Launched in September 2014, Better Community Business Network’s (BCBN) Grant Initiative aims to provide small third-sector grant awards to empower charities and local community projects across the UK.
The initiative will distribute a one-off grant award of up to £3,000 per charity or to small but credible community projects, which are able to demonstrate their positive impact on the communities they aim to serve.
BCBN annually distributes grants totalling £36,000 to 12 UK charities and community projects.
In order to apply, applicants must:
o Be UK based.
o Address a community issue or support a local community initiative.
o Provide benefits to the local community, and
o Must be able to demonstrate that the money will be used for project-specifics.
Applicants are welcomed from local community groups including self-help or voluntary groups and charities (including local branches of national charities) or individuals acting for the benefit of the local community.
Causes that have been previously supported by the Better Community Business Network include:
o Education (for example, schools, extra-curricular clubs).
o Health (for example, hospitals, cancer research, healthy eating).
o Ex-offenders (for example, mentoring, rehabilitation).
o Homeless/Poverty (for example, shelter projects, food banks).
o Arts & Culture (for example, sport activities, library funds).
o Environment (for example, natural disasters, regeneration projects).
o Elderly (for example, befriending, social clubs).
o Disability (for example, help lines, inclusion), and
o Social Cohesion (e.g. committee programs).
Funding is not available for:
o Overseas activities – BCBN Grant Initiative does not support projects outside of the UK.
o Party political activity – applications to support fundraising, campaigning or any other activity associated with any political party will not be accepted.
o Individual sponsorship – applications to support individuals will not be accepted.
o Travel and accommodation – requests to assist with travel and accommodation costs are excluded.
o Multiple applications – for successful grant applicants only one per person/organisation may be supported in a year (from time awarded). Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply for the new quarterly term.
o Applications for grants that exceed £3,000 are likely to be turned down.
o Part-funding of projects.
o Running costs and expenses (for example, venue hire, staff cost and salary, bills, printing).
o Professional associations, or training for professionals.
o Organisations that do not have charitable aims (such as companies limited by shares and commercial companies).
o Endowments, loans, deficits or general appeals.
o Grant-giving charities.
o Building projects, or
o Non-essential items
Further information is available on the BCBN website.
The deadline for applications is Monday 30 March 2020.