Community and voluntary groups invited to apply for share of £150K funding

We have launched two pots of grant funding, totalling £150,000, for community and voluntary groups this month.

The pot includes a ‘Small Grants Fund’ for 2021/22 of £100K, available for voluntary and community groups to apply for funding for community-led activities that tackle poverty and support mental well-being.

The Small Grants fund is aimed at activities that increase people’s skills, confidence, and independence; help build relationships and get self-help groups established.

This could be through:

  • Play, sport/ physical activities, music, dance, drama activities
  • Social activities
  • Food growing, cooking
  • Learning or training activities
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Activities that bring different age groups or cultures together

Individual organisations can apply for up to a £5K grant and two or more organisations applying in partnership can apply for up to £10K.

We have also allocated £50,000 of our Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) of Government funding for ‘Start-up/Re-start’ grants to help community group meetings or activities get going again after lockdown.

The ‘Start-up/Re-start’ funding can also be used to help people regain community connections where they have undergone lengthy periods of self-isolation, or who may be required to self-isolate in future and may be at risk of loneliness and social isolation. This includes people who may have been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.

The deadline to apply for these grants is Sunday 25 July 2021.

For more information and to apply for these grants visit: 

For any grant queries please contact Clare Muir, Policy and Voluntary Sector Manager email: clare.muir@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 9372119.