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

The Fund is designed to be used to support work where there is clear evidence of a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age disability, race, sexuality or gender.

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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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Firm Foundations

Firm Foundations 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.

The Ashby fund also provides small bursaries to Derbyshire residents seeking assistance with course fees to higher and further educational establishments.

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Marketing Derby Bondholder Future Talent Fund

The Fund has been established by Marketing Derby Bondholders to deliver on key social issues and create a legacy for future generations.

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Rolls-Royce Fund 2016

Every year the Foundation works alongside Rolls-Royce to develop a grant theme, responding to local needs, topics and concerns. For 2016 the theme was support for Mental Health Projects working with children and young people.
On October 31st three wonderful charities were selected for support.

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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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