Funding for projects that will make improvements to community facilities


About the fund

Area: Across England in areas close to Viola sites. Their Postcode Checker enables you to check your project is located in an area they fund.

Suitable for: Constituted not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and Environmental Bodies.

Funding size: Between £10,000 and £75,000.

Application deadline: There are four funding rounds each year: April, July, September, 4th deadline to be confirmed.

The Community Grant Scheme is available to constituted not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and Environmental Bodies. Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to create or improve buildings or outside spaces for the benefit of the community.

The Trust is looking to fund any of the following:

  • a project which will result in improvements to a single site
  • physical improvement works to a building or outdoor space which has public access: e.g. community centre, public park, play area, skate park, MUGA, sports ground, woodland, nature reserve, community garden, public right of way, inland waterway
  • a project with all permissions (e.g. planning) in place
  • a project where the applicant is the landowner or has a formal agreement (e.g. a lease) with the landowner, with at least six years of the term remaining
  • a project on local authority-owned land, where the council will provide written consent for the project to take place

When considering your application, the Trust will look at how your project will:

  • Benefit as many people as possible, reaching out to communities, improving lives and bringing people together
  • Actively encourage the whole community to use your building or outside space for the maximum time possible
  • Deliver a project that the community has identified
  • Actively involve volunteers and the community
  • Have a positive effect on your local environment
  • Achieve good value, by creating a lasting improvement for your community

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.