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Grants - community

The Community Partnerships Scheme

Completed work

The Community Partnerships Scheme has been developed to provide support, advice and grant funding to community projects in South Derbyshire. Further details about the Community Partnerships Scheme

Other grants

We match revenue funding from Derbyshire County Council with a small amount of grant funding to a large number of elderly persons clubs throughout the area.

Facilitation Fund - Strengthening Disabled People's User-Led Organisations Programme

UK wide - Office for Disability Issues – no specific deadline

Short term (up to 18 months) financial support for Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations  to increase their sustainability in the future, or to enable new DPULOs to be created.  Organisations can apply for up to £30k over the course of the programme, which runs until March 2015, as one application or several.  To date, the average award is £12,500. DPULOs are defined as organisations that are led and controlled by disabled people (minimum 75% of disabled people on their board); employ disabled staff and volunteers; are actively committed to the Social Model of Disability.  The Facilitation Fund will also consider organisations which can demonstrate they are working to achieve the above definition. There is no closing date for applications and you should hear the outcome of your application within approximately 2 months.

Derbyshire Community Foundation

DCF manages and awards local grants on behalf of a range of funders and funding programmes.  There is also guidance about applying for grants. For more information visit their website:

BBC Children in Need

Small Grants Programme open to not-for profit groups.

Upto £10,000 available as grants that target projects to combat disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young peoples lives. Specifically targeting:

Children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

In the Small Grants programme they are looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people. They are unlikely to fund applications which top up funding for salaries or larger projects where a small grant would only make a marginal impact on its success.

Apply any time - cut-off dates 1 June, 1 September, 1 December, 1 February.

Local Strategic Partnership

The Partnership Development Officer supports the engagement of the voluntary and community sector in the Local Strategic Partnership working primarily through the South Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Forum.


Statutory and voluntary and community organisations have been asked by central government to agree a "Compact" to act as a guide to future relationships. The Council is committed to developing a local compact, which should prove vital in improving relationships for mutual advantage. It should:

  • help all parties understand and value the roles, nature and contribution of different kinds of organisations
  • include undertakings on all sides and mechanisms to make sure it works
  • set standards for communication, consultation and support
  • provide a practical tool to aid partnership working and service delivery

Partnership working

The Leisure and Community Development Section maintains links with the voluntary and community sector through its representation on a variety of partnerships. These include Derbyshire Community Legal Services Partnership, South Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Forum, Derbyshire Learning Partnership, Derbyshire Children’s Strategic Partnership Local Implementation Group and the Southern Derbyshire Rural Transport Partnership.

In addition, in a spirit of partnership, the Council offers support in the form of desk space and associated administration to the Project Development Manager of the Old Post Regeneration Agency (OPRA).

OPRA are concerned with the regeneration of Newhall, Midway and Stanton and amongst their achievements is the redevelopment of the former New Inn in Newhall into a multi-purpose community facility called The Old Post. This centre now acts as the organisation’s base. To find out more about the centre and the work of OPRA please follow the link.

We provide revenue funding for nine voluntary and community sector organisations operating in South Derbyshire. These are as follows:

South Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureau
Free, confidential social welfare advice and assistance on areas including benefits, debt, employment, consumer and housing.
Tel: 01283 210107

South Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service
A voluntary sector development agency that supports voluntary and community organisations in South Derbyshire. It does this through capacity building, development of new services, providing advice, information, training and practical support, promoting consultation and promoting partnership working.
Tel: 01283 219761

Sharpe’s Pottery Heritage and Arts Trust
The Trust manages the Sharpe’s Pottery Heritage and Arts Centre in Swadlincote, which acts as a base for four community organisations as well as operating as a museum and visitor centre.
Tel: 01283 222600

People Express
A community arts organisation that works in partnership with communities and individuals, supporting them to use the arts to discover and make use of their creative power.
Tel: 01283 552962

Shopmobility and Disabled Scheme - Swadlincote
Offers powered scooters, wheelchairs and walking aids enabling people to get around Swadlincote independently. Also owns and maintains equipment which can be borrowed longer term for holidays etc.
Tel: 01283 210770

Sinfin and Stenson Fields Asian over 60s Social and Welfare Club
Provides and develops a support network for Asian over 60s in the Stenson Fields area including information provision and campaigning as well as a lunch club.
Tel: 01283 595774 for contact details

Rural Action Derbyshire (formerly Derbyshire Rural Community Council)
Supports development of small towns and villages and other rural parts of South Derbyshire. Able to advise on matters such as post offices and village shops and also help community organisations attract funding and manage projects.
Tel: 01629 824797

Next Step (Against Domestic Abuse)
A befriending service for people living in South Derbyshire, who are suffering domestic abuse. Trained volunteers listen and support on a one-to-one basis.
Tel: 01283 229854

Home-Start South Derbyshire
Promotes the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age, through a team of volunteers offering regular support, friendship and practical help to families in their own homes.
Tel 01283 225586

Further information about Community & Living in South Derbyshire District is provided by Derbyshire County Council.

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