New Case Study

Check out our latest case study of a project that we worked on:

The project provided a meeting area and public facilities that will open the Church building to much greater use by the wider community. These new essential facilities are designed to meet the communal needs of a rapidly expanding local community. 

Check out our case study page for photos of before and after.

Grants of up to £100,000 Available for Community Facilities (England)

Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities.

This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums.

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. There will be four funding rounds this year and the closing date for this funding round is the 7th December 2022.

Grants of up to £100,000 Available for Community Facilities (England)

New research shows how sport can play vital role in tackling youth unemployment and negative impacts of cost-of-living crisis

Authored by researchers at the University of Bath and published during national Youth Work Week, the ‘Active for Employment’ report is the second in a series commissioned by the Sport for Development Coalition aimed at demonstrating to policy-makers how targeted sport and physical activity-based interventions can help to tackle health and societal inequalities in under-served communities – ultimately producing multiple cost savings to the public purse.

The Coalition is a growing UK-wide movement of organisations and networks using sport to intentionally generate positive health and societal outcomes. These range from improved mental wellbeing and social cohesion to reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and unemployment.

To find out more click here:

BJA Digital Transformation Fund – British Judo

British Judo has announce that they have been successful in securing investment from the B2022: NGB Sport Participation, Innovation, and Digital Fund.

This could be related to digital education & any training/mentoring requirements, the implementation of new payment/online entry/booking systems, any hardware requirements (Laptops, monitors, tablets, cameras, printers, card payment devices, etc), processes to assist in professionalising onboarding services (Websites, Digital Marketing etc), assistance with the day-to-day management and utilisation of club membership data.

They hope this will not only aid the recruitment and retention of members to their clubs but also offer support to the valued volunteer workforce, by reducing time on tasks and providing opportunities to develop employability skills.

They will be inviting applications from all British Judo Association member clubs and providers (England clubs only), and typically, expect the grants awarded to be in the region of £1000 or less, however, in exceptional circumstances where a significant impact can be evidenced, they will consider applications up to £2000.

To find out more click here:

Football Foundation funding boost for multi-sport facilities

The Football Foundation have set a target for 40% of its investment to be in multi-sport projects by 2025.

This is worth a projected £92 million over the next three years and includes £15m of National Lottery funding from us that will be made available to support the improvement of grass pitches at cricket, rugby league and rugby union grounds nationwide.

The aim is to improve the landscape of sport across the country, ensuring people have more access to places to play the sports they love, aligning with our own Uniting the Movement strategy.

The Football Foundation’s pledge to increase funding into multi-sport projects will see benefits for sports such as rugby and cricket, but also netball and basketball.

Village Hall Grants

This information is intended as a guide to illustrate some of the possible funding sources that are currently available for village halls.

4Grants has a track record of helping village halls and parish councils obtain grant funding for a variety of projects.

If you are looking at applying for funding directly yourself it’s advisable to contact the funders before applying to discuss your project and eligibility, as the relevant requirements, exclusions or priorities applicable to the fund may change. Alternatively 4Grants are able to search and apply for the funding on your behalf, our no win, no fee solution is ideal for community organisations.

Age Concern England
Allen Lane Foundation (UK)
Arts Council England
Awards for All England
Big Lottery
BT Community Connections
Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
Charity Technology Trust – CTX Programme
Charles Hayward Foundation
Comic Relief UK Grants
Co-operative Community Fund
County Durham Community Foundation
Durham County Council Arts Development Small Grants Scheme
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Grassroots Grants
Greggs Foundation
Hadrian Trust
Healthier Durham Fund
Henry Smith Charity
Heritage Lottery Fund
LankellyChase Foundation
Lloyds TSB Foundation
North Pennines AONB Grant Schemes
Northern Rock Foundation
Northumbrian Water Environmental Fund
02 It’s Your Community
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Santander Foundation
Sir James Knott Trust
Sport England Small Grants Programme
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Tudor Trust
Veolia Environmental Trust
William Webster Charitable Trust
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FUN-ding Friday

Welcome to your funding alert. Here you will find local and national funding opportunities to support your idea or project.

Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

 The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

The fund has been created by Arts Council England with funds from the National Lottery. The fund is open to voluntary and community organisations with charitable aims and working towards a common goal which does not have to be based solely around arts and culture.

Culture and creativity come in all shapes and sizes, so Arts Council England do not want to be too prescriptive about what form projects could take; it’s more important for you to consider how to deliver creative and cultural activity that your local communities will want to take part in and find a partner who can help you deliver it. Deadline: Applications close February 28th 2022

Power Up Your Grass Pitch

The Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation have announced the launch of their ‘Power Up Your Grass Pitch’ campaign, to transform the state of grass football pitches in England.The aim is to improve over 7,000 grass pitches by 2024 and 20,000 by 2030, to ensure the 12 million grassroots football players across the country have great places to play.
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Sport England’s ‘The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund’ aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.

Awards are to help inactive people get active, or less active people become more active. Sport England particularly want to support projects working with people located in areas of high deprivation (specifically people living in areas defined by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 1-3).

To see which area your project location fits into, you can use the handy postcode checker via the link below.
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.

HS2 Community and Environment Fund

The HS2 Community and Environment Fund (CEF) has been established to offset the disruption caused to local communities throughout the construction phase of HS2.

The aim of the CEF is to award grants of up to £75,000 to projects that will benefit communities along the route.

Supported projects could include, for example, Pedestrian, equestrian or cycle access; landscape and nature conservation/enhancement; enhancement/replacement of sports and recreational facilities; refurbishment/re-use of historic buildings and monuments. Capital and revenue costs can be funded.
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time

FUN-ding Friday

As ever, if you have any questions on any of the grants programmes then please do not hesitate to contact our Grants Team on 0800 410 1444 they will be more than happy to speak to you.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is now open for applications. The fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. It has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with funds from the National Lottery and is open to voluntary organisations with charitable aims and working towards a common goal which does not have to be based solely around arts and culture.

Projects must:

  • focus on art and creativity
  • engage with at least one of the artforms that ACE supports 
  • be high quality and inclusive in their approach
  • culminate in June 2022
  • benefit people in Wiltshire or Swindon particularly those on low incomes or facing disadvantage

Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with an artist, creative or cultural organisation that has been in receipt of ACE funding within the last 4 years to help deliver their project. Although this is not an essential requirement, in general we would expect larger awards (i.e. 5-10k) to be made to projects that involve a partnership between a community organisation and an ACE funded organisation; the lead partner should be the community organisation, who will receive the grant and distribute funds as needed to their partner arts organisation. .

Closing date for applications 28 February. All applicants will have a funding decision by Friday 1 April 2022. The project can begin from 1 April so that preparation can take place such as rehearsals. Public-facing activity should take place in June near the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is currently accepting applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to be considered at the Trustees meeting in March 2022.Capital grants of up to £5,000 are available to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities specifically for those in need (by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage or distress) in the UK. More info here.

Co-op and Hubbub Foundation

Not-for-profit groups across the UK can now apply for grants of £4,000 to cover all costs associated with establishing a new Community Fridge. To be eligible organisations must be setting up a new Community Fridge. The deadline to apply is midnight on 1 February 2022. More info here.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Foundation has launched its 2022 funding round. Grants of up to £25,000 per year for three years are available to support the arts, culture, and heritage projects across the UK. Funding will enable people to develop skills and careers, increase access to and promote diversity in the arts and heritage by reaching communities and individuals who would otherwise not participate. Registered charities, not-for-profit companies and constituted community groups are eligible to apply. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 28 February 2022 (midnight). More info here.

Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund

The Fund is offering organisations in Swindon, that are helping to make local communities better, the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2,000. The closing date for application is 4 February. (Please note that this is not open to organisations in Wiltshire.) More info here.

British Ecological Society

The British Ecological Society has announced that its Outreach Grants programme is now open for applications. Through the programme, individuals and organisations such as schools, museums, libraries and community groups will be able to apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience. The maximum award is £2,000 which may form all or part of the total costs of the project. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 18th March 2022. More info here.

What you need to know about grant funding

Grants are non-repayable funds that enable voluntary and community organisations to provide services or activities.

There are over 4,000 grant funders in the UK, and the process is highly competitive.

Grants are ideal for supporting research and development, building capacity or for new activities which over time could become self-financing. They are also widely used for projects and to cover the core operating costs of voluntary and community organisations such as salaries and overheads.

Challenges of grants

  • Short-term nature: grants rarely last longer than three years, so if you intend to your project to continue you must have a strategy for the longer term.
  • Specifications: many funders have specific priorities for types of activity they want to fund.
  • Oversubscribed funding: the total amount of grant funding received by the voluntary and community sector has fallen in recent years and is likely to fall further, coupled with more organisations looking for funding equals greater competition.
  • Time: it takes time to submit an application and receive a response – on average, from two to six months, depending on the funder and the scale of the grant.
  • Overheads: grants funders generally do not fund day-to-day running costs and it can be hard to secure the true costs of running a project from a grant-giver.

Find the right grant

Finding the right grant or funding for a community project involves research into the following:

  • the geographic area
  • the community
  • the interests of the funder
  • how your organisation’s status, mission, vision and values match what the funder is looking for.

4Grants has been established over ten year and provides a No win, No Fee solution. We will search for relevant grants, complete the application/s as well as developing detailed project plan/s to support the bid/s.

New Campaign Launched to Transform Grass Football Pitches (England)

The Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation have announced the launch of their ‘Power Up Your Grass Pitch’ campaign, to transform the state of grass football pitches in England.

The aim is to improve over 7,000 grass pitches by 2024 and 20,000 by 2030, to ensure the 12 million grassroots football players across the country have great places to play. To support the campaign, the Foundation has developed an app which is now being rolled out across the country.

‘PitchPower’ is an online tool that gives community football clubs and organisations the ability to carry out their own grass pitch inspections. Once inspections have been completed, clubs and facilities are then eligible to apply for funding to support pitch improvements identified through the app.

How Power Pitch works, click HERE

If you need any help and support with grants and funding don’t hesitate to contact us: