DCC Grants for Community Groups – open for applications

Grants are available to local community groups that run projects that help improve people’s wellbeing, reduce hardship, provide a warm safe space to work or learn or socialise.

Groups with schemes that bring communities together, alleviate food poverty or tackle loneliness, isolation, and build self-esteem, for example, are invited to apply.

They could include offering advice, peer support or guidance on budgeting, cooking low-cost nutritional meals, or supporting the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers.

Organisers of projects that have a clear and direct community benefit, such as improving the environment, or that use innovation to improve efficiency or proposals that seek to expand the reach of an existing scheme are also encouraged to apply.

This is the third year that DCC have made funding like this available to support local schemes, through the Growing Communities Fund. Since 2022, they have made more than £1.1 million available to help communities build self-reliance and resilience.