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Community funding

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 community.

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 Fund.

You can also apply for funding from bodies such as Sport England, Arts Council England and The British Film Institute.

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 website.

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 for you.

Local and national sources of grants

You can find a list of key local and national sources of funding on the Medway Voluntary Action website.

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