Our Grants

‘The prompt response to the application for funding was greatly appreciated. We were able to “hit the floor running” and very quickly provide all that the grant enabled us to do without a long gap in provision. Also the simplicity of the application form was most helpful.’

Our Way Self Advocacy

‘I honestly have nothing but praise for WCF; you were quick to offer support, you were not prescriptive in how the funding was used (you asked us what we needed) and you were quick to give us the funds, allowing us to act quickly in response to the pandemic’.

Citizens Advice South Worcestershire

Worcestershire Community Foundation hosts a range of different funds which make awards to support local groups, community organisations and charities working to address disadvantage and respond to need in our communities.

There are two main types of funding:

Immediate impact flow-through grants, which are often national programmes. These funds are generally allocated through open grant rounds which have to be applied for, with set guidelines and deadlines.

Donor-led Funds: These are (themed) funds set up by individuals or organisations to ‘put something back’ into their communities. They are generally held within the charity’s endowment fund, which is invested for longer-term growth. The dividends raised by the investment are then distributed, usually on an annual basis, to selected organisations of the donor’s choice in consultation with WCF.

We award grants covering a range of issues via a number of different grant programmes. We pride ourselves on offering funding programmes which:

  • Are open access
  • Encourage diversity
  • Welcome both new and existing groups to apply.

Each of our grant programmes has different guidelines and requirements, so please take some time to read through them and see which programme best suits your organisation’s funding needs. It can feel like a minefield out there, so if you are inexperienced in making grant applications and need support, our team of experts is here to advise you of the best way forward and help you at every stage of your application.

We work with partner organisation Community First to manage and administer our grant programmes. Sharing the role and skills across our respective organisations is not only cost effective and efficient, it increases reach into our local communities and capitalises on joint local knowledge when making grant allocation decisions.

If you would like to receive regular updates on our programmes and other sources of funding, you can subscribe to the Community First newsletter here.

If you want to find out more about the different Worcestershire organisations that have benefitted from our grants, do take a look through our many stories.

For further information on any of our grant programmes please contact:
Emma Buckingham, Grants Officer (Community First)
[email protected]
01684 312751

Our Impact

£ 2000000 +

Total grants
(2013-19)

£ 650000

Total grants (2020)

£ 4333

Average Grant size

150 +

Number of grants
(2020)

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