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Community Funding Grants

Community funding is the way we support the local Voluntary and Community Sector with grant awards to help them deliver important services and activities to our communities.

The grant schemes on offer and the projects / services funded must support, enable or facilitate the achievement of one or more of the Council's strategic aims, objectives or priorities, and must also address an identified local need.

The Community Funding Grants Framework (CFGF) sets out the principles (CFGF Section 3) and standards (CFGF Section 4) that govern how we will award Community Funding to voluntary and community organisations who operate within the geographical area of the Council.

It also defines, for Community Funding Grant purposes, our definition of a voluntary or community organisation (CFGF Section 1.4).

This may be subject to the terms and conditions and the funding location of each grant scheme, but will mainly be:

  • registered charities
  • voluntary or community groups
  • local clubs
  • community interest companies (CIC)
  • not for profit organisations

The grant schemes on offer and projects / services funded must be consistent with the Council’s evaluation criteria (CFGF Section 4.4) and our strategic aims, objectives and priorities (CFGF Section 4.3). 

These include:

See a list of grants:

List of grant schemes currently open

Current schemes

SchemeArts and Culture Grant Scheme
Scheme details

Grants of up to £5,000, are available for arts and culture projects or services that address an identified local need and support, enable or facilitate the achievement of one or more of the Council's strategic aims, objectives or priorities.

To be eligible to apply for this grant scheme organisations must meet 2 or more of the following requirements:

  • providing ongoing arts or culture activities for the local community
  • improving the well-being of vulnerable people
  • increasing the number of people accessing arts and culture
  • increasing the number of visitors to West Northamptonshire
  • increasing levels of physical activity through the use of arts and culture activities

The funding is available for new or existing projects and is open to all Voluntary and Community Sector organisations.

However, priority for funding will be given to those who work with:

  • young people aged 0-16
  • care leavers
  • carers 
  • foster carers or adopters
  • older people
  • people with disabilities
  • people with mental health issues
  • people from diverse communities
LocationUrban and rural areas within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire Council
Who can apply

Community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire Council.

Town and Parish Councils are not eligible to apply for this grant.

How to applyEmail [email protected] for an application form and guidance.
Minimum value of the grant£100
Maximum value of the grant£5,000
Opening date14 May 2024
Closing date5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024
Contact detailsIf you have any questions, please contact us by email [email protected]. Please quote “Discretionary Community Funding Grant” and include a contact telephone number in your email.
SchemeDiscretionary Community Funding Grants
Scheme details

This grant scheme is open to local registered charities, not-for-profit and VCSE organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire.

Eligible applicants must address an identified local need, and support, enable or facilitate the achievement of one or more of the Council's strategic aims, objectives or priorities. Details of these strategic aims, objectives or priorities can be found on our website and in our Community Funding Grants Framework.

LocationUrban and rural areas within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire Council.
Who can apply

Community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire Council.

Town and Parish Councils are not eligible to apply for this grant.

How to applyEmail [email protected] for an application form and guidance.
Minimum value of the grant£500
Maximum value of the grant£15,000
Opening date14 May 2024
Closing date5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024
Contact detailsIf you have any questions, please contact us by email [email protected]. Please quote “Discretionary Community Funding Grant” and include a contact telephone number in your email.
SchemeSkills for Communities Grant Scheme
Scheme details

This grants scheme aims to support local people to develop their learning and skills and help them get into work.

These grants are available to provide support to the Council’s residents, aged 16+, no longer in full-time education, who would like to develop more or different skills.

Examples of how the grant can be used include:

  • delivering training towards qualifications or building life skills
  • improving communication skills and social skills
  • increasing confidence, work experience, coaching or other support
  • supporting literacy and digital skills

The Skills for Communities grant scheme compliments WNC’s existing Multiply programme which is already delivering numeracy skills to local people. The grants cannot be used to fund activity already supported through other funding streams such as the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

LocationUrban and rural areas within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire Council.
Who can apply

Community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire Council.

Town and Parish Councils are not eligible to apply for this grant.

How to applyEmail [email protected] for an application form.
Minimum value of the grant£10,000
Maximum value of the grant£300,000
Opening date1 May 2024
Closing date5pm on Friday 24 May 2024
Contact details

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Please quote "Skills for Communities Grant Scheme" and include a contact telephone number in your email.

 

Year awardedRecipientPurposeGrant SchemeGrant award £
2024/25Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire (in partnership with Daventry Volunteer Centre and South Northants Volunteer Bureau) Local Infrastructure Organisation Support Fund - Local Priorities: 2024/25 and 2025/26Local Infrastructure Organisation Support Fund£260,000
2024/25Ability CICFreedom - Rural Transport Capital: 2024/25Community Transport Grant £437,181
2024/25CommMiniBus LtdCommunity Transport Service in WNC - Capital: 2024/25Community Transport Grant£110,000
2024/25Ability CICFreedom - Rural Transport Revenue: 2024/25 and 2025/26Community Transport Grant£40,000
2024/25
 
Cogenhoe & Whiston Parish CouncilVillage Hopper Community Transport Scheme: 2024/25 and 2025/26Community Transport Grant£26,113.50
2024/25
 
CommMiniBus LtdCommunity Transport Service in WNC - revenue: 2024/25 and 2025/26Community Transport Grant£20,000
2024/25
 
Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT)Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT): 2024/25 and 2025/26Community Transport Grant£120,000
2024/25
 
TADD (Towcester Area Door to Door)Existing services and expansion for residents we carry: 2024/25 and 2025/26Community Transport Grant £40,000
2024/25
 
South Northants Volunteer BureauBrackley Volunteer Car Service: 2024/25 and 2025/26Community Transport Grant£28,000
2024/25
 
Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire (VIN) NorthamptonCommunity Transport: 2024/25 and 2025/26Community Transport Grant£130,000
2024/25
 
Home-Start NorthamptonSocial Action for Ukrainian FamiliesCreation Of New Volunteering Opportunities through Social Action Projects Grant (resettlement) £7,500
2024/25Citizens Advice West Northamptonshire and Cherwell (in partnership with the Community Law Service Northampton and County)Debt and money advice support: 2024/25 and 2025/26Debt, Money Advice and Immigration Support Fund£620,000
2024/25Community Law Service (Northampton and County) (in partnership with the Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Service)Debt, money advice and immigration support: 2024/25 and 2025/26Debt, Money Advice and Immigration Support Fund£116,164

Alternative sources of funding

Free grant finders: Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire and South Northants Volunteers Bureau offer access to free grant finders. These can be accessed via:

The above, and the Volunteers Centre Daventry, can offer a wide range of advice and support, including grant funding, to new and existing voluntary and community organisations in their areas.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation: An independent grant-making charity that delivers a variety of funding to the local voluntary and community sector in Northamptonshire. See details of the grants currently available.

Central Government’s Find a Grant Service: The Government has made it mandatory that all central government departments and their arms-length bodies advertise their competitive grant scheme via their “Find a Grant” digital service.

Contact details

If you represent a voluntary or community sector organisation and wish to speak to the Community Funding Team about your eligibility to apply for a grant please email: [email protected]. Please remember to include a contact telephone number.

Expression of interest

If you wish your contact details to be added to the email notification list when the next suitable funding round opens, please complete the form below: 

Last updated 24 May 2024