Funding News as at 01/02/17

Wed, 01/02/2017

This page has the latest information about current funding opportunities . We've got lots more funding resources too - have a look at our other pages.

For our latest pdf printable funding bulletin click here



Bolton CVS' Small Grants Programme is looking to support local community groups with an annual income of under £40,000 to deliver projects which improve the health and  skills of people in Bolton, and get people involved in the environment and the community. Grants of up to £1500 are available

There have been some changes to the criteria this year. For more information, please click here

Deadline: Monday 27th February 2017



Bolton CVS’ Ambition for Ageing

We are looking for ideas to try something new to get people aged over 50 more connected in Halliwell, Tonge with The Haulgh and Crompton areas of Bolton.

Investments of up to £2,000 are available.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at anytime before early May. Check website for exact deadline.


 Bolton Council Community Empowerment Fund (CEF)

From September 2016, the Council is inviting proposals that provide opportunities for Bolton people to be active and connected and help with at least one of the following priority themes:

  • Giving our children the best possible start in life,
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Supporting older people in Bolton
  • Protecting and improving our environment,
  • Developing stronger, cohesive and more confident communities

Proposals must be:

  • new, ambitious and innovative
  • developed, implemented and most importantly, owned and sustained by the community
  • focussed on helping people to help themselves, so that demand and dependency on Council services is reduced

Small investments up to £2,000 or Start Up Investments up to £40,000 over two years will be made

For more info click here or Email:



FM Awards – Cash 4 Growth

Aims/priorities: Cash 4 Growth Awards support young or smaller established groups to grow activity in their local community. Awards between £251 and £1000 are available

For groups with an annual income of less than £25,000

Deadline: Monday 13th March 2017

Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) – Funding Support – for Farnworth and Kearsley

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities.

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work.

Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities. 

Grant amount: Up to £10,000 with a maximum of £2000 for capital items.

 Deadline: 17th March 2017.


The John Grant Davies Trust supports community organisations that work in areas of urban deprivation within Greater Manchester to:

• Relieve poverty;

• Advance education (especially amongst children and young people);

• Advance the Christian faith.

Grants range from £100 - £3000.

Deadline is 15th March 2017.

For full details email


Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund aims to support

  • Organisations which provide care and support for the elderly, infirm and disadvantaged members of society;
  • Community Associations that benefit local people;
  • Organisations for young people e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cadets, Youth Organisations etc., and
  • Support for educational initiatives that will have beneficial results for the local community.

Grants of Between £250 and £1000 are available. For an application form click here


Peter Kershaw Trust make grants to registered charities in Greater Manchester and North Cheshire for a wide variety of purposes under the general heading of "social welfare", e.g. to assist people with medical conditions, disabilities, addictions, to help the aged, youth work etc.

Grants are usually £2000 or less. The next deadline for appications is  31st March 2017

More details are available here:



Awards for All is a Big Lottery Fund scheme that prioritises groups with smaller incomes. You project must meets at least one of the following to be considered for a grant.

  • People have better chances in life – with better access to training and development to improve life skills.
  • Stronger communities – with more active citizens working together to tackle issues within the community.
  • Improved rural and urban environments – which communities are able to better access and enjoy.
  • Healthier and more active people and communities.

You can apply at any time for a grant of between £300 and £10,000

Click here for more information and the application form


Children in Need Small Grants fund projects by not for profit organisations aimed at people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

·         Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

·         Any kind of disability

·         Behavioural or psychological difficulties

·         Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Up to £10,000 per year is available for up to 3 years (ie. Up to £30,000 in total) and the next deadline is 1stJune 2017


Comic Relief Levelling the Field offers funding to organisations working in partnership in the UK, which use the power of sport to empower women and girls to reach their full potential.

·         The fund is looking for outcomes supporting women and girls to

  • Reduce gender stereotypes,
  •  Increase social inclusion, leadership skills and access to education, employment and training,
  • Tackle violence 

·         Not-for-profit organisations working in the UK can apply but must be working in partnership and include a track record of working with women and girls, and using sport as a tool for change.

Grant amount: Grants can be for amounts between £30,000 and £250,000 for projects of one to three years starting from August 2017.

Deadline: 16th March 2017

Website address:


Tesco Bags of Help Programme  is funded from the proceeds of the 5p government carrier bag levy.

Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces. This could be parks, nature reserves, community gardens, school fields or sports pitches amongst others.

To apply visit this website -


The St James’s Place Foundation Small Grants Programme is available to smaller UK Registered Charities working nationally, regionally or locally in the UK with an annual income of up to £750,000. The amount applied for should be up to a maximum of £10,000 in any two-year rolling period. All supported projects will fit into one of the following themes:

·        Supporting Young People with Special Needs

·        Supporting Disadvantaged Young People

·        Supporting People with Cancer

There are no deadlines or closing dates but do allow up to 6 months for a decision..

For more information telephone: 01285 878037, email: or visit their website:

One Stop Stores –Carriers for Causes
Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects that benefit local communities within two miles of a One Stop Store. The Bolton store is on Minerva Road and projects in Farnworth, Great Lever, Harper Green and Rumworth and some parts of neighbouring wards would be eligible.

Funding will be considered for work with young people, older people, promoting physical activity, improving health and wellbeing, increasing community safety and protecting or improving the local environment.

Applications can be made at any time through the Groundwork website.


We've got lots more funding resources too - have a look at our other pages.