Grant support to improve community buildings

 Applications for grant funding to support voluntary-sector community organisations to improve their community buildings are now being invited.


Local community and voluntary groups across the city can apply for funding up to £10,000 to carry out internal and external improvements to their buildings such as improving accessibility, enhancing security, kitchen refurbishments, and energy efficiency measures, that would help secure or increase  the use of their facilities by the local community.


Supported by the UK Government's Levelling Up Fund, the Community Building Grants Scheme requires eligible applicants to fund at least 15% of the overall project costs from other sources.


Eligible community buildings include community halls, community centres and other facilities which are used by, and accessible to the whole community, and not just used by a single or restricted number of groups.

A council spokesperson said: "We want to hear from community organisations and local groups who need funding to improve their building so that the local community can make better use of the facility, and from those seeking to respond to the climate emergency by making changes to their building that will help reduce energy usage."

Funding can be used to enhance or improve the structure of the building, upgrade of fire safety, health and safety or security provisions, install new kitchens, windows and doors or toilet facilities; improve access or upgrade electrical, drainage and lighting systems.

Funding cannot be used for routine maintenance and repair work, staff or running costs, projects benefiting a limited membership or work already underway or completed. Other exclusions apply.


For the grant application pack, visit queries

The deadline to apply is June 28. Successful projects must be completed by February 21, 2025.