging needs of North Kesteven
  • Our Communities – to promote the sustainability, wellbeing, safety, and health of North Kesteven’s evolving communities.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to FundNK, groups must have a constitution, or governing document, and a bank account.

An application form and guidance notes are available to download. Forms can be submitted by email or post along with the supporting documentation.

Contact information

Community Initiatives Officers 
North Kesteven District Council 
District Council Offices 
Kesteven Street 
Sleaford 
Lincolnshire 
NG34 7EF

Telephone: 01529 414155 
Email: partnershipsteam@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

The main grant programme offers grants ranging from below £5,000 to in excess £1 million. This is a rolling programme but the board of Trustees sits twice a year to consider applications.

The majority of support is directed towards the cultural sector and in particular to cultural learning, to museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces.  

Registered Charities with interests in the sectors listed above are welcome to apply

The foundation will not fund projects retrospectively and will not support individuals or general appeals. The following are funded very rarely:

  • Projects outside the UK
  • Staff posts
  • Local branches of national charities
  • Academic or project research
  • Conference costs

Application is by letter including the following:

  • A brief overview of the work of your organisation
  • A concise account of the project you are seeking funding for
  • A clear statement of the sum you are seeking from the Foundation and the total cost of the project

No annual accounts or additional information is required at this stage.

Please enclose a standard – sized (DL), stamped, self addressed envelope.

For more information visit the Clore Duffield Foundation website. 

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation gives grants under four areas:

  1. Social development
  2. Arts and heritage
  3. Education
  4. Environment

Grants ranging from £350, to a maximum of £375,000 in exceptional circumstances, are available. For more information, go to The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation website.

The Football Foundation provides sporting facilities and promotes education by:

  • Putting in place a new generation of modern football facilities in parks, local leagues, and schools
  • Providing capital and revenue support for the running of grass roots football
  • Strengthening the links between football and the community, and harnessing its potential as a force for good in society

More information can be found on the Football Foundation website.