Bradford funding

Bradford Council Community Chest Grants

These are grants available for groups/organisations that either operate in, or benefit people who live in, the Bradford District. They will support community based leisure/cultural activities which will be of benefit to the community, and where the activity could not go ahead without financial assistance. Special consideration will be given to particular target groups including the elderly, disabled, youth, ethnic minorities, unemployed and to particular communities (e.g. inner city areas, council estates etc) and to new starts and innovatory schemes.

Applications are considered at panel meetings throughout the financial year. Criteria vary between areas, Further details and application forms are available through the links below.

Bradford East - Community Chest and Area Committee Funding

Bradford South - Community Chest and Area Committee Funding

Bradford West - Community Chest and Area Committee Funding

Keighley - Community Chest and Area Committee Funding

Shipley - Community Chest and Area Committee Funding

Information is available about funding opportunities in Bradford through the bfunded website

Not all funders use application forms. If a funder asks you to apply, you will need to write an appeal for funding in a letter and send it to the contact listed. Smaller funders will not always have the resources to acknowledge that they have received every request for funding.

Ark Grants - Funding  of up to £500 for  Children, young people, elderly and disabled people, ethnic minorities, people with learning disabilities living in Girlington, Heaton and Manningham. Application forms are available from The Ark –Mrs Mollie Somerville, The Ark, 89 Heights Lane, Heaton, Bradford BD9 6DU. Closing dates for applications are on 31st March and 30th September each year.

Baildon Mechanics’ Institute – Funding of around £500 for anything Bradford Council will not fund for residents of Baildon Apply by letter to Claire Tomensen, Bradford Council, Room 112, City Hall, Bradford BD1 1HY. The closing date for applications is three weeks after the funding is advertised (which is usually by mid-January).

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund operates three grant schemes:

  • General Grants - Grants range from £250 upwards, with no upper limit. Applications are considered at meetings held in June and December each year.  Applications should therefore be submitted no later than 1 May or 1 October for consideration at the next relevant meeting. 
  • Small Grants of up to £5,000 are assessed outside of normal grants meetings. Other applications can be made at any time and will be considered before the main meetings. 
  • Research Grants from £250 upwards, with no upper limit for research projects. . Deadlines are 1 March and 1 August each year.
  • Applications are only considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity, schools and Parent Teacher Associations. Applications for research grants will only be considered from established research workers.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Fund's website:

Bowcock Trust Fund for Keighley provides grants of up to £350 for: Individuals in need, some organisations, poverty, hardship and people in higher education and training, subject to circumstances
Beneficiaries must live in the Borough of Keighley as constituted on 31st March 1974 (excludes Steeton and Silsden, but extends to Oxenhope, Howarth and Morton)
Apply by letter to Mr P Vaux, Old Mill House, Dockroyd, Oakworth, Keighley BD22 7RH. Lists of people needing support with higher education are provided by schools. Requests for other grants for individual assistance should come though a third party such as a citizens’ advice bureau, which has vetted the individual case. Applications can be turned around quickly.

Bradford & District Children's Charitable Circle small funding of up to £100 for individuals and groups in Bradford Metropolitan District and will pay for furniture etc and certain holidays.
Apply by letter to Mrs M Seal, 24 Hazel Beck, Bingley BD16 1LZ for monthly meetings.

Bradford Cinderella Club provides funding of between£100-£2,000 for under-privileged children across Bradford district eg financial, physical or learning barriers  - to help them take part in school activities.
Applications should be through an organisation involved with children. The club sends out forms to schools but community groups can also apply for funding on behalf of one or more individual children. They are assessed at meetings that are usually held on the second Thursday of each month (except August). Forms should be submitted at least two months before the event for which funding is required. For more information or to download an application form visit

Craven Trust provides grants in Keighley, Steeton, Silsden, Oakworth, Wilsden and Denholme of £100 to £1,000 for groups: (equipment and capital purchases, training for volunteers and trustees, project start-up costs) and individuals (items, services and facilities to relieve severe cases of domestic hardship).
Information and application forms are available from: or request application pack from Linda Lee, 4 Halsteads Way, Steeton, BD20 6SN, tel (01535) 653373, email

The trustees meet four times a year in January, April, July and October - applications should be submitted a month in advance.
Individual applications should preferably come through a referral agency or a referee eg Citizens' Advice Bureau, BMDC adult services, vicar/doctor, key worker.

Fred Towler Charitable Trust provides small grants over £100 for aged, sick relief, young people and holiday fund for older people in the Diocese of Bradford
Apply by letter to P G Meredith, Baker Tilly, The Waterfront, Salts Mill Road, Saltaire, Shipley BD17 7EZ. The trustees meet twice a year in June and early December - applications should be submitted a week in advance

Ilkley Community Fund is for work with young people including sport, art and recreation in Ilkley and district including Addingham, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Menston. The average grant is £250.
The fund is advertised in the Ilkley Gazette at the beginning of November and application forms are available in the Ilkley Good Neighbours shop at this time. Alternatively, send a letter to Geoffrey de Vere MBE, 30 Kings Road, Ilkley LS29 9AN in time for distribution of grants.

Lord Barnby's Foundation Funds registered charities, heritage, countryside, ex-servicemen, youths, refugees, Polish people. Total funding per year is around £200,000 and there is no maximum or minimum grant figure.
Apply by letter to Mrs Jane Lethbridge, PO Box 71, Plymstock, Plymouth PL8 2YP. The trustees meet three times a year in February/March, June and November

J C J Eaton Charitable Trust funds groups with charitable aims (£10-£50 for mainly registered charities) for  holistic, naturopathic and environmental objects and projects. Nearly all the trust’s income is committed to 40-50 regular charities although other projects are funded occasionally in exceptional circumstances.
Apply by letter to John Eaton, Bracken Ridge, Cottingley Wood, near Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16 1NG. There are no deadlines.

Salt Foundation provides grants for educational purposes to schools and individuals resident in the former Shipley Urban District Council boundaries (mainly BD18 postcode). The maximum grant to individuals is £200
Apply by letter to Mrs M Davies, 17 Springfield Road, Baildon BD17 5NA. The trustees meet twice a year in September and December.

Samuel Sunderland Relief in Need Charity provides funding between £50 and £500  within the former Bingley parish council boundaries (includes Crossflatts, Wilsden, Harden, Cottingley and Eldwick) for welfare purposes in Bingley  including a Relief in Sickness Fund, which provides holidays for children with mental or physical disabilities
Apply by letter to J Daykin, 120 Main Street, Bingley BD16 2JJ. The trustees meet twice a year in February and November.

Sir George Martin Trust provides funding  up to £5,000 in North and West Yorkshire with a preference for Bradford and Leeds and rural areas. Funding supports: Countryside, environmental and green issues; church appeals with an outreach factor; capital requests from theatres, museums and hospices; children's charities and activities; older people including holidays, winter aid and Christmas parties. The trust also funds social welfare eg playgroups and visits and holidays for children and disabled people.
Apply by letter to PJD Marshall OBE, Sir George Martin Trust, Netherwood House, Ilkley LS29 9RP in no more than two sides of A4. Where possible, applicants should enclose their latest report and accounts, a budget for the application and details of any support obtained to date. The trustees meet in early July, November and March of each year and applications should be submitted at least six weeks before meetings if possible. Do not email.

Business Support - Be Involved

Be Involved is the business engagement programme for Bradford. It finds opportunities for businesses to contribute to the social and economic regeneration of Bradford. Be Involved supports businesses to engage with a range of opportunities in the community covering issues such as education, health, crime, environment and employment.  Some examples of the types of work that will be considered include:

  • team challenges in the community such as community clean-ups, redecorating community centres, building nature trails etc
  • pro bono professional support from lawyers, accountants, architects etc
  • mentoring of new/start-up businesses or social enterprises
  • donations and sponsorships of cash, furniture, equipment, events or discounts on materials
  • donation of waste
  • involvement of business on local groups and regeneration initiatives
  • individual volunteering such as board memberships, reading volunteering, school governorships
  • environmental reviews for social enterprises looking at making environmental and cost savings
  • young chamber – developing relationships between local businesses and schools to encourage enterprise activity

Voluntary, community and public sector organisations can submit project proposals through the Be Involved website. To download guidance notes visit

Social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations can benefit from business mentoring. Mentors may have specific business skills (such as marketing, finance or HR) and are likely to be in a management role within their organisations.

To download mentee guidance notes visit Website:

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