Reading Community Grants

Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce this new funding for small community groups in Reading, who are embedded in and providing grass roots support to their communities. We have received £10,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation to distribute in this way and qualifying groups can apply for up to £2,000 each.

Why are we distributing these small grants?

As a small community group, you are providing a vital role in reaching people most at risk in your community, who may not have heard of the wider support in the town such as the Community Hub and mainstream providers. Being directly connected to communities and often helping them to access the services that they need is hugely valuable. There are many residents in our town who do not have access to the internet and for whom literacy and language may be a barrier. Many of these residents are supported by small community groups. RVA values and supports the vital role these community groups play in our town and this funding is directly targeted to help such groups to strengthen what they are already doing to support those most vulnerable in our town.

Our funding priorities

We would like to support small community groups who work in any or all of the following ways:

  • Run activities that capture the experiences of your community, who are seldom heard ‘around the boardroom table’, to inform local decision-making around their health and wellbeing
  • Support your neighbours and communities during lockdown; the easing of lockdown and beyond
  • Help your community to access the support they need, when they need it from across the public, voluntary and community sectors.
Your beneficiaries (the individuals your group is supporting)

We recognise that certain communities and groups of people have been adversely affected and are experiencing increased disadvantage due to the impact of Coronavirus, therefore we particularly want to fund groups who are embedded in their community and supporting any of the following groups of people:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups
  • Disabled people and those with long term health conditions
  • Older people
  • People and families experiencing financial hardship
  • People experiencing poor mental health and wellbeing.
 Who can apply for this funding? (eligibility criteria)

Whilst we recognise that there is an incredible voluntary and community sector in our town and many larger groups and charities need financial support, we have specifically been awarded this sum to distribute to those small community groups, who often do not have the same access to funding opportunities as larger, more established groups and charities, yet are also delivering vital services and support in communities.

Your group will need to fit various criteria, including being based in Reading, having a maximum annual income of £10,000 and having a charity bank account. This funding is not available to social enterprises, businesses, individuals or other profit-making organisations, national organisations or branches. The full list of criteria is in the guidance notes – please read these carefully.

Please see the attached guidance notes for details of the type of expenditure allowed, the grants panel and monitoring and evaluation requirements.

Deadline for applying:

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 24 July 2020. Decisions will be made made by the panel and successful applicants notified by 14 August 2020. All projects to be completed by 31 March 2021.

Do you need support with your application or any of the above governance?

If you need help with applying or have any questions about this funding, please contact Herjeet Randhawa, RVA Advice Worker on  herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk  or telephone our main number on 0118 937 2273. One-to-one support is available to all small community groups in Reading for support with this application and a meeting can be set up via telephone or Zoom.

Further guidance and application forms:

Reading Community Grants online application form

Reading Community Grants guidance notes

If possible please use the online application form. If you have difficulty with the online form we can also accept applications by email to grants@rva.org.uk using the Reading Community Grants application form (Word).

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