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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 Sign’s Report. ‘Vital for Berkshire’ aims to 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.


Support for Community Groups

BCF recently asked grant applicants for their feedback on their funding experience with BCF. From the findings from the survey, a huge number of groups reported that they find it difficult to fund essential resources/core costs. So, for this funding round, BCF managed funds will be allocated in grants of up to £10,000 towards running costs for groups working to address the above needs.

The application process
  • This fund is now open.
  • Application forms must be completed on-line and submitted along with supporting documents by 9.00 am on the morning of Wednesday 25 September 2019 in order to be considered by the Grants Panel in November 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 November 2019.
Fund Criteria

If you are interested in applying for this funding, please complete the following questions to check your eligibility. If you meet the criteria of the fund, you will be send 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 which alleviate disadvantage in Berkshire in line with the 'Vital for Berkshire' aims, as above? (required)

Organisation Name (required)