The Foundation is offering community centres in deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.
Grants can be used to fund new buildings (upgrading, renovating) or extending buildings (improving or creating outside space – but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.
Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.
It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.
The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional village halls are also supported. There are no deadlines for applications.
Grant size: £10,000 to £45,000
Application process: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation