Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Funding

Funding is available for VCS groups and organisations in Solihull.

Neighbourhood CIL Funding

Neighbourhood CIL (NCIL) is intended to help address the demands of a new development on the local area through the distribution of funds to support smaller scale projects. It is a great opportunity for communities to access funding to support local infrastructure projects and initiatives in their area. For more information on NCIL click here.

The Armed Forces Covenant Grant scheme

Funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), grants are available to support projects improving local ties with the armed forces. Community groups interested in applying for up to £250,000 can find out more information here.

Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector Development Fund

Administered by SMBC, the VCSE Development Fund is available to support projects or initiatives delivered within the voluntary and community sector within Solihull.

To be successful, projects must demonstrate that Solihull residents have been involved in shaping the project and that there is an evident need for the project to happen. Applications which show sustainability, partnership working, volunteer involvement and being of benefit to Solihull residents will also be prioritised.

All project proposals will be expected to build community capacity and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Solihull. In addition, the application will need to address one or more of the following:

  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Thriving VCSE; to support VCSE infrastructure development ie volunteering database; digital development within the sector
  • Community assets and their sustainability; to ensure buildings, spaces used by the VCSE for social, recreational, health or cultural purposes are accessible and fit for purpose
  • Young people; to engage young people and support the development of community based ‘places to go, things to do with people to listen’
  • VCSE Cultural offer; to develop a cultural offer delivered through the VCSE

If you are interested in applying please register your interest by sending an email to emma.mckay@solihull.gov.uk

Change in Action Grants

Change into Action (Cia) is a partnership between Solihull Council, the Mayor of the West Midlands and the West Midlands Combined Authority aimed at designing out homelessness within the region. Grants of up to £3000 can be provided for organisations working with rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness.

Decisions on funding applications are usually made within 5 days. For more information on the process and to download a copy of the application form please visit the website or alternatively you can email solihullcia@solihull.gov.uk

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of the National Lottery. Applications fall in two categories; under £10,000 and £10,000 and over. For further information please visit the website.

Heritage Fund – National Lottery

The Heritage Fund are committed to building capacity and resilience in the heritage sector as the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK's heritage. Since 1994, they have awarded over £8bn to more than 44,000 projects across the UK. Grants are available from £3,000 up to £5million. For further information please visit the website.

Sport England

Each year Sport England invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and take part in physical activity. There are a number of different funding streams to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations. For further information please go to the Sport England website.