Funding News as at 03/01/2018

Wed, 03/01/2018

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.

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Bolton and Greater Manchester

Bolton Council Community Empowerment Fund (CEF)

Bolton 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


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: 8th December 2017.



Greater Manchester Cancer Champions Recruitment Grant

Community Groups, teams or businesses are invited to host a one off event to inform people about how to reduce the chances of getting cancer in January 2018 and can receive a grant of up to £250 for a small event or £500 for a large event.

Deadline: Sunday 26th November 2017

For more info


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


UK Wide

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.

  • ·         bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities

    ·         improve the places and spaces that matter to communities

    ·         enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Awards for All now consider running costs as well as project costs

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

Click here for more information and the application form


Sport England – Tackling Inequality and Economic Disadvantage

Aims/priorities: We’re seeking to reach two different lower socio-economic groups:

  •  inactive people who are in employment. They will be ordinary people and families who sometimes, or often, struggle to make ends meet. They can find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or feel being active isn’t for them
  • inactive people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, and face more extreme disadvantage. They may also be facing other challenges, such as being at risk of offending or dealing with substance misuse.

Grant amount: Small Grants Up to £10,000; Large Grants Up to £100,000

Deadline:6th November 2017


Henry Smith Charity has recently reviewed its grant giving and has changed its Main Grants Programme into two new funds, which we detail below.

Improving Lives Fund

Aims/priorities: Applications must address one of the following:

-       Help at a critical moment

-       Positive Choices

-       Accomodation/Housing Support

-       Employment and Training

-       Financial Inclusion, Rights and Entitlements

-       Support Networks and Family Relationships

Applications can be for running and project costs

Who can apply:
Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises

with an income ranging from £50k - £2million.  


Strengthening Communities Fund

Aims/priorities: They fund work that enables:

·         People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing

·         People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change

·         A stronger, active, more engaged community.

Applications can be for running and project costs and related small capital costs.

Who can apply:
Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises

with an annual income ranging from £20k - £500k and based   

For both of these funds, grants will range from £20,000 - £60,000 per year over 1 - 3 years and applications can be made at any time.

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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.