Looking for funding for your local project or club?

Funding For Local Community Projects

Constituents often contact me about how and where to go to get funding for their community project or even how to go about getting the start-up funds for a community-based idea. I am certainly keen to support initiatives that bring together local people to deliver something that benefits people in their area. However, I am afraid that Parliament does not provide me with any funding that I can use directly to help these causes.

I thought that it would be helpful, therefore, to provide information on local and national organisations who provide grants for various forms of community based projects.


Getting started

A starting point may be to set up an online public appeal using a combination of a donation website (for example, Just Giving – http://www.justgiving.com/) and Facebook to promote awareness. Others can then be encouraged to both contribute to the appeal and to ‘spread the word’ via promoting links to your pages.

If you are approaching possible funding bodies to discuss the contribution that they could make to your initiative, it is important to have a clear view, in advance of contacting them, concerning:

  • The amount of money that you are seeking to raise;
  • How you will use any money that is forthcoming.


Keeping it local

Approaching local businesses

Some major businesses in this area (e.g. RS Components, Tesco, Asda) have community funds that they use to support local charities and have someone responsible for considering applications from local groups and making funding decisions.

Councillor Empowerment Funds

Northamptonshire County Councillors are provided with access to a modest sum each year that they can use to support local initiatives. It may be worth contacting your county councillor to discuss your project. If you are unsure of who your councillor is, use this link to find out.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation

The Northamptonshire County Council seed funding for innovative community projects programme will offer individual grants of £1,000 to £10,000 for projects that are all about improving health and wellbeing, helping people take charge of their life and making a difference.


National Contacts

This is far from an exhaustive list of possible contacts but these organisations may be able to help you (or, if they can’t assist directly with money, let you know of another that can)

Funding Central

This is a good starting point to find a suitable grant – this website signposts potential national sources of funds for different kinds of projects.

Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust have awards of up to £500 for people under 30 towards local community projects.

The Arts Council

The Arts Council provides grants from £1,000 to £30,000 (average £5,000) for individuals or arts organisations involved in arts-related activities that benefit people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work. 0845 300 6200

Awards for All

Awards for All, as a part of the Big Lottery Fund, award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for schools, and voluntary/community organisations in the UK running projects that enable people to take part in art, sport, heritage or community activities, or promote education, the environment or health in the local community. 0845 410 2030

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need award grants for projects working with disadvantaged children and young people, aged 18 and under.  The small grants are under £10,000 for 1-3 years and the main grants are over £10,000 for 1-3 years. 0345 609 0015

Big Community Wildlife

Big Community Wildlife, as another arm of the Big Lottery Fund, offer grants of £300-£10,000 for projects that bring local people together to discover enjoy or protect the wildlife in their local area. 0845 410 2030

National Lottery Good Causes

The National Lottery funds projects in the UK that benefit the community and  ‘good causes’. This covers arts, heritage, sport, community and voluntary groups, health, education and environmental projects, and the Olympic Games. 0845 275 0000

O2 Think Big

O2 Think Big is for people aged 13 to 25 years old and is to help make things better in the local community. The award is for £300 plus training and support and it may be possible to apply for further funding if a project is going well. Successful projects in the past include transforming an abandoned garden into a vibrant outdoor space. 0800 902 0250

The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. 0207 727 8522



One Comment on “Looking for funding for your local project or club?”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Hi Andy, Youth Employment UK as a youth partner of O2 has a code that can fast track 13-24 year old application for O2 think big projects. If young people would like help and support we’re happy to help with sharing the code. Get in touch at admin@yeuk.org.uk and the org also support young people online through a free membership. With careers hints, tips, advice and support.

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