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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.

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

Middlesbrough Council Community Grants process has 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 learn more in the Prevent section.

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

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.

Community Chest

Our Community Chest fund is for established groups which have a constitution, bank account, and policies in place.

If you're not an established group - our Small Grants Fund might be better for you.

Funding is available for groups which are working for the benefit of Middlesbrough residents, and encouraging community participation and activity. Please read the Community Chest guidance before you apply.

The Community Chest fund is currently closed to applications.

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

The Community Chest is part of the Community Grant Fund. You can find out how we collect, store, and use your personal data in the privacy policy for the Community Grant Fund.

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 to be allocated in 2023/2024 is £12,500.

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. Find out more in the Carers Community Fund guidance.

Applications for the Carers Community Fund closed on 29 August 2023.

Short break grants

Do you work with children or young people who are disabled? Grants of up to £3000 are available to groups offering positive activity to children and young people with a disability on evenings, weekends or during school holidays.

Applications for the short breaks fund closed on 17 April 2023.

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

Development grants

We have around £20,000 in grants available to fund new or emerging projects. This can be used to fund pilot projects:

  • where a need has been identified and is not already being met
  • where funding is needed to plug a gap when a grant is in place but is not due to start until a later date, and current funding is due to end before then
  • where short term funding is needed to progress a business model

To discuss your need for funding from this programme, email communitygrants@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Befriending

This year there is £18,000 available to fund one or two projects in the town to support elderly residents to feel less lonely and isolated. For more information, email communitygrants@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

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.