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Grants for constituted groups

We have a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support people in Middlesbrough. All grants awarded must contribute in some way towards the objectives set out in the Council Plan 2024-2027.

For more information about grants, email communitygrants@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Looking for funding?

If you're looking for funding but you're not sure where to start, Find a Funder can help. Find a Funder is an online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities, run by Middlesbrough Council and MVDA.

Prevent duty

We have a responsibility under the Prevent duty to exercise due diligence as part of the application process to ensure that funding is not granted to individuals and organisations who actively support terrorism. You can find out more in the Prevent section.

To complete the free Home Office Prevent training, visit the Prevent eLearning page.

Community Grant Fund

Constituted groups can apply for up to £1,000 from the Community Grant Fund to fund specific projects. For example:

  • you'd like to run a brand-new pilot project
  • an existing project is expanding, and you need to learn about applying for grant funding
  • a one-off grant to fund new equipment

Your project needs to meet at least one of the Council Plan priorities:

  • a successful and ambitious town
  • a healthy place
  • safe and resilient communities
  • delivering best value
  • transformation

The deadline to apply for a grant is 9am on 19 August 2024. Please make sure you've read the Community Grant Fund guidance before you apply.

Middlesbrough Cultural Ambassadors grant fund

We have £20,000 available to support the delivery of cultural events and festivals in Middlesbrough in 2024. This is thanks to the support of several businesses which have joined the Middlesbrough Cultural Ambassadors programme.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Please read the Middlesbrough Cultural Ambassadors grant fund criteria carefully before you apply. The criteria explains which groups and organisations are eligible, and the maximum amount you can apply for.

The closing date for applications was 12pm on Monday 3 June 2024.

Community Fund - Staying Included

Staying Included is a council service aimed at helping vulnerable people find solutions to live independently at home and to stay connected to their community. This will allow individuals to live more healthily, become more active, form new friendships, and pursue their ambitions.

This grant is aimed at building capacity within the VCS to support clients beyond the Staying Included support period. Grant requests must be able to demonstrate how the funding will make a difference to supporting people.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available. The total amount of funding for 2024/2025 is £12,500.

Check the Staying Included grant fund criteria before you apply.

Carers Community Fund

This grants scheme is available to community-based groups who want to support informal carers in their area. The programme is for small grants, from £20 to £5000.

Outcomes for your project should help with one or more of the following:

  1. Reduce carers' social isolation and develop social networks
  2. Help carers, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing
  3. Reach, connect, and support disadvantaged carers.
  4. Build on available community assets and resources to support carers

Successful projects will have high involvement and ownership by the carers within the community, and be driven by them.

Please read the Carers Community Fund guidance before applying.

Find a Funder training sessions

Training sessions on using Find a Funder are available. These sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups looking for grant funding.

Our training sessions are theme-based to encourage networking and learning from each other. Sessions will include a live search using the system, along with advice on completing funding applications.

Upcoming sessions

There are currently no upcoming training sessions.