External funding

In addition to community grants, we also support our local voluntary and community sector by signposting to other funding opportunities. See the latest funding news below.

For access to a database of funding opportunities, not-for-profit organisations can register with Herts Community's fundraising tool and search for appropriate funds, grants or awards.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is an independent charity that provides a range of grants to support the county's community and voluntary groups.

Latest funding opportunities

Funding for projects that improve the wellbeing of children
Added: 6 June 2019
Deadline: 18 November 2019
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children. Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas: Living in Poverty; Physical and Mental Health Problems; Health and Wellbeing; Living With Disability.

Grants of up to £5million for heritage projects
Added: 22 August 2019
Deadline: 19 November 2019

The Heritage Fund provides grants to a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. The funding is available to both not-for-profit organisations (such as charities, community groups and local authorities) and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations. To be eligible, applicants must contribute at least five per cent of their project costs for grants up to £1million, and at least 10 per cent for grants of £1million or more.

Funding to develop ideas that could help older people enjoy active lives
Added: 4 November 2019
Deadline: 27 November 2019

Businesses and public sector organisations of any size can now apply for a share of £40 million to develop ideas that could help people to enjoy healthier and more active lives in older age.

Funding to encourage people to be physically active
Added: 10 June 2019
Deadline: 30 November 2019

Small charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income of less than £250,000 are being offered the chance to apply for a grant of £500 to help them deliver engaging physical activities. Preference will be given to projects that encourage social cohesion and help vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.

Funding for young athletes
Added: 21 October 2019
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Talented able-bodied and disabled British track and field athletes between 15 and 23 years old that are in financial need can now apply for funding from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund. The fund exclusively supports young and deserving applicants in the sport of athletics. Each grant is designed to help the recipients make the difficult transition from junior to senior level through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and building the athletes’ confidence and self-esteem through recognition. No minimum or maximum funding amounts are specified.

The Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants Programme
Added: 10 July 2019
Deadline: November 2019

UK-registered charities and recognised churches that are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation's Pebble Grants programme.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Future Fund
Added: 2 September 2019
Deadline: 2 December 2019
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust recognises that climate change caused by human activity is threatening the well-being of humanity and that the wealthiest countries and individuals are responsible for a disproportionate share of emissions, whilst the poorest countries and sections of society are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Grants are available from a few hundred pounds to more than £100,000 and may be single payments or spread over up to three years.

Funding to improve the wellbeing of children
Added: 30 September 2019
Deadline: 18 December 2019

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children. Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas: Living in Poverty; Physical and Mental Health Problems; Health and Wellbeing; Living With Disability.

Funding for community gardens
Added: 4 November 2019
Deadline: 31 December 2019

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with a horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community. These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Box Moor Trust Arts Fund
Added: 7 November 2019
Deadline: 31 January 2020

Each year the Box Moor Trust makes a small grant fund available for local art events and projects.  These are one-off grants to be used for purchase of equipment or for other capital projects. To qualify, organisations must be operating in the Box Moor Trust area of benefit, which broadly covers Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon. These will be one-off grants and should be used for costs associated with staging an arts-based event. The Trust is particularly keen to support activities that help take performers to new and bigger audiences. These could include outdoor performances and inter-school talent competitions. Examples of eligible spending would be typical running costs, such as insurance, toilet hire, outdoor stage hire and hall rental.

Grants for community music projects
Added: 7 November 2019
Deadline: 1 February 2020

Grants are available to UK-based community groups and schools who would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in bringing music to their community. The funding can be put towards musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into society. Grants of up to £2,5000 are available. The funding is being made available by the charity Music for All.

Funding for arts and conservation
Added: 16 September 2019
Deadline: 13 February 2020
The Idlewild Trust supports charities that improve opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds that are being lost through lack of funds. The Trust awards around £140,000 each year in grants and has grants of up to £5,000 available.

Funding to support arts projects
Added: 7 November 2019
Deadline: 28 February 2020

The Fidelio Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the arts, in particular music - including opera, lieder, composition and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups - such as colleges, arts festivals and other arts organisations - who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

Grants of up to £75,000 to improve village halls
Added: 23 April 2019
Deadline: 31 March 2020
The Government has launched a new £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country. Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms. The new funding will cover 20 per cent of the total costs of a project. The remaining funding comes from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants, such as the National Lottery Community Fund.

Co-operative Bank - Customer Donation Fund
Added: 7 October 2019
Deadline: 31 March 2020

Organisations such as registered charities, community interest companies, co-operatives and credit unions that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank can apply for funding of up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund. Since 2003, the fund has donated more than £750,000 to 866 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities.

Grants to cover running costs for small charities
Added: 14 March 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
The Marsh Christian Trust is offering grants of £300 to £1,500 to small charities to help them pay for running and core costs. The funding is available to registered charities (Community Interest Companies are excluded) working in the areas of literature, arts and heritage, social welfare, environmental causes and animal welfare, education and training, and healthcare.

Neighbourhood planning grants
Added: 3 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for grants through the Neighbourhood Planning grant scheme. The scheme provides three types of grants: basic funding of up to £9,000 to undertake a neighbourhood plan; additional grant funding of up to £8,000 for those groups meeting specific criteria, and grants of up to £10,000 for groups that wish to evaluate the case for bringing forward affordable housing for sale by undertaking housing needs assessments and other relevant studies.

Grants to improve playing fields and sports facilities
Added: 13 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Grants of between £2,500 and £5,000 are available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport. Grants can be used for the development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities, volunteer training (including the provision of qualifications), purchasing specialist disability equipment, or the development of long-term sustainability - for example, marketing and finance expertise.

Funding for community spaces
Added: 19 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Co-op Foundation is working with the Government to develop a new £1.6 million initiative to help maximise the potential of spaces where people can connect and co-operate.

Kellogg's Breakfast Club Grants Programme
Added: 8 August 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme offers grants of up to £1,000 to schools in the UK to set up breakfast clubs for those children in most need. A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to schools that have either 35 per cent and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding and / or eligible for free school meals.

Funding for football facilities
Added: 8 August 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and is focused on supporting the development of new or refurbished local football facilities. Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 are available for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities
  • Sustain or increase participation among children and adults, regardless of background, age or ability
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Funding for community centres and village halls
Added: 8 August 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Community centres in deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas can apply for grants of between £7,500 and £60,000 for new buildings, upgrading, renovating or extending buildings, or improving or creating outside space. All applicants must have already secured 50 per cent of the total funding needed to complete the project before they apply. The funding is being made available through the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.

Grants of up to £1,000 available for community projects
Added: 24 September 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
Community groups, schools, health bodies and charities can apply for funding of up to £1,000 to support projects that benefit local communities. Funding can cover the direct costs needed to deliver a project. For example, this could be buying litter-picking equipment for a community clean-up day, buying plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, or fund the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group. Carriers for Causes funding is available to good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop and is made available from the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores.

Asda Foundation funding for local community projects
Added: 15 October 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
Charities or good causes requiring funding for a significant project can approach their local Asda store to find out if they would be eligible for a grant. Projects invited to apply could benefit from grants that have previously ranged from £2,600 to £32,000. Projects supported will tackle the underlying problems in the local area and make a real long-term difference by transforming the community and improving the lives of the people who live there.

B&Q community reuse scheme
Added: 23 October 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

DIY store B&Q operates a community reuse scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for reuse by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. All items are donated on the understanding that they will be reused or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, reusable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups.

Funding to tackle loneliness
Added: 23 October 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Government has announced that a new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations tackle loneliness. The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups. The investment will help small organisations promote themselves more widely, help fund the use of suitable venues and accessible transport, and bring established groups together to best serve local people at risk of loneliness.

Equipment grants for youth clubs
Added: 24 October 2019
Deadline: ongoing
Variety, the children's charity, has grants of between £250 and £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition, UK Youth or the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in anti-social behaviour. Applicants have to raise some of the funds and applications that have young people involved in the fund raising will be looked upon favourably.