The Better Community Business Network: one-off grants of up to £3,000 for small community projects across the UK (programme opens 8th January 2024 with an application deadline of 18th February 2024)

Launched in September 2014, the Better Community Business Network’s (BCBN’s) Grant Initiative aims to provide small third-sector grant awards to empower UK charities and local community projects. This 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 are now welcoming grant applications for Term 1, 2024. Eligible organisations can now apply for funding to support your project/ initiative commencing January 2024.

Key dates:

o Applications open: Monday 8th January 2024.
o Application submission deadline: Sunday 18th February 2024.
o Shortlisted applicants notified: Monday 25th March 2024.
o Awards announced: Monday 22nd April 2024.

Any projects supported must be UK based, address a community issue or support a local community initiative; and provide benefits to the local community.

Applicants are welcomed from groups including: local community, self-help or voluntary groups and charities (including local branches of national charities) or individuals acting for the benefit of the local community.

Some of the causes BCBNGI supports include:

o Education (e.g. schools, extra-curricular clubs).
o Health (e.g. hospitals, cancer research, healthy eating, mental health & wellbeing).
o Ex-Offenders (e.g. mentoring, rehabilitation).
o Homeless/Poverty (e.g. shelter projects, food banks).
o Arts & Culture (e.g. sport activities, library funds).
o Environment (e.g. natural disasters, regeneration projects).
o Elderly (e.g. befriending, social clubs).
o Disability (e.g. help lines, inclusion), and
o Social Cohesion (e.g. committee programmes).

For further information, please visit the BCBN website.