Imminent Deadlines:

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Early Help Contracts – Cheshire East Council

Remember the Early Help Framework closes at 12pm on Monday 12th November 2018.  You will need to be on the framework if you wish to bid for any calls issued through this. 

Manchester Airport Community Trust - Deadline 23rd November 2018 5pm

BBC Children in Need Small Grants - Deadline 2nd December 2018

Latest Funds:

New Homes Bonus Community Fund

Cheshire East Council has set aside a fund of £2m (£1m in each of 2018/19 and 2019/20), as part of the Medium Term Financial Strategy, to allow local people to engage with how services are delivered at a local level. As new homes can impact on the services required in an area, the allocation of funding reflects where new houses have been built. There is an expectation that projects will make a visible impact in the local community. For this reason the minimum allocation per project is £10,000.

Guidance notes are now available here.

The total allocations for each of the 7 areas are:

•       Congleton  £328,973

•       Crewe   £170,985

•       Knutsford   £61,790

•       Macclesfield   £121,739

•       Nantwich   £162,006

•       Poynton   £67,776

•       Wilmslow   £86,731


Click on the town to download the priorities for that area:









CVS staff can support members AND non-members – email for any extra help.

Please click here for an application form.

There are some slots still available for support with your application (for members AND non-members) - contact us to book on one of our support days (listed below), or to make an appointment with your own account manager:

 Friday 16th Nov AM (Suzy Keen). The Welcome, Knutsford

 Thurs 29th Nov PM (Mark Smith). Macclesfield College

 Tues 18th Dec PM (Suzy Keen). Ruby's Fund, Congleton

Additional support dates added
Due to the high demand of 121 support meetings for this grant  CVS have added extra dates:

Monday 10th December 9.30am-5pm (Clare Dodds)
Wednesday 12th December 9.30am-5pm (Tina Cartlidge)
Thursday 13th December 9.30am-5pm (Mark Smith)

All above dates will be held at CVS office, Hope Street, Sandbach, CW11 1BA

Please email to make a booking for support.

Telephone advice and support available

For those groups unable to attend a 121 support meeting you can also receive advice and suuport over the telephone however you will need to email your application and book a time slot on one of the above dates. If you are a CVS member you can also speak to your CVS Development Officer and arrange alternative dates.

BBC Children In Need - Main Grants Programme - Grants available for projects aiming to support children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through: 

Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
Any kind of disability
Behavioural or psychological difficulties
Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Deadline for current round of funding: 13th January 2019

Armed Forces  Covenant Fund Trust: A small number of large grants will be made to single lead organisations who will work with delivery organisations to fund the development of new and innovative ways to support veterans with severe mental health needs who do not meet the criteria for hospitalisation, and to support their families and carers.


Grow Wild funding opportunities

Grow Wild, the outreach project of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has two grant funds open for application: community projects and for youth-led projects. We’re interested in projects inspired by UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi, that help people connect to each other and nature. Our community project fund (deadline 10th December) award £2k or £4k for groups and organisations trying something new or different to engage hundreds of people in their community about UK native wildflowers/plants/fungi, where there are opportunities to help people connect with, learn about and give to each other and nature. Full details here.

The youth-led project fund (rolling deadlines) award £500 to young people aged 14-25. Projects should be creative, actively engage other people in their delivery, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. Beyond that, anything is up for grabs! Full details here.


Tampon Tax Community Fund: Now open for applications. For community groups and charities who deliver projects that support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks. Contact for further information.


Big Lottery Digital Fund

The Digital Fund is a new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It is about helping the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.

Applications initially open on 22nd October 2018 and close on 3rd December 2018. There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019. More information here.


Charles Hayward Foundation: Has two grant programmes available for UK Registered Charities:Main grant programme: Social & Criminal Justice and Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000). Small grant programme:  Social & Criminal Justice and Older People (for charities with an income of less than£350,000).Within all of the above categories they fund project costs and capital expenditure. For guidance on the types and size of grants they make, please refer to specific category guidelines, also downloadable click here.


Cheshire Community Foundation Small Grants Programme (grants up to £1,000): For grants up to £1,000 and specifically for  smaller charities (with a turnover of less than £300,000) and to assist local grass roots organisations that support one, or more, of the following priority areas:

•            Homelessness

•            Disadvantaged and exploited young people, with a preference for prevention and early intervention projects

•            Education (for ages 3 to 18)

•            Community support to include older people

It’s a rolling programme. More information here.


Masonic Charitable Foundation – Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme

Grants for charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.


New Transform Foundation Funding
New funding programme designed to fund the development of new websites for smaller charities. They class 'smaller' charities in this instance as charities with an annual income of between £100k and £350k.


Cheshire East Council Grant Scheme

Funding to support the continuation of community activity and the formation of new community groups to support the needs of local communities. Examples could include: Running costs for organisations established for less than 6 months; equipment, materials or specialist kit to help the organisation develop; volunteer training courses. Maximum grant £5000. See attached poster for more information.


The Archer Trust

This charitable trust makes grants of £250 - £3,000 towards social welfare projects, particularly those which involve a Christian element. 

High Sheriff Fund 2018-2019:The programme supports local creative arts organisations, with grants up to £2000, over one year. Click High Sheriff Fund Programme Criteria for more details.  This programme will be managed on a rolling basis, with applications assessed monthly  and organisations will be notified within 6 to 8 weeks.  Grant funded projects must be fully delivered by 31st March 2019.

MBNA Inspiring Education Programme is a three year programme set up by MBNA, to support extra-curricular activities in state secondary educations organisations (High Schools, Academies and Multi Academy Trusts). For this programme, MBNA staff, who work at the MBNA Chester HQ Campus, will nominate schools to apply, where they have a personal connection.  MBNA staff members will provide a link to the online application form, when they nominate schools.  Grants available up to £8,000, for one year and so we are likely to make around 25 to 30 grants each year.   Priority will be given to secondary education organisations in areas, which are most densely populated by MBNA staff, working at MBNA’s Chester Campus. MBNA Application form will go live 1st September 2018

#iwill Fund – November Round Applications For the  November round of the #iwill fund (formerly Youth Social Action), the maximum grant size has been increased to £10,000. 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation- New grants programme open for Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation in the 2 following areas: 'Community Support' and 'Arts, Education and Heritage'. 


The Royal British Legion's External Grants programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.

Applications for projects supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

Please note that the Legion is not inviting applications for multi-year funding at this time. Applications will only be considered for 'one off' payments. Continuation funding may be applied for in following years.

The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged.


Clothworker's Foundation - Capital Small Grants (upto £10,000) and Main Grants (No max grant but average of £25,000) open for  application for areas including: Alcohol and substance misuse, Disabled people, disadvantaged minority communities, Disadvantaged young people, Domestic and sexual violence, Older people, Homelessness, Prisoners and Ex-offenders and Visual Impairment.


Biffa Community Buildings Award - Grants from £10,000 - £75000 to provide or improve community buildings to act as a mechanism for community involvement


Steve Morgan Foundation: This grant supports people of all ages in financial hardship, who are in need of specialist equipment. Individuals or organisations can apply for this funding by clicking here


Following a review of its grant procedures, the Funder has refined its Main Grant programmes, separating it into two defined funds that aims to work with people for whom other sources of support have failed, been inappropriate or are simply not available.
Grant sizes are generally between £10,000 and £60,000 and are for charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises that are based and working in the UK.
There are no deadlines. Applications are considered on a regular basis, depending on the fund applied to.

Comic Relief 
Three  funding initiatives- Safety From: Spaces To: Try for Change Thriving, Not just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health, To find out more click here.
Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. For more information click here.

If you are thinking of applying for any funding let us help you!

Please don't forget our Grant Read Through Service
Remember that for Members, our Development Officers can read any bids prior to submission.
It can be so useful for someone outside your organisation to read through grant applications. Something may make sense to you, but not to a potential funder and could jeopardize your chances of a successful grant application.

Get in touch with us and we will be delighted to help you with your bids: email or call 01270 763100.