Funding body information

Coventry City Council

Coventry City Council,
Council House reception,
Earl Street,
0500 834 333

Point of contact:

Community Development Team, 024 7683 1037,


Community Grant Fund

Coventry City Council has established a grant fund of £100,000 to spend during 2015-2016 on community projects. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Saturday 31 October 2015

This funding is intended to help Voluntary and Community groups throughout Coventry develop their capacity and promote positive sustainable change in neighbourhoods. Projects will be expected to enhance the local environment and/or improve the general health and well- being of citizens of Coventry.

The application form will ask applicants to identify which of the following objectives their project will contribute towards, and ask for details of how this will be achieved during the lifespan of the project:

  • To deliver projects that will make Coventry an attractive, cleaner and greener city
  • To support communities to become safer by developing networks and/or partnerships of communication, trust and co-operation.
  • To improve health and wellbeing in the community
  • To reduce health inequalities in the community and across the city
  • To protect and support the most vulnerable in the local community
  • To develop active citizens in strong actively engaged and sustainable communities.

The grant fund scheme is only open to groups that are based in Coventry. Groups can be, for example, youth groups, community development groups, cultural organisations, community centre associations, women's groups, residents associations, tenants associations and other similar organisations.

Grants may be awarded towards the cost of the following, provided they meet the objectives.

  1. Organisation / delivery of events.
  2. Seminars or discussion groups.
  3. Projects that create sustainable change/improvements.
  4. Renting appropriate facilities.
  5. Resource materials.
  6. Improvements to buildings / IT etc that enhance service delivery opportunities for local communities.
  7. Action research and small publication costs.

Please note: The maximum award payable to an organisation is £5,000 in any one funding round.

Further information can be found in the following links: Community Grant Fund Criteria and Community Grant Fund Application

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

External Funding: General advice on sources of funding.

Funding Helpdesk: The Funding Helpdesk publishes a 'Funding Bulletin' every six to eight weeks, which gives details of national and local external funding sources.

The council is also able to offer organisations in Coventry free use of GRANTnet, a user friendly database, to conduct their own online grants search.

Useful organisations:

Voluntary Action Coventry

It is not immediately obvious when entering the council’s website where the information about funding is (it actually comes under ‘Culture and Leisure'). However, searching using an appropriate term, such as 'grants', soon brings up the required link.

Although Coventry City Council only offers a 'small grants scheme' for projects in the arts, sports and events, information on how and when to apply is clear and concise.

It also provides good information and advice on potential external sources of funding.

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