Community Groups & Funding/Grants Advice
Information below focuses on community funding and advice. Information on business support funding is available from
If you have an idea for a project which and would like funding you may be able to apply for
Area Forum funding
Halton Borough Council is committed to supporting community groups and voluntary organisations and believes these groups can make a positive contribution to improving community life.
You can now apply for this grant
online but please make sure you have completed your application form (word document) ready to upload.
Voluntary Sector Core Funding
Setting up a community group
Each group varies but in general once you have at least 3 people (and preferably more) you will need to do the following:
- Hold an initial meeting
- Agree the groups aims
- Write a constitution
- Open a bank account
- Decide who is going to do what
What support can the Council (Community Development) provide?
These are some of the key things that the team can help you with:
- Forming a group
- Running meetings (writing agenda and minutes etc)
- Sourcing and applying for funding
- Writing policies and procedures
- Planning Consultation
- Action Planning
For information & advice around setting up a group please
Funding Advice & Support
For information & advice around funding please
contact us. The support offered includes:
- Funding searches
- Targeted funding information updates via quarterly bulletins
- Support with bid writing
- Production of supporting documents e.g. business plans and development of funding strategies
Monthly funding bulletins are available offering information on funding opportunities.
Sign up to recieve bulletin updates to your inbox
Please find below the details on the next series of Basic Bid-Writing Training and Monitoring & Evaluation Courses run by Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team. If you wish to attend please
online booking form
Basic Bid Writing Training:
- Thursday 6th September 2018: 9am-1pm, Upton Community Centre
- Tuesday 4th December 2018: 9am-1pm, Castlefields Community Centre
Subjects covered in the course include: Essential requirements of a strong bid (‘Top-Tips’); Basic bid-writing skills to meet the funder’s essential requirements; Common reasons for bid failure.
Monitoring and Evaluation Training
- Wednesday 25th July 2018: 9.30am-12.15pm, Murdishaw Community Centre
- Thursday 4th October 2018: 9am-1pm, Upton Community Centre
Subjects covered in the course include: To understand what Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) involves; To learn why it is necessary; To understand where and how Monitoring &Evaluation should be used in grant-funded projects; To learn best practice (‘top tips’) for producing good quality and effective data and reports.
We also have available to purchase a Bid Writing Reference Manual which is an excellent resource for bid writing.
If you require any more information or wish to purchase a Manual please
get in touch.