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External funding

In addition to community grants, we also support our local voluntary and community sector by signposting to other funding opportunities. See the latest funding news below.

For access to a database of funding opportunities, not-for-profit organisations can register with Herts Community's fundraising tool and search for appropriate funds, grants or awards.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is an independent charity that provides a range of grants to support the county's community and voluntary groups.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) funding opportunities

Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Added: 26 May 2020
Deadline: See website
The Government has committed £200 million for small and medium sized charities and social enterprises. Funding will help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis, where organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand. This funding is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, alongside its own funding.

COVID-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme
Added: 26 May 2020
Deadline 6 July 2020

This scheme provides immediate support to keep food charities and frontline food aid charities open and supporting the vulnerable with a continual supply of food (not accessed through usual routes). Please apply via the Defra Network eTendering Portal.

COVID-19 funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services
Added: 22 May 2020
Deadline: 29 May 2020

The Ministry of Justice has secured £25 million as part of a £76 million Government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people, including victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse. The amount allocated to Hertfordshire has been divided up into three ring-fenced pots:

  • Domestic abuse services already commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners (includes co-commissioned services).
  • Domestic abuse services not currently commissioned by PCCs.
  • Sexual abuse services that are already commissioned by PCCs and those that are not currently funded by PCCs.

National Survivor User Network COVID-19 fund
Added: 6 May 2020
Deadline: see website
NSUN has launched a new fund with grants up to £1,000 to support peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during COVID-19. This fund is for smaller and non-constituted groups that might not otherwise be eligible for support.

Sport England funding package
Added: 31 March 2020
Deadline: see website
Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to the sport and physical activity sector to help clubs and organisations cope with the short and long term impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This funding is available even if your club or group hasn't had funding from Sport England before.

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund
Added: 17 April 2020
Deadline: Ongoing
A fund to help voluntary and community sector organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services, or provide additional support. 

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund
Added: 6 April 2020
Deadline: see website

This money is available to PRS members globally and will be offered in grants of up to £1,000 each, depending on need. The first phase of applications has closed but the next phase will open in early May.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
Added: 3 April 2020
Deadline: ongoing
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. The fund will provide single payment awards of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund-specific projects.

Members Locality Budget: Hertfordshire County Council
Added: 30 March 2020
Deadline: see website
Apply now to your councillor for a grant to support coronavirus efforts and, if they agree, you should receive funds within a week, normally quicker. This is open to any local organisation offering support to anyone affected by COVID-19.

Coronavirus Relief Fund for Hertfordshire: Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF)
Added: 30 March 2020
Deadline: rolling deadline while funds are available

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for groups dealing with the emerging issues in the community caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Arts Council emergency funding
Added: 30 March 2020
Deadline: see website

Arts Council England (ACE) is making £160 million of emergency funding available to those who will need it during this crisis, including £20 million of support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers, and £50 million for arts and culture organisations that are not part of the National Portfolio. Requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of ACE funding have also been changed.

The National Lottery Community Fund: updates and priorities
Added: 30 March 2020
Deadline: see website
All funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300 million of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time, The National Lottery will prioritise the following faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants using the following criteria:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

Financial Hardship Fund for musicians
Added: 30 March 2020
Deadline: see website

Help Musicians has launched a hardship fund to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing. Eligible musicians are able to apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form. 

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Added: 31 March 2020
Deadline: ongoing
Smaller charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them continue to deliver much-needed support to their communities. The funding is available to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. CAF will aim to pay grants within 14 days of application.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) online grants round-up
Added: 30 March 2020
Deadline: various - see website

A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The list of organisations and the types of funding available will be updated as and when information becomes available.

Latest funding opportunities 

Funding to boost health in disadvantaged areas
Added: 31 March 2020
Deadline: 27 May 2020

The King's Fund, in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, has launched a new £3 million Healthy Communities Together programme to empower voluntary and community sector organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities. The programme consists of two phases. In phase one, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding and a package of learning and development support for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans.

Funding for summer playschemes
Added: 13 February 2022
Deadline: 29 May 2020
Community and voluntary groups in the UK can apply for grants to run summer playschemes for children aged between 5 and 18. To be eligible for funding, summer playschemes should be locally based, last between two and six weeks and have strong volunteer support. Priority will be given to projects that show that they are inclusive of children from refugee families and have BME involvement. The funding is being made available through the Hilden Charitable Fund.

Grants of up to £100,000 for community facilities
Added: 16 March 2020
Deadline: 3 June 2020

Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and Community Amateur Sports Club-registered clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities. The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.

Finnis Scott Foundation
Added: 31 March 2020
Deadline: 5 June 2020

Charities and charitable organisations - including school Parent Teacher Associations - are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000 to support projects relating to horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history. Grants awarded may cover capital or revenue expenditure. Preference is given to smaller organisations where the grant will have a significant impact. 

Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund
Added: 2 March 2020
Deadline: 8 June 2020

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £2,000 for projects working to reduce disadvantage experienced by the most deprived people in the community, such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people. Larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful, with those located near to a Greggs shop are most likely to receive awards. 

Grants for community music projects
Added: 10 February 2020
Deadline: 1 July 2020
Grants are available to UK-based community groups and schools that would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in bringing music to their community. The funding can be put towards musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities, as well as helping to find ways to integrate diverse and minority groups positively into society. Grants of up to £2,500 are available. The funding is being made available through the charity Music for All.

Magic Little Grants 2020
Added: 2 March 2020
Deadline: 31 October 2020
Small charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £500 to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. To be eligible, applicant organisations will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000 or be in their first year of operation. A total of 900 grants will be available

Grants to cover running costs for small charities
Added: 14 March 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
The Marsh Christian Trust is offering grants of £300 to £1,500 to small charities to help them pay for running and core costs. The funding is available to registered charities (Community Interest Companies are excluded) working in the areas of literature, arts and heritage, social welfare, environmental causes and animal welfare, education and training, and healthcare.

Neighbourhood planning grants
Added: 3 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for grants through the Neighbourhood Planning grant scheme. The scheme provides three types of grants: basic funding of up to £9,000 to undertake a neighbourhood plan; additional grant funding of up to £8,000 for those groups meeting specific criteria, and grants of up to £10,000 for groups that wish to evaluate the case for bringing forward affordable housing for sale by undertaking housing needs assessments and other relevant studies.

Funding for community spaces
Added: 19 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Co-op Foundation is working with the Government to develop a new £1.6 million initiative to help maximise the potential of spaces where people can connect and co-operate.

Kellogg's Breakfast Club Grants Programme
Added: 8 August 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme offers grants of up to £1,000 to schools in the UK to set up breakfast clubs for those children in most need. A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to schools that have either 35 per cent and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding and / or eligible for free school meals.

Funding for football facilities
Added: 8 August 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and is focused on supporting the development of new or refurbished local football facilities. Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 are available for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities
  • Sustain or increase participation among children and adults, regardless of background, age or ability
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport. 

Grants of up to £1,000 available for community projects
Added: 24 September 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
Community groups, schools, health bodies and charities can apply for funding of up to £1,000 to support projects that benefit local communities. Funding can cover the direct costs needed to deliver a project. For example, this could be buying litter-picking equipment for a community clean-up day, buying plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, or fund the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group. Carriers for Causes funding is available to good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop and is made available from the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores.

Asda Foundation funding for local community projects
Added: 15 October 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
Charities or good causes requiring funding for a significant project can approach their local Asda store to find out if they would be eligible for a grant. Projects invited to apply could benefit from grants that have previously ranged from £2,600 to £32,000. Projects supported will tackle the underlying problems in the local area and make a real long-term difference by transforming the community and improving the lives of the people who live there.

B&Q community reuse scheme
Added: 23 October 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

DIY store B&Q operates a community reuse scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for reuse by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. All items are donated on the understanding that they will be reused or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, reusable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups.

Funding to tackle loneliness
Added: 23 October 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Government has announced that a new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations tackle loneliness. The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups. The investment will help small organisations promote themselves more widely, help fund the use of suitable venues and accessible transport, and bring established groups together to best serve local people at risk of loneliness.

Equipment grants for youth clubs
Added: 24 October 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
Variety, the children's charity, has grants of between £250 and £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition, UK Youth or the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in anti-social behaviour. Applicants have to raise some of the funds and applications that have young people involved in the fund raising will be looked upon favourably.

Funding to encourage collaboration between community organisations
Added: 14 November 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Not-for-profit organisations such as community organisations, charities, schools and social enterprises in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships. The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Partnership Fund and applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding to support leisure activities for people with physical disabilities
Added: 14 November 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Charities or not-for-profit organisations wishing to provide or organise leisure activities for people with physical disabilities can apply for a grant to help them to deliver their project, service or activity. The majority of grants awarded are for £5,000 or less. The funding is being provided through the Bruce Wake Charitable Trust. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding for projects that use the arts and media to address the concerns of children
Added: 13 January 2020
Deadline: Ongoing
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for grants of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grants Programme. Organisations can apply for both one-off, short-term projects as well as those lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects that are committed to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Funding to support youth organisations
Added: 13 January 2020
Deadline: Ongoing

Not-for-profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 to 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £60,000. The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. The funding is being made available through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.

Tesco Bags of Help grants programme
Added: 22 January 2020
Deadline: Ongoing
Community groups and schools can now apply for funding of up to £2,000 for projects that benefit their local community. The funding has been made available through Tesco’s Bags of Help programme, which covers a broad range of projects. Funding can be used to purchase sports kit, litter-picking equipment, camping equipment, make improvements to buildings, develop outdoor space, such as a play area or woodland, or help run a community event or support seasonal activities.

Funding for projects that improve people’s lives
Added: 31 March 2020
Deadline: Ongoing

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives. In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme
Added: 16 April 2020
Deadline: Ongoing
The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing. The funding is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.