Derbyshire Voluntary Action administers the following funds on behalf of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Derbyshire County Council Adult Care for groups working in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City):

Support to new groups
Please note that Derbyshire Voluntary Action accepts applications from new or potential groups, or individuals trying to start a group, at any point in the year, to help them get started.


If your application is successful, funds will be paid directly into your Group’s bank account, rather than issuing a cheque as previously done.

To Apply
Please complete the Startup Grant Application Form and return by post to Derbyshire Voluntary Action.
NB New members should also complete both the Database and Membership Forms.

The scheme is designed to offer funding to support health related voluntary or community groups that benefit northern Derbyshire residents. Derbyshire Voluntary Action administers a small grants fund on behalf of the NHS of around £33,000 which is used annually to make grants to voluntary groups across northern Derbyshire.  There are four rounds of grants each year.  Groups can apply once every twelve months. We prioritise use of the funding for voluntary groups which have limited sources of funding.

If your group is contributing to the health of people in an area of northern Derbyshire and is in need of funding to support its running costs (e.g. room hire, transport, postage, advertising, volunteer expenses).

The maximum grant will be up to £1,000 for groups with high running costs, with the average grant being up to £600.


If your application is successful, funds will be paid directly into your Group’s bank account, rather than issuing a cheque as previously done.


The next closing date is 16 November 2018.

To Apply
Please complete the Small Grant Application Form and return by post to Derbyshire Voluntary Action.


Derbyshire Voluntary Action has a fund of around £5,000 each year (provided by Joint Working Fund), for  User Involvement. Application to the fund can be made at any time.

What is it for?
The Fund is designed to cover out of pocket expenses of users, carers and voluntary group representatives who have been specifically invited to participate in the Health and Social Care Forum and/or a variety of planning or commissioning groups, LSPs and consultation exercises relating to health issues in Derbyshire.

For example:

  • Travel expenses

  • Care aid costs, childcare costs etc.

  • Taxi fares or community transport charges for people for whom public transport is not accessible

  • Room hire for meetings if required

  • Photocopying costs

  • Telephone costs for user/carer reps to carry out work on behalf of the planning group

  • Funding to support user group/forum as a way of increasing user involvement. The group must have direct representation on the relevant planning group if one exists.

Additional Funding
Additional Funding may also be available to support service user involvement in planning e.g. one off consultation events, one day conference/workshops.  Please apply in writing to Derbyshire Voluntary Action for these additional funds providing detailed information and a budget for the proposed event. Please contact NDVA for more information. 

What cannot be funded from the User Involvement Fund?
Derbyshire Voluntary Action is not able to make payments for people's time rather than reimbursement of expenses. Derbyshire Voluntary Action is concerned that this may be classed as pay by the Inland Revenue, Contributions Agencies and benefits authorities. Like any other employer, Derbyshire Voluntary Action is subject to inspection by the Inland Revenue and must be able to account for payments it makes to individuals. For any period over one week, we should be enquiring about the individual's PAYE status. This is not practical for a small agency like ours.

How to Apply
Please contact Derbyshire Voluntary Action for a User Involvement Fund Application Form.


This fund is available to voluntary organisations in Derbyshire who have ongoing funding arrangements with either the Clinical Commissioning Groups or with DCC Social Services. The overall aim of the Fund is to support service providing voluntary organisations faced with unforeseen contingencies where their service to users is threatened.

For example:

  • Maternity and Long Term Sickness cover.

  • Recruitment costs for temporary/relief worker to cover for Paternity/Partner leave and Parental/Adoption Leave.

  • Unforeseen expenses.

  • Uninsurable damage.

  • A proposed move of premises brought about because existing premises are no longer appropriate, this is for one-off costs to cover a move (legal fees, etc).

Applications must be in writing to Amanda Bradley, NHS Erewash CCG, Toll Bar House, 1 Derby Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5FE, sending a copy to Derbyshire Voluntary Action.
For more information on the Fund, please contact Derbyshire Voluntary Action on 01246 555908.

Healthy Bolsover Grants Scheme

The Locality Public Health Plan for Bolsover District, 'A Healthy Bolsover' was refreshed in 2014. This plan outlines the challenges presented by health inequalities, and identifies a range of key priorities and actions to achieve real improvements in the health and wellbeing of our local population. To support this work, a Grant Scheme is available to assist local organisations to deliver health improvement initiatives linked to the priorities within A Healthy Bolsover.

Grant funding of up to £3,000 per applicant is available, and must be spent within 12 months of receiving the grant.

Constituted community and voluntary groups, Parish Councils and statutory organisations operating in Bolsover District are eligible to apply for funding. Local businesses are also eligible to apply if community health benefits can be clearly demonstrated. For more details on how to apply, please follow this LINK


The Jefford-Weller Fund

This fund provides financial assistance to community and voluntary organisations tackling homelessness issues and / or addressing housing problems.  The maximum grant is £2,000.

For further information: call 01773 514850 or visit:


Duke of Devonshire's Charitable Trust

The Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust is a small grant-making family charity providing assistance to local capital projects, grants of £250-£10,000 available for registered charities.  

For guidelines & more info visit:


Community Fund - Derbyshire Dales

Financial assistance of £200 - £3,000 is available to community groups and organisations working in Derbyshire Dales.

For further information contact Derbyshire Dales District Council: call 01629 761302 or email: 



Bingham Trust

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations undertaking general charitable activities in Buxton, Derbyshire.  

For further information: call 0796 637 8546 or Email:



Formerly known as CTXchange, this programme enables eligible UK-based charities to request donated technology products (including operating system software, server software and hardware products such as switches, routers, wireless equipment and firewalls) from Partners such as Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco.

Charities are required to pay an administrative fee per product to cover the costs of delivering the programme. Whilst the administrative fees vary, charities will still make savings of between 92-96% on typical retail prices.    


BBC Children in Need Main Grants

Funding is available to organisations that work with young people who are suffering from: 

- Illness 
- Distress 
- Abuse or neglect 
- Are disabled
- Have behavioural or psychological difficulties 
- Or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The Main grants programme is open to applications for grants of over £10,000.

Read more at:


Woodward Charitable Trust Grants

The Trust awards grant funding to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: children and young people; minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers; prisoners and ex-offenders; disability; homelessness; arts outreach; and environmental projects.

The Woodward Charitable Trust Grants are provided by the Woodward Charitable Trust and administered by the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The Trust offers the following types of funding: 

Small grants of between £100 and £5,000 (around 100 grants are made per year). 

Large grants of over £5,000 (around five grants are made per year). 

Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the Trustees are willing to consider funding running costs, including core cost and salaries. Large grants are usually awarded to charities already known to the Trustees. Before submitting an application for a large grant, applicants must contact the administrator. Applications will automatically be rejected unless they have first been discussed with the administrator.



Freemasons of Derbyshire Grassroots Fund

The maximum grant is currently £1,000 for Capital: (equipment)

Priority is currently given to activities and groups that are working to:

- promote the advancement of health and well being

- prevent or relieve poverty

- support the most vulnerable in our communities such as children and young people, the elderly and isolated or individuals with mental health problems or disabilities

- enhance the quality of life for people living in our local communities

There are no fixed closing dates. The decision making panel meet three times per year.

Click here to read more and apply.


Embrace Derbyshire Fund

The maximum grant is currently £1,000 although preference will be given to applicants requesting sums of up to £500.

The Fund aims to support community life and tackle disadvantage.

- Type of Project costs funded:

- Capital (any items of equipment)

- Revenue (any non-equipment costs) including ongoing running costs for a project or group

- One off events and one-off projects

Click here to read more and apply.


The Ashby Fund – Foundation Derbyshire

The fund will support a broad cross section of projects and a wide variety of groups. The fund hopes to improve the quality of life for Derbyshire residents and to tackle inequalities and disadvantages faced in local communities.  The maximum grant is £1000.


Santander Foundation – Community Plus

Community Plus grants of up to £5,000 are available for local charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Grants must directly help disadvantaged people in your local area.  The scheme is designed to be quick and simple to use and nominations can be made by charities as well as Santander customers and staff. Just visit any Santander branch and complete a Community Plus Nomination.


ACT Foundation

The Foundation provides grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need - specifically mentally and physically disabled people.

Grants generally fall into the following areas:

Building - funding modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc.

Equipment - provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living.

Financial assistance - towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.



Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston foundation are a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years.  From small community groups to large national institutions, their aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.


The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity.   They make grants totalling approximately £25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities throughout the UK for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.  Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage (people with disabilities, for example) and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation.



Woodland Trust

If you are a school or community group in the UK who want to make a difference to your local environment, you could be eligible for free tree packs.

Their tree packs for schools and communities offer the perfect opportunity to bring people together to plant trees - encouraging local wildlife, protecting our landscape against tree disease and creating beautiful wooded areas that people can enjoy for years to come.


The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust that supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. Tudor helps small, community-led groups that support people at the margins of society.


Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trusts supports young people who, through volunteering or community service, aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.

Applications for grants, not normally in excess of £500, are invited from individuals aged 30 and under or from small groups of young people who believe their actions to be in pursuit of the aims of the Trust.


Heritage Lottery Fund – First World War: Then and Now
Everyone should have the chance to discover more about the war and mark the Centenary. That’s why we are providing this special grant programme for community projects. You can apply at any time up to 2019. We also provide grants of more than £10,000 for First World War projects through Our Heritage, Young Roots and Heritage Grants.


Mansfield Building Society Community Support Scheme

The Mansfield Building Society Community Support Scheme is provided and administered by the Mansfield Building Society. Funding is intended to support local groups in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire carrying out activities that improve the quality of life in local communities.  Voluntary groups and registered charities can apply.  You can apply for up to a max of £500


Better Derbyshire Dales Fund

In 2017 – 2018 Derbyshire Dales CVS have a pot of funding, which they administer on behalf of North Derbyshire CCG, Derbyshire County Council Public Health and Derbyshire Dales District Council. The funds are to support the work of new or existing community / voluntary groups or organisations that are working within the Derbyshire Dales and are in need of capital or revenue funding.

Grants awarded are up to £1,000 (revenue) and £5,000 (capital). There will be deadlines throughout the year, these are

Friday 5th May

Friday 28th July

Friday 27th October

Friday 2nd February 2018

If you would like a paper copy of the Guidelines or Application Form please contact any member of staff at DDCVS. Tel 01629 812154.

These are available to download here: Application Form and Guidelines


This funding scheme is currently closed.

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