Voluntary sector grants

If you are a voluntary or community organisation or group, you can get financial help (grant funding) from a number of different places to:

  • start up your organisation
  • run a project or activity
  • buy equipment

Apply for new grants

Redbridge Hive Crowdfunding: now open

Redbridge have joined up with crowdfunding platform Spacehive to help local residents and organisations raise money and attract in-kind support to deliver projects in Redbridge that benefit the wider community.

Find out more from the Redbridge Hive Crowdfunding page.

The Redbridge Community Project Fund and Small Grants Fund

Are you a voluntary or community sector organisation looking for funding to deliver projects to improve the quality of life of local residents?  

We have set up a Redbridge projects fund to support voluntary sector/not-for-profit organisations to deliver services not usually covered by existing funding or procurement arrangements. We provide funding for community-led initiatives.  The fund will also contribute to creating a thriving third sector in Redbridge, increase civic participation in the local area and encourage participation in regular volunteering.  

The scheme will help the voluntary and community sector to respond to emerging social need and to pilot new initiatives. 


The Community Project Fund and Small Grants Fund take place twice a year.

We are looking for 7-9 local Redbridge residents to sit on a Panel responsible for making recommendations for grants to community projects. This is a chance to have a say on projects taking place in the community.

What will you be doing?

We’ll need you to read assessment reports (around 40-50 pages) and attend panel meetings twice a year.

What skills do you need?

You will be a resident of the London Borough of Redbridge, have local knowledge of the diverse communities and organisations that are based within the area, and be passionate about making a difference in your community.

How do you apply?

If you are interested in being a member of the panel, please fill out the short application form, telling us why you would like to volunteer and what knowledge and skills you can contribute. Please send this to catherine.sorrell@londoncf.org.uk  no later than 5pm on Friday 1 June.

Redbridge Panel Application Form (PDF 144KB)

Find out more about the Redbridge Community Project Fund (PDF 904KB)


Round 1: applications for grants will open in the summer, the panel will be making their decision on the week beginning 24 September 2018.

Round 2: applications for grants will open in the winter, the panel will be making their decision on the week beginning 25 February 2019.


The Redbridge Community Fund will fund projects that would help the Council to address corporate priorities and the recommendations of the Fairness Commission. The minimum grant size is £5,001. While there is no maximum grant size, we expect the average grant awarded will be £25,000. There is no income threshold for organisations applying through this funding stream.

Applications must address 1 or more of the following priority areas and your application should demonstrate how your work will address this:

  • improving life chances of disadvantaged children, young people and adults
  • developing social networks improving the ability of residents to support one another to feel safe and part of the community
  • supporting the health and well-being of residents, preventing the need for health and social care interventions
  • supporting social action and self-help to enable residents to engage in activities to develop and improve their local environment

This fund will be managed by the London Community Foundation (LCF) on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge. For more information and how to apply, please go to Redbridge Community Projects Fund on the LCF website.


The Small Grants Fund is targeted at small and emerging voluntary and community groups. The fund will support organisations to provide smaller community based initiatives, capacity building of new and small organisations or for one-off purchases of equipment. For organisations that wish to apply, the income threshold is £250,000. Organisations with an income that exceeds this amount are not eligible and must apply through the Community Projects Fund. The maximum grant size for the Small Grants Fund is £5,000.

This fund will be managed by the London Community Foundation (LCF) on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge. For more information and how to apply, please go to Redbridge Community Projects Fund on the LCF website.


Corporate Voluntary and Community Sector Grants 2017-2020 - Strategic Partner Fund is Now Closed.

The grant called to all Redbridge-based voluntary and community sector organisations.

We invited voluntary and community sector organisations in Redbridge to apply for Strategic Partner funding to provide services that will improve the quality of life of local residents.

The funding was for organisations that:

  • had experience of engaging strategically with the Council and other public bodies to influence policy design, development and delivery of service
  • could provide a voice to represent the interest of the community they serve by ensuring that all public bodies are informed of the views of service users and local residents

The Strategic Partner Fund

The Strategic Partner Fund had 2 strands:

a) Core Funding

Organisations could apply for up to 50% of their core running costs

b) Commissioned Through Grants

Organisations could submit more than 1 application to either or both strands but a separate application had to be submitted for each application.

This fund would support the delivery of the following Corporate Priorities:

  1. Fairness increase fairness and respond to the aspirations of our borough
  2. Empower our communities to help shape our borough and the services we deliver
  3. Improve the quality of life and civic pride amongst our communities
  4. Transform our Council in tough times to be dynamic and responsive to the challenging needs of the future.

The 3-year budget for 2017/20 was £396,000 per annum, subject to availability of future funding.

Funding surgeries

We also held 2 funding surgeries to offer advice and answer specific questions. 


Currently funded and closed grants

Corporate voluntary and community sector grants: 2017 to 2020

View the corporate voluntary and community sector grants


Redbridge Small Grants and Community Projects 

Redbridge Small Grants and Community Projects are administered by the London Community Foundation on behalf of Redbridge Council.

Find out how the grants have been awarded


Review of the Voluntary and Community Sector Grants Programme

A review took place from February 2016 to May 2016 and was undertaken by an independent consultant working with Redbridge Council officers. The review involved meetings and online consultation with the voluntary and community sector and the findings can be viewed via:


Financial help and advice

External organisations that provide information and advice on various issues

The Funder database

The Redbridge CVS has a database of all of the different organisations that offer funding. You will need to make an appointment with the Redbridge CVS to look through the database.

Fundraising support

Redbridge CVS are providing fundraising support and one to one sessions are available strictly by appointment between 4.30pm and 6.30pm Monday to Thursday. To arrange a fundraising support session, please contact Ola on 020 8514 9617 or email ola@redbridgecvs.net.  You can find more information on the fundraising support page on the CVS website

Funding Central

Funding Central provides information about 4,000 grants, contracts and loans offered by local, regional, national and European funders. View the Funding Central website.

External organisations who provide funding

Other funding sources

The London Community Foundation administers a scheme on behalf of the Council to assist small community groups with funding up to £5,000.  This fund provides support to organisations for:

  • smaller community based initiatives to build their capacity
  • make them more sustainable
  • support a one-off purchase

For further information about Small Grants call them on 020 7582 5117 or visit the London Community Foundation website.


Related documents

Redbridge Partnership directory 2016 to 2017 (PDF 510KB)

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