Main Grants Programme
Our Main Grants Programme benefits people who are disadvantaged or isolated. To be eligible for a grant from this programme, organisations must work with people who are disadvantaged due to poverty, disability, age, location or culture.
deadlineFriday 27th May 2022
grant amountUp to £10,000
About the Main Grants Programme
Our main grants programme benefits people who are disadvantaged or isolated. To be eligible for a grant from this programme, organisations must work with people who are disadvantaged due to poverty, disability, age, location or culture.
We also give priority to groups that:
• Enable people to take opportunities that would otherwise not be available
• Reflect the concerns and priorities of people living and working in the area
• Involve local people in improving their community
To be eligible for a grant from the Main Programme you must be able to demonstrate that you will benefit people in your community by helping them to lead more fulfilling lives, particularly where there is known deprivation, disadvantage, or isolation. Disadvantage may be the result of poverty, disability, age, location or culture.
Who can apply?
This programme is for voluntary and community groups with charitable aims, registered charities or Community Interest Companies with more than three unrelated Trustees or Board Members and a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two signatories.
Applicants must be based and working in Gloucestershire.
What can you apply for?
GCF’s priorities include projects or activities which:
- Reflect the needs and concerns of their beneficiaries by adding value to existing community provision;
- Enable people to take up opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them;
- Encourage local volunteers to engage with their communities;
- Develop partnerships with other local organisations and groups;
- Demonstrate imagination and initiative by securing funds from diverse fundraising activities.
How much do we award?
Awards are available of between £1,000 and normally a maximum of £10,000. Please note that only in exceptional circumstances will grants in excess of £10,000 be awarded.
There are three rounds of panel decisions during the year. The closing dates for applications confirmed so far during 2020 are:
Friday 4th February 2022 (decisions due in March/April)
Friday 27th May 2022 (decisions due in July)
Friday 23rd September 2022 (decisions due in November)
*Applications to be submitted by 12 noon
Please ensure you satisfy all of the criteria and conditions outlined within the Grant Guidelines. Do contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your project/need prior to submitting an application.
The guidelines are available by clicking on the link below
How to Apply
Please apply online using the link at the bottom right of the screen marked ‘Apply Now’
You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application.
As part of the online application process you will be asked to attach the following supporting documents:
- A constitution/governing document/set of rules, that sets out the purpose of your organisation and how it is managed.
- A copy of a bank statement or other evidence of a bank account in the name of your organisation. The bank account must have at least 2 signatories. Alternatively, if you belong to a small organisation that does not have a bank account another charitable organisation can look after the funds for you, but you must provide written authorisation from the organisation that will do this.
- A copy of your most recent annual accounts or financial records. If you do not have financial records that cover a full year then you will need to provide the records you currently have.
- A safeguarding policy if your organisation works directly with children or vulnerable adults.