External funding

In addition to community grants, we also support our local voluntary and community sector by signposting to other funding opportunities. See the latest funding news below.

For access to a database of funding opportunities, not-for-profit organisations can register with Herts Community's fundraising tool and search for appropriate funds, grants or awards.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is an independent charity that provides a range of grants to support the county's community and voluntary groups.

Latest funding opportunities

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant
Added: 28 March 2019
Deadline: July - August 2019

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco local community grant scheme and offer a unique opportunity to benefit more people. To be eligible to apply, projects must be in England, Scotland or Wales and provide a significant benefit to communities across the voting region. Community charity Groundwork is working in partnership with Tesco to deliver Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

Grants for fabric repairs
Added: 5 March 2019
Deadline: 29 July 2019
The Church of England's ChurchCare scheme is offering grants of up to £10,000 for essential fabric repairs to Anglican parish churches in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

War memorials grant scheme
Added: 9 April 2019
Deadline: 31 July 2019
The War Memorials Trust is providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to support the care and preservation of war memorials, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage.

Funding to help disadvantaged children and young people reach their potential
Added: 28 December 2018
Deadline: 31 July 2019

Registered charities can apply for funding to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Grants for local community projects
Added: 10 July 2019
Deadline: 31 July 2019

The Charities Aid Foundation's Tourle Foundation Fund awards grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK. To be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to demonstrate that the project will be delivered to local people and have an annual income of less than £100,000. Priority will be given to organisations that find it difficult to attract mainstream funding.

Grants for musicians and bands
Added: 18 June 2019
Deadline: 13 August 2019

Artists and bands can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to further develop their growth and progression. Activities eligible for funding include recording, touring and marketing. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf - for example, a manager, an independent label or publisher.

Funding to help young people develop their potential
Added: 4 July 2019
Deadline: 16 August 2019

Registered charities or community interest companies can apply for a grant towards projects that focus on creating a brighter future for young people, especially those who need help to develop their potential. Grants awarded can range from less than £100 to £17,000. Previous awards have been made to, for example, children’s hospices, Friends of School groups, cancer support centres and youth organisations.

Grants for interfaith projects organised by young people
Added: 3 June 2019
Deadline: 24 August 2019
Small grants of up to £800 are available from the Inter Faith Youth Trust for events and activities that promote understanding and co-operation between different faith groups and are organised for and by young people aged 11-25 years.

Nature grants for schools
Added: 6 June 2019
Deadline: 30 August 2019
Schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training as part of the third instalment of Local School Nature Grants. The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grant scheme.

Funding to promote participation in canoeing
Added: 21 March 2019
Deadline: 31 August 2019
The Canoe Foundation aims to "positively change lives through canoeing" and focuses on improving accessibility to use available water and facilities. Clubs, community groups and regions with an active interest in wider canoeing participation are welcome to apply for grants of up to £20,000.

Funding for schools to purchase music equipment
Added: 18 June 2020
Deadline: 11 September 2019
Schools, teachers and individuals in full-time education in the UK that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment, or to fund music courses and training, can apply for funding of up to £1,500.

Finnis Scott Foundation
Added: 18 June 2019
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Charities and charitable organisations - including school Parent Teacher Associations - are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000 to support horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history projects. Grants awarded may cover capital or revenue expenditure.

Funding for music making activities
Added: 29 April 2019
Deadline: 30 September 2019

Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available for music-making projects, particularly involving young people. Projects will be supported by the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation.

Funding for projects that improve the wellbeing of children
Added: 6 June 2019
Deadline: 18 November 2019
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children. Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas: Living in Poverty; Physical and Mental Health Problems; Health and Wellbeing; Living With Disability.

Funding to encourage people to be physically active
Added: 10 June 2019
Deadline: 30 November 2019

Small charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income of less than £250,000 are being offered the chance to apply for a grant of £500 to help them deliver engaging physical activities. Preference will be given to projects that encourage social cohesion and help vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.

The Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants Programme
Added: 10 July 2019
Deadline: November 2019

UK-registered charities and recognised churches that are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation's Pebble Grants programme.

Grants of up to £75,000 to improve village halls
Added: 23 April 2019
Deadline: 31 March 2020
The Government has launched a new £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country. Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms. The new funding will cover 20 per cent of the total costs of a project. The remaining funding comes from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants, such as the National Lottery Community Fund.

Grants to cover running costs for small charities
Added: 14 March 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
The Marsh Christian Trust is offering grants of £300 to £1,500 to small charities to help them pay for running and core costs. The funding is available to registered charities (Community Interest Companies are excluded) working in the areas of literature, arts and heritage, social welfare, environmental causes and animal welfare, education and training, and healthcare.

Neighbourhood planning grants
Added: 3 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for grants through the Neighbourhood Planning grant scheme. The scheme provides three types of grants: basic funding of up to £9,000 to undertake a neighbourhood plan; additional grant funding of up to £8,000 for those groups meeting specific criteria, and grants of up to £10,000 for groups that wish to evaluate the case for bringing forward affordable housing for sale by undertaking housing needs assessments and other relevant studies.

Grants to improve playing fields and sports facilities
Added: 13 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

Grants of between £2,500 and £5,000 are available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport. Grants can be used for the development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities, volunteer training (including the provision of qualifications), purchasing specialist disability equipment, or the development of long-term sustainability - for example, marketing and finance expertise.

Funding for community spaces
Added: 19 June 2019
Deadline: Ongoing

The Co-op Foundation is working with the Government to develop a new £1.6 million initiative to help maximise the potential of spaces where people can connect and co-operate.