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:

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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:
  • Community Learning – funding opportunity through New Directions

    Community Learning is a broad range of learning that brings together adults, often of different ages and backgrounds, to pursue an interest, address a need, acquire a new skill, become healthier or learn how to support their children. A key part of the learning continuum – it is non-formal, it does not necessarily lead to ...

  • Bags of Help – funding opportunity for local green space

    The second funding round for the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme opens on Monday 18 April 2016. The scheme is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy. Bags of Help is available to a wide ...

  • Webinar – Building Better Opportunities

    Applications for Building Better Opportunities Funding have now opened:    Information here In January 2016 the LEP held a briefing session, alongside the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund, for organisations in Thames Valley Berkshire who are interested in being a delivery partner for two Building Better Opportunities projects: ‘addressing barriers to work’ and ‘promoting ...

  • National Banks Supporting Local Projects with Small Grants

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two small grants programmes from national banks aimed at helping support local projects. Santander Foundation Changes its Name and Launches New Grant Programmes The Santander Foundation has changed its name to the Discovery Foundation. This is to reflect the importance of its new flagship community programme – the ...

  • Reopened – Building Better Opportunities funding

    Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Local organisations will be able to bid to the Lottery to deliver activity against a specification that is locally defined. Addressing barriers to work in Thames Valley Berkshire Funding available: £1,317,540 for West of ...

  • Funding to support children and young people with eating disorder or self-harm issues – deadline 26 Feb 2016

    As usual the latest issue of Funding Digest features advance details about a wide range of funding programmes opening up over the coming weeks and months. One that’s hot off the press and not included, but circulated by the Funding Digest team separately here due to the fast approaching deadline, involves bids for funding to support ...

  • Capital grants deadline Monday 15 February 2016

    Reading Borough Council are now inviting organisations to apply for a capital grant and the revised deadline for this is Monday 15 February. There is only £10,000 remaining in the Capital Grants budget for 2015/16, and groups will be expected to prioritise their expenditure if applying for more than £1,000. Applications should be accompanied by two ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation is working with the NHS to deliver grants for carers

    Eligibility The aim of the Fund is to make awards to registered charities and voluntary groups providing respite breaks for carers. Exclusions: Any group/project not meeting the above criteria; those groups whose beneficiaries are outside of Berkshire; groups promoting religious or political causes and/or those excluding beneficiaries from other sectors of society; overseas travel or expeditions for ...

  • Postcode Community Trust funding – closing 29 January and 31 May 2016

    The Postcode Community Trust provides short-term, designated funding to good causes that promote community development and demonstrate positive change through access, engagement and skill development. There are two opportunities to apply in 2016, in January and May. Projects should fall into at least one of the following categories: Supporting marginalised groups to obtain skills and resources to ...

  • Upcoming Community and Capital Grants – closing 29 January 2016

    The Funding Services Team at Reading Borough Council would like to remind voluntary organisations that the next round of Community and Capital Grants is approaching. The deadline for this is the 29 January. If you would like to apply for a grant, please follow the website link and request an application form online. http://www.reading.gov.uk/article/2800/Funding-for-Local-Groups In addition to ...

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