£3m Government Grant for Village Hall Improvements

On Friday 5 April 2019 Nottinghamshire MP Robert Jenrick and Defra Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner launched a £3m grant for the improvement of village halls. 

In Derbyshire it is estimated that there are over 280 halls, many of which could be eligible for this new funding. Helena Stubbs, Rural Action Derbyshire's (RAD) Village Halls Adviser said, "this is a very exciting opportunity for village halls to get some money towards improvements. It's always a struggle to find funding, so this news is very welcome. I would urge any hall in Derbyshire to waste no time in applying into this fund as I expect it will be heavily subscribed and when it's gone, it's gone."

The scheme will fund up to 20% of eligible costs, with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable. This means overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000.

For more information on this fund, see RAD's website page or contact Helena Stubbs on 01629 592973 or email h.stubbs@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk.

RAD Press release

Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest

Big Kirk Hallam is a £1m 10 year resident led programme to make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live. The Community Chest is a small pot of money from which local groups can apply for a grant of up to £1000.


The aims of the Community Chest are to:

  • Help make Kirk Hallam and even better place

  • Support residents take action on the 4 key areas of Big Kirk Hallam plan priorities

  • Help individuals and entrepreneurs achieve their dreams (Star People)


The Community Chest is open three times every year for the duration of the following months:

  • February;

  • June;

  • October.

Residents of any age within Kirk Hallam can apply and more information can be found on the community chest guidance notes or by contacting Jsan Shepherd Big Kirk Hallam plan coordinator jsanbigkh@outlook.com

Download the Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest application form.

Derbyshire County Council Members Community Grants

The DCC members' Community Leadership Scheme allocates to all 64 county councillors an annual fund of £3,860 which can be used to support projects in their Division.

Organisations seeking support under the scheme should contact their local county councillor explaining the nature of the project, the amount sought, what other funding may be available, and how it will benefit the community.

The contact details and the divisons of the nine DCC Councillors who represent the borough on Derbyshire County Council can be found below:

For more information contact the relevant member or visit Derbyshire County Council Community Living

Derbyshire County Council Action Grants including Community Safety Grants

Derbyshire County Council's 2017-2021 Plan outlines a key focus on championing local communities. DCC wants to encourage groups with good ideas to submit applications for funding to support a diverse range of youth and community activities that will improve the quality of life for local communities in Derbyshire. 

DCC is making funding available for:

  • 750 Youth Activity Grants (500 universal grants, 250 enhanced grants)
  • 500 Community Safety Grants
  • 375 Community Activity
  • 375 Physical activity and Sports Grants.

There are three levels of funding across the four themes that can be applied for:

  • Small Grants £500 maximum
  • Medium Grants £5000 maximum
  • Large Grants £10,000 maximum

The Action Grants Programme will run until May 2020. More information and deadline dates for the submission of applications can be found on the DCC website or contacting action.grants@derbyshire.gov.uk or calling 01629 538359.  

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commisioner Community Action Grant

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire has made £275,000 available to share among community safety organisations that support his Police and Crime Plan Priorities. These include keeping vulnerable people safe from harm, supporting victims, maintaining strong and effective partnership working, tackling drugs and alcohol, supporting those with mental health issues and working with young people to break the cycle of offending and repeat victimisation.

The PCC has invited community groups, non-profit making organisations and third sector organisations to work with him to deliver his priorities at a local level.

Large grants of between £2,501 and £25,000 will be available once during the year while smaller grants of up to £2,500 will be allocated three times per year. All successful grants will run for a maximum 12-month period.

For further guidance and information, please visit Community Action Grant.

Commissioner's Community Action Grant Leaflet

Foundation Derbyshire

Established in 1996, Foundation Derbyshire (the new operating name for Derbyshire Community Foundation) now manages endowment funds of over £6 million and has made over £13 million of grants across Derbyshire.

The average grant is around £1,000 and usually covers a 12 month period. Programmes may cover equipment (capital) and general running costs such as rent and transport (revenue), but applicants are advised to seek confirmation from Foundation Derbyshire.

Organisations are advised to search for a grant or visit the Available Grants page of the Foundation Derbyshire website.

For further information please contact the Grants Team on 01773 525860 or hello@foundationderbyshire.org

Heritage Lottery Fund

Erewash Borough Council has been very successful in securing funding for a number of fantastic projects over the last few years. The HLF Development Team are proactively targeting areas that have received fewer HLF grants  and that for the period of their current strategic plan that includes Erewash. They are actively encouraging the identification of new projects that might fit their aims and objectives and have a number of grants available starting from £3,000: 

  • HLF can approve smaller grants of up to £100,000 under their Your Heritage and Young Roots schemes;

  • Grants between £100,000 and £2 million are awarded by the Committee for the East Midlands;

  • Requests for grants above £2m are awarded by the main board of HLF Trustees who take the recommendations of the Committee for the East Midlands into account.

Projects that can be funded are wide and varied, for example:

  • Helping to protect an amazing range of species across the East Midlands including seals, dragonflies, otters, great crested newts and ospreys;

  • Funding community and voluntary groups to encourage more people to share local heritage stories;

  • Saving objects in museums;

  • Protecting & conserving local heritage sites;

  • Restoring parks etc. 

For more information please visit HLF/Looking for Funding. 

ASDA Foundation - Funding Opportunities

The ASDA Foundation is a charitable corporate Foundation making independent grants throughout the UK. Its aim is to ‘transform, communities’ improving lives for people and communities in the UK both now and in the future. ASDA Foundation seeks to fund charitable projects and activities that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. For example:

  • Significant Community Projects – funding cannot be used for salaries but can be used for equipment, help with a community building, minibus etc. No upper limit to the funding.

  • Local Impact Grant – every year each store is allocated £5000 to support voluntary groups. £2000 for sports groups, £1000 for fun days, £1000 for older people’s activities e.g. lunch clubs and £1000 for Christmas meals for people who are isolated/older people.

  • Green Token Giving – 3 voluntary groups are funded every 3 months. 1st prize is £500, 2nd prize is £200 and 3rd prize is £200. The next period is Jan-Mar 2018.

  • Community rooms are available for groups to access – check with your local store.

  • Stands in the stores – voluntary organisations can apply to have a stand, raffle, tombola in stores to help with their fundraising and raising awareness, check with your local store.

For more information about possible ASDA Foundation funding opportunities please visit www.asdafoundation.org/applying-for-funding.

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco, like other large retailers, is required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use carrier bag used by a customer. Proceeds generated from the sales of the bags will be given to good causes.

Groundwork have been working with Tesco in order to help get funding for local green space projects. All the money raised is from the carrier bag levy and Tesco stores are being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development of outdoor spaces.

The project has altered slightly since the last round and as of September 2016, three projects in each region will now be shortlisted to go forward to a public vote in each of the Tesco regions every month.

The projects will be awarded a grant based upon the number of votes received: first place receives up to £5,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

All projects must deliver a physical environmental improvement and/or encourage use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces.

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (incl registered charities/ companies), schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers. Please note, this list in not exhaustive and many other types of organisations may be funded.

If you would like more information on this scheme and to find out if you're eligible to apply, please visit Tesco Bags of Help or telephone 01246 570977.

Giving World Online - Waste to Want - Making a Giving World

If you are a registered charity, a community group, or a statutory not-for-profit organisation helping people in need, you can receive support, free of charge, through Giving World Online by registering to gain access to business surplus. You will only be responsible for the collection or delivery arrangements and costs.

Any items provided through Giving World are free to your organisation, to be used to support your beneficiaries. Their aim is to reach out to the 13 million people in poverty in the UK by supporting them with free basic necessities. Items may not be sold or used for fundraising purposes.

Registration information for charities

Charities frequently asked questions (FAQ)

For more information please visit Giving World Online.

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK registered company limited by guarantee and a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England & Wales (326568) and with OSCR in Scotland (SC039730).

This official UK charity is committed to maintaining the best standards in everything it does.  When it comes to raising money for example, it is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board and strives to comply with fundraising best practice.

Details of the grants currently available from the UK Comic Relief fund can be found on the Comic Relief website.

My Community

My Community provides the tools and information required to take action to and make your community a better place to live. It is the portal for community rights information and grant programmes funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, for residents in England.

Information is included about communities protecting the heritage and history of their local areas, conserving memories, cultures and ways of life for future generations. The heritage assets of a place or community are defined as buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of their heritage interest and value.

One East Midlands

One East Midlands works to ensure that the voluntary and community sector is actively engaged with key regional bodies and other partners, from across the public, statutory, business and social enterprise sectors. We bring together organisations that support voluntary and community groups across the region to influence and shape policy, improve services and provide a point of contact at a regional level. Visit the One East Midlands website for further information.

Funding Central

A new website providing a guide to over 4000 funding, contract and loan opportunities has been launched by NCVO and funded by the Office of the Third Sector. Funding Central is a free website and accessible to all. The Funding Central website can be found at www.fundingcentral.org.uk.  

East Midlands Funding Forum

Quarterly e-bulletins produced providing information on potential sources of funding for community and business projects.



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