UKSPF Community Capacity Building Grant

Applications closed at 9am on 3 June 2024.

Successful applicants will be notified and need to sign the Grant Funding Agreement - ideally within a month, depending on the level of applications.

Aim of scheme

Herefordshire Council recognises the important and valuable contribution that our vibrant community and voluntary sector makes to the lives of residents across the county.

This Community Grant Fund aims to build on this to deliver the aims and objectives of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Through the funds, we want to enable community and voluntary groups to access funding for projects that they can demonstrate will make a difference in their local neighbourhoods.

Outputs and outcomes

UKSPF Investment Plan and, therefore, projects must be able to show how they will:

  • Be community-based
  • Improve your community
  • Improve people's satisfaction with where they live
  • Increase the number of people engaging with community activities in your neighbourhood
  • Help improve the health and wellbeing of people living in your community
  • Help improve the quality of life of people affected by the cost of living crisis
Who can apply

This fund is open to community and third sector organisations that deliver locally within Herefordshire and which engage local people in the design and development of services to meet their needs. These can be new or established services. Principally this covers:

  • Charities, voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations including Community Interest Organisations (CIOs) and social enterprises who are formally constituted/incorporated groups, for example registered with charity commission, Companies House or have a constitution and bank account in the organisations name
  • State and independent schools (as long as your project benefits and involves the community and does not deliver activities that are part of the standard curriculum)
  • Town and parish councils
What the grant or funding is for
  • Community support events and activities
  • Community engagement and outreach
  • Activities that support improved mental health and wellbeing
  • Venue hire costs for additional service provision
  • Transport costs to support community capability to attend an event or a specific service delivery
  • Marketing and promotion costs and campaigns that can demonstrate added value
  • Sector skills sharing and collaboration work
  • Your organisation's running costs
  • Volunteering and retention activities
  • Project staff costs
How much you can apply for

Applicants can apply for grants between £1,000 - £15,000 (regardless of the number of organisations collaborating on a project).

Applications for revenue funding only.

How to apply

It is essential that you read the Community Capacity Building Grant information leaflet in full so that you understand what types of projects we are looking for, what the criteria of the grants are, and what you will be expected to do if you are awarded funding.

This grant is now closed.

What happens next

Successful applicants will be notified and need to sign the Grant Funding Agreement - ideally within a month, depending on the level of applications.

All projects must be completed and end of project reports submitted by 28 February 2025.

Further information

If you need some help with developing your project ideas for the Community Capacity Building Fund you can contact the Talk Community Team by emailing and your local community development officer will be in touch to support you.