Berkshire Community Foundation awards CCB a grant of £3.5K for the CCB family Home Energy Education and Advice Project.

Tesco Extra English Lessons

Helen with students at an English lesson at Tesco Extra English lesson in Slough

CCB are very grateful to Berkshire Community Foundation for their grant award to enable CCB to continue advising low income families in fuel poverty in Berkshire.

Helen Dean, Project Co-ordinator said ‘This is fantastic news! The grant will enable CCB to continue to advise low income families in all aspects of reducing their gas and electricity costs; running 10 sessions at Children’s Centres and other venues across Berkshire from April 2018 onwards.’

Helen with students at an English lesson at Tesco Extra English lesson in Slough in February: a session run under our current project. Comments from students on Helen’s talk: ‘Good information’, ‘Helpful advice on energy saving’, ‘Thank you for coming. Now I understand how to save energy’

Finance for Business Owners

Finance for Business OwnersFinance for Business Owners.

This is the second time the Real Business Club  have run the course.

Feedback from attendees last time was excellent – giving them up to date information and advice, helping them plan their business, understand changes to their responsibilities and helped them feel more confident on running the financial side of their business. It is relevant to Business owners from all sectors and from one man bands to small teams/ using sub contractors.

To book your FREE place please email:



The Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2018

Bracknell FestivalInvolve Bracknell invite you to join us at ‘The Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2018’
Come and meet your community in all its diversity and splendour!

On Saturday 24th March, at Bracknell & Wokingham College, involve – working in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council – will be holding a vibrant and colourful event celebrating the diversity of Bracknell Forest, with music, art, food and fun for all the family, including a bouncy castle and face painting for the children. Free entry to all.

This special event will be a great chance to find out about the many, diverse communities all living together in Bracknell Forest. To find out more, or to offer your support, please contact Diane Benford on 01344 383513 or

Funding News – February 2018

Postcode Lottery

Local charities and community groups will have the opportunity to apply for between £500 and £20,000 raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery with various focuses:

People’s Postcode Trust: applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights and equal rights.

Postcode Local Trust supports community gardens, play areas, wildlife and green energy projects.

Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

The dates for 2018 round 1 funding are:

Stage 1: February 14th – February 28th

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Trust gives grants of mostly £1,000 – £5,000 to charities whose activities involve the whole family in initiatives that encourage and nurture a supportive structure within the family unit, and whose aims include the development of strong and supportive family bonds by helping all elements of the family unit to grow together and support each other.

The three areas that the charity wishes to support are:

  • Interventions and support that help families to manage better and prevent the fracture of the family unit, eg relationship counselling, mediation
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment

Deadline is 1st March 2018.

Sheds Grant Fund

Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, has established a Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking for help with either set up or early stage development costs.

  • Do you need between £250 and £1,000?
  • Is your Shed run as a membership – co-ordinated by unpaid volunteers for the benefit of your members?
  • Is your Shed a member of (or willing to join) your national Men’s Sheds Association?
  • Are you happy to participate in local promotional or partnership opportunities, as may arise, with your local Asda store?

What can we fund?
Royal Voluntary Service can help you in many ways, including…

  • Tools and equipment
  • Building renovation costs – eg roofing/flooring materials
  • Revenue costs – eg rent/insurance contributions
  • Promotional materials

If you answered YES to all these questions, then the Sheds Grant Fund could be right for you.

Application form [Word doc]
Application form [pdf]

Guidelines for applicants [Word doc] 
Guidelines for applicants [pdf]

Examples of good answers [Word doc] 
Examples of good answers [pdf]

Allchurches Trust

Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts. We are an independent charity, regulated by the Charity Commission.

We welcome applications from all parts of the UK and Ireland, particularly from areas of social and economic deprivation.

Our grants include support for: 

  • Churches of all denominations, to restore their historic buildings and open them for wider community benefit
  • Charities addressing homelessness, poverty and isolation
  • Charities helping people whose lives are in crisis
  • Schools, colleges and charities that nurture young people and those in prison.

Our grants further our charitable objective of promoting the Christian faith but we are entirely independent of the Church of England and all other religious organisations.
Most of our grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 but we do make larger grants.

The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund Programme

The Greggs FLCP Fund Programme offers a helping hand to community organisations across the UK. They look for community organisations that are helping to improve the quality of life of people who need it most throughout.

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

The maximum grant that they can give is £2,000 & the deadline to apply is 9th March 2018 with decisions being announced by 27th April 2018. For more information & to apply visit If you require assistance however, please contact the Greggs Foundation on 0191 2127626.

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.


  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered charities and voluntary organisations
  • Social enterprises and other not for profit companies or ventures Community benefit societies and co-operative societies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Trade unions that meet the statutory definition of a trade union

Partnerships or consortia are able to apply for funding. One organisation within the partnership or consortia must be the lead and take on full responsibility for the project and the terms and conditions of the grant. The lead organisation must be an eligible applicant organisation. Special purpose vehicles are not able to apply.

Museums, galleries and cultural organisations are encouraged to apply. Local authorities may not apply for funding directly, but are encouraged to be part of partnership or consortia bids. For further details please click here.

Berkshire Community Foundation: COMIC RELIEF LOCAL COMMUNITIES

This 12 month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding of grants, between £1,000 and £5,000, for groups’ core costs – meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. The Grant shall be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged this may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these need.

Applicants need to:

  • Be a registered charity, constituted community group or other charitable organisation, including social enterprise/CIC, working in Berkshire, which benefits those who are excluded or disadvantaged in some way.
  • Have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Have annual income £100,000 or under (for the last full financial year).
  • Apply for a project that fits one of the Comic Relief priorities for Core Strength – Local Communities for 2017/18: Connected Communities, Productive Communities, Empowered Communities.

Applicants can read the full criteria details and apply by visiting:

Berkshire Community Foundation: #IWILL PROGRAMME

The #iwill Programme aims to increase youth volunteering and social action by 50% by 2020 and is being delivered by community foundations across England. Local groups can apply for grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for youth social action projects which last up to a year (they can be one-off events). Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action. Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action: reflective, challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded.

Applicants need to:

  • Be a registered charity, constituted community group or other charitable organisation, including social enterprise/CIC, based and working in Berkshire.
  • Be seeking a grant (of £1,000-£5,000) for a youth social action project, that will promote volunteering, fundraising and/or campaigning amongst young people aged between 10 and 25.
  • Have a project that meets the principles of great youth social action – as identified in the Fund Criteria and Guidance for Applicants.

Applicants can read the full criteria details and apply by visiting:

With thanks to Slouch CVS, Wokingham Involve, Bruce Wright Funding Matters and Berkshire Community Foundation for the information above