The Fund will support grants to a wide range of voluntary and community organisations. You don’t have to be a registered charity, but the work you want funded must be legally charitable. The Fund can only make grants for general running costs or unrestricted purposes to charities. If you are any other sort of organisation, funding must be restricted for a specific charitable purpose.
Your group must have a governing document (a constitution, rules, articles of association etc.), a governing body of at least three unrelated individuals, and a bank account in the group’s name with at least two unrelated signatories.
Community Interest Companies (CICs) or other social enterprises that are not charities can apply if you can send us a business plan showing realistic plans for income generation (other than through charitable grants) and a community interest statement. We can then consider funding the charitable costs of your start-up or expansion. We will not normally fund your continuing services, which should be financed by selling goods and services in line with your chosen governance model.
Grants are only available for the following purposes:
Examples of what grants can support include:
This list is not exhaustive, and all applications will be given due consideration by the advisory panel.