Funding Update

Community Ownership Fund.

The government is providing £150 million over 4 years to support community groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of being lost. Voluntary and community groups can bid for match funding to acquire important assets and run them for the benefit of the local community.

The Fund will run until 2024/25 and there will be at least 8 bidding rounds in total.  Round 1 opens on 30th July and closes on 13th August 2021.

Round 2 in Dec, Round 3 in May 2022, Round 4 timescales TBC

Projects have to be focussed on saving and transferring ownership of a community building – if the building is in community ownership already, then the project is probably not applicable.

Foundation Derbyshire has been offering a wide variety of grants to community & voluntary groups working across Derby and Derbyshire for over 25 years.

Grants up to £2,000 are available, which can be used to support core running costs, equipment / resources, or new ideas. There are no closing dates; apply whenever you are ready.

If you would like to apply for a grant, contact Foundation Derbyshire first. The grants team will offer advice and support, and talk you through timeframes, fund matching service and give hints and tips. Grants E-mail:

Derbyshire Dales CVS’ Better Derbyshire Dales Fund is still running, with quarterly rounds throughout the year, the next round closes on Friday 23rd July, after that it’s 29th October 2021 and 28th January 2022.

We also continue to administer the small grants of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Vulnerabilty Fund – grants up to £1,000 to support community projects helping people feel safe, better informed, less vulnerable, or more confident.

Please contact Sarah or Jonathan for an application form and guidance for either of these two funds.