Funding Opportunities

Included in this section are summaries of available funding opportunities which community groups may wish to apply for. For more detailed information, community groups are advised to visit the individual website of the funder. Please take note of the timescales / deadlines for applying for funding and the funding criteria which you will need to meet in order to be eligible to apply.

The information contained in this section of the website was correct at the time of publication.

Funding Available to Encourage Collaboration Between Community Organisations (England)

Not for profit organisations in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to the Big Lottery Funds £40 million Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations.

The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.

Deadline: The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Partnership Fund and applications can be submitted at any time.

Further information -

Electric Vehicle Innovation Accelerator Fund

The Electric Vehicle Innovation Accelerator programme will provide an opportunity for North East businesses to gain support to help develop ways of increasing the uptake of electric vehicles.

North East businesses from any sector, whether well-established or just starting up, are invited to apply to the programme.

Size of Grant: £20,000

Deadline: Friday 19th July 1019 (second 2019 deadline)

Applications should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information view below links:

Electric Vehicle Innovation Accelerator

Innovation SuperNetwork – North East England

National Lottery Heritage Horizon Awards


Large grants are available for innovative heritage projects that will bring about positive changes and benefits to people, places and the wider heritage sector.


Applications are accepted from not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK. 


Minimum grant available is £5 million.  There is no upper limit.


Deadline: 31st August 2020


For further information about the Heritage Horizon Awards click here 


Resource Action Fund

The £18 million Resource Action Fund has been established to support resource efficiency projects in England, with the goal of diverting, reducing, and better managing, waste. The Fund will support key policy outcomes in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter. It will do this through a variety of mechanisms including large and small-scale grants, and through expert support in the areas of food and non-household municipal recycling.

 Small Scale Food Waste grants are open to small and medium sized enterprises (both commercial and not for profit) that can supply surplus food either directly to those in need or to other organisations who do the same. 

Deadline: Small Scale applications 11th July 2019. 

Further information:  Small Scale Food Waste Prevention Grants

Older Persons Social Isolation Environment Small Grants Fund – Now Open for Applications!

The Derwent Valley Partnership's Older Persons Social Isolation (OPSI) Environment Small Grants Fund is now open for applications.

The aim of the OPSI Environment Small Grants Fund is to enable local community groups, organisations and partners to engage with older people (aged 50+ years) living in their communities who are lonely and may suffer, due to loneliness, with poor physical, mental and emotional health, via environmental based projects.

Applicants can apply for a grant of between £500 (minimum) and £2,000 (maximum) subject to your project meeting the criteria detailed in the guidance notes.

For an application pack and guidance information, please contact the DVP Team on 03000 260725  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that the deadline for completed and submitted applications (along with the supporting documentation highlighted in the guidance notes) is 5pm on FRIDAY 2nd AUGUST 2019.