Apply for a community grant

We provide three types of grants for community groups, arts and facilities:

High Wycombe Town Community Support Grant

There is an annual budget of £10,000 to provide grants to voluntary and community sector organisations based in High Wycombe town (the unparished area of High Wycombe). These are to specifically assist towards one-off projects, events and activities that are time-limited and directly benefit High Wycombe town residents.

Organisations can apply for grant at any time during the year. Please refer to the funding criteria before completing an application form.

High Wycombe Town Community Facility Grant

There is an annual budget of £10,000 to provide grants to facilities which have community use as their primary purpose and are in High Wycombe town (the unparished area of High Wycombe). These grants enable community facilities within High Wycombe town to make building improvements and to help fund essential works to ensure that they can remain available for public use.

Funding is available through a rolling grant programme which means that organisations can apply for grant at any time during the year. However those applying for funding late in the financial year may find that the budget has already been allocated. Please refer to the funding criteria before completing an application form.

Community and arts grants

Community grants fall into two main categories: small grants up to £1,500 and larger annual revenue grants of £1,500 upwards. Budgets are limited so all applications must include evidence of need and provide assurance that services will provide value for money.

Up to £1,500

These grants provide capital funding to voluntary and community sector organisations to assist towards one-off projects, events and activities to directly benefit their local communities within Wycombe district. Funding is available through a rolling grant programme which means that organisations can apply for grant at any time during the year. However, those applying for funding late in the financial year may find that the budget has already been allocated.

Annual revenue grants

£1,500 and above

Applications for these larger grants are accepted once a year for funding in the next financial year. Annual revenue grants are awarded as a contribution towards an organisation's core costs, enabling them to continue to provide services throughout the year.

The 2018 to 2019 grant programme goes live on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Tuesday 24 October 2017. We will make decisions in mid-December and inform organisations of the outcome in early 2018. This ensures that we give organisations 12 weeks’ notice before the start of the new financial year. This complies with the Buckinghamshire Compact, which sets out good practice procedures for effective working between statutory and voluntary sector partners.

Please submit your applications and supporting documentation by email, wherever possible. This will speed up the application process.  

Community venues fund

We support the community hire of venues in Wycombe district for arts and cultural activities. Groups and individuals can apply for a grant towards the costs of hiring facilities for these activities where they benefit the community.

Other funding opportunities

From time to time other funding opportunities available outside of the council are advertised on the Community Impact Bucks' Buckinghamshire funding news blog (external website).

Bledlow residents

Bledlow Charities can offer small amounts of funding for individuals living in Bledlow, Bledlow Ridge and Saunderton who are suffering from sickness and financial hardship.

Heart of Bucks

Heart of Bucks supports charities and community groups in Buckinghamshire whose work benefits local people. It gives grants and provide loans to a broad range of causes and welcome applications from both new and established groups.

Most grants are awarded at grants panel meetings which take place throughout the year. Heart of Bucks also manages a range of other grants programmes with their own priorities, criteria and closing dates. 

As well as grants, through the support of council funders and private donors, Heart of Bucks offers community groups an unsecured, interest-free loan from the Bucks Big Society Bank fund. The decisions for loan applications are not subject to any timetable and can be made at any time depending on the need of the applicant. 

Contact information

  • Telephone: 01494 421 424