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Grant Funding to Support Local Voluntary and Community Organisations

Southampton City Council Community Grants now open with an even bigger pot available

We recently awarded £32,299 to local community and voluntary organisations via round one of the Community Chest and Celebrations Grants Schemes. We are now inviting new applications for the next round, which has a larger awarding budget than previous rounds.

Community Chest is Southampton City Council's small grant scheme and it has been running for over 35 years, it currently awards grants of up to £2,500 to community groups, small voluntary organisations and social enterprises in the city with annual incomes of less than £250,000. Smaller grants are also available up to £500 as a sub section of the Community Chest Grant for community celebration events that bring different people together.

Both the Community Chest and Celebrations Grants are awarded twice a year and the budget of £100,000 is ordinarily divided approximately equally between the two rounds. The next round is unique in that £71,701 is available, this is due to application numbers being lower than usual in the last round as the application period was during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

All grant funded projects, events and activities must contribute to at least one of the council’s priority outcomes, which are Communities, Culture and Homes, Green City, Wellbeing and Place Shaping. Organisations with an annual income of less than £50,000 have priority. All grants will be awarded on condition that the activities/events are carried out in line with Government guidance about COVID-19, to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

The closing date for the next round of Community Chest Grant is midday Friday 30 October 2020. You can apply here, for support with an application contact

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund – New Coronavirus programme

Grants of up-to £5,000 are now available to support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The programme has now transitioned from the initial immediate response phase to the longer-term emergency which is directed at helping those who are suffering hardship as a result of the short and long term economic and social consequences caused by COVID-19. For terms and conditions and to apply online see website.

Lloyds Bank COVID recovery Fund

Small and local charities can now apply for the COVID recovery Fund - a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside the support of a Development Partner to help charities identify and act on any organisational challenges they are facing in light of COVID-19. To check your eligibility and apply, visit the website. Applications close at 5pm, Friday 11 September 2020.

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK - COVID 19 Emergency Fund

An emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19, either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position. Charities, CIC or registered society, with an income of no more than £500,000 and have free reserves of no more than £100,000 can apply for a grant for a maximum of £1,000.

Organisations must operate in one of the following categories: Education relating to non-domestic animals (this includes animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery, and organic farming), Visual and performing arts, Medical research, the relief of disability or severe illness or accommodation of those in need.

More information and an application form can be found here.

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

Grant Funding is available to charities and not for profit organisations for the provision of leisure activities for the disabled (wheelchair users in particular). If you have a project that will encourage disabled people to participate in and enjoy a leisure pursuit, you can apply online

The Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust funds small groups of people who are getting together to make a difference in their communities. Groups can apply for a small grant of between £125.00 - £2,500. The trust funds projects that encourage the community to service people in their own neighbourhoods and communities, they are especially interested in helping groups that are starting up and need a little seed money to help them get going.

Check their website for more details here.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust offer grants to small registered charities in England and Wales with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, for running costs and salaries to help sustain their existing work. They fund work that meets and focuses on one of their priority groups:

  • Elderly people

  • Children and young people aged 5-25

  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health 

  • People trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social (rather than medical) origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)

  • People who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children

Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year, up to three years.

Please read the guidelines fully before making an application as only applications that meet the eligibility criteria are accepted. Apply online.

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