Funding to the Community and Voluntary Sector

Community and Voluntary Sector Grants Scheme

The council provides grant funding to a range of voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSOs) to improve the wellbeing of local residents. Grant funding is an important way for the council to acknowledge and support the contribution community and voluntary sector organisations make to the borough. Funding needs to be allocated carefully, fairly and equitably so that it has the most impact and gets the best outcomes for residents.

There are two types of grant funding available through the Community and Voluntary Sector Grants scheme: programme grants and strategic grants.

Programme grant funding 2021/22

A new round of programme grant funding is now open for applications. Local community and voluntary groups can now apply for grants of up to £20,000 to deliver projects that will meet the council plan priorities and support the borough’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through this round of funding we are seeking projects which can demonstrate that they will deliver positive outcomes in one or more of the five following themes:

  • Promote community cohesion and inclusion.
  • Promote community resilience.
  • Help young people maximise their potential.
  • Support people who face barriers to employment.
  • Promote mental and physical wellbeing.

Completed application forms must be submitted by 5pm on 14 January 2021

For more information on the scheme and how to apply, see the guidance document and application form below:

PDF document Programme grant guidance(PDF) [477 kb]

Word document Application form(DOCX) [245 kb]

Excel document Budget template(XLSX) [13 kb]

Word document Project plan template(DOCX) [14 kb]

Full details of the grants currently awarded can be found in the documents below:

PDF document Grant Funding Report 2015-18(PDF) [672 kb]

Excel document Full list of grant recipients 2020-21(XLSX) [34 kb]

Excel document Full list of grant recipients 2020-21(CSV) [86 kb]

PDF document Programme Grant Funding 2020/21(PDF) [437 kb]

PDF document Strategic Grant Funding 2020/21(PDF) [396 kb]

Contact details

Grants team

Telephone: 01256 845455

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    8.30am to 4.30pm
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