Further funding opportunities
In addition to Council grants there are a range of other funding opportunities available to local voluntary, community and social enterprises organisations (VCSEs).
This page provides a brief overview of these opportunities and signposts you to useful websites where you can find further information and fundraising resources.
The main other sources of grant funding include the national Lottery, trusts and foundations, central Government and the European Union.
Other sources of funding to consider include crowdfunding, corporate funding, fundraising from individuals and social investment.
External Funding Information
This list of current external funding opportunities highlights opportunities from central and regional Government, the EU, national lottery and other trusts and foundations. Download the latest information:
Residents and community organisations interested in generating local support for neighbourhood projects can now use an online platform to crowdfund. Working in partnership with civic crowdfunders Spacehive, Kensington and Chelsea’s platform pools local ideas and resources, empowering the community to take civic enhancement into their own hands.
Whether you want to transform a playground, bring an old building back to life, spruce up a park, or create something completely new, crowdfunding aims to help people to attract support for projects that make places distinctive, lively and loved.
If you’ve got an idea for improving your local area simply upload it to Spacehive, set your funding target, and join the Kensington and Chelsea Movement.
- The Funding Central website provides free access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities and includes a funding search tool and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies
- Visit the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council funding page which includes funding opportunities and resources for the local voluntary and community sector, including small grants
- Search for national lottery funding opportunities on the Lottery Funding website, which includes opportunities from the Big Lottery Fund, the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England
- The Institute of Fundraising website has introductory guidance on all types of fundraising including free training and webinars (including on digital fundraising)
- London Sport Funding database is a comprehensive database of funding for sport and physical activity
- London Voluntary Service Council ‘s United Way initiative provides a range of resources to support VCSE’s to develop and fundraise
- Register with the Access Europe Network, a free service for London organisations to help you find out about and access EU funding
Corporate and individual fundraising
- The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation works on behalf of local charities to unlock support from residents and local businesses.
Social investment is where investors provide loans to enable VCSEs organisations to achieve positive social impact. It can be used to help some organisations generate more income or to be more effective.
- The Big Lottery Fund’s Big Potential programme provides resources and grants to help VCSE organisations find out if social investment is right for them and prepare for social investment (including a Social Investment Guide).
As part of the Local Government Transparency Code, local authorities are required to publish details of all grants they allocate to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. This information has been collated by the Community Engagement Team. Should you have any queries, please contact the Community Engagement Team.