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February 2020 - UK Youth Fund

UK Youth is delighted to offer this one million pound funding opportunity to organisations in England working with young people. The UK Youth Fund will get vital funding to successful applicants within 2 weeks of the close of applications. Our ‘light touch’ style of funding is intended to make the application process as simple and straight forward as possible with an undemanding reporting requirement.

Grants of up to £20,000 are offered to deliver extra sessions in youth clubs and settings for young people or to enhance and expand existing sessions.

Applications will open on Thursday 30th January and close at 5pm on Tuesday 11th February. If demand exceeds our expectations we may close the applications early, so you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

February 2020 - Youth Projects to Benefit from £7 Million Government Investment

Youth projects across the country will receive a share of a £7 million investment as part of the Government’s commitment to level up opportunities for young people. The Youth Accelerator Fund has been set up to address urgent needs in the youth sector and expand existing successful projects run by Sport England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and British Film Institute.

Youth clubs and organisations in sport, arts, film and heritage will receive a share of the fund, to deliver a range of positive activities for young people to develop skills and contribute to their local communities.

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January 2020 - Aviva Community Fund

21st January 2020 - Aviva has today unveiled the evolution of its Aviva Community Fund 2020, with a number of exciting changes set to provide causes across the UK with funding, vital support and resources all year round.

With applications open from 21st January until 23:59 11th February, Aviva is calling on small charities and community interest groups with innovative ideas to submit their projects for funding. They have teamed up with online fundraising platform, Crowdfunder, to give eligible causes in the programme the chance to learn valuable crowdfunding skills and inspire support from Aviva employees and the public. The Aviva Community Fund programme is focussed on building the capabilities and skills of good causes, to drive long-term sustainable success and help charities make a life-changing impact.

The launch follows the highly successful trial of the new Aviva Community Fund programme, which was run with a select group of charities and employees. With overwhelmingly positive results and feedback, the evolved programme is now being rolled out nationwide across the UK for the first time.

This year, as part of a unique approach to employee giving, Aviva is allocating every single one of its 16,000 UK employees an ‘Employee Wallet’ with £60 in total, which will be split across each quarter of the programme. Employee Wallet funds will be donated directly to the participating causes that matter most to them and added to funds raised externally on the Crowdfunder platform.  Those causes that meet their funding target, no matter how modest or bold, will be able to withdraw their funds and get to work building stronger communities with the new backing for their clever idea.

Available to UK-based causes with an annual turnover under £1million, causes can apply at for up to £50,000 funding for innovative, forward-thinking projects.

Jude Brooks, UK Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Aviva, said;

“We believe the small charities that make the most impact are the ones given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas. That is why with our Aviva Community Fund programme, we are focusing not only on facilitating funding for small charities with genuinely forward-thinking ideas, but also sharing knowledge from Aviva’s people and building the capabilities of causes through training and coaching. Our ambition is to enable causes to become self-sustaining over the long term.

We are extremely proud of the impact the Aviva Community Fund has had on so many worthy causes in recent years, and are delighted to give our network of approximately 16,000 employees the chance to contribute directly the causes that matter to them most.”

Rob Love, CEO and Founder at said;
“The Aviva Community Fund and its approach to employee giving is amongst the most unique and impactful programmes we’ve had the opportunity to work on at Crowdfunder. We are delighted to be supporting the programme, and we’re looking forward to enabling hundreds of inspiring causes to bring ideas to life.

We are passionate about giving causes the skills and resources they need to help themselves and raise vital funds in support of their missions. The Aviva Community Fund empowers Aviva employees and the public to support the causes who make a difference to them, and we are proud to play our part.”

Since inception in 2010, the Aviva Community Fund has supported thousands of small charities and worthy causes across the country, as well as running across nine other countries around the world. Nantwich-based charity Inner Trust took part in the recent trial program and raised £7,765 to support its new project using innovative music workshops to help care home residents suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Spencer Hickson from Inner Trust said;

“The Aviva Community Fund has already made a massive difference to us. We believe it will offer huge support to so many other small charities. Instead of simply receiving a one-off grant, we’ve been able to generate sustainable funding and an ongoing relationship with the Aviva employees and new supporters. Plus, we had a lot of guidance along the way and we’ve learnt a range of new skills and expertise.”

In addition to the funding, Aviva are also offering a host of valuable resources and skills via an exhaustive Knowledge Library, including advice around risk management and networking, as well as templates and useful documents to build their capabilities in a range of areas. Causes can also connect with Aviva’s employees, who are given 21 hours volunteering leave each year, to offer a range of volunteering opportunities, as well as world-class coaching from a number of International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited mentors.

December 2019 - Greggs Local Community Projects Fund

Next closing date: 23 February 2019

Greggs Local Community Projects Fund awards grants of up to £2,000 to enable not-for-profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn’t afford to. Greggs grant fund organisations that support people in need.

Any not-for-profit organisation with a turnover of less than £300,000 is eligible to apply. Greggs support projects, but not running costs or continuation funding.

Supported projects must benefit:
*Disabled or those suffering chronic illness
*Living in poverty
*Voluntary carers
*Homeless people
*Isolated older people
*Other demonstrable significant need

Greggs are more likely to make grants to local organisations who have a Greggs shop in their region.

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December 2019 - Burg-Wachter

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme

BURG-WÄCHTER, Europe’s largest safe and post box manufacturer, is awarding up to £1,000 in addition to security products/advice to charities, social enterprise, not-for-profit and community ventures to help secure their success.

Grassroots projects or activities that would benefit most from this scheme are those with a security aspect to the application as well as a funding need. Projects must be organised by and benefit the local community which could include fetes, festivals and local shows.

Any refurbishment, redecoration or maintenance projects that benefit local communities are relevant, including allotments, sports clubs, village halls, common land or community centres. Community events are also eligible from school fund-raisers to food banks, breakfast clubs or tea dances, firework displays or fun-runs.

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December 2019 - Police Property Act Fund

The Police Property Act Fund supports local projects undertaken by voluntary/charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex.

The Police Property Act Fund is available as a result of the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

A number of criteria must be met in order for a successful application to be made.

*Each application needs to be supported by a Sussex Police officer or member of staff who has knowledge of the charity or organisation
*A maximum amount of £500 can be applied for by each organisation or charity
*An application will not be considered if a donation has been made within the past three years
*The decision to make a donation and the amount donated will depend on the number of applications being considered at any one time and the amount that is available in the fund at the time of the application.

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October 2019 - Sussex Community Foundation

Deadline: 10 January 2020

The types of work they support includes:

  • Youth club activities
  • Lunch clubs for older people
  • Health and well-being initiatives
  • Community transport
  • Community gardens
  • Projects addressing homelessness
  • Community advice and support
  • Food banks
  • Projects addressing drug and alcohol misuse

Grants offered up to £5,000 with three main rounds per year

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October 2019 - Good Causes Are Reaping the Benefit from First Horsham District Community Lottery Draws

The new community lottery for Horsham District got off to a flying start last week with over 660 supporters signed up and over 1,200 tickets bought ahead of the first prize draw.

Cllr Tricia Youtan, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet member for Community and Wellbeing, said:

“I am delighted that our new community lottery has been supported so widely by our local community groups and residents, reflecting the real enthusiasm our residents have to help support those causes that are close to their hearts.  To have sold over 1,200 tickets after just one month of ticket sales is a fantastic achievement for our community groups.”

Over 80 community groups have signed up so far to receive a share of the funds. It’s free to join, easy to sign up, and every group has the potential to raise vital funds for their work. All groups involved are also given marketing support to help them reach out to their supporters.

Tickets are priced at £1 each, with 60p in every pound going to support local good causes.

If you’re not already, get involved! Telephone: 01403 434010

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October 2019 - West Sussex County Council - Micro Fund

Introduced in June 2019, the Micro Fund enables groups to apply directly to the County Council for a grant of no more than £750 towards their total project costs. Similar to the former Small Grants Fund, the process provides an alternative to the crowdfunding approach aimed at attracting community backing.

Groups are encouraged to first enquire before submitting an application in order to learn when their bid may be considered at the earliest available County Local Committee (CLC) meeting. Applications will be formally considered by CLCs three times per year.

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October 2019 - Comic Relief and Groundwork Launch New Community Fund

Two grants are now available to organisations whose work is in support of one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive
  • Fighting for Gender Justice
  • A Safe Place to Be
  • Mental Health Matters

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant. This new and exciting programme aims to deliver long lasting community driven change and we will work closely with successful projects to gather learning from the programme to share widely.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.

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July 2019- Space to Connect- Coop Foundation

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and co-operate.

There are two Space to Connect funding strands open for applications:

Enhance – grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future.

Explore – grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use.

Learn more here

July 2019- West Sussex Crowd- New Round Announced

West Sussex County Council's crowdfunding programme, the West Sussex Crowd, is open for community-led projects to come forward and be part of their upcoming funding round. Projects that make a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and support The West Sussex Plan are encouraged to come forward! There is a £140,000 pot in total with pledges of up to £5,000 available to any project that starts a crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive, the UK's dedicated platform for civic improvement.

In advance of the autumn crowdfunding deadline, West Sussex County Council are running an interactive workshop on Wednesday 24 July for people interested in becoming project creators. You will:

  • Learn more about the West Sussex Crowd and the Community Initiative Fund
  • Find out about other funds supporting projects locally
  • Get advice on creating your campaign plan
  • Explore how to promote your project successfully

Whether your project idea is big or small, this is your chance to make a real difference in your local area through The West Sussex Crowd.

Register Here

June 2019- Micro Fund launched

For community groups seeking grants of up to £750

One year on from the launch of West Sussex Crowd, the Micro Fund has been introduced to support small-scale projects as an alternative to the crowdfunding approach following feedback.

Small groups with low project costs are able to apply directly to the county council for a grant of no more than £750 by completing a paper-based application form. The new initiative has replaced the former Small Grants Fund which maintained similar funding limitations.

County Local Committees (CLCs) have the authority to allocate up to 30% of their total Community Initiative Fund budget to projects applying to the Micro Fund.

Applications will be considered in the same way as those submitted through West Sussex Crowd at CLC meetings.

Groups can apply more than once during the financial year, yet the CLC will strictly consider awarding one grant per project only.

For more information and to request an application form  email: or phone 033 022 25075

April 2019 - New Horsham District Community Lottery

NEW Horsham District Community Lottery - get involved!

Horsham District Council is currently in the process of setting up a new community lottery to raise additional funds to support local charities, community and voluntary groups across the Horsham District.
The lottery will be launched to the public in September 2019

Lottery ticket buyers can choose from an online list the community group they want their money to go to.

This is where you come in!

We are asking local charities and community groups to nominate themselves to benefit from local lottery ticket proceeds.

What’s the benefit to you?

Participating community groups will get:

  • Your own promotional webpage on the dedicated community lottery website.
  • You will receive at least 50% of all ticket sales from supporters that sign up on your page.
  • There are no charges for this service. All you need to do is shout about the new lottery to your supporters and community.

What do you have to do?

First of all you need to decide whether you wish to be one of the District charities / community groups that are promoted on the lottery website to receive a share of the money raised.

We will then ask you to encourage your supporters to join in. They would be helping you and they could also win a weekly prize and/or the £25,000 jackpot!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Horsham District Community Lottery and how you can get involved please complete the short form below and return it to us by Friday 21 June. NB:Don’t worry if you miss this deadline - it just helps us to manage the roll out of this new and exciting process.

What happens next?

We are developing the new website and gathering expressions of interest over the coming weeks. We will then hold an information event for charities and voluntary groups in July when we open up the official sign up process.  The Community Lottery will be launched to the public in September.

Once we have received your expression of interest we will contact you with further details.

So, over to you!

Express your interest here!