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FCC Community Action Fund

Registered charities, churches, Parish Councils, Local Authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities.

This can include:

  • Village halls;
  • Public play areas;
  • Publicly available multi use games areas;
  • Skate parks and BMX tracks;
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and club houses with full public access;
  • Churches – community spaces only;
  • Nature reserves;
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access;
  • Museums.

The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.

More information at:

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community.

Every three months from January 2020 onwards, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter most to them.

Aviva wants to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas:

  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments by building
    inclusive and resilient communities, or;
  • Financial capability and inclusion: promoting financially inclusive communities, where
    people can better manage their finances and avoid problem debt.

To take part the project must be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group. All beneficiaries must be in the UK.

Applications are open on a continuous basis and are reviewed every three months. Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to.

Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

More information at:

Meet the Funder: National Lottery Community Fund

SCVO are delighted to invite you to our October Meet the Funder session, being delivered in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund’s Grants Officer, Donna Adams.

Donna will be joining SCVO on Thursday 14th October 2021, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programmes.

Our FREE session will enable you to connect directly with the funder, ask any questions you may have and receive tailored advice. This is a fantastic opportunity for your organisation to learn more about the funds available, eligibility to apply, the assessment process and the different options available when applying to the fund prior to submitting your application.

Booking onto the session is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 40 places available for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Donna is also available for Sandwell based organisations, on the last Monday of every month, for a 1-2-1 timed-slot?

For more information click here or get in touch with Libby by email at with details of the project in the first instance.

The Rank Foundation Pebble Grant

Pebbles is the Rank Foundation’s small funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches, which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £150,000. The money can be spent on short breaks (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people), equipment (such as white goods), or capital costs (building work or refurbishment).

It can take up to 3 months for a decision and payment to be made. Grants are awarded on a discretionary basis. The Rank Foundation’s contribution ranges from £250 up to and including £4,000, depending on the total cost of the project.

Pebble grant applications are processed on a rolling basis.

For more information, click here.

The Community Ownership Fund

The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

Voluntary and community groups can bid for match funding to acquire important assets and run them for the benefit of the local community.

The Fund will run until 2024/25 and there will be at least 8 bidding rounds in total.

To find out more about this fund and how to apply click here.


Premier League launches Defibrillator Fund for Grassroots Facilities

The Premier League has announced that it will provide funding for the implementation of more than two thousand defibrillators at grassroots football clubs and facilities in England.

Working in partnership with the Football Foundation and the FA, a first phase of the Premier League Defibrillator Fund will provide defibrillators in time for the start of the 2021/22 season to Football Foundation funded facilities that are currently without a life-saving device onsite.

In the second phase, which is expected in September, grassroots clubs that own their facilities will be able to apply for funding for a defibrillator.

More information

Ragdoll Foundation funds projects that use the Arts and Media to address the concerns of Children

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media, can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation. The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.

A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling. Supported projects need to support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals.

Funding is available through two programmes:

1. Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme)
Grants of £1,500 to £50,000 are available for new, larger or longer-term projects. Projects can last for up to three years. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications to the main grants programme are assessed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

2. Small Grants Programme
Organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for small, one-off projects, pilot projects, or research and development projects lasting up to 6 months.
The next deadline for applications is the 27th August 2021.

Preference will be given to those projects which are committed to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

Click here for more information


Heart of England – Birmingham & Black Country Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation is promoting the BBCC (Birmingham & Black Country Communities) Fund, in the Black Country. At a recent panel meeting at Heart of England it emerged that just 3% of applications were from the Black Country.

The Fund aims to support people in Birmingham and the Black Country and Coventry. Grants of up to £2,000 are available.

Applications must meet one of the following aims:
• Promote health and wellbeing
• Tackling disadvantage
• Support local solutions to meet local needs
• Promote community cohesion
• Develop sustainable and supporting communities

The Foundation’s priorities this financial year are:
• Youth Opportunities – including skills development, raising employment aspirations, positive engagement with communities
• Health & wellbeing – including mental health, dementia, domestic abuse
• Building Stronger & Cohesive Communities – including tackling loneliness & isolate, support for migrants, developing community connection and integrating together

The Fund Fact Sheet can be found here.

Support for Multi-Faith Projects
Heart of England Community Foundation also have a pot of funding to support activity which encourages community cohesion support multi-faith projects. If your organisation is looking at delivering a project which may fit this criteria why not consider applying. You can complete the BBCC fund application.

Please direct questions to or call 024 7688 4434.


Additional Income For Your Organisation with easyfundraising

Funding is available for voluntary organisations, non-profits, charities and CICs in our region through fundraising website easyfundraising.

Register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising to benefit from donations from leading retailers including Amazon, eBay, trainline, M&S, Waitrose and John Lewis. easyfundraising is completely free to register and use and is an easy and simple way of raising funds in the background while your organisation concentrates on its day-to-day tasks.

Take a look by visiting the website by clicking here.

Made by Sport Clubs in Crisis Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation are running a new fund, Made by Sport Clubs in Crisis. The fund is open to community organisations /clubs with an income of less than £75,000 per annum and those who work with children and young people who use sport to develop the following:

Developing Life Skills
Improving Mental Health
Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
Developing Employability Skills
Building Stronger Communities

The above may be an unintentional result of the sporting activity.

The grant size is £2021 and can be used towards project costs, core costs, Covid-19 recovery. Further details can be found here.

Please direct any questions to or call 024 7688 4434



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