Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving

Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving 2017 community funding scheme launched on Tuesday 2 May – and this year there is a total fund of £82,000 to help small groups and organisations make a difference in their neighbourhood.

In 2016, hundreds of community groups, clubs and organisations from across the UK applied to Grassroots Giving last year and a staggering 38,000 votes were cast online and in Skipton’s branches by the public.

Read more: Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving

Veolia Environmental Trust Open to Applications

Not-for-profit organisations with environmental or community-based projects in England and Wales are invited to apply for funding in 2017.
Grants of up to £75,000 are available for projects located within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site in England or Wales. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.
The funding is available for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates.

Read more: Veolia Environmental Trust Open to Applications

Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants

The Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants scheme has opened the second of two
application rounds to greenerwithgreggs2applications from not-for-profit organisations and schools in Great Britain.

Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation set up the Environmental Grants scheme which aims to improve people’s lives by improving the environment. The programme is administered by seven charity committees throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Organisations may only apply once per calendar year for this funding.

Read more: Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants

Greggs Foundation's Local Community Projects Fund Invites GB Applications

The Local Community Projects Fund helps not-for-profit organisations based
in local communities to deliver GREGGS Foundaiton logo 0 projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of local communities in England, Scotland and Wales. Preference
is likely to be given to local organisations based near a Greggs shop.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects or for providing equipment for ‘a community of interest’. 

The deadline for the current round is 24 June 2017

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The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust makes grants for running costs of up to £3000 a year for up to 3 years to small registered charities to sustain their existing work with:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 – 25
  • People with disabilities or mental health problems
  • Moral welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

 Please go the website for further information

Second 2017 Deadline for HLF Parks for People Grants

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK have until
1 September 2017 to apply Park freeimage for heritage fundfor a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to revitalise an historic public park or cemetery.

The Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Parks for People funding helps to conserve the heritage that makes both historic parks and cemeteries special, and it gives local people a say in how they are managed in the future. Projects improve people’s wellbeing and knowledge of their area, and make communities better places to live, work and visit.

Read more: Second 2017 Deadline for HLF Parks for People Grants

First World War: then and now – HLF Funding

Explore the heritage of the First World War with Heritage Lottery Fund grants of £3,000–£10,000. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.

The First World War affected millions across the globe and shaped the world we live in. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today.

Read more: First World War: then and now – HLF Funding

BBC Children in Need Grants Programmes

BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger, who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Read more: BBC Children in Need Grants Programmes


ChurchCare is the Church of England’s national resource, adding value from the centre to support over 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals. They support all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings today and for the enjoyment of future generations.  ChurchCare is the comprehensive source of information for everyone managing a church building.

Grants are available for Anglican churches across England.  Further information and online application forms can be accessed online at the ChurchCare website -

ACT Foundation

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ACT provides grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally and physically disabled).

Grants generally fall into the following areas:

  • Building - funding modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc.
  • Equipment - provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living.
  • Financial assistance - towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.

Read more: ACT Foundation

Sport England Announces New Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage

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Sport England has announced that it will be opening its £3 million Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage fund in April 2017.

From April 2017 Sport England will be accepting applications for the second round of its inactivity fund. The £3 million Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage fund will be available for projects which use sport and physical activity to improve lives and communities.

Read more: Sport England Announces New Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage

Rank Foundation Ltd - small grants

The Rank Foundation is a grant giving charitable trust, restricted to causes within the UK approved by the Charity Commission.

They are currently accepting applications for two programmes. These are focused on capital costs (building works and purchase of equipment), and a separate fund for short breaks for carers, and those who are disabled or living with a long term illness.

They can only accept applications from charities with an annual income of less than £500,000. This fund is focused on smaller charities that may not be covered by their larger programmes.

Read more: Rank Foundation Ltd - small grants

Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation raises funds throughout the year to support causes that will change people’s lives. They work with both national and local charities donating much needed funding to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness or disability.

Applications can be submitted at any time.  For more information please go to the website:

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Scottish Power's Energy People Trust Announces 2017 Deadlines

The Scottish Power Energy People Trust is accepting applications from charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales that work to help people whose lives are affected by fuel poverty.  Deadlines are (18 January), 24 May and 4 October 2017.

The Energy People Trust, with funding from ScottishPower and voluntary donations from independent supporters, provides grants to grassroots organisations that help people who are on low incomes, live in poor housing or suffer ill health.   Charitable organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to support projects or schemes covering the following:

Read more: Scottish Power's Energy People Trust Announces 2017 Deadlines

The West Bridgford Rotary Club Community Fund

The West Bridgford Rotary Club Community Fund has been established to provide
help and support to local community groups, schools and individuals. It is intended that any grant will help:

  • Begin a new or develop an existing community organisation for the benefit of local people or the environment;
  • Support the development of young people in local schools;
  • Support the individual development of young people.
  • Provide assistance for people with special needs.

The group, school or individual must be resident or based in West Bridgford, Edwalton, Gamston, Lady Bay or the Meadows.

Read more: The West Bridgford Rotary Club Community Fund


Our experienced staff can advise you on all aspects of raising funds for your organisation including:
  • Identifying resources needed and setting a budget
  • Sources of grants, trusts and other funding opportunities
  • Completing application forms
  • Ensuring your organisaition has the correct structures in place
  • Information about funding events and workshops
"Thank you for your help and advice...which I'm sure contributed to the success in getting funding'"           

Village Bowls Club seeking to update their facilities to include disabled access and toilet

"It's not what I expected - I imagined it would be filling Smartie tubes...that type of fundraising. This is brilliant...I'm confident this is going to lead to something"

"I'm really excited about our new project now...I'm really glad I came along"

Members of groups who attended the Rushcliffe Funding Surgery at Rushcliffe CVS in April 2013 delivered by Rushcliffe CVS and a colleague from Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

For more information or advice please contact Carolyn Perry on 0115 969 9060 in the first instance or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out about funding opportunities

  • Receive Rushcliffe CVS monthly newsletter / ebulletin which includes information about sources of funding.  See CVS newsletters for more information.
  • Use Funding Central a funding search website managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). You can search for grants, contracts, and loan finance for your charity, voluntary organisation, or social enterprise. You can also sign up to get email alerts of new funding information.  See:
  • Search Source Nottinghamshire which includes live tender opportunities in Nottingham city and county. Some are particularly relevant to voluntary organisations. 

Funding Information Factsheet

You can download a Fundng Information Factsheet summarising the information on this Funding page.

For a Word version click here

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