Funding body information

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council
Council House
Victoria Square
B1 1BB

Point of contact:

Jennet Hartrick, Commissioning Manager, Adults and Communities, 0121 675 4432,


Birmingham City Council has launched its ‘Adults and Communities Third Sector Commissioning Prospectus 2012-2014’.

This outlines a range of services for vulnerable adults that the Council is looking to support via Grant Funding. Grants will be offered for an initial period of up to 2 years, with a potential one year extension option.

Grants are available for services that can deliver on the Department of Health’s Adults Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) Four Domains and Adults and Communities six Prevention Outcomes:

  • Enhancing the quality of life for people with care and support needs
  • Delaying and reducing the need for residential care and support
  • Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care and support
  • Safeguarding adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting them from avoidable harm

Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations including registered charities:

  • Community groups
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Faith groups engaged in voluntary social action
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Community interest companies and social enterprises operating to meet city-wide and local needs through advocacy, campaigning and providing services.

The Council is particularly encouraging partnership and consortium bids.

Other small grants schemes and further information is available through the Community Arts Team and any general enquiries can be made to the following email address:

Information is provided on external funding opportunities within Birmingham by the External Funding team, categorised by type of project, i.e. funding for carers or funding for young people and children: External Funding Support

A 'Grant Funding Guidance and Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations' exists, providing comprehensive information on application criteria and process.

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:

Birmingham Voluntary Services Council:

Useful organisations:

Resources, funding and finance for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises:

Useful information and links:

i-Social Entrepreneurs start, develop and sustain social enterprises, social firms and voluntary and community sector organisations:

Birmingham Council runs some small grant schemes for arts-based organisations and projects.

We were able to make contact with the Community Arts team in our last round of research, who were very helpful, knowledgeable and keen to deal with enquiries from voluntary sector groups.

Further information was also available on the council's website as it has recently been re-designed and is now much easier to use.

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