Support For The Voluntary and Community Sector

Increasing costs will have an inevitable financial impact on voluntary and community sector groups and organisations. Those responsible for running activities within communities, as well as running community venues, may wish to provide for residents who may need a warm refuge during the colder months.

Below is a list of organisations offering support, advice and the provision of grants to assist voluntary and community sector groups and organisations to stay open and broaden the scope of services/activities provided.

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  • Warm Spaces Grant, operated by Derbyshire County Council, offers grants of up to £1,000 and is available to voluntary, community and charity organisations, including Parish and Town Councils. The fund can be used to cover increasing costs of opening community venues and extend opening hours this winter. You canThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for an applciation form. 
  • Cost of Living Small Grant Fund, operated by Derbyshire Voluntary Action, offers grants from £200 to £1,000 to support voluntary and community sector groups and organisations responsible for running community venues and those who will provide services/activities throughout this winter. 
  • Co-op Community Dividend Fund is offering grants of £100 to £5,000 which are available for groups/organisations who are full members of Centre England Co-Operative. Funding is available for projects that aim to improve communities. Applications close 30th November 2022.
  • Groundwork’s One-Stop Community Partnership Programme (UK) is offering grants of up to £1,000. This programme is designed to support community groups or organisations operating within two miles of a One Stop store and which are tackling food poverty, supporting the vulnerable, elderly and low-income families as well as youth sports teams. 
  • Magic Little Grants (UK), provided by the People’s Post Code Lottery, offer funding to small charities and community groups with grants of £500 for projects that address a range of community, social, environmental and health issues including preventing or reducing the impact of poverty. 
  • Persimmon Community Champions (England, Scotland and Wales) are providing grant funding of up to £1,000 to registered charities, clubs, schools and other organisations which have already raised vital funds themselves towards projects enhancing their local community. 
  • A H Blakemore Foundation are offering donations to good causes within targeted locations. You can apply via their website.
  • Edith Murphy Foundation offer grants of £500 to £5,000 to charitable organisations that support individuals who are in need. To find out how to apply, please visit their website.
  • Mortgage Advice Bureau Foundation are offering grants for sustainable community projects. Charities and community interest companies can apply for up to 50% of their crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £5,000, to support the prevention or relief of poverty. Projects could include community food banks, money management and budgeting skills. 
  • Aviva Community Fund is available to help with the cost-of-living crisis, offering funding for causes supporting financial wellbeing in their communities. For more information please visit 
  • Foundation Derbyshire is offering small grants of up to £2,000 to community and voluntary groups, local charities, and CIC’s working across Derby and Derbyshire.