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.

Karbon Homes Community Funding – New Funding and Volunteer Offer Launched

Karbon Homes have launched a funding pot and volunteer offer to support communities during this challenging time. 

The fund will offer support to initiatives helping: 

           socially isolated or elderly people without support networks  

           those unable to afford essentials  

           those unable to access the internet  

To apply for the support you must be a constituted, not for profit organisation with a history of delivering similar initiatives. 

To find out more about the funding and apply, please visit:



Help Musicians launches £5M Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

Eligible musicians are able to apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form.

Further details can be found at below web page.

Comic Relief Small Grants

Groups can apply for capacity building grants of up to £500 or delivery grants of up to £4000 (Under either of the four key priorities below) - the process is live and a rolling programme, so the sooner you apply the better.  

Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 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.  

For any support and advice please speak to your local enablers;
South of the Region - Loren Bellwood on 01642 815663 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
North of the Region - Rebecca Wilson on 0191 464 0010 /
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Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations.  

Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. 

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK*, with projects changing every three months. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500. 

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers. 

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded. 

Please note, due to the volume of applications they have received, if you have been funded previously, you are less likely to be successful with your application.  

For any support or advice please speak to your local enabler:  

Joanne Ashworth 01388 662666 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects (UK)

Up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects (UK)

Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community.  Every three months from January 2020 onwards, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most.

Aviva want to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas:

  • Community resilience: Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.
  • Financial capability and inclusion: Giving people the tools to become more financially independent.

The closing date to apply to the Aviva Community Fund is the 5th May 2020

Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

Useful Links:

Apply to the Aviva Community Fund