Applying for Small Grants Course

The VSI Alliance is holding a half day course on Tuesday 16 April, 10:00am-1:00pm at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax.

This half-day course is ideal for anyone new to the grant making process and will help you to understand the key points of finding and applying for small grants.

The training should help you to:

  • Recognise different types of funding and eligibility criteria
  • Use different tools to carry out a funding search
  • Identify the elements of an application
  • Write a simple project plan
  • Explain how systems and processes can help the ‘funding cycle’

Prices vary according to the organisation size and income but for further details go to

Small Grants Available from Children in Need

The Children in Need Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply and that you meet the minimum standards for grant-making. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK?

They’ve changed the way the Small Grants programme is delivered:

  • You can now apply for up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years – a total request of £30,000
  • An eligibility checklist has been added to the form, to help you make sure you are able to apply for the funding
  • The form has been updated, so please read carefully and follow the guidance provided in the application pages
  • CIN will still be calling many applicants to gather additional information, but this call will be shorter
  • CIN will use the minimum standards for grant-making to assess whether organisations are eligible. Please read these. If you do not meet these they will be unable to progress your application.

Children in Need want to encourage all applicants, whether new or returning – to carefully read the new application form and all the guidance within to ensure you submit all the information they need to process your application as quickly and effectively as possible.

The deadlines this year so far are 3 March 2019, 11:59pm and 2 June 2019, 11:59pm.

For more information and to apply go to the Small Grants Information Page.

Get your application in now – Calderdale Community grants scheme, up to £1000 available…

Calderdale Community Grants Schemes
The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.Calderdale Council CMBC
The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.
The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.
There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale
To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:
• Be a voluntary, community or faith group
• Be properly constituted
• Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
• Be open and accessible to the community you serve
• Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Tuesday 1st August 2017.  For further details visit the Grants pages on Festivals and Events and the Small Grants Scheme or

Community Grants Panel Ballot Results

The Small Grants Panel Ballot has now taken place and the votes have provided a conclusive result with a warm welcome given to the following Panel representatives:

Communities of Interests Representative:
Pat Akerman of Heath Stroke Club Care Services

Community Groups Representative:
Brian Mansfield of Elland & District Partnership

Other Voluntary Organisations Representative:
Susan Thorpe of Citizens Advice Calderdale

If you have any queries regarding the Small Grants Scheme please contact Steve Martin on 01422 392317

The next deadline for Small Grants (up to £3000) and Community Festival & Events Fund (up to £5000) is Tuesday 3 May 2016. Information and application forms can be found at

BBC Children in Need Grants Programme Open to Applications

Small grants and Large grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives and applications can be made for either of the following:

  • Main Grants of over £10,000 can support projects for up to three years. There is no upper limit but very few grants over £100,000 are made and most grants are for much less.
  • Small Grants of up to £10,000 can support projects for one year.

The grants are to be used for direct project costs that relate clearly and directly to a project. These can include:

  • Salaries
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Building hire costs and travel costs

In many cases project costs also include less delivery-focused aspects such as line management, administration, insurance and utilities. Match funding is not required.

The deadlines for Small Grant applications are 1 June, 1 September, and 1 December 2016.

The deadlines for Main Grant applications are 15 May and 15 September 2016.

For further information on the Children in Need Grants Programme, eligibility and how to apply please click here.

Calderdale Small Grants Scheme

Calderdale Council CMBCThe deadline for the next round of Small Grants is Monday 3 November 2014.

Voluntary, Community and Faith groups can apply for up to £3,000 for projects to benefit Calderdale residents.

For details of the scheme and an application pack, please see the Small Grants website,
contact or phone 01422 392317.

Sector Support Calderdale Free Advice Sessions for July 2014

Free Advice Sessions for Not for Profit Organisations & Voluntary & Community Groups in Calderdale

Are you applying to the CMBC Small Grants Scheme or Community Festival & Event Fund, next deadline Friday 1 August? Sector Support Calderdale can support you to complete your application, or review it and give you feedback before you send it in.


  • Drop in to our advice session on 22 July, 10.15-2pm, at the New Ebenezer Centre, St James Rd, Halifax (Helen Galvin from WYCAS is also attending)
  • Book a 45 minute session on 29 July, 10.15-2pm, at Brighouse Adult Education Centre, Church Lane.
  • Or e-mail Jo Budgen, with any queries

We can also support groups with:

  • Setting up a new organisations
  • Governance & legal structures
  • Business & project planning
  • Finding funding sources & bid writing
  • Community engagement and consultation

For further details, or to book a place, please contact: Jo Budgenor Olivia Swingler on 01422 345174,, or