BCF Vital for Berkshire Fund – deadline 18 October 2021

News from: Reading Voluntary Action

This Berkshire Community Fund (BCF) round of funding will focus broadly on charities serving key groups such as children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered.

To ensure an even spread of funding across Berkshire, in this round they encourage groups in Slough and those providing youth activities in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to apply. However they will remain open to applications from Berkshire-based groups outside these two areas.

When reviewing applications, the following is taken in to consideration:
-Project matches the fund’s criteria
-Amount of funding received in the previous 12 months
-Project timelines
-Outstanding monitoring reports.

Who can apply: To be eligible to apply for a grant, your charity, community group or voluntary organisation must be improving the lives of disadvantaged people in Berkshire and fit the following criteria:
-Be a not-for-profit, voluntary or community group, social enterprise/CIC or registered charity
-Have a Governing Document (Constitution/Set of Rules)
-Have a Management Committee/Board of Trustees
-Have a bank account in the name of the group, with a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories
-Be able to provide up-to-date accounts
-Have returned evaluation forms for any previously received grants
-Have safeguarding and equality policies which comply with current legislation
-Be helping the disadvantaged and provide a benefit to the community with clear and achievable outcomes
-Provide evidence there is a need for your work and must not be duplicating the work of other groups and organisations
-Have an itemised budget

The deadline for completed applications is 10:00 on Monday 18 October 2021. Further information and eligibility quiz can be found through this link:

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