Grants for buildings

The Raynond Ross fund

Criteria and deadlines for applications to follow soon.


The South Derbyshire Community Partnerships Scheme  

Has been developed to provide support, advice and grant funding to community projects in South Derbyshire. It encourages self-help, joint working relationships and the fulfilment of community aspiration. It is designed to assist community groups to attract external funds such as lottery money to South Derbyshire. They support a wide variety of projects providing that they benefit communities within South Derbyshire. Typical examples include: sports, arts, heritage, environmental and other community projects

• the provision of new community buildings or refurbishment / improvement of existing community buildings
• the purchase of major items of equipment - individual items must cost a minimum of £4,000 to be eligible
• purchase of land - with an application for grant towards the cost of the acquisition of land or buildings, the authority may take advice as to the value of the property and grant will not be given on expenditure in excess of the price recommended by an approved valuer
• access improvements to buildings, particularly for people with disabilities.
Partnership Development Officer, South Derbyshire District Council Leisure and Community Development Civic Offices, Civic Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0AH.Tel: 01283 228741; Email:

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) 
Has  opened a new strand of the Reaching Communities Programme for England, which will invest an additional £75 million in rural and urban community-use buildings. Voluntary and community organisations and town and parish councils may submit outline proposals for capital grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 towards projects with a total value of no more than £750,000. 

BIG created the fund to turn existing facilities into buildings offering a wide range of activities for the benefit of a broad group of people in the community. Grants will be awarded for the renovation of any multi-purpose building currently used by communities, including memorial halls, community centres and village halls.  A list of eligibility criteria has now been published on BIG's website - applications are invited at any time and will be assessed on a monthly rolling basis.

The Screwfix Foundation 
Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects that fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need across the UK.

This can include repairing run-down buildings and decorating the homes of people living with illness and disability.

Only registered UK charities can apply for a grant. This is a rolling programme, applications can be made throughout the year. For more info log on to

Allchurches Trust  
This Trust offers grants to churches for building and restoration projects, repair of church fabric, church community initiatives, religious charitable work, preservation of the UK heritage and other charitable causes.  Please allow up to three months for routine and/or smaller projects and up to six months for larger and/or more complex projects for an application to be processed, considered by the Trustees and for the decision to be communicated to you.  Where the total project cost exceeds £300,000 please submit your most recent audited or independently examined accounts.  For more information:

Henry Smith Charity 
The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity.  It makes grants to organisations and charities for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage. 

Main Grants Programme - for grants of £10,000 or over. Capital Grant - one off grants for purchase or refurbishment of a building or purchase of specialist equipment.  Revenue Grants - grants of up to 3 years for core costs (including salaries and overheads) or the running costs of a specific project 
The Small Grants Programme - for grants of under £10,000 per year.  Small Grants - Grants of £500 to £20,000 for small UK registered charities. Your annual income must be below £150,000 
For more information visit or tel 0207 264 4970.

The Rayne Foundation,GS9K,7H5L8,1DAU7,1 social welfare and development grant provides funding to charities and community groups that improve the quality of life for older people or develop the numeracy skills of any age group. Applications that benefit other disadvantaged groups are welcomed, though the above will be prioritised. Funding can be used for core costs, salaries and capital costs of building projects. The average grant awarded last year was £14,000. For more information, phone 020 7487 9656.

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

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