Funding Advice

WRCC can advise on funding sources and provide assistance with grant submissions. We can also put people in touch with other groups and organisations who have taken on similar projects and are willing to share their experiences.  If your organisation has enjoyed success with grant funding from an organisation not listed below please contact us so other organisations can also benefit.

The Prince's Countryside Fund has been established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. The Fund aims to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.
The Fund will support projects that provide innovative solutions to deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy. These projects will focus on:
  • Empowering communities to provide village services such as village shops, pubs, Post Offices and supporting the creation of business hubs and enterprise areas.
  • Encouraging and supporting business starts ups, particularly where local people are employed, through networking and advice.
  • Brokering business support for community ventures.

The Screwfix Foundation raises funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities specifically for those in need in the UK.

Get Legal, the free online reference and decision-making tool for charities, social enterprises and co-operative organisations, has been developed to enable organisations and their advisors to access clear information and guidance on the most appropriate legal form and governance structure for delivering their goals.

Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and well-being. Concertina is keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding.

PURE, the Clean Planet Trust, has £1 million of low cost loan finance available to community groups and charities hoping to install renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The loans range from £10,000 to £100,000 and cover up to 65% of project costs. To apply projects must be located in the bottom 50% of the country, as measured by the Index of Multiple Deprivation. 

The Harry Payne Fund supports causes in Birmingham and the immediately surrounding areas of the West Midlands, including Coventry and Warwickshire. It prefers to support registered charities or CIC’s but will consider non-profit making organisations provided they have a constitution and produce accounts. It supports specific projects and will also consider grants towards general running costs.  Grants are available from £250 to £1,000. 

The Bring Joy Foundation will make donations (ranging from £100 to £5,000) to not-for-profit groups, organisations and charities that can demonstrate their commitment to creating activities designed to improve the lives of the elderly.

The Santander Foundation funds local, regional and national charities for their work within the UK, and are committed to helping disadvantaged people through two charitable priorities.

Skipton Building Society' s Grassroots Giving campaign is designed to help community organisations or groups who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere. For this reason, registered charities will not be able to request funding.

The Edith and Jack Griffiths Charitable trust gives funding to support  small rural community groups. Apply in writing to J Vereker, Churchill House, 22C Southam Road, Radford Semele, Leamington Spa CV31 1TA.

The Hedley Foundation is a charitable foundation which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill. The main objective of the Trustees' grant-making is to assist and encourage development and change.

sported. is the UK's leading sport for development charity helping to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people aged 11-25 years. We do this by supporting community and voluntary sports groups which deliver sport for development. Our aim is to help them grow and run to the best of their ability.

The Trustees of the Bernard Sunley Foundation are advocates of the village hall, particularly in rural isolated areas. They will consider new build, refurbishment and improvements of village halls, scout huts, youth clubs, community centres and similar. This often includes access for the disabled, modernising kitchens, new storage space and updating toilets.

The Wilmcote Charitrust gives grants to those working for the relief of poverty, sickness, old age and distress, the advancement of religion and education and such other charitable objects as considered appropriate by the trustees.  Apply to Mr D King, Warren Chase, Wilmcote CV37 9XG.

The Nuneaton and Bedworth Sports Forum (NBSF) offers a number of grant programs aimed at providing much needed resources to help local clubs and sports people, including Club Start Up grants and Trophy Grants.

My Community Starter is a free online resource packed full of the information required to run or fund a community group or project. Starting up a community group, finding funding and recruiting volunteers are some of the common challenges when trying to get locally-driven ideas off the ground. 

Computers for Rural People (Arthur Rank) provides individuals and groups in rural communities with high quality, fully-refurbished second hand computers at very low cost to encourage people to take the first step.

Heart of England Community Foundation provides small grants to improve Coventry and Warwickshire's neighbourhoods and communities.

Grants from the Community Energy Warwickshire Fund are available to community groups in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull to support energy-related projects. For information on applying for a grant, contact the Grants Team at Heart of England Community Foundation on 02476 883262 or 02476 883265.

Green Grants Machine provides free comprehensive information on grants, loans and awards available to help organisations “go green” and save on energy bills.  Register to receive free funding updates.

My Community Space is a free service for community organisations to search for and promote their community venues.

InKind Direct provides a single contact point for companies with goods to donate.  They have the infrastructure to accept large quantities of goods and then store, sort and deliver them directly to charities’ doors in response to their needs and demands. 

Every year the Stratford Town Trust supports charitable causes which benefit the people who live in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. There are three grants rounds per year but applications can be sent in at any time. Fast Track applications of £1000 or less can be submitted at any time.

Each of Warwick town's Charities aims to offer financial support to various sectors of the Town's inhabitants. 'Warwick Relief in Need' exclusively offers grant aid to the disadvantaged and needy. 'Warwick Apprenticing Charities' offers financial support to the younger generation. 'The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust', 'Warwick Provident' and 'Warwick United Charities' award grants across a broad spectrum; 'The Charity of Sir Thomas White' offers interest-free business loans to young people establishing a business in the Town of Warwick, and interest-free loans to young Warwick residents embarking on University or College courses. 'The Charity of Thomas Oken and Sir Nicholas Eyffler' administers almshouses for qualifying elderly residents. Further details of each can be found at:

Plunkett Foundation is the only national organisation supporting the development of community shops in the UK. Through specialist support programmes, regional community advisers, mentors and experts, as well as online, telephone and email support, Plunkett are able to help communities to open new community-owned shops and existing ones to thrive.

Charity Bank offers affordable loans to any organisation that is either a registered or exempt charity or where the loan is for a charitable purpose.

BBC Children in Need invites not-for-profit organisations (including registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, local authorities, churches, social enterprises, community interest groups, universities etc) working with disadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under, to apply for grants of up to £10,000 through their small grants scheme.

The Football Foundation's Facilities Scheme provides grants over £100,000 for building or refurbishing large-scale grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.

Naturesave Trust provides grants to projects which specifically address the promotion and implementation of sustainable development, environmental and / or conservationist improvement and or general ‘green’ issues.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain’s former mining communities and is committed to supporting grass roots community activity by offering funding support to groups whose activities benefit our communities. Eligible wards are in North Warwickshire and Nuneaton & Bedworth.

Giving World Online works with companies who have surplus goods to dispose of. Charities and community groups can then access the items free of charge to support the people they work with.

The Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust will fund the preservation of buildings of historic or architectural value where these are put to public use and innovative local food projects.  Grants are available towards capital, revenue or project expenditure.

The Archer Trust provides grants to small UK charities for whom a grant of between £250 and £3,000 will make a big difference. In one way or another, you must provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.

Church Urban Fund has an annual grant-making budget of around £1 million. Grants are awarded to community groups offering all kinds of support to people living in England's poorest communities. CUF particularly supports churches in deprived areas reaching out to serve their local community, but also welcomes applications from other faith groups.

South Warwickshire Funding Development Network (SWFDN) is an informal group of 'experts' which includes local Funders and Development Workers across Warwick and Stratford Districts.  SWFDN meets bi-monthly to discuss Voluntary and Community Sector groups'  and organisations'  funding and group development needs, and then allocates one worker to provide the help and advice.

Does your heritage/history group want to engage local youngsters?  The Young Roots programme is for projects that engage young people, aged 11 to 25, with heritage in the UK. Groups can apply for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  

Awards For All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000 for a specific project or activity by community or not for profit groups.  The programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

The Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities, and makes one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to charities which can demonstrate that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work.

Cash 4 Clubs is a sports fund aiming to support grassroots sports clubs all over the country. Any sports club that is registered with its sports' National Governing body or local authority can apply for grants between £250 and £1000. 

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.

The Asda Foundation has three strands: significant local community projects; top-up funding grants; Community Life programme Chosen By You.

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is a tax credit scheme which 'offsets' some of the negative impacts of living in the vicinity of  a landfill site for affected communities. All funded projects must be accessible to the general public for a minimum of 104 days per year. Applicants may be charities, community organisations, parish or town councils. Across Warwickshire the following organisations have appropriate funds through LCF:

  • SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust) supports community and environmental improvement projects where a project is within a three mile radius of a qualifying SUEZ UK waste processing location (Warwick, Rugby, Packington, Coventry). Use the Suez Postcode checker online.
    The fund is for refurbishment of existing buildings; not for new-build or extensions. Third-party contributions are required.
  • Biffa Award offers grants under themes including community buildings and recreation. 
    Changed criteria in April 2015 to require applicant’s location is within 10 miles of a landfill site and within 7 miles of a Biffa operation
    Currently heavily over-subscribed (as at Aug 2015)
  • WREN helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, biodiversity and  heritage projects. 
    FCC Community Action Fund is for locations within 10 miles of Bubbenhall Waverley Wood landfill site. Postcode checker is
    WREN is unable to fund a new build in terms of bricks and mortar, but will support a building's internal fit-out.
    Next application deadline is 30 September 2015
    Third-party contribution is 10.75% (as at Aug 2015)
  • Veolia Environmental Trust provides grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 to not-for-profit organisations that are within five miles of a Veolia site. There is a location checker on the Veolia website. The funding can support capital improvement projects with a discrete start and end date at a single site and with total project costs of less than £250000. Eligible projects include community buildings and rooms such as community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girlguiding buildings. Applicants must secure match funding of at least 20% before they submit a full application. Projects costing over £40,000 must have a third party contribution of 10%. There is a two-step application process and full guidance is available on the Veolia website.
  • The Mick George Community Fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £50,000, to support community projects, including village halls, within 10 miles of the Mick George landfill site at CV47 2SR. There are two funding rounds each year.
Media Trust offers free practical marketing and communications resources to add impact to your organisation's marketing and communications whilst volunteers and mentors provide hugely valuable marketing and comms support on almost anything from looking over a press release to mentoring young people on media projects.

The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust can make grants for the following purposes if for the benefit of the inhabitants of Warwick town:  For the repair of historic buildings in the Town; For the relief of the elderly, infirm and needy inhabitants of the Town; For the improvement of social welfare, recreation and leisure facilities of the Town; For the support of educational facilities within the Town.

Co-operative Community Fund  Currently not accepting applications (July 2015). Grants between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary or self-help groups to run projects that carry out positive work in the community and address a community issue, provide a good long-term benefit to the community, supports co-operative values and principles, and ideally is innovative in its approach.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is a medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities. They support applications for a mix of capital and running costs.

CREATE's Community Fund is open to all projects that seek to benefit their local community. Grants will be available to encourage, support and develop projects that assist people within their local community who are suffering hardship or distress; or who are aged or sick.

The Planning Aid Advice Service uses professionally qualified Planning Advisors to provide a limited amount of free, general planning advice on any planning related issues in England. Their website has free resources and answers to many commonly asked questions.

The Garfield Weston Foundation makes a large volume of grants every year to Community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers across the country. The majority of projects tend to be relatively small compared to other categories due to their local nature, and correspondingly the grants made tend to be smaller when compared to the other categories. Eligible projects include capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres.

IKO's 'Fix That Hut' campaign seeks out needy projects such as village halls, scout huts and other buildings which are at the heart of local communities and provides free waterproofing materials to help with refurbishment.

The Church and Community Fund grants seek to take the church out into the community, bring the community into the church and strengthen the relationship between the two. Currently suspended.

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Charity Property Help is a pro bono service which provides free support and guidance on all property matters and offers registered charities and voluntary organisations a minimum one-hour consultation with an RICS-regulated firm free of charge. 

The Glass-House is an independent national charity supporting and promoting public participation and leadership in the design of the built environment. We provide independent advice, training and hands-on support to community groups and organisations, housing associations, developers, local authorities and other stakeholders, to help them work more effectively together to create better quality places and spaces.

If you operate in Warwick District and have a project which is of benefit to the community, a Community Forum Grant might help to get your idea off the ground! Please note, each Community Forum has its own priorities and application deadline dates.  

Rural and Urban Capital Improvement Scheme (RUCIS). Warwick District Council operates a scheme which gives grants to non-profit community organisations towards capital projects (to purchase or upgrade physical assets such as property or equipment) located in an area of Warwick District.
B&Q Waste Donate Scheme - B&Q will donate products and waste materials (such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper and end-of-range materials) that are unsold. Items available for donation will vary from store to store and there is no guarantee that items will be available for donation when an enquiry is made.  Donated products should benefit the local community and cannot be resold.

LawWorks is a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid or other forms of financial assistance.

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) provides information and advice for people and organisations who are seeking funding from charitable trusts and foundations, including free downloadable factsheets and guides.

The Tudor Trust is a large grant-making trust that supports a range of activities across the UK.  They aim to support work which addresses the social, emotional and financial needs of people at the margins of society and are particularly interested in helping smaller, under-resourced organisations which offer direct services and which involve the people they work with in their planning.

Millward Charitable Trust makes grants to organisations involved with community buildings, facilities and open spaces.  Apply to John Hulse, Burgis and Bullock, 2 Chapel Court, Holly Walk, Leamington Spa CV32 4YS. Email: Tel: 01926 451000.

The C A Rookes Charitable Trust gives grants between £250 and £3,000 to individuals and organisations working with young people and promoting the welfare of the elderly. Contact Mr Ironmonger, The Old School, Tiddington, Stratford upon Avon CV37 7AW.

The Seccombe Trust provides small grants for general purposes across Warwickshire. Apply to Mrs J Markham, 6 Farriers Court, Wasperton, Warwickshire CV35 8EB.

The Heart of England Co-operative Society recognises the need to support the local communities through which it has grown and, wherever possible, set the right example for others to follow. Operating under the award winning banner of "Helping Hearts", awards are made to local charities, schools, self help groups and other similar organisations including environmental projects or other community schemes, which must be based, or operating, in the Society's trading area.

Sport England's mission is to get more people playing more sport more often and their Small Grants scheme uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport.

The Margaret Foundation gives grants towards older people’s activities. Groups can send an application letter to the Margaret Foundation, Kleinwort Benson Trustees Limited, 14 St. George Street , London W1S 1FE

War Memorials Trust - Grants for War Memorials in England. Some community buildings are memorial buildings. The charity administers a number of grants schemes that support repair and conservation projects. It also provides advice and information on a range of war memorial issues. It has help sheets covering a wide variety of subjects and Conservation Officers available to discuss cases. In the first instance, applicants should discuss their project with the War Memorials Trust’s Conservation Team by completing the Grants Pre-application form which is available on the Trust’s website or by contacting the Trust.
Power to Change (Community Business Fund) is a charitable fund that supports community business projects which further a charitable purpose and meet a charitable community need.  The fund will support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises to help more people respond to local need and opportunity, and change the places in which they live for the better. Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available.
Ecology Building Society Charitable Foundation aims to support projects that enhance the built environment for community benefit.  Grants of up to £5,000 are awarded annually, usually in October, and the core objectives are:
-to promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public, by the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources.
-to promote regeneration and sustainable development with a focus on environment conscious building practices.
The WPD Community Chest is a grant scheme which distributes awards to communities to reduce their energy use through improvements to village halls.  All sorts of energy-saving improvements qualify, including roof or cavity wall insulation, boiler replacement, new heating controls, double or secondary glazing, draught proofing, smart lighting, and replacing of appliances such as fridges or water heaters for more energy efficient models. It can also fund water-saving equipment such as new taps and showers. See the postcode checker in the Guidance and Eligibility document.
The objective of the Green Hall Foundation is to sustainably improve lives: among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged. Preference is given to appeals where the Foundation can meet a significant proportion of the funding required (between £1,000 to £10,000) and where permanent equipment or building is required as opposed to funding salaries or the charity running costs. Applications are accepted twice a year; 1 May and 1 November for consideration at the next 6 monthly meeting.
Community and Environment Fund (CEF) supports projects (including hall build and refurbishment) that will enhance the quality of life and the environment of communities disrupted by the construction of HS2. The fund is administered by Groundwork and their website includes an eligibility checker.
The Wesleyan Foundation Small Grant fund is administered by Heart of England Community Foundation. The fund cannot be used for capital builds but supports projects that provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable & supportive communities. The grants (up to £2000) can be used for start-up costs for new organisations or projects; extension and development of existing projects; pilot projects (to gather research and evidence); and the purchase of equipment and resources.
Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises which lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities, together with a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy.

Organisations and links correct as at July 2016.