More opportunities for funding – for existing credit unions, repairing or building community facilities, improving community use of churches and coastal revival.


Credit Union Development Fund from Lloyds Bank

Closing date 18 June

Two types of grant are available to existing credit unions which show good performance and strong plans for their future development:

  • Large Grants (of between £50,000 and £100,000) will provide a contribution to a credit union’s reserves and help remove barriers to growth and innovation. Open to all credit unions including previous Large Grant winners (with some additional criteria).
  • Seed Grants (of between £10,000 and £20,000) to help credit unions invest in resources and activities to improve sustainability and increased efficiency for lending, such as the costs related to a merger or investment in digital improvements.

Find out more on the Lloyds Bank website.

Weston Anniversary Fund, from the Garfield Weston Foundation

Closes 30 June

Grants between £30,000 and £150,000 are available to charities to provide new community facilities, or improve existing ones. 100% funding is considered. Planning permission must be in place before the application is completed.

For more information, visit the Garfield Weston Anniversary website.


National Churches Trust – Community Grants

Deadline 2 July

Grants between £5,000 and £25,000 are available for churches towards the cost of projects introducing facilities (kitchens and accessible toilets) to enable increased community use of places of worship.
All necessary permissions must be in place, together with at least 50% of funding, and there are other criteria relating to the usage and availability of the building.

Applicants for a Community Grant can also apply for a Micro-grant of up to £2,000 to set up a project that meets the needs of local people, eg Christians Against Poverty, MakeLunch, or similar. For full details of the grants, and micro-grants, see the website.

A wide variety of other grants are available, for repairs to churches, alterations, developing a church building, conservation and preservation of bells, glass, and other art works.


Coastal Revival Fund

Up to £50,000 per project, with a deadline of Midnight on 5 July.

Government funding to support projects to help revive heritage assets that are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect. Examples of eligible sites and assets include seafronts and public squares, as well as piers, parks, promenades, lighthouses, lidos, marinas, military structures and so on.

Find out more on the website.