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‘Vital for Berkshire’ aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment.


What are the ‘needs’ in Berkshire?

‘Vital for Berkshire’ goes beyond the statistics to uncover areas and themes where pockets of deprivation can be found, and where local communities are struggling. A safe home, good health and secure employment are interdependent and underpin wellbeing – a key message from Berkshire’s Vital Signs 2017. Vital for Berkshire will raise awareness about and raise vital funds to support community groups helping people dealing with issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment.

People with mental health issues are more likely than average to experience homelessness, rent or mortgage difficulties, poor quality housing, deprived neighbourhoods or crime and isolation (Vital Signs 2017)

Learn more about ‘Vital for Berkshire’


Berkshire Community Foundation is aiming to raise £200,000 during the year, to fund local projects/voluntary organisations addressing the needs identified as ‘Vital for Berkshire’.

The next ‘Vital for Berkshire’ funding round is now open for applications, with grants available of up to £10,000.

The application process
  • Application forms must be completed on-line and submitted along with governing documents – Constitution, latest Annual Accounts and Safeguarding Policy by 9.00 am on the morning of Wednesday 1 May 2019 in order to be considered by the Grants Panel in June 2019. The form and all requested documentation must be received by this date; if not, your application will not be considered further.
  • Berkshire Community Foundation receives many more applications than there is funding available, and there is no guarantee that any application made will be successful.
  • Applicants will be informed of the Grants Panel decisions as soon as possible after the meeting in June 2019.


If you are interested in applying for funding, please complete the following questions to check your eligibility. If you meet the criteria of the fund, you will be sent a link to an application form.

Are you a registered charity, constituted community group or other charitable organisation, including social enterprise/CIC, working in Berkshire? (required)

Are you seeking funding to support activities/projects which alleviate disadvantage that Berkshire residents face from issues relating to employment, housing and homelessness, physical and mental health? (required)

Does the project for which you are seeking funding have clearly identified aims, backed up with the evidence to show the need? (required)

Organisation Name (required)