Funding body information

Borough of Poole Council

Borough of Poole Council
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU
01202 633633

Point of contact:

Paula Wade, Acting Senior Community Develpoment Officer, 01202 633 430,


Community Grant Scheme

The Borough of Poole has announced it's grants scheme for 2012-13. Grants are available from a general fund totalling £15,000. There is also a specific fund of £10,000 for projects supporting vulnerable adults.

Projects must mainly benefit residents of Poole and must be completed by 31 March 2013.

The Borough are working with Poole CVS to administer the scheme. Any interested groups should contact Poole CVS

Additional Funding

'Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund'

£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country.Community First is managed by the community Development Foundation (CDF) and is part of the new programme of community funding brought in to replace Grassroots Grants. The Neighbourhood Matched Fund aims to provide local communities with the means to address their own priorities. The key apsects of the fund are: 

  • communities will set up local panels in each eligible ward, and will decide upon projects for funding in their area;
  • it is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time);
  • funding has been allocated at ward level across every local authority in England. Eligible wards were selected on the basis of high levels of deprivation and significant increases in benefits claimants. The amount of funding for each area is based on the concentration of these characteristics within a ward.

Within Borough of Poole Council, Poole Town has been allocated £16,955.

For full details see the CDF website.

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?'

Useful organisations:

Poole Volunteer Centre

Poole Partnership

Please Note: Poole Borough Council's schemes are currently under review and this rating will be updated to reflect any changes.

Voluntary Sector Funding in Poole Borough Council is managed by the Housing and Community Services team. They receive applications from voluntary sector and then distribute them to the relevant departments in the council according what the project needs funding for, such as Children and Young Peoples Services or Adult Services.

Although information on the council's funding schemes was out of date, it was easy to find under the A-Z search facility and provided relevant contact details for each scheme.

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