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

Finnis Scott Foundation
Added: 18 June 2019
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Charities and charitable organisations - including school Parent Teacher Associations - are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000 to support horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history projects. Grants awarded may cover capital or revenue expenditure.

Funding for learning officers and outdoor educators
Added: 2 September 2019
Deadline: 27 September 2019

The Ernest Cook Trust has announced that it is accepting applications for funding through its Outdoor Learning Officer Grant scheme. The Trust believes that inspirational educators and mentors are key to engaging people with the environment. The scheme provides funding to charities and not-for-profit organisations that want to employ learning officers/outdoor educators. The Trust will provide up to £15,000 per year (estimated as 50 per cent of a full-time salary) for up to three years. Priority will be given to applications from urban and rural deprived areas and applications that include disadvantaged members of society.

Funding for music making activities
Added: 29 April 2019
Deadline: 30 September 2019

Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available for music-making projects, particularly involving young people. Projects will be supported by the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation.

Grants of up to £1,000 for sports clubs
Added: 22 August 2019
Deadline: 23 September 2019

Sports clubs are able to apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000 to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their club. To be eligible, the club needs to be registered with its national governing body or local authority, The funding is being made available through the Cash4Clubs scheme, which is funded by Betfair in partnership with SportsAid.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.