Funding Opportunities

Grants for Tree Planting (UK)
Schools and Community groups within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people involved in tree and hedge planting and care this winter. The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. Applications will be considered as they are received and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within four weeks. There is no deadline for applications, but applicants must ensure that they can plan and execute their project, and claim the funding upon completion, by the end of March 2021.In addition, free tree packs are available for schools supported by the Tree Angel Orchards Fund. Schools can register to hear when applications open


Funding for Charities Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic (Central England)
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund will provide immediate financial support for charities, community groups, and local good causes suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic. Grants of between £100 to £5,000 (the average grant is £2,000) are available to employees and members of Central England Co-operative for projects which help local communities deal with the impact of Covid-19. The aim of the fund will be to reduce the potential for loneliness and feeling of isolation of vulnerable people, ensuring their mental health and wellbeing is maintained. Funding will also provide emergency support such as foodbanks. The Society will consider funding a defined part of a larger project,

£400 Million Additional Funding Announced for Cultural Organisations (England)
The UK Government has announced an additional £400 million will be awarded to arts, culture and heritage organisations across England in the form of grants and loans from the Culture Recovery Fund. Funding, which was held back in previous rounds, will be available for Cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of collapse. £300 million in grants and £100 million in loans will be offered to support organisations’ transition back to their usual means of operating from April 2021. The Fund will be administered by the Arts Council England. Further details will be released in due course.

Such as the refurbishment of premises. The deadline for applications is the 31st December 2020.

Funding Available to Museums and Galleries to Sustain their Collections (UK)
Applications are now being accepted through the John Ellerman Foundation Museums and Galleries Fund which aims to strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. A total of £500,000 of funding is available each year for applications which enable new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out; and ensure organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change. The Foundation’s focus is on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections, and expects to make no more than five or six grants of around £90,000 for periods of two to three years. Higher amounts will be considered for exceptional projects. There is a two stage application process and the deadline for applications for stage 1 is 5pm on the 8th January 2021.

Theatre Reopening Fund (UK)
The UK Theatres Trust has announced that in response to the Coronavirus, they have repurposed the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme (Theatre Reopening Fund) to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure, including making adaptations for increased hygiene and social distancing measures. Through the scheme, grants of up to £5,000 are available to small Theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The closing date for applications is noon on the 5pm on the 30th December 2020.

Grants of up to £100,000 Available for Community Facilities (England)
Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities. This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums. The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site. The next funding round will be open between the 16th December 2020 and 5 pm on the 3rd March 2021.


Support from Community Foundation of Staffordshire during the Covid-19 Pandemic 

In response to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Community Foundation for Staffordshire has launched an appeal via JustGiving to raise funds that will enable them to support communities that have been severely affected by the pandemic. You can find more information and a full criteria on the grants that are currently available by clicking,6XOUD,WTA2EK,RW3JN,1

What funding is available??

The Community Foundation for Staffordshire will be awarding grants from the Covid-19 local appeal and the NET Coronavirus appeal to organisations supporting those communities that have been affected. They may also use the local fund to make available Emergency grants for individuals. The aim of the fund is to support organisations with the immediate and unexpected costs the COVID-19 virus has created. Organisations would need to be supporting members of the community in this first phase. Grants are not intended to replace loss of income but is more to help with the costs of providing a vital service.


Proceeds of Crime Fund

The commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund offers grants of between £3,000 and £15,000 for projects which support local community safety partnership activity. The funding pot is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to strip offenders of their assets.

The fund is allocated in two rounds each year. Visit the Staffordshire Commissioner's website  to find out about the most recently funded projects.


People Power Fund 

The commissioner's People Power Fund sets out to empower local communities to find solutions to community safety problems in their area through small grants of between £100 and £3,000. 

The fund is allocated in two rounds each year. Visit the Staffordshire Commissioner's website  to find out about the most recently funded projects.


The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is still going strong and you could be eligible for up to £10,000 in funding



Barchester Charitable Foundation

Grants of between £200-£2,000 are available for projects where the focus is about connecting or re-connecting older people with others in their local community, and they support applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged. 

**  Barchester has a local Community Engagement Manager, and she is more than happy to chat to local groups who are considering making an application, so please let us know if you would like us to put you in touch?  **

For more information and to apply see the website.


Lichfield Coronavirus Support Fund

Grants of up to £1K are available for groups based in the Lichfield District to apply for here.


Staffordshire County Council COVID-19 Support Fund

Each County Councillor has up to £2,000 to allocate through the Covid Recovery Fund to support across three themes.  More info and a link to apply is here.


Southern Staffordshire Community Energy Fund

Grants of up to £2,000 are available across the districts of Lichfield & Cannock Chase towards projects which address carbon reduction, energy savings and wider issues of sustainability.

  1. Community Buildings in the Lichfield or Cannock Chase districts
  2. Projects that will benefit residents of the Lichfield or Cannock Chase districts

More information and how to apply here.


HS2 Community & Environment Fund

Available to local communities to help with the disruption that will be caused by the construction of Phase one of HS2 between London and the West Midlands.

This fund is managed by Groundwork, who also manage several other funds including Tesco Community Grants and Comic Relief Grants.  More information here:   


Persimmon Homes West Midlands - Community Champions Initiative 

Available to local community groups


Sport England 

Sport England have committed up to £210 million of funding to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. They have four different funds available to apply for online.


The Prince's Trust Enterprise Relief Fund 

The Enterprise Relief Fund aims to help 18-30-year old entrepreneurs keep their businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. The programme has a total budget of £5 million. The initiative offers flexible access to grants and tailored business support. Levels of individual grants have not been specified.


Tesco Community Grants 

Grants of up to £2000 are available, and are voted for by your local community.


Suez Communities Trust 

This funding is open to organisations that are run on a not-for-profit basis in England. This could include community groups, parish councils, charities, community interest companies, sports clubs, community associations, local authorities and voluntary organisations. Applications can be made to the Primary Fund for grants of up to £50,000, as long as the project has an overall cost of less than £100,000 and the Smaller Project Fund for grants of up to £20,000 as long as the project has an overall cost of less than £40,000.



For more information on other available funding have a look at the Support Staffordshire Website or get in touch if you’d like to talk about a specific funding search for your group.


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