General grants programme

This Programme requires you to identify in section 3 under Impact how you will tackle one or more of the needs identified in the Foundation’s Hidden Needs Report. Please read the guidance to help you answer the question.

Please note that we will only be accepting applications for essential activity that aligns with the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund until further notice.

Our funding comes in all shapes and sizes from a range of donors - grants are awarded to help the young or the old, those in our towns or those isolated in villages, those with disabilities, projects develop peoples' cultural and creative lives, their knowledge of local history, promote healthy living and support the environment, even those increasing peoples' fitness through sports clubs or just helping a group socialise and relax by taking part in recreational activities.  
Our general grants programme awards funding once a month and intends to benefit the whole community and fund a wide range of projects including:

  • Community events and activities
  • Small scale training, rental and staffing costs
  • Small and large pieces of equipment
  • Support groups, residents associations, sports and arts clubs

 Is my group eligible?
  • Your project can be a new activity, start up costs for a new group or service or building on the good work you already do. Revenue and Capital Funding is eligible.
  • Your group must be a small, locally managed, voluntary, community or self-help group.
  • Your total budget for the project you are applying for cannot be more than £20,000
  • You must have people volunteering to help with your activity, who are not part of your management committee
  • You must have a set of written rules or a constitution that your group adheres to. We can help advise you on how to do this especially if you are a new group
  • You must take care to ensure that young people or vulnerable people taking part in your activity do not come to any harm whilst in your care. To this end, you must have written procedures for keeping young people and/or vulnerable people safe otherwise known as a Child Protection or Vulnerable people’s policy. This will be needed as a condition of funding. If you do not have such a policy, visit our Training & Resources section to download an example 

Go to grant deadlines for all upcoming closing dates.

Please note there is no funding for areas other than Northampton during the January round (Dec 6 deadline.)

Click here to apply: General Grants application form

Please wait for at least 15 minutes & check your junk mail for the email containing the link

Please read the guidance notes and download the reference form and supporting documents checklist at the bottom of the page before applying.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation can provide advice and guidance during the application process aswell as viewing draft applications prior to submission. Call the grants team on 01604 230033 for more information.

Project Type: General

Grant Location:  Northamptonshire (county-wide)

Grant Amount: Up to £3,000