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Community and digital grants

See how you can get a community or digital grant for up to £5,000.

Community grants

Find out how you can get a grant of up to £5,000 for a project to help improve your local community.

We fund a range of projects that encourage community engagement and promote health and wellbeing. This includes projects for young people or older people, projects that regenerate local facilities or estates, or projects that provide access to training or educational courses.

The projects we fund need to directly benefit our residents and their neighbourhoods, but they can also support the wider community.

If you have an idea that you could improve your community, we offer grants worth up to £5,000 to bring your vision to life.  

Lewisham Arthouse

Lewisham Arthouse used one of our community grants to help organise their inspirational Making Works workshops for young people.

These free, outdoor sessions help local children have fun creating art and sculptures, while also teaching them transferrable practical skills.

How it works

Your project must support and engage our residents and their community. If it does, we can award grants to pay for costs like:

  • event fees eg venue hire and refreshments
  • equipment, resources or marketing materials 
  • delivery staff costs or volunteer expenses
  • overheads (10% of project total). 

Grants can also be used for capital costs, but we can’t support requests for 100% of capital costs unless it’s clear how the money will directly benefit our residents and the community.

We don’t offer funding for party-political or religious activities; commercial ventures; retrospective funding; individuals or projects run by individuals; or activities excluding people by religion, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. 

Eligibility

You can only apply if you’re a not-for-profit organisation. This includes constituted community groups, registered charities, social enterprises and parent teacher associations.  

What you need 

  • Minimum of three unrelated management committee members.
  • Governing document.
  • Bank account and statement.
  • Annual income below £500,000.
  • Record of income and expenditure (or forecasts for a new group).
  • Safeguarding policy for work with people under 18 or vulnerable adults.
  • Insurance, including public liability where needed.  

You can’t apply if you’ve received a community grant from us within the past 12 months, or if you have incomplete monitoring on a previous grant.

Grants for existing projects

If you're applying for a grant for an existing project, you’ll need to show how your previous experiences have helped you learn and develop new ideas that address and respond to community needs.

Apply for a community grant

There are two funding rounds each year: in spring and in autumn.

Applications for the Autumn round are now on hold, and currently closed to new applications. Please check back here for future updates. 

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email our Clarion Futures Grants team. You can also sign up to be notified about when applications open for the next round of grants.

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Bounce Back Grants

Applications now open

You can get grants of up to £5,000 to fund innovative projects delivering adapted or reinstated activities and services that help reverse the impacts of coronavirus for Clarion residents and the wider community.

We’re particularly interested in funding projects that:

  • provide opportunities to people under 25
  • promote wellbeing
  • build community or household resilience.

Application deadline: 29 July

The application deadline is midday on 29 July 2021. Before applying, please read our application guidance including the eligibility criteria.

Apply now

Help with your application

If you’d like help developing your project ideas, please email our Clarion Futures team.

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Digital grants

You can get a grant of up to £5,000 for innovative digital inclusion projects.

We support projects that help Clarion residents of all ages – and the wider community – to get online and safely and confidently use the internet as an everyday tool.

Projects or activities should enable people to discover how developing digital skills and using online tools and services can enhance their daily lives.

Applications now open

There are three application windows each year. The final deadline for this year is midday on 20 October 2021.

Please read our supporting documents which include examples of digital projects we fund, as well as detailed eligibility criteria and funding deadlines for 2021. 

Digital Grants – Application Guidance (pdf)

Digital Grants – Example Projects (pdf)

Digital Grants – Template Application Form (pdf)

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Help developing your ideas

If you’d like help developing your project ideas, please email our Clarion Futures Digital Inclusion team.

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Help with your application

If you’d like help completing your application, or have any other questions, please email our Clarion Futures Grants team.

Email now