Grants

Grants 

Our Big Local provides a number of funding opportunities to community groups, organisations and agencies working in the Big Local area.

This page highlights each grant programme and information about how to apply, time frames and closing dates for the activity / programme.

Our Current Grants 2019

Community Activities Grant Programme 

To support in addressing the priorities under the theme ‘Our Community’, grants are currently available for not-for profit, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises active and delivering services in the Grace Mary to Lion Farm area.

How much funding is available?                                         

Groups can bid up to £3,000

Grants are available for activities and projects which must demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • People from different neighbourhoods know each other better
  • There is increase in voluntary activity
  • People of different ages get to know each other better
  • People in the Big Local area have more confidence to voice concerns and know how to take action

Funding can be used for either capital expenditure (e.g. equipment, furniture, materials, etc) or revenue costs (e.g. staff wages, venue hire costs and utilities costs). Funding can be used for expanding existing activities or developing new activities that enhance the quality of resident’s lives in the Big Local area.

For more information please see the application guidance and application form below.

Application Form

Application Guidance

Advancing Churches as Community Hubs Fund

To support in addressing the priorities under the theme ‘Our Community’ grants are currently available for churches in the Grace Mary to Lion Farm area.

How much funding is available?                                                                                                      Churches can bid for up to £10,000

Grants are available for churches, their activities and projects and must demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • People from different neighbourhoods know each other better
  • There is increase in voluntary activity
  • People of different ages get to know each other better

Funding can be used for either capital expenditure (e.g. equipment, furniture, materials, etc) or revenue costs (e.g. staff wages, venue hire costs and utilities costs). Funding can be used for expanding existing activities or developing new activities that enhance the quality of resident’s lives in the Big Local area.

For more information please see the application guidance and application form below.

Application Form

Application Guidance

Early Education Fund

To support in addressing the priorities under the theme ‘Our Learning’, grants are currently available for not-for profit, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises active and delivering services in the Grace Mary to Lion Farm area.

How much funding is available?                                                                                                      Groups supporting and delivering activities for children and young people can bid up to £2,000

Grants are available for activities and projects which must demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • There is an increase in informal learning that supports literacy and numeracy
  • There is more one to one support with children and young people
  • There is an increased access to learning opportunities
  • There is an increase in support for children and young people to gain qualifications

Funding can be used for either capital expenditure (e.g. equipment, furniture, materials, etc) or revenue costs (e.g. staff wages, venue hire costs and utilities costs). Funding can be used for expanding existing activities or developing new activities that enhance the quality of resident’s lives in the Big Local area.

For more information please see the application guidance and application form below.

Application Form

Application Guidance

First Steps Enterprise Fund

To support in addressing the priorities under the Social Investment theme grants are currently available for not-for profit, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises active and delivering services in the Grace Mary to Lion Farm area.

How much funding is available?

Groups can bid for up to £10,000 and must demonstrate both a social impact and a financial return on the funding amount requested.

Grants are available for enterprising activities and projects which must demonstrate that they meet at least three of the social impact outcomes within the following outcome areas: 

  • Arts, heritage, sports and faith
  • Citizenship and community
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Housing and local facilities
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Employment, training and education
  • Family, friends and relationships

Funding can be used for either capital expenditure (e.g. equipment, furniture, materials, etc) or revenue costs (e.g. staff wages, venue hire costs and utilities costs). Funding can be used for expanding existing activities or developing new activities that enhance the quality of resident’s lives in the Big Local area

For more information please see the application guidance and application form below.

Application Form

Application Guidance                                                                                                  

School Impact Fund

The ‘School Impact Fund’ is currently available for schools based in the Grace Mary to Lion Farm area.

How much funding is available?

Schools can bid for up to £12,000. Bids must be for activities or projects which are additional to government funded services.

Grants are available for projects which must demonstrate that they meet at least three of the following outcomes:

  • More safe spaces
  • More wildlife and sensory areas with easy access
  • More people taking more pride in the area
  • There is an increased access to learning for all
  • There is an increase in informal learning with more one to one support with children and young people
  • People are taking up more exercise and/or more healthier eating
  • There is an increased support for people with emotional and mental needs
  • People feel less isolated and more connected with their neighbours
  • There is an increased opportunity for people to try something completely new

Funding can be used for either capital expenditure (e.g. equipment, furniture, materials, etc) or revenue costs (e.g. venue hire costs and utilities costs). Funding can also be used for new or expanding existing activities or developing new activities that enhance the quality of resident’s lives in the Big Local area.

Application Form 

Application Guidance

If you would like further information or advice on any of the above funding programmes, please contact Helen Trueman on 07724 584241 or email: helen.gm2lf@outlook.com