Grants for Community Service Projects

Community services provide invaluable services to members of the community, offering a life line of support to those who are most vulnerable.  Their aim is to improve the quality of life of everyone in the community, targeting in particular the most vulnerable and hard to reach, such as the elderly, the very young and members of ethnic minorities. 

What are Grants for Community Service Projects?

Community service projects are generally charitable organisations meaning that they require the support of donations of others to help them to operate.  Luckily, the government recognises the important work that is being done by community services, as do some organisation such as the Big Lottery Fund.  It is possible, therefore, to apply for grants for community service projects to support specific parts of a project or to support the community service as a whole.

What is the Purpose of Grants for Community Service Projects?

Grants for community service projects are in place for two main reasons:

 

  • To enable voluntary and charitable organisations to continue the important work they are already doing.  Some grants for community service projects, for example, can be spent on rent for premises or purchase of equipment.  Others can be used to train their network of volunteers to ensure the service that is provided is of high quality.

  • To develop new services that have been recognised as being required.  Often, voluntary or charitable organisations will identify the need for a new project or service.  Setting up a new service can be very costly, as it will require time, resources, consultation and the ability to set up the service in the end.  Grants for community services are often available for specific new projects and bids will have to placed explaining the project, the need for the project and a business plan before the grants for community service projects is awarded.

Where Can I Find Grants for Community Service Projects?

There are many different organisations that offer grants for community service projects.  Many of these form part of the national government and their websites are a very good place to start.  The Department of Education will have a list of grants that are available for services particularly relating to children and young people, as will the Department of Health.

 

There are other organisations that regularly offer grants for community service projects, such as the Big Lottery Fund, O2, the Media Trust and the Energy Saving Trust.  All of these will have very specific requirements that need to be met before a grant for community service projects is awarded.

 

For example, the Media Trust offers grants specific to media projects that involve children and young people from disadvantaged areas.

 

Grants for community service projects have been put into place because it is recognised that voluntary organisations cannot continue to exist only on the kind donations of individuals.  However, in the current climate, it is impossible to give out money without having a clear reason.  Hence, grants for community service projects are only available for specific projects and organisations need to demonstrate that they are using the grants for specific projects that will improve the quality of life of members of the communities they serve.