Community Grants available from the Postcode Community Trust

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Postcode Community Trust, set up by the People’s Postcode Lottery, seeks to empower groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities. Some groups may feel they cannot participate fully in activities within their community because of isolation, disability or age. The fund aims to help them overcome these barriers in creative and sustainable communities by improving social cohesion, economic infrastructure and provide or improve community-based facilities.

The Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grant Scheme opens on 5 January 2016 for applications from registered charities and community groups who are seeking funding for projects that advance community development. Grants range from £500 to £20,000.

The funding will be available for projects that help to regenerate communities by improving social cohesion, economic infrastructure and provide or improve community-based facilities. This includes projects that:

Promote community development projects including:

  • support for older people relieving isolation
  • support for young carers and their families and/or support for families caring for disabled children or relatives, enabling them to engage more fully in their local area
  • projects which enhance or enable volunteering opportunities which help to regenerate communities

Support community cohesion by:

  • enhancing facilities which benefit a wide segment of a community
  • increasing public participation in sports especially for those at a disadvantage due to disability, age, financial hardship or gender
  • utilising sports to enhance the skills and life chances of disadvantaged groups
  • providing recreational facilities, or the organising of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for those utilising the facilities/activities
  • promoting inter-generational cohesion
  • promoting a community’s social history

There will be two funding rounds next year. Applications will be accepted from 5-28 January 2016, and then from 1-31 May 2016.

For further information and to apply, visit the Postcode Community Trust website