Funding and Fundraising




Just to let you know that we will be receiving 2 grants of £500 each which will cover the transport costs as necessary. One is from the Bruce Wake Charitable Trust and the other from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, included in the South West Foundation’s Small Grants Fund. Thank you for your help.’ The Notable Club, November 2013


“Thanks  VANS for all the help”  from Theatre Orchard March 2013.

European Social Fund and Big Lottery funding programme

WoECSP consists of 8 infrastructure organisations, Quartet Community Foundation (QCF), Voscur, Voluntary Action North Somerset, CVS South Gloucestershire, Wesport, Social Enterprise Works, The Care Forum and West of England Rural Network who, together with a network of Registered Social Landlords, have come together to maximise the opportunities presented by the European Social Fund (ESF) to meet the needs individuals who are vulnerable and distant from employment.


For more details on the WoE Local Enterprise Partnership, please look at


Procurement and commissioning

During the last few years the roles and functions of public bodies have been changing. Increasingly public bodies are now looking to external companies to provide services on their behalf. Commissioning involves making decisions about whether to commission. what to commission and from whom. 


Below a selection of local and national funders. For more schemes, please join our weekly e-bulletin mailing list here
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As one of the longest-established community foundations in the UK, Quartet Community Foundation have the expertise and local knowledge to help donors support the local causes and charities they care about and make an impact through their giving.

They identify issues of importance to their donors and award grants on their behalf to community charities and voluntary groups making a real difference to people’s lives across the West of England.


Click here to be redirected to their website

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales enables charities to break or prevent the cycle of disadvantage.


Lloyds Foundation focusses on supporting charities that help people facing multiple disadvantage to move forward with their lives. By providing both financial and practical support, they aim to deliver lasting positive change.


Lloyds understands the challenges charities face, and use their sector experience and knowledge to offer long term funding for core and development costs.


The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is one of the UK’s leading independent grant making trusts.

South West Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Their main focus is on supporting small Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations to make a real difference to their communities. They do this through :

  • Grant Giving

  • Research

  • Training

Established in 2002 the Foundation has invested almost £4million in communities over the last ten years and have a supported over 80 networks and 1,000 Voluntary and Community Organisations.


The South West Foundation has produced a funding booklet which you might find useful for your groups. Click here to download the booklet.


The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million last year.


Since June 2004 they have awarded over £6 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.


Their funding supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities. They deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK. 


Big Lottery also distributes non-Lottery funding on behalf of public bodies such as the Department for Education and the Office for Civil Society. They are a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office.


Click here to open the presentation by Tim Temple from the Big Lottery Fund of December 14, 2015.



Improving Health and Wellbeing in North Somerset –

an exciting opportunity for small scale and enthusiastic community groups

North Somerset CCG is seeking to award small grants of less than £200 to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations  to help us to reduce health inequalities in North Somerset. The CCG is particularly keen to receive applications from small groups for projects that will benefit people with protected characteristics.


Voluntary and Community groups are often at the heart of where local people are and can make a real difference to people’s lives with a little bit of help. Applications for the awards must be sent in on the application form. 

You can print off the form and complete as a hand written application.


The closing date is  12 noon on Monday 7th March. Late applications will not be considered.

The CCG is keen to encourage small groups to apply for this funding so if you are eligible please do consider applying.

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