Funding Round-up – Community themed (part 2)

Here is a further collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on community themes aimed at helping charities continue their work.

Whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information, due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the details below may have changed since the time of its issue and ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Reaching Communities Funding Programme from National Lottery Community Fund
Large grants - for up to five years - are available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that make positive changes in their communities.

Following on from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Reaching Communities programme says it will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by the crisis.

Organisations can apply for funding to:
  • Continue to deliver activity - whether the community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity
  • Change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges
This is a Continuous Rolling Programme, so there is no deadline, and applications can be submitted at any time.

More details are available at the National Lottery website.

EXCLUSIVE - The UK Fund from The National Lottery
The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) are offering grants to not-for-profit groups for projects which forge connections between communities to create a better-connected society across the UK.

The funding is intended to develop and expand community links by:
  • Strengthening relationships between people whose experiences of life have not been the same (e.g. building relationships between people of different ethnic backgrounds, generations, occupations or geographies)
  • Creating connections between online and offline worlds
  • Helping to make sure people from all backgrounds can shape the future of their communities
The grant givers advise most awards will be for two to five years, though funding for up to 10 years may be considered.

Grants can cover the following costs:
  • Staff costs, including sessional workers
  • Development work (testing new ways of working, staff training and development, developing governance, tech or IT upgrades and purchases, sharing learning)
  • Transport
  • Utilities and running costs
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Learning and evaluation
  • Equipment
  • Capital costs, though these are unlikely to make up a significant part of the budget
  • Costs associated with delivering the project in other languages
At the time of writing, there was no specified deadline, which means applications could be accepted at any time.

More information and how to apply can be found at the NLCF website.

Families Matter Community Grants Programme from Warburtons
The Community Grants Programme provided by Warburtons is available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families.

Administered on their behalf by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the intention of the funding is to focus on supporting families that need help the most, in a way which keeps true to the funder’s principles of transparency, trust and transformation.

Funding is available for projects that are working towards one of Warburtons' outcome areas:
  • Health - supporting families to care for each other and lead healthier lives
  • Place - supporting families to flourish in communities that are safer, greener and more inclusive, and
  • Skills - supporting families to gain useful skills for life and work
Grants can be used to cover specific costs that will benefit the cause, such as purchasing equipment to support an employability project.

Relaunched in May, the deadline for this round of applications is 5th August 2024, with further dates possibly announced in later seasons.

More information and how to apply is available on the Warburtons website.

Relaunching Soon - Grants for Community and Environmental Projects (England)
The Veolia Environmental Trust are due to relaunch their call for funding applications.

Grants are available for both community projects to create or improve buildings or outside spaces and large-scale environmental projects such as habitat creation/management or species protection.

Constituted not-for-profit organisations and local authorities can apply for grants for community projects; and Environmental Bodies that are enrolled with ENTRUST, the regulator of The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), can apply for grants for environmental projects.

Relaunching in August, the closing date for the next application call will be midday on the 3rd October 2024, with further dates to be announced.

Further details and how to apply are available on the Veolia website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.