Funding & Grants

At VANS we have access to a number of sources identifying funds and grants which charities, CIC’s and community groups can apply for. We also work with the Quartet Community Foundation to offer 1-2-1 meetings to fund applicants to ensure their applications meet the necessary criteria for funding consideration.

Funds and grants that are currently available are listed below:

CORONATION FUND – ST MONICA TRUST

In May, the country will be celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over the weekend of Saturday 6th to Monday 8th May 2023.  St Monica Trust is organising events for its residents in its villages and care homes and is pleased to launch the Coronation Fund to enable older people to celebrate this historic event in their own communities.

 This small grants programme offers grants of up to £500 to organisations and venues, enabling them to deliver an event that is inclusive of older people who can come together in celebration and community.

Closing date:  Midnight on Friday, 31st March 2023

For more information about St Monica Trust, click HERE

Guidelines      Application Form

WESPORT’S TOGETHER FUND

Sport and physical activity deliver immediate mental health and social benefits, whilst having a long-term positive impact on our physical health.

Insight has shown that certain groups were disproportionately affected by the pandemic and impacted their ability to be physically active.  Therefore, the Together Fund will fonucs on four priority groups:

  • culturally diverse communities
  • disabled people
  • people with long-term health conditions
  • people on low incomes

Check out Wesport’s website for more information about the Together Fund.

THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COVID-19 FUND

Is a £200 million fund open to organisations supporting people and communities experiencing challenges and difficulty during COVID-19 and dealing with an increased demand in services to support vulnerable people. The fund has two key objectives: increase community support to vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 and to reduce temporary closure of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services have the financial resources to operate. Grants are broken down into two categories, between £300 to £10,000 and £10,000 and above.

THE FOYLE FOUNDATION SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the COVID-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.

Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.

QUARTET COMMUNITY FOUNDATION – SEVERAL GRANT PROGRAMMES OPEN TO GROUPS IN NORTH SOMERSET.

Quartet Community Foundation brings together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. Grant Programmes, offering £500 – £20,000, open to support communities in North Somerset include:-  Express (including Covid Response) Grant,  North Somerset Community Partnership Grant, North Somerset Community Transport Grant, North Somerset Older Peoples Community Grant and Resilience Grant Programme.

COMIC RELIEF COMMUNITY FUND – PROJECT DELIVERY GRANT

Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to support projects that deliver against one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive: Projects that support children under the age of five to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: Projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: Projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: Projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

HARGREAVES FOUNDATION

Grants are available for charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health condition, disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education. The funding is intended for projects that give those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health condition, disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential, improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence.

FUNDING FOR PROJECTS IN COMMUNITIES WITH CARD FACTORY STORES ACROSS THE UK

The Card Factory Foundation is offering grants of up to £2,500 to not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver projects that support Card Factory colleagues and communities where Card Factory stores operate.

Through Community Grants Fund, support is available for groups to make a positive difference for past and present colleagues of Card Factory, their Connected Person(s) and the communities in which they live.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.