Funding for your community organisation
Funding is available to community organisations from a variety of sources, both local and national.
We provide funding to the Voluntary and Community Sector to support a wide range of activities, from small grants to community groups to large contracts with national charities.
We are committed to making sure that the Council’s funds are used in the most effective way, so any interested group or organisation will be expected to go through an application process appropriate to the level of funding involved. This helps us make sure that the projects and initiatives we support deliver high quality services to residents.
Whether you are looking for funding to improve local cycling provision or you provide care and support for vulnerable adults, you will need to show how your activities will help us meet our main goals and objectives. These are clearly set out as part of the application process.
Please visit this page regularly as new funding opportunities may become available throughout the year.
Typically involves funding of £50,000 and above. Our Selling to the Council pages provide information on how the Council buys services and provides links to current contract opportunities. You will also find information on support for organisations interested in bidding for public sector contracts.
Adults and Family Wellbeing
There have been big changes in the way we provide social services to adults in Buckinghamshire. Social care clients now have their own personal budget. This gives them greater choice and control over the care and support they choose to buy.
We're very interested in working with local organisations and providers to make sure the right type, quality and amount of provision is in place, particularly as we'll be increasingly moving the provision of day services into community settings.
Visit the Provider information pages for more information on how you can get involved.
Local Priorities Funding
Local Area Forums (LAFs) are a way to get your voice heard while giving you the chance to hear about what is happening in your local area.
Your LAF can influence decisions about how money is spent locally, how services can meet local need and what should be prioritised your area. They have a limited budget available to help fund projects that will meet the priorities identified in that area.
The four District Councils may also provide funding to local voluntary and community organisations:
- Aylesbury Vale District Council
- Chiltern District Council
- South Bucks District Council
- Wycombe District Council
Heart of Bucks
(The Buckinghamshire Community Foundation) provides a variety of different funding opportunities supporting a wide range of needs and areas throughout Buckinghamshire. Most grants awarded are between a few hundred pounds and £5,000, with the average approximately £1,500.
Successful applicants range from sports clubs who have been awarded grants to buy new equipment to a local night shelter who used the funding to set up an advice and advocacy service for its homeless clients.
Big Society Capital
Offers loans from £1,000 to £25,000 to registered charities and social enterprises. Loans are not charged interest and are provided on an unsecured basis, with repayment terms ranging from one to five years.
Loans can be spent in a number of areas, from the purchase of equipment to providing bridging loans to cover short term cash flow. Applicants must be able to show community benefit to Buckinghamshire and an ability to repay the loan.
Funding from other sources
Open4Funding is a free-to-use service which allows organisations to search for funding across EC and UK sources including Government departments, local authorities, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.
Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources aimed at helping organisations develop sustainable income strategies.
The Community Impact Bucks Funding Blog is regularly updated with information on new funding opportunities. You can subscribe to the blog to receive notifications of new posts by email or sign up to the Community Impact Bucks Twitter feed.
Additional support and advice on funding and a range of other issues impacting on voluntary and community organisations is available from the Community Impact Bucks website.
Community Leaders’ Fund
Each County Councillor is able to make recommendations to support projects and works that benefit residents in their local division. Please contact County Councillors directly to enquire about opportunities.
Details of previous initiatives supported: