Community Project Funding Pots

I have often been contacted by charities and organisations that wish to expand their work through greater financial support. There is a vast amount of money readily available through grants from both public and private organisations, however, they are often hard to locate. I therefore created a list of of both national and regional grants that charities and organisations can apply for. These grants are to support small, medium and large projects of all types, whether that be for a community allotment or a new dance class for over 60’s, there is quite likely to be some money out there to help.

As well as established grants there are many companies locally that support projects either through the donation of materials or offering their facilities free of charge. I have seen for myself the generosity of our local business men and women and would encourage individuals to contact them for advice with their projects.



National Grants

A good place to start when searching for a grant is either Funding Central or Charities Aid Foundation, they have information on thousands of grants which can be filtered to your project’s particular needs.

You can find both websites here;


Police and Crime Commissioner Violence Reduction Fund – Applications till 17 May 2019 (5pm)

The VRF is a three-year fund, which is open to statutory organisations, community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises to bid for a maximum of £35,000 per year, for three years. The provision of funding will be subject to the submission of satisfactory monitoring and adherence to the funds grants conditions.… 


Local schools have the chance to win £20,000 with Asda’s Plastic Investigators Club – With the National Schools Partnership, they are inviting all primary school pupils to design a poster that spreads awareness of plastic waste and what can be done to help solve it.

Full terms and conditions are at and all entries must be sent in by 5pm on 24th July.


Lottery based Grants

Big Lottery Fund

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Heritage Lottery Fund

People’s Postcode Lottery

Health Lottery

Postcode Local Trust (green spaces, renewable energy etc):

Postcode Community Trust (health and wellbeing, sport etc):


Sports and Leisure Grants

Sport England

Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund…

Table Tennis England…

Legacy Leisure


Banks & Private Companies

Nationwide Foundation


Lloyds Bank Foundation

Aviva Community Fund

Greggs Foundation

Calor Rural Community Fund

Asda Foundation

Morrisons Foundation

TSB Local Community Fund

Santander Foundation

Tesco Community Grants

National Express Foundation


Kent Specific Grants:

Social Care

Bluebird Care Community Trust

Fund Information; Grants of up to £250 for organisations that primarily support over 60s (Applications close 27th May)

Email;  [email protected] 


Cobtree Charity Trust

Fund Information; Grants of up to £2,500 for a wide range of projects, including those focusing on: Elderly people, young people, people with disabilities.

Information on how to apply;


Cole Charitable Trust

Fund Information; Grants of up to £1,000 support social and community work, including Social welfare of all age groups and Housing/homelessness.

Information on how to apply; An application form can be downloaded from the Trust’s website. It is preferred that application forms are submitted by email.

Email: [email protected]


Henry Smith Charity – County Grants

Fund Information; Grants of up to £20,000 for small not-for-profit organisations and registered charities for projects involved with health and social welfare

Information on how to apply;


Bluebird Care Community Grant Scheme

Funding Information; Grants of up to £250 to primarily support over 60’s locally

Information on how to apply; Tel:  01622 618786


Community Projects

Clarion Housing Group Community Grants Programme

Fund Information; Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects that help residents of Clarion Housing and improve community space

Information on how to apply; (deadline 8 February 2019)


Kent Community Foundation – Themed Funds

Funding Information; Varying grants of up to £5,000 are available to local groups, organisations and charities for projects that benefit the people and communities of Kent and that meet the priority themes.

Information on how to apply;


Kent Combined Members Grant Scheme

Funding Information; Grants of up to £20,000 are available to local groups for local community projects taking place within Kent.

Information on how to apply; Applications may be submitted at any time.


KCC Village and Community Hall Grants

Funding Information; Grants of up to £50,000 are available to the management committees of village and community halls in Kent for capital projects to improve an existing facility or build a new one that meets an identified need in the community.

Information on how to apply; The annual deadline is 31 December.


Snodland Partnership

Funding Information; Generate improvements in the quality of life for Snodland’s residents.

Information on how to apply; Email: [email protected] Tel: 01634242720


Farming & Nature

West Kent LEADER Grant Programme 2015 – 2020 (DEFRA)

Funding Information; A source of funding available to farmers, growers, foresters, rural businesses and communities to help secure a sustainable future for rural West Kent, Grants range from £2,500 to £100,000.

Information on how to apply; (deadline March 2019)


Social Enterprise

Kent Social Enterprise Loan Fund

Funding Information; Loans of between £10,000 and £100,000 available to support existing and newly created social enterprises that benefit the local community and enhance the economic, social and environmental vibrancy of Kent.

Information on how to apply; enquiries can be made at anytime