Grants awarded support a variety of community groups across Berkshire working to support a wide range of causes; tackling disadvantage, supporting victims of crime, poverty, homelessness, health and wellbeing, isolation and loneliness, education and skills and strengthening the community in general.
- First check that your organisation and project proposal meet the eligibility criteria under ‘Who is eligible to apply for a grant?’.
- Look at information about ‘Named Funds’, to check whether your project meets the criteria for any of these funding streams.
- Check the ‘Vital Signs’ Local needs identified by this research are used to set priorities for BCF funds.
Expressions of Interest are welcome at any time. On receiving the form, the Programmes Team will consider your request for funding against the funding streams available. If there is potential for funding, you will be sent a link to our standard on-line application form. We use an on-line grants process to enable you to access grants from a range of funders.
In order to be eligible to apply for funding, your group needs to:
- Be a not-for profit, voluntary or community group, social enterprise/CIC or registered charity
- Have a Governing Document (Constitution/Set of Rules)
- Have a Management Committee/Board of Trustees
- Have a bank account in the name of the group, with a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories
- Provide up-to-date accounts
- Have returned evaluation forms for any grants previously received
- Organisations that are regional or national charities (unless locally led and run, with a separate management committee, bank account and governing documents)
- Organisations that have substantial unrestricted funds
- Statutory work (in educational institutions or replacing statutory funding)
- Building improvements/projects or capital appeals (unless flood damaged)
- Promotion of religious or political causes
- Projects benefiting those outside the county
- Retrospective funding
- Medical research or equipment
- Individuals over the age of 18 (except those up to 25 for those with learning/physical disabilities)
- Organisations primarily concerned with conservation of plants or animal welfare
- Overseas travel/expeditions
- The project addresses disadvantage and provides a benefit to the community
- There is evidence of the disadvantage and need for the project
- The outcomes of the project are clear and achievable
- The budget is well thought through and itemised
- Other funding has been secured
- The group is working with other organisations and stakeholders
- There is no duplication of the work
You will need to provide documentation to support your application including:
- A copy of your Governing Document (Constitution/Set of Rules)
- Latest financial accounts and bank statement
- A copy of your safeguarding/child protection policy if you are working with children and/or vulnerable adults
Please note: BCF would like to be able to fund all funding applications. However, we receive requests for grants that far exceed the funds available and there is no guarantee of grant-aid being forthcoming.
Our average grant size for 2016/17 was £4,680. This means that even if your application meets the funding criteria, we are not always able to support it.
- BCF Funds – consideration of applications throughout the year.
- Give a Child a Chance – please see further information on the fund here.
- NHS Fund for Carers – consideration of applications throughout the year.
- Three Community Grassroots Fund – currently closed, further information will be uploaded when available.
- Mars in the Community – currently closed, further information will be uploaded when available.
- 2017 Year of Mental Health Fund – closed for applications. Funding to be awarded in Spring 2018.
- SEGRO Thames Valley Community Fund – closed for applications. Funding to be awarded in Spring 2018.
BCF also works in partnership with others to enable them to distribute their funds. These have a separate application process and deadlines. Please click on the Funds to find out more:
- #iwill Programme – this fund is open. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 6 April 2018.
- Comic Relief Local Communities Core Strength 2017 – this fund is open. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 6 April 2018.
- Building a Stronger Britain Together – closed for applications.
Berkshire Community Foundation also manages a number of Named Funds, each with their own set of criteria and deadlines. Funding information is updated on the website as it becomes available and also circulated by social media.
- Contact your local Council for Voluntary Services for guidance.
- Search for further funders using Funding Central.
- Consider raising money by other methods, including online fundraising for example through Local Giving.
If you are advised by Berkshire Community Foundation that your application has been unsuccessful the Foundation will, where appropriate, give you some feedback but cannot enter a lengthy correspondence on this.
Whatever the outcome of your application, we wish you every success in your ongoing fundraising.