Funding body information

Bracknell Forest Council

Easthampstead House
Town Square
01344 352000

Point of contact:

Berkshire Community Foundation, 0118 930 3021,


The council does give funding to the Berkshire Community Foundation to distribute on its behalf, which all organisations are encouraged to apply for. For further information see the BCF website.

Small Grant Funding

The council launched a funding programme for community based initiatives through small revenue and capital grants up to a maximum of £5,000.00. Preference for funding will be given to groups who can evidence how the grant money will support the personalisation agenda.

The funding can only be awarded to organisations that help the council to achieve its key objectives and priorities in improving outcomes for vulnerable adults in Bracknell Forest.
These outcomes, from the Government’s Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework are:

  1. Enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs
  2. Delaying and reducing the need for care and support
  3. Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care and support
  4. Safeguarding people whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting from avoidable harm.

Revenue grants are to be spent on running costs of the organision, which could include specific projects e.g. staff costs, rent on buildings/rooms, outings etc.

Capital grants must be used to acquire or upgrade physical assets including IT and software e.g. buying new computers, repairing or extending a building, buying furniture and vehicles etc.

Grant criteria:
1. Be voluntary or not for profit organisations which are local in nature and which
provide benefits to Bracknell Forest Council and its communities.
2. Clearly identify a need for money and how it will be used.
3. Show how members are involved in running the organisation.
4. Demonstrate fit with the key values of the Council.
5. Show the degree to which the proposal is innovative in nature, or
demonstrates new ways of working/new types of service delivery.
6. Demonstrate value for money of the proposal, e.g. costs of
administration/management overheads against direct service, plus evaluation
of outcome benefits.
7. Show that vulnerable adults in Bracknell Forest will benefit from the proposal.
8. Show how funding or resources have been sourced from elsewhere and how
the proposal enhances the mix of opportunities already available in Bracknell
9. Show the degree to which the proposal will enhance partnerships between
10. Outline the expected outcomes of the proposal supported by the grant and/or
demonstrate sustainability beyond the grant period.
11. Show that well developed mechanisms are in place to monitor delivery of and
evaluate the outcomes within the grant period.

Check the 'Small Grants Funding' page for information on the latest closing dates.

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:

Voluntary Organisations: Information sources of external funding

Useful organisations:

Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action

Berkshire Community Foundation

This website was easy to use, with information on voluntary sector funding clearly placed under the following path:

Home - Living - Core Grant Funding

Unfortunately, the council has recently changed its funding arrangements to a more restrictive programme. This is, however, explicit in the text published on the website and alternative sources of funding are also well advertised and sign-posted to from the 'Core Grant Funding' page.

Despite the restricted situation, staff at the council were very helpful and forthcoming with information when taking part in our research.

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