Funding body information

Northamptonshire County Council

John Dryden House
8-10 The Lakes
0300 126 1000

Point of contact:

Communities Team, Voluntary and Communities Sector, 01604 637522,
Northamptonshire Community Foundation, 01604 230033,


The Northamptonshire County Council operates different grant schemes. These are:

Empowering Councillors and Communities Scheme

This scheme grants £7000 per year to each of Northamptonshire County Council 57 councillors to spend within their electoral. Grants are awarded to projects that benefit the local communities.

Applicants for funding through your County Councillor must be an organisation with its own bank account and a not for dividend organisation or business.

For more information, please contact your local councillor or visit the council's website.

East Northants Resource Management Facility Fund (Kings Cliffe)

The East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF) Fund is available to organisations within a 10 mile radius of the ENRMF landfill site at Kings Cliffe, with preference being given to applications from organisations within a 5 mile radius of the site.

The fund has been made available as part of the planning consent which granted Augean permission to deposit low level waste at the ENRMF landfill site. The funding is aimed at supporting community projects and organisations.

More guidance and application form are available on the council's website.

The Northamptonshire Community Foundation

The NCF provides financial support to the local charity and community sector in the region. The total amount of funding awarded per year equals £750,000. The NCF offers financial support to community-based action which improves the lives of Northamptonshire's most disadvantaged people and communities such as child poverty, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and social isolation.

Applicants can apply for:

  • Small grants up to £3000
  • Larger grants up to £5000

Both small and larger grants are considered on a monthly basis. Please refer to the deadlines summaries for grants and fund available here.

For more information, visit the NCF website or contact to Grant Team 01604 230033

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire

This organisation help local communities to achieve their projects in order to improve the quality of life in the area.

  • Deliver a wide range of services, including specialist support, advice and training, to over 2000 voluntary and community organisations and charities each year
  • Promote and support volunteering in the county
  • Help voluntary and community organisations and individuals contribute to Northamptonshire's development and services

Further information is available on their website.

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:

Voluntary Sector Support

Useful organisations:

Having spoken to the council, it appears that is does not have a dedicated external funding unit, but instead refers enquiries to one of the organisations listed below.

Northampton Volunteering Centre

CVS Northamptonshire

The Council's website is straightforward, with funding information quite easily found under the following page:

Home - Council services - Community and living - Voluntary sector support

Full details are provided for all of the schemes available, including deadlines, application forms, guidelines and eligibility criteria.

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