BCF Vital for Berkshire – deadline 10 February 2022

Article date
4 January 2022
Primary interest
Funding and Fundraising

The Spring 2022 round of Vital for Berkshire funding is open to support charities and groups tackling vital needs in Berkshire such as support for young and vulnerable people, poverty and isolation, physical and mental health, and much more.

Who is eligible to apply

To be eligible to apply for a grant, your charity, community group or voluntary organisation must be improving the lives of disadvantaged people in Berkshire and fit the following criteria:

  1.  Be a not-for-profit, voluntary or community group, social enterprise/CIC or registered charity
  2.  Have a Governing Document (constitution or set of rules)
  3. Have a management committee or board of trustees
  4. Have a bank account in the name of the group, with a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories
  5. Be able to provide up-to-date accounts
  6. Have returned evaluation forms for any previously received grants
  7. Have safeguarding and equality policies which comply with current legislation
  8. Be helping the disadvantaged and provide a benefit to the community with clear and achievable outcomes
  9. Provide evidence there is a need for your work and must not be duplicating the work of other groups and organisations
  10. Have an itemised budget.

Funding priorities

Applications are invited from charities, community groups and projects that support vital needs in Berkshire, such as:

  • physical and mental health
  • supporting young and vulnerable people or groups
  • combating isolation
  • tackling poverty and disadvantage
  • offering equal opportunities for all, and more.

How much can you apply for

The grants up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

Deadline for applications and how to apply

  • The Spring 2021 round of Vital For Berkshire funding will open for applications from Tuesday 4 January 2022
  • Application form must be completed on-line and submitted by 10am on Thursday 10 February 2022
  • Applicants will be informed of the Grants Committee’s decisions by the end of March 2022
  • If you are interested in applying for funding, an Eligibility Quiz will be available at the bottom of VITAL FOR BERKSHIRE FUND page from 4 January 2022, fill in the Quiz to receive a link to an online Application Form.

When reviewing applications, the following is taken in to consideration:

  • Project matches the above fund’s criteria
  • Amount of funding received in the previous 12 months
  • Project timelines
  • Outstanding monitoring reports.

Further support and advice from RVA

BCF will be presenting on this funding at the RVA Funders Event on 27 January. See our events page for more details.

If you would like advice on funding applications or getting ready for funding, including governance requirements and policies that are needed, please contact Herjeet at herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk or telephone 0118 937 2273 for free and independent support and advice.