Can Do Communities will make funding available for community use from time to time, please contact our office for more details. The following links are useful places to find funding.




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Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with their fantastic Celebrate! programme.

Big Lottery are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

We have a total of £3.875m for projects in England. (rolling programme until money allocated)

What will you celebrate?

contacts for guidance:

Marvin Symes (Can Do Communities) 01733 20090601733 200906

National organisations

  • Lottery Funding 0845 275 0000 0845 602 1659 (textphone) Can search information on current funding programmes across the UK.
  • Big Lottery Fund 0845 4 10 20 30 0845 039 0204 (textphone) 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out half the money for good causes raised by the National Lottery.
  • Awards for All
  • 0845 4 10 20 30 0845 039 02 04 (textphone) Awards grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.
  • Charities Commission 0845 3000 218 (8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat) 0845 3000 219 (textphone) 0151 703 1555 (fax) Registrar and regulator for charities in England and Wales.  Not a funding body. Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP 2005) Choosing and preparing a governing document
  • Association of Charitable Foundations 0207 255 4499 ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations), Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London  WC1H 0AE Offers publications on grants and a long list of links member grant-giving trusts. Does not award grants itself.
  • New Philanthropy Capital 3rd Floor, 185 Park Street, London, SE1 9BL 020 7620 4850 Highly-respected organisation that provides fundraising and research publications for charities and donors. Excellent resources for understanding donor thinking. Also a supporter of Mind.
  • Charities Aid Foundation  03000 123 000 Has a section on Charity fundraising and Research.
  • Community Foundation Network One of the largest funders of community organisations in the UK  If you are looking for grant funding, please contact your local community foundation.
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action 0800 2888 329 Organisation for community and voluntary groups in Wales. Has a section on Grants and loans.
  • Institute of Fundraising 020 7840 1000 Park Place, 12 Lawn Lane, London SW8 1UD Fund-raising training and advice. Institute of Fundraising Cymru 0292 034 0062
  • UnLtd 020 7566 1100 123 Whitecross Street, Islington, London EC1Y 8JJ Gives grants to individuals or informal groups to finance the running costs of projects that create a positive change in the community.
  • Directory of Social Change 08450 77 77 07 Offers several important fundraising publications.
  • Fair Share Trust The FST is a flexible programme, funding a variety of activities and projects – with an emphasis on building the capacity, skills and support networks in local neighbourhoods – tailored to match local needs. Grants between £5,000 to £250,000.


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Funding available for charities specifically working with disadvantaged people in Welwyn and Hatfield 

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales is pleased to announce that it has over £30,000 available this year for charities specifically working with disadvantaged people in Welwyn and Hatfield. The Foundation’s Community Programme supports charities that help disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community.  For further information about the funding please visit: or call 0870 411 1223.


Charities Evaluation Services bursary scheme for non-London organisations Registered charities that are based outside London and meet the eligibility criteria could receive a bursary of up to £300 to attend a CES training course in London. See this link for further details:


NCVYS publish a monthly update on funding opportunities for the voluntary and community sector. To receive monthly funding updates by email sign up through this form:

Recent announcements:

The Drapers Charitable Fund provides grants under £10,000 for charities in the UK to help improve the quality of life for people and their communities by targeting the disadvantaged and socially excluded, through grants in the fields of education and relief of need.

Applications may be submitted at any time.
Yapp Charitable Trust aims to make grants totalling £300,000 to about 100 small registered charities each year to sustain their existing work, with one of its priorities being children and young people aged 5 – 25. Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year and most of their grants are for more than one year because they give priority to on-going needs.


Community Rights funding to enable charitable organisations wanting to explore Asset Transfer or Right to Bid. Pre Feasibility Funding for organisational capacity building of up to 10k and up to 100k for Project costs (non capital)










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