Small Grants Scheme

We are committed to enabling voluntary, recreational and community groups in the Wakefield District to continue to support their areas.

Within the Small Grants Scheme we are responsible for the management of three grants Funds for grants of £1000 or under. Grants are given to enhance the development and capability of community groups to engage their communities and carry out activities.

What are the Small Grant Scheme Funds?

There are 3 funds available for groups to access

  • Neighbourhood Improvement Fund
  • Community Development Fund
  • Food Bank Support Fund

The table below can be used as quick guide to each Fund. For detailed information on the Scheme, eligibility and how to apply please read the Small Grants Application guidance.

Fund Purpose Maximum Award
Neighbourhood Improvement Fund (NIF)The purpose of the Neighbourhood Improvement Fund is to provide funding to support a wide range of community organisations projects and activities. Each of the 21 Wards in Wakefield are allocated the same amount of NIF Funding each year and all projects must be supported by at least 2 Local Ward Councillor in the group's area.
£1000 per application, capped at £2000.
Community Development FundThe purpose of the Community Development Fund is to provide grants to voluntary, recreational and community groups working within the Wakefield District to support development or activities that address inequalities in health and wellbeing.£500 per year, per group.
Food Bank Support FundThe purpose of the Food Bank Support Fund is to help alleviate some of the pressure placed upon food aid providers and increase their capacity to deliver to the wider community. This grant is part of a wider programme of activity which looks to develop existing provision and support to meet increased demand for services from people and families facing crisis.£1000 per application.


Who can apply?

Applications are accepted from constituted voluntary, community, recreational groups and special interest forums, based and working within the Wakefield District.

These are typically the following organisations:

  • Unregistered community group
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • Charitable company
  • National Organisation
  • Community Interest Company (CIC)

When to apply?

Complete applications are assessed at a monthly panel.

Small Grants Schedule 2019
Closing date for application (5pm) Panel date Applicants notified of outcome by
13 March 20198 May 201922 May 2019
23 April 201918 June 20192 July 2019
21 May 201916 July 201930 July 2019
18 June 201913 August 201927 August 2019
16 July 201910 September 201924 September 2019
15 August 20198 October 201922 October 2019
10 September 20195 November 201919 November 2019
8 October 20193 December 201917 December 2019
12 November 20197 January 202021 January 2020
10  December 20194 February 202018 February 2020
7 January 20203 March 202017 March 2020


Small grants application support sessions

We run a number of support sessions in the lead up to application deadlines. Applicants can drop in at any time to these sessions to speak to staff about their applications, or for help submitting the forms.

Make sure to bring along everything you need advice on, or what you need to submit your application.

2019 Small Grant Application Support Sessions ​ ​
Date Time Location
Every Wednesday from the 26 June to the 4 December 2019Anytime between 2pm to 4pm Castleford Room, Ground Level, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield

How to apply

To apply for a Small Grant:

  1. Read the Application Guidance and blank terms and conditions of grants.
  2. If you would like support applying or submitting, attend an application support session.
  3. Submit an application using our online application form and email your supporting evidence in one email to by 5:00pm on the due date. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
  4. Alternatively, you can download the Application form for the specific fund you are applying to and email the completed application (Application form and all supporting evidence) in one email to by 5:00pm on the due date. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
  5. Once submitted, you may not hear from us until the outcome of your grant has been finalised. 

Contact us

External Funding Team

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

01924 305 891