Available grants

The grants team appreciates that it can be daunting to try and select which funding programme to try for. If you prefer you can call us directly. We would love to chat to you about your ideas.

We always welcome the opportunity to say hello and learn more about your group’s plans, what problems you face and what you need.  This way we can try and match you to the funding programme that will give you the best chance of success.

This page summarises most of the funding programmes that we have available, for more detailed information on each fund and access to the application form, click on the link below each fund description. Once again, please make sure that you have read the How to apply page first.

The grants


The Derbyshire High Sheriff Fund

The Fund aims to improve the quality of life for Derbyshire residents by supporting activities that help to build safer, stronger communities.

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Comic Relief Fund – Core Strength Programme

The new Core Strength programme will help small locally led community groups (income below £100K) with their main day to day running costs such as rent, utilities, core staff (not project workers), organisational development such as training, core fundraising (again as long as they are linked to your overall work and not one specific project only)
Please click to read more regarding further priorities

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Embrace Derbyshire Fund

This fund supports a broad range of small community and voluntary groups with a variety of different costs. As with all of the Foundation's funds the overarching purpose of each grant we make is to enhance the quality of life for people living in Derbyshire communities and to tackle disadvantages and inequalities faced by people living in the county today.

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Derbyshire Volunteer Fund

The Derbyshire Volunteer Fund supports the recruitment and development of volunteers as well as helping groups with their communication and networking needs. It is always heavily oversubscribed, which means it usually only runs from April - July each year.

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Freemasons of Derbyshire Fund

This Fund has been established by the Freemasons of Derbyshire Provincial Grand Charity to support community life and tackle disadvantage across Derbyshire by supporting community and voluntary groups and charities.

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Jefford Weller Fund

This fund provides financial assistance to any community and voluntary organisation tackling homelessness issues and / or addressing housing problems.

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John Weston Fund

This fund was set up by local benefactor John Weston in 2002 and has three strands.

Strand One: Support to individual young people with personal development
Strand Two: Financial assistance to groups tackling issues related to supporting young people
Strand Three: Financial assistance to groups tackling issues related to supporting older people, specifically those who are isolated / at risk of isolation.

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Southern Derbyshire Learning Fund

The Fund was designed to support community and voluntary groups offering opportunities for people to gain new skills, which will ultimately allow people to enter or re-enter the world of employment.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Fund (PCCD)

The Fund aims to improve the quality of life for Derbyshire residents by supporting activities that help to build safer, stronger communities.

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The Walbrook Fund

This fund is designed to support community activity that directly helps those facing disadvantage.

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Tom Carey Fund

This fund has been set up to support new and existing community activity in the Abbey ward of Derby City. The Fund's main purpose is to improve the quality of life for residents in this area.

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The Ashby Fund

This family fund’s main focus is providing financial assistance to community and voluntary organisations operating within Derbyshire.

For information on bursaries for Derbyshire residents seeking assistance with course fees to higher and further educational establishments please click to read more on the following page.

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Rolls-Royce Fund 2018

Every year the Foundation works alongside Rolls-Royce to develop a grant theme, responding to local needs, topics and concerns. For 2018 the theme will be:

Children and the Great Outdoors
Supporting child mental & physical health in our most disadvantaged communities

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William and Griselda Kerr Fund

The Fund has been established to support groups that use the arts or horticulture to work with and help some of the most vulnerable in our society.

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Youth Social Action Fund

This fund has been developed as part of the #iwill campaign, which aims to increase youth volunteering by 50% by 2020

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The Derbyshire Older People’s Fund

This fund has been established to support groups, organisations and projects working with older people in Derbyshire, to reduce isolation and increase involvement in the community.

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