Funding body information

Brent Council

Brent Council
Brent Town Hall
Forty Lane
020 8937 1234

Point of contact:

Voluntary Sector Team, 020 8937 3674,


Grants are available to voluntary organisations that provide the majority of their services to the residents of Brent. Organisations need to be properly constituted with a management committee or a registered charity.

Further information for all grants can be found on the 'Brent Council Funding' page.

It is recommended to check the website for the latest closing dates for applications.

Edward Harvist Trust Fund

Brent Council administers funding from the Edward Harvist Trust, along with many other London Boroughs. This scheme opens annually in April and gives up to £5,000 per project for one-off expenditures or expenditures of a non-recurrent nature, such as furniture, equipment, outings and costs relating to one-off events.

Requests for on-going commitment such as salaries, rent and annual running costs will not be considered.

All recipients are required to contribute 30% of the total cost of the project or event.

Previous grants have included £5,000 to St Michael's Youth Project for the purchase of instrument cases for Steel Pans and £600 to the Brent Heart of Gold Support Group for a Desktop PC and Printer.

Further information on this grants can be found in the 'guidance notes' section.

Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund

This helps the voluntary and community sector in Brent get funding for projects relating to any one of the following themes:

  • Community safety
  • Regeneration
  • Supporting children and families and enabling young people to thrive
  • Addressing health and well being
  • Protecting our environment and enhancing local culture
Ward Working

Each of the 21 wards in Brent has a budget of £20,000 to tackle the top issues of concern. The is for one-off projects and funds are released in three waves during the year - usually in May, July and October.

Examples of supported ward working projects from 2014-2015 include a grant of £5,870 to 'TechMaids' in the development of an online digital skills training programme targeting womern from ethnic backgrounds and £132 for the purchase of equipment for rehabilitation room at Woodgrange Centre, St Luke's Hospice.

Please note there will be no Ward Working funding in 2015-16.

Brent Council Small Grants

The Brent Council Small Grants Fund is awarded to local organisations to assist with one-off projects, events, equipment, activities, etc. that will benefit residents in the borough, as a one-off small grant of up to £10,000.

Previous small grants have included £1,460 to St Kitts and Nevis Friendly Association for the purchase of exercise equipment for keep-fit classes for older people and urther information and £9.360 to Brent Bereavement Services to run training sessions for primary and secondary school staff to support bereaved children.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner?'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

GrantNet External funding advice

Useful organisations:

Brent Brain: Brent community network

GrantNet Website

This website is well-laid out and easy to navigate, with a 'grants' page clearly highlighted on the main page under the 'Community and Living' section. However, information on the council's 'main programme' isn't particularly well sign-posted as it is held under the following path:

Voluntary Organisations - Volunteering information and advice

On this page, information can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the right hand side, however there is a 'grants' page on the website, which would seem a more appropriate place to advertise the programme.

Under this route, there is also further information on the Brent voluntary sector liaison forum, a service for VCS groups to get together and represent the concerns of funded groups to councillors and officers, and also a mechanism by which the council can consult with organisations on policies and procedures relating to the sector.

Information is also provided on external funding and some details of local trusts and foundations are also provided.

Unfortunately the contact details for the Voluntary Sector Team are not explicitly highlighted in any of these sections, but telephone number is published under the 'Voluntary Sector Liaison Forum' section.

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