Funding available for community groups

COMMUNITY groups interested in applying for the Voluntary Action Fund’s Community Grants Programme are urged to step forward as the final application deadline is announced as January 14th, 2013.

The Community Grant Fund is aimed at community-based, volunteer-led groups. They do not need to be registered charities and groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000.

To be eligible, your group must have: A constitution and bank account; An annual income of less than £25,000; An independent referee; and Not have received a VAF Community Grant or Community Chest Grant within the past 12 months.

And groups working in one or more of the following areas will be considered priorities: Health and disability issues; People excluded due to ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation; Families and young people; and Older people.

Those working out-with these areas are still encouraged to apply as all eligible applications are welcomed.

Groups can find further information and download an application form at,1356/grants/community_grants/

Alternatively you can request a paper copy and more information by emailing Valerie Carson of the Voluntary Action Fund at or call 01383 620 780.