Community projects and funding

Community projects and funding

As a council we are committed to working together with communities to improve the lives of people living or working in 51¥.

As a council we have listed local and national websites which support individuals and groups wanting to set up community projects. The information available provides a useful reference if you are thinking about a community project.

We have also listed information about local and national funding to help your community group get up and running or information and help for well-known groups already supporting the community.

Local resources and links to support community groups

We Can (51¥ Community Action Network)

We Can - 51¥ Community Action Network support small charities, local groups, and projects across 51¥. Their services are varied but may include – help with volunteer recruitment, applying for funding, policy writing, fundraising, networking and provide vital links into the local communities.

51¥ Community Builders 

51¥ Community Builders work across 51¥. The community builders support local people, groups, and projects by helping support with ideas and tools to make projects come to life. To find out if there is a community builder working in your area, please view the document below.

Download: Community Builder Directory (PDF)

51¥ VCSE Alliance (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise)

The Alliance is a newly formed group of 25 Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations who want to build a stronger VCSE sector. To find out more information visit their website below:

My Parish Pages

Visit our local Parish webpages to find out more information about what is happening in your local Parish, including events, Parish meetings and links to the Parish clerks.

51¥ Insights

51¥ Insights is a free and open website designed so that users can easily access local data relevant to 51¥. This site brings together data from local and national sources, across several themes to provide a full overview of 51¥ and how it compares locally and nationally.

The data available could support both planning and research prior to any funding application. The data will form a base line of research which could be used to support your bid for funding or grants. An essential tool to support local charities or groups secure funding

Cranfield Trust 

The Cranfield Trust provide useful guides and tools for charity fundraising including top tips for writing a successful tender bid.

Young Solutions

Young Solutions 51¥ are a charity keen to keen young people who live in 51¥ safe and involved with their communities. Their work focuses on providing help and training, supporting the work of their members, youth clubs, community groups, and other organisations with the well-being of children and young people.


National resources and links to support community groups


is a service that connects business experts with charities to help them achieve their goals. They offer various programmes that suit different needs and challenges, such as:

  • Pilotlight 360: A 10-month coaching programme for charity leaders and boards
  • Pilotlight Direction: An 8-week programme to explore a strategic opportunity
  • Pilotlight Insight: A 10-week programme to provide insight on a business challenge
  • Pilotlight Impact Day: A one-day event to generate innovative and practical solutions for an operational challenge
  • Bespoke Programmes: Customised programmes for specific needs of charities or businesses

Their staff and advisors, called Pilotlighters, are highly experienced and skilled professionals who volunteer their time and expertise for free.

They support charities throughout the process and grow their own skills as part of a team. Pilotlight is a win-win service for both charities and businesses.


is the national membership network supporting local community organisations to be strong and successful. Locality provides specialist advice, peer-learning, resources and campaigns to help every community thrive by supporting communities to come together to transform lives and build a fairer society.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO):

offer membership community for charities, voluntary organisations, and community groups in England to champion voluntary action. NCVO has over 17,000 members, made up of all causes, shapes and sizes. From big charities to local sports clubs.

NCVO offer a range of training courses designed to help support charities, organisations, and community groups. NCVO offer support, events, consultancy, and corporate relations.

NPC: Making social impact happen

NPC is a leading organisation that helps the social sector to achieve greater impact for the people and causes they serve. We work with charities, foundations, philanthropists, impact investors, social enterprises, corporates, and the public sector to help them improve their impact practice, data collection, and learning.

They offer free resources that you can use to assess and improve your impact practice. By answering a few questions, you will get a personalised report with practical recommendations on how to take your impact to the next level.

Impact practice is the process of planning, measuring, assessing, and learning from your impact. It helps you to understand what difference you are making and how to improve your services for the people you support. For more information visit their website 

The Confidence Framework: A tool to improve your service impact

The is a tool that helps you to evaluate and improve your service delivery. It helps you to check if your service is well-designed, well-delivered, well-monitored, well-evaluated, and well-sustained. These are the five key elements that Realising Ambition identified as crucial for replicating effective services.

The website offers a review tool that you can use to assess your service against these elements. The review will give you a visual summary of your strengths and areas for development. This will help you to plan your next steps and improve your impact.

Setting up a charity

Government advice and guidance on the steps you need to take to setting up and running a charity. The guidance offers advice and information regarding the initial stages of set up and how to register.

Information sheets

support charities and community groups with developing best practice, policies, and procedures. They produce a range of information sheets and an advice service for further support.

Starting a group resource centre

The Resource Centre is a charity supporting voluntary and community groups. Their resource centre is used by around 800 different local groups every year, from playgroups to environmental campaigns, resident’s associations to arts organisations. Although not a local charity there are useful resources available.

NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action)

is the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action. Members are local organisations, who support local charities and community groups with volunteering, capacity building, partnerships and more. NAVCA support local social action, brings members together and shares insight, knowledge, and information.

Office of National Statistics: Create a custom dataset

The online tool helps users to look for connections between topics which are important to them as well as to build their own Census 2021 datasets.

To use the tool, simply select a population field to get started. From there, you can change the location of your dataset and filter the data by sex and age and add as many variables as you want. You can also access pre-built datasets, which you can change.

 Local funding

Funding finder (Open 4 Community)

Open 4 community provides a searchable database of funding opportunities from government, lottery, EU, non-government, and charitable trusts locally and nationally. This service is free through the council’s funding finder page.

Action Funder and Crowdfunding

Action Funder are unlocking the power of businesses to be a force for good in local communities. Opportunities for Non-Profit Orgs who can apply to thousands of companies who are backing millions of community projects with funding

Crowdfunding is a way of raising money to fund projects. It helps fundraisers to collect money from a large number of people by creating an online webpage which can be shared on social media. SpaceHive and CrowdFunder UK are currently supporting community projects in 51¥.

51¥ Community Foundation:

51¥ Community Foundation is an independent charitable hub for the whole of 51¥. The foundation is helping to make 51¥ a place to thrive by helping and providing a voice for the voluntary and community sector.

Councillors' Divisional Fund (WCDF)

A 51¥ Councillors' Divisional Fund (WCDF) has been created to help local members back local projects and support 'good works' which play an important role in promoting the economic, social and environmental well-being of communities within 51¥. Each of the 57 members of the Council have an allocation of £10,000 (per financial year).

Councillors' Divisional Fund Scheme

Together Fund

Together Funding from Sport England and The National Lottery supports projects within 51¥ by funding projects which promotes sport, physical activity and exercise.

The Eveson Trust

The Eveson Trust provides local charities grants to support the community.

National funding opportunities

Funding finder (Open 4 Community)

provides a searchable database of funding opportunities from government, lottery, EU, non-government, and charitable trusts locally and nationally. This service is free through the council’s funding finder page.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The helps and supports people and groups with funding. There are lots of different funds you can apply to.

Sport England

 offers different funding programmes which are open to a wide range of organisations. Funding is available for sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges and universities.

Arts Council

The  England is a government-funded body dedicated to promoting the performing, visual and literary arts in England.

The Heritage Lottery Fund

The supports museums, parks, historic places, archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions with funding. There are a range of different grant programmes, with grants from £3,000 to over £5million.

‘Find a Grant’ digital service

The Government has launched a , a single place for individuals and organisations to find and apply for government grants and gain access to financial support.

Become a volunteer

51¥ Community Action Network (We CAN)

We Can is a group of locally based organisations with strong links to the grassroots voluntary sector. The six voluntary organisations that have come together as We CAN cover all the areas of 51¥. Among us there are Volunteer Centres, Councils for Voluntary Service, community transport providers and community action charities.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, there are lots of fantastic opportunities around 51¥. 

Volunteering with 51¥

In 51¥ many of our County Council Teams are supported by volunteers working with us as a vital part of how we engage with our communities.

We the council would like to encourage you to join us and explore the volunteering opportunities within 51¥. 

Volunteering with 51¥

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