Funding opportunities round-up

This is the place where you can find links to topical funding content from our website, whether events, grants deadlines or news articles.

A key source of information will always be the monthly Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council’s Funding Advice team. Read a taster article about the latest issue and how to subscribe, or read about the online grant search service:

  • ‘Building Connections Fund’ to open in July 2018

    The Prime Minister announced this week that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness. The funding will go towards supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving ...

  • Police Property Act Fund – open until 17 July

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief ...

  • People’s Health Trust Funding open in Reading until 11 July

    Active Communities is offering grants to local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live. They’re looking for small and local projects, designed and run by local people. Grants offered between £5,000 and £25,000 per ...

  • Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

    Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Three pots of £15k are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme – open until 18 May 2018

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium-sized charities whose work supports people experiencing multiple disadvantages, at key periods of change and transition in their lives, to move forward and achieve positive lasting outcomes. The Lloyds Bank ...

  • RVA Funding Fair – 1:1 appointments now available to book

    Reading-based voluntary and community groups can now book for the 1:1 sessions with: The Big Lottery  Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF)   The 1:1 sessions will give you a 20 minute slot with the funder to canvas your idea for funding to see if is ...

  • RVA Funding Fair – booking open

    Booking is now open for the RVA Funding Fair on  Tuesday 22 May This event will include short presentations from key funders such as the Big Lottery, who will be giving an update on their new partnerships funding. Funders will also be ...

  • ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ – round 3 funding now open

    The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15 January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm Berkshire Community Foundation and UK Community Foundations are partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver over £1 million in ...

  • The Weston Anniversary Fund – open until 30 June 2018

    For 60 years the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often unsung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected. To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and ...

  • A Helping Hand for your Community Projects from Wilko

    Every Wilko store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects. They want to help local schools, playgroups and nurseries, parent or family groups, disabled groups, youth clubs, elderly groups, luncheon clubs, community ...

  • BCF Mental Health Funding now open!

    The funding is for local community groups working to address the effects of mental health issues across Berkshire. Initial expression of interest to be submitted by 30 October.

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications

    A new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund has been announced. The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, is created from money recovered ...

  • BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund

    BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund is accepting applications from across the UK. Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to ...

  • Big Lottery Fund updates guidance for Awards for All

    The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory ...

  • Small grants for education and social & medical welfare

    Featured in the June 2017 issue of Funding Digest is a small grants programme for small and medium Registered Charities aimed at achieving improvements in the areas of education & social & medical welfare. The Newby Trust was formed with aim ...

  • Grants available from Berkshire Carers Service

    Berkshire Carers Service is inviting charities and community groups across Berkshire that support carers to apply for grant funding. Awards of up to £10,000 are available to fund projects and activities that will make a positive difference to the lives of ...

  • Sport England launches two new grant programmes to increase volunteering

    The March 2017 issue of Funding Digest features details of Sport England’s two new funding programmes to enable young people and adults from disadvantaged communities to take part in volunteering, using sport or physical activity. As part of its new Volunteering in ...

  • Troubled Families Innovations Fund: round two launched

    Reading Borough Council is pleased to announce the launch of round two of the Innovations Fund, and is inviting applications for funding. In the next round of innovations we would like to focus directly on the following areas of work (this ...

  • Big Lottery Fund simplifies Reaching Communities guidance

    The February 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features details of the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, which has recently simplified its guidance. Voluntary or community groups can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 to cover ...

  • New funding opportunities for smaller organisations

    The January 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features two grant programmes to help small organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities. Barchester Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for grants between £100 and £5,000 from small community groups and ...

  • Grants to fund new websites for charities

    The Transform Foundation has recently launched a new grant programme providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profit organisations to fund the design and build of a new website for them. The grant will include a range of cutting ...

  • Bags of Help now permanently open for applications

    The Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications from community groups! Tesco customers will now have more of a say on where their money goes. Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the ...

  • Small Grants supporting local environmental projects from the sale of 5p shopping bags

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two small grants programmes helping support local environmental projects from the sale of 5p shopping bags. Greggs Foundation Small Environmental Grant The grants programme which is funded by the 5p levy on carrier ...

  • Reading 4 Community online funding tool

    RBC now offers the latest version of the online grant search programme from called Reading 4 Community©. Reading 4 Community lets you search through the most up to date information on thousands of funding programmes at any time to suit you ...

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Link to recent and past funding articles and upcoming events:
  • Narrowing the Gap II – Help shape plans from 2018 to 2022

    Community providers and other stakeholders are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for services operating from June 2018. A range of topics will be covered including: Tackling poverty Thriving Communities Managing community buildings Care navigation Well-being support Reading Borough Council will host the Narrowing the Gap II Commissioning Framework, but: some services will be commissioned jointly by ...

  • Partnership Development Fund opening soon

    Applications opening soon for 2018/19 grants from the CCGs’ Partnership Development Fund The four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund as part of their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2018/19 Partnership Development Fund ...

  • ‘Give Local’ grant fund open for applications

    United Way UK has announced that ‘Give Local’ grant applications are open for 2017. The grants of £1,000 are available to small charities working in the community. United Way hopes to gain a better understanding of the range of issues affecting local communities and to create a clear picture as to the level of these needs, ...

  • Community Learning Funding from New Directions 2017-2018 – bidding process open!

    Neighbourhood Learning Deprived Communities (NLDC) funding for 2017-2018 (with annual extension until 2019-2020) The bidding process for this Community Learning funding has opened and the deadline for submitting bids is 16:30pm on Friday 23 June. You are required to use In-Tend which is an electronic system being used by Reading Borough Council. Please see guidance below: If you ...

  • Funding Update – Lloyds Foundation Invest Programme opens 22 May

    First round for applications for multi-year grants opens on Monday 22nd May, until Friday 16th June.

  • Heritage Lottery Fund 1-1 funding advice – 22 March

    Does your community group or organisation have an idea for a heritage project? Could the work you already do be the inspiration for a heritage project? Perhaps you want to tell a story which has been lost, forgotten, or never even told? The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) offers grants for projects which explore and engage people ...

  • Apply for the WHSmith Community Grant

    The WHSmith Trust is offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies.

  • New funding programmes targeting support to young people

    This month Funding Digest features two new grant programmes focusing on young people. The first is to help them overcome the financial barriers that prevent them from achieving their education, training or employment goals and the second provides support to organisations working with young people leaving care. Young People Programme The Young People Programme aims to enable ...

  • Apply for the Co-op Local Community Fund – closing date 16 December

    Co-op members get 1% of everything they spend on Co-op products to give to a local cause that matters to them. The Co-op Local Community Fund is inviting applications from voluntary and community groups to be one of the causes for their next round of funding, running from March to September 2017 You can now apply ...

  • The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is back

    The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is launching again on 7 November 2016. The fund will be donating 70 awards of £300 to warm-hearted community projects and people. Local charities, organisations and people are invited to apply for the funding. In the meantime, free jars and sachets of hot chocolate can also be sent out to groups that might ...

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