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If you're looking for community-based
funding and grants for projects like activities for young people
and volunteer programmes, there are a number of places you can
look for help.
Ward Improvement Fund
Each ward in Medway has a fund of £1,000
each year called a Ward Improvement Fund. This fund can be
allocated to groups that want to do something good in their
If you would like to apply for a Ward
Improvement Fund you need to contact
your ward councillor and tell them how you would like
to use the money.
National Lottery grants
The National Lottery has a range of
funders who provide grants, for example the Big Lottery
You can also apply for funding from
bodies such as Sport England, Arts Council England and The British
Grants are from £300 to over £500,000
for organisations ranging from small local groups to major national
charities. The money usually goes to community groups and projects
that improve health, education and the environment.
Find more information about
national lottery grants on the Medway Voluntary Action
Grants from trusts and foundations
There are nearly 9,000 grant making
trusts and foundations in the UK.
Their criteria vary – some are
restricted to geographical areas or specific causes. They also vary
in the amount of grant they will provide.
There are a number of databases you
can search to find the trust or foundation that might be right
Local and national sources of grants
You can find a list of key local
and national sources of funding on the Medway Voluntary Action
The list includes direct links to their
websites and some brief details about the funding they offer.
Other ways to raise money
There are any number of ways you could
raise money for your community project. As well as
applying for any funding you should think about:
- running events
- street collections
- crowd funding