Local Grants

Grant funding plays an important role in enabling local voluntary and community organisations to support local initiatives that help local people.

Very often a (small) grant can provide a huge return for the community, whether by funding events which bring people together, supporting services which meet people at their greatest need, or by enabling groups to buy equipment or resources which build their capacity in a very practical way.

From time to time SCVO is asked to administer local grants on behalf of local, regional or national funders. Examples of these in recent years include Grassroots Grants, Community Champions funding, the Active at 60 programme and the Migration Impact Fund.

SCVO publicise grant opportunities widely, targeting particular types of organisations if necessary, support organisations to submit clear applications and convene local grants panels to assess requests for funding.

This page contains information on grants programmes that SCVO is currently administering.


Current Programmes:

SCVO Vision 2030 Community Grants – Vision 2030 sets out the ambitions towards making Sandwell (in 2030) a thriving, optimistic and resilient community. Central to this vision is the message of closer partnership working between all sectors and communities across the borough. The aspiration is for Sandwell (now and in the future) to be where we call home and where we’re proud to belong – where we choose to bring up our families, where we feel safe and cared for, enjoying good health, rewarding work, feeling connected and valued in our neighbourhoods and communities, confident in the future, and benefiting fully from a revitalised West Midlands.

SCVO is delivering this grant programme, on behalf of and in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, to enable voluntary and community groups to deliver activities in Sandwell, and to Sandwell residents.

The Vision 2030 Community Grants programme is funded by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

Vision 2030 Community Grants support the following priorities:

      • Main Grants: applications accepted on a rolling basis (subject to availability of funding)
        • Building Social Connections (tackling loneliness/social isolation across all ages)
        • Healthy Lives (promoting/ supporting healthy living – including physical activity and good mental health).
      • Sports Activities: supporting community-based sports activities and opportunities to get more people involved.
      • LGBTQ+ Health Challenge Fund: aiming to improve physical and mental health, healthcare access, and social connections leading to better health outcomes for the LGBTQ+ community in Sandwell.

Paperwork for the programme is available as follows:

Applications can be submitted at any time and the Grant Assessment Panel meets on a regular basis to consider making funding awards.

Please note – where priorities (above) are not currently accepting applications we ARE open for initial conversations regarding ideas/proposals you may wish to develop.

Notification of submission dates for each round will be published through SCVO’s media channels – including our website – and you can also subscribe to our weekly e-bulletin to be reminded when such dates are announced.

PLEASE NOTE: it is an integral part of the application process to discuss your project ideas/proposals with SCVO PRIOR to submission of an application – you can email: grants@scvo.info or contact Liz  on 07923 259821 / liz@scvo.info (or Stuart on 07703 823226 / stuart@scvo.info).

Once you’ve had your initial conversation the relevant application form will be sent to you.

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You can see details of the awards made in each funding round at: Vision 2030 Community Grants – grants awarded