What is Grant Funding?

Grant fund­ing are awards The VCS Alliance dis­trib­utes on behalf of our com­mis­sion­ing and con­tract­ing part­ners. They dif­fer from con­tract­ing and com­mis­sion­ing in that they are intend­ed to give grass-roots and small­er com­mu­ni­ty organ­i­sa­tions access to light touch grant awards.

Light Touch in this sense means that the required appli­ca­tion, deliv­ery and report­ing is less demand­ing that our con­tract­ing and com­mis­sion­ing opportunities. 

Grant fund­ing awards will always have a small­er val­ue than our con­tract­ing and com­mis­sion­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and tend to award appli­cants between £500 and £2000.

Deliv­ery time for these grants tends to be between 1 and 6 months, occa­sion­al­ly longer.

The aim of these grants is to:

  • Deliv­er work and inter­ven­tions to fill gaps in cur­rent sup­port that our com­mis­sion­ing part­ners have identified.
  • To enable the small­er grass-roots com­mu­ni­ty organ­i­sa­tions to fur­ther devel­op their track record of deliv­er­ing good works in and around their communities.
  • To strength­en the diver­si­ty of vol­un­tary and com­mu­ni­ty groups across the Brad­ford and Craven districts.
  • To build capac­i­ty and resilience across the vol­un­tary and com­mu­ni­ty sec­tor whilst sup­port­ing our communities.

The organ­i­sa­tions that tend to apply for these grant oppor­tu­ni­ties are invalu­able to the vol­un­tary and com­mu­ni­ty sec­tor in Brad­ford and Craven dis­tricts, and though small­er in nature pack a big punch.

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