Community Spaces will provide funding for community groups across England that hope to create and improve their local environment. To be eligible to apply for funding groups must meet the following criteria:
- People should not need to pay to become a member of the group.
- There cannot be any restrictions for anyone from the neighbourhood becoming a member of the group.
- The main and alternate contacts should not be members involved in the group as part of a paid job.
- The majority of group members should be voluntarily involved.
- The majority of members should live within 2 miles of the project site.
Community Spaces will only provide a limited amount of funding for:
Community Spaces is a majority capital-funding programme – we want to ensure that money is spent on making physical and lasting improvements to people’s neighbourhoods. The programme, therefore, expects groups to split their project costs into revenue and capital expenditure.
Small and medium grants will need to ensure that any revenue expenditure does not exceed 25% and capital expenditure is at least 75%. Please refer to our Definitions page for our definition of revenue and capital funding.
The following are some examples of projects that Community Spaces will fund:
This list is not exhaustive and Community Spaces will also fund projects that may not have been mentioned above. Visit the Projects page to search for Community Spaces projects and case studies across England.
Community Spaces is now closed for all applications. The deadline was 07 January 2011, 12 noon. All supporting documents and signed declarations needed to be received by this date. Applications can be submitted at anytime and decisions will be made on regular basis. (Large and flagship grants closed for applications in January 2009.)
All community groups that are successful at stage 1 must agree to work with a Facilitator – a Facilitator is a trained individual who is able to provide specialist advice and guidance to groups. Facilitators will be able to help groups develop their stage 2 application form and may be able to help successful groups to develop and deliver their project.
The Community Spaces programme would like to receive applications from youth groups for youth projects. However, the main applicant and alternative contact must both be aged 18 years or over. We believe it is important for young people to be fully involved in projects and where possible be leading projects that are of direct benefit to them.
The programme hopes to fund around a 1,000 projects over its lifespan and we encourage community groups to put together well thought out and comprehensive applications over the time frame that is available.