Looking to run or take over a local service?

The Social Investment Business has given out £10m in grants as part of the Community assets and services grants programme made available by Department for Communities & Local Government to help with feasibility studies or the initial setup of the service.  This grant programme has now closed and pre-feasibility, feasibility and capital grants are no longer available. 

In light of this we have put together a list of other funding opportunities that are available including advice services, search engines, organisations and funding through social finance, community shares and crowd funding.  But please note that sources of funding are changing all the time and therefore the information contained in the document link below should not be treated as comprehensive.  It is intended as a starting point to help you in your search for funding for your project or organisation.

You can download our other sources of funding guide here.

Right to Challenge


Pre-feasibility grants closed at 12 noon on Friday 31 October 2014.


Feasibility grants closed on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

Other funding available

The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund supports social ventures to build their capacity to be able to receive investment and bid for public service contracts.

Community builders has £2.5 million in some of the best, most promising examples of sustainable, community regeneration projects in England.

Funding Central is a useful online guide to over 4,000 grants, contracts and loans.

The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) aims to support social enterprises deliver innovative health and social care services and products as well as to invest to help social enterprises to become sustainable in the longer term.

Community Cashback Starter grants are available up to £3000 for tenant groups who are interested in ‘Community Cashback’ agreements with their landlords. A Community Cashback agreement is a voluntary deal for tenants and residents to take control of small-scale local services such as cleaning, gardening etc.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) and the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) are launching the New Councils grants programme, a set of grants that aim to encourage the creation and continuation of parish councils in England. Numerous grants are available for parish councils in different categories. You can read more here.
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