Other Funding

Erewash Voluntary Action Service Monthly Funding Bulletin

Each month Erewash Voluntary Action produce an updated list of potential funding opportunities. Details can be found on their Funding Information page (opens in a new window)

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Vulnerability Fund - Deadline extended to 1 September 2021

The 'Vulnerability Fund' has been set up by Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa. The focus of the PCC's Vulnerability Fund is on policing and crime, community safety and helping to create safer and stronger communities.​

Micro-grants up to £1,000 are available for Erewash community groups and organisations, charities, not-for-profit organisations and Parish Councils. The deadline for applications has now been extended until 1 September 2021.

Applications should consider alignment to the Police and Crime Commissioner plan priorities and broader Erewash community safety objectives.​

The Police and Crime Commissioner will be looking for projects which:

Help individuals to live safely and without fear of crime in their homes;

Empower the local community to tackle problems in their neighbourhood areas;

Are organised by (and involving) community/neighbourhood groups;

Can demonstrate that they can make a difference to local communities;

Take a new and sustainable approach to tackling long term problems;

Foster good relations between partner agencies and communities and do not work in isolation.

To be eligible to apply groups must have a set of rules/constitution, an active management committee, a bank account in the name of the group with two unrelated signatories.​

For an application form, scheme criteria, guidance notes and a discussion about your application contact the Erewash Voluntary Action Development Worker Catriona Paterson email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 9466740.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Community Investment Fund

This fund is adminstered by Foundation Derbyshire and has four main themes. Applicants must ensure their application fits at least one of the following themes:

Activities that help to reduce anti-social behaviour and other causes of crime within your community;

Activities that support vulnerable young people who are either at risk of committing crime or becoming the victims of crime;

Projects that promote personal and/or community safety;

Projects that help to improve your local community either through an activity that bring everybody in the community together or through improving the community physically (renovating a building or creating a new community space).

Type of Project costs funded:

Capital (any items of equipment) although it is unlikely to fund substantial building works;

Revenue (any non-equipment costs) including ongoing running costs for a project or group;

One off events and one-off projects;

The Fund will not consider contributing to projects costs exceeding £5,000 and the maximum grant is currently £1,000.

Closing Dates

There are no fixed closing dates, the panel only meets twice a year. If your project is time sensitive please contact Foundation Derbyshire Grants team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01773 525860 to ensure your project will receive a decision before any planned activity or costs are met.

Examples of grants that could be made:

£250 towards the cost of security shutters for a community village hall;

£200 for flyers, publicising a holiday activity club for children and young people;

£150 towards annual room hire charges for a young people’s music club;

£225 for publicity and insurance for a community festival;

Making An Application

Derbyshire Foundation has an on-line application process. Applicants will need to have a valid e-mail address to access the application process. If you do not wish to complete the form on-line but would prefer to hand write your bid then please contact Derbyshire Foundation Grants Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01773 525860. 

Armed Forces Day Saturday 26 June 2021

During the unprecedented events of the past year, the Armed Forces have been steadfast in their support to the NHS and local authorities to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

From helping to build vaccine sites, to supporting community testing and providing clinical support to the NHS, the Armed Forces are working tirelessly across the UK in the national effort to beat the virus.

On Saturday 26 June 2021 it is important, now more than ever, that we come together to recognise their efforts and show our appreciation for all the work they do. Many exciting events are being planned across the country to mark Armed Forces Day 2021, using funding that is being made available (up to £10,000).

To find out more about how to apply for funding together with local events that are being planned in your area please visit the Armed Forces Day 2021 (opens in a new window)

Severn Trent Community Fund - Applications Invited 

Severn Trent has made available a Community Fund of  £10 million which it will use to award grants to charities and community groups over the next 5 years (2020-25). 

Organisations, charities and communities across our borough are encouraged to apply for funding for their projects. Applications are welcomed all-year round and capital and revenue projects will be considered providing applications show how projects will be sustained beyond the investment.

To apply or to find out more about the Severn Trent Water community fund (opens in a new window) please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest

Big Kirk Hallam is a £1m 10 year resident led programme to make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live. The Community Chest is a small pot of money from which local groups can apply for a grant of up to £1000.


The aims of the Community Chest are to:

  • Help make Kirk Hallam and even better place

  • Support residents take action on the 4 key areas of Big Kirk Hallam plan priorities

  • Help individuals and entrepreneurs achieve their dreams (Star People)


The Community Chest is open three times every year for the duration of the following months:

  • February;

  • June;

  • October.

Residents of any age within Kirk Hallam can apply.  For more information email Jsan Shepherd, Big Kirk Hallam plan co-ordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Derbyshire County Council (DCC) Members Community Grants

The DCC members' Community Leadership Scheme allocates all 64 county councillors an annual fund of £3,860 which can be used to support projects in their Division.

Organisations seeking support under the scheme should contact their local county councillor explaining the nature of the project, the amount sought, what other funding may be available, and how it will benefit the community.

See contact details and the divisions of the nine DCC Councillors who represent the borough on Derbyshire County Council (opens in a new window)

For more information contact the relevant member or visit Derbyshire County Council Community Leadership Scheme

Derbyshire County Council Action Grants including Community Safety Grants

Derbyshire County Council's 2017-2021 Plan outlines a key focus on championing local communities. DCC wants to encourage groups with good ideas to submit applications for funding to support a diverse range of youth and community activities that will improve the quality of life for local communities in Derbyshire. 

DCC is making funding available for:

  • 750 Youth Activity Grants (500 universal grants, 250 enhanced grants)
  • 500 Community Safety Grants
  • 375 Community Activity
  • 375 Physical activity and Sports Grants.

There are three levels of funding across the four themes that can be applied for:

  • Small Grants £500 maximum
  • Medium Grants £5000 maximum
  • Large Grants £10,000 maximum

The Action Grants Programme ran until May 2020.  

Foundation Derbyshire

Established in 1996, Foundation Derbyshire (the new operating name for Derbyshire Community Foundation) now manages endowment funds of over £6 million and has made over £13 million of grants across Derbyshire.

The average grant is around £1,000 and usually covers a 12 month period. Programmes may cover equipment (capital) and general running costs such as rent and transport (revenue), but applicants are advised to seek confirmation from Foundation Derbyshire.

Organisations are advised to search for a grant on Foundation Derbyshire (opens in a new window) or visit the available grants page of the Foundation Derbyshire website.

For further information please contact the Grants Team on 01773 525860 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Erewash Borough Council has been very successful in securing funding for a number of fantastic projects over the last few years. The HLF Development Team are proactively targeting areas that have received fewer HLF grants  and that for the period of their current strategic plan that includes Erewash. They are actively encouraging the identification of new projects that might fit their aims and objectives and have a number of grants available starting from £3,000: 

  • HLF can approve smaller grants of up to £100,000 under their Your Heritage and Young Roots schemes;

  • Grants between £100,000 and £2 million are awarded by the Committee for the East Midlands;

  • Requests for grants above £2m are awarded by the main board of HLF Trustees who take the recommendations of the Committee for the East Midlands into account.

Projects that can be funded are wide and varied, for example:

  • Helping to protect an amazing range of species across the East Midlands including seals, dragonflies, otters, great crested newts and ospreys;

  • Funding community and voluntary groups to encourage more people to share local heritage stories;

  • Saving objects in museums;

  • Protecting and conserving local heritage sites;

  • Restoring parks etc. 

For more information please visit HLF Looking for Funding.(opens in a new window) 

ASDA Foundation - Funding Opportunities

The ASDA Foundation is a charitable corporate Foundation making independent grants throughout the UK. Its aim is to ‘transform, communities’ improving lives for people and communities in the UK both now and in the future. ASDA Foundation seeks to fund charitable projects and activities that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. For example:

  • Significant Community Projects – funding cannot be used for salaries but can be used for equipment, help with a community building, minibus etc. No upper limit to the funding.

  • Local Impact Grant – every year each store is allocated £5000 to support voluntary groups. £2000 for sports groups, £1000 for fun days, £1000 for older people’s activities e.g. lunch clubs and £1000 for Christmas meals for people who are isolated/older people.

  • Green Token Giving – 3 voluntary groups are funded every 3 months. 1st prize is £500, 2nd prize is £200 and 3rd prize is £200. The next period is Jan-Mar 2018.

  • Community rooms are available for groups to access – check with your local store.

  • Stands in the stores – voluntary organisations can apply to have a stand, raffle, tombola in stores to help with their fundraising and raising awareness, check with your local store.

For more information about possible ASDA Foundation funding opportunities visit the Asda Foundation's Website. (opens in a new window)

Tesco, like other large retailers, is required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use carrier bag used by a customer. Proceeds generated from the sales of the bags will be given to good causes.

Groundwork have been working with Tesco in order to help get funding for local green space projects. All the money raised is from the carrier bag levy and Tesco stores are being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development of outdoor spaces.

The project has altered slightly since the last round and as of September 2016, three projects in each region will now be shortlisted to go forward to a public vote in each of the Tesco regions every month.

The projects will be awarded a grant based upon the number of votes received: first place receives up to £5,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

All projects must deliver a physical environmental improvement and/or encourage use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces.

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/ companies), schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers. Please note, this list in not exhaustive and many other types of organisations may be funded.

If you would like more information on this scheme and to find out if you're eligible to apply, please see Tesco Bags of Help (opens in a new window) or telephone 01246 570977.

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK registered company limited by guarantee and a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England & Wales (326568) and with OSCR in Scotland (SC039730).

This official UK charity is committed to maintaining the best standards in everything it does.  When it comes to raising money for example, it is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board and strives to comply with fundraising best practice.

Details of the grants currently available from the UK Comic Relief fund can be found on the Comic Relief website (opens in a new window).

My Community

My Community.org (opens in a new window) provides the tools and information required to take action to and make your community a better place to live. It is the portal for community rights information and grant programmes funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, for residents in England.

Information is included about communities protecting the heritage and history of their local areas, conserving memories, cultures and ways of life for future generations. The heritage assets of a place or community are defined as buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of their heritage interest and value.

Funding Central

A new website providing a guide to over 4,000 funding, contract and loan opportunities has been launched by NCVO and funded by the Office of the Third Sector. Funding Central (opens in a new window) is a free website and accessible to all.