Grants for Shropshire and beyond!


Shropshire Council has provided Shropshire Rural Community Council with funding to set up a one-off grant fund in order to support small charities and community groups in Shropshire to continue to deliver services to people, particularly to vulnerable people, during the pandemic.

 Funding is available to purchase personal protection equipment (PPE) to enable staff and volunteers to safely meet with people without transmission of coronavirus through the community.

How much can you apply for?  Each organisation can apply for a maximum of £500 each.

Who is eligible?  Any community organisation, charity, CIC’s or mutual aid groups operating in the ‘care sector’ in a broad sense, including those organisations working with vulnerable people (and people made vulnerable as a result of Covid-19) at a preventative level, can apply. Applicants do not have to be registered charities, but they must be a constituted group with a bank account. If your group is otherwise eligible but does not have a bank account, please contact the RCC for advice.

For more information, please click here to find out more

A new fund for local and national youth organisations, designed to help mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, is open for applications. Applications will be accepted from grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations based in England. Applicants must be one of the following:

  • A registered charity.
  • An incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
  • An incorporated Community Interest Company.

Grants are intended to cover essential business expenditure, such as staff salaries and operational costs, incurred between 1 November 2020 and 31 March 2021 that enable the organisation to remain viable, open, reopen or partially reopen, where this represents a value for money approach and where their service delivery is in line with Government COVID-19 guidance.

The following maximum levels of support are available:

  • Local organisations may request funding of up to whichever is the lower of:
    • 25% of their annual income; or
    • Deficit from November 2020 to March 2021; or
    • £250,000.
  • National organisations may request funding of up to whichever is the lower of:
    • 25% of their annual income; or
    • Deficit from November 2020 to March 2021; or
    • £2 million.

All grants must be spent by 31 March 2021.  The deadline for applications is 12 February 2021 (5pm).  Click here to find out more.

Coming in the summer!  Grants from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund.  The budget of £2m will be split between regions according to population and the following groups are eligible to apply providing that they have an annual income of £50,000 or less: 

  • A voluntary or community organisation
  • A registered charity
  • A not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company
  • A faith group as long as the funding is not for religious activities.
  • A constituted group or club.

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