Community grants & funding

Voluntary and Community Sector Fund 2019-2022 - Now Open!

The Voluntary and Community Sector Fund (VCS Fund) aims to provide voluntary and community organisations with a flexible funding opportunity to support the delivery of services, projects and activities that benefit the local community and help to deliver the Council's corporate priorities.  Applications are invited to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Fund A. Advice: People have access to good advice services
  • Fund B: Active Living: People's health and wellbeing is improved by engaging in active living
  • Fund C: Supporting Older People: Older people are not isolated/lonely.  Older people have access to a hot meal when required
  • Fund D: Supporting Young People: Young people have access to support to assist in the transition from education to employment.  Young carers have access to a good support network
  • Fund E: Training & Support for Volunteers and Community Groups: The Community Sector has access to good advice, support and training

To apply:

Closing Date: midday on Monday 4th March 2019

Before opening this fund we reviewed all of the data we have regarding our district and consultation via an online survey took place.  The findings informed final decisions about the VCS Fund 2019-2022.  The see the survey results:

We will only use your information for the purposes of the Voluntary and Community Sector Fund.  We will not give information about you to anyone else or use information about you for any other purpose, unless the law allows us to.  For more information, please read our privacy notice

Community Grant 2018-19 Round 2

Our Community Grant 2018-19 is now open for a second round.  A total of £4,195 is available on a first come, first served basis.  To apply:

For more details of projects who have received a Community Grant in 2018-19 so far:

For more details of projects who have received a Community Grant in 2017-18:

Community Safety Partnership Grant 2018-19

The Forest of Dean Community Safety Partnership (CSP) works to support safety in the community. The opportunity to apply for funding to help reduce crime and fear of crime in the Forest of Dean is now available.  To apply:

For more details of projects who have received a Community Safety Partnership Grant in 2018-19 so far:

Community Defibrillator Grant 2018-19

Grant towards community defibrillators

A grant of up to £500 is currently available for Parishes, Wards and Towns towards the cost of publicly available community defibrillators. Cardiac Science can provide an excellent value for money package which is £1,495 plus VAT. This includes the following:

  • defibrillator unit
  • external casing
  • free theft insurance
  • training to local residents in how to use the unit and
  • all pads for 8 years

We recommend this offer for your community and it is approved by our Ambulance Service.   

Grant towards protective heated casing for community defibrillators

We are also now able to offer a grant of £250 to Parishes who already have a defibrillator unit but need the protective heated casing to enable it to be publicly available 24 hours a day.  Cardiac Science can provide this casing for a special price of £399 plus VAT.

For details of Parishes, Wards and Towns receiving a Community Defibrillator Grant in 2015-19:

For further information:

Service Level Agreements for voluntary and community organisations

We also support several voluntary and community organisations on an annual basis via service level agreements.  For more information please:

Funding advice for community groups and organisations

We fund Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) to provide detailed advice on funding for your organisation, you can:

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