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Community Investment Fund

Our Community Investment Fund provides medium-sized grants for direct delivery, to charities and CICs working to support young people to overcome barriers, improve their lives and build a fairer society.

We accept applications to the Community Investment Fund through biannual funding programmes. Each programme will support a small group of organisations addressing a particular social issue, in line with our four focus areas:

  • A safe place to call home
  • The skills to succeed
  • Access to employment
  • Health and wellbeing

The Community Investment Fund is currently closed to applications.

In light of the current situation, we do not have any plans to launch a new Community Investment Fund programme. Our immediate efforts as a funder are focused on supporting our existing charity partners through the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are unable to accept unsolicited applications outside of the Community Investment Fund programmes.

Previous Community Investment Fund programmes, now closed to applications, include:

Capacity Building Fund

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are re-allocating our 2020-21 Capacity Building Fund budget towards our emergency response. This funding will be used to support our existing partners through the Covid-19 crisis. The Capacity Building Fund will therefore remain closed until May 2021.

Our Capacity Building Fund is open annually to all our current charity partners. It aims to build your resilience and capacity, enabling you to overcome organisational challenges and operate more effectively.

The Fund is open to all our Strategic Partners, Designated Charities and Community Investment Fund partners. You are able to apply for up to £15,000 in funding for a period of up to two years.

£150,000 is available through the Capacity Building Fund per annum. Applications are open on an ongoing basis. However, once the funding available for the year has been fully committed, the Capacity Building Fund will close until the following financial year. Our financial year runs from 1 May - 30 April.

For further information, please read the Fund Guidelines. We are unable to accept applications to this fund from organisations we are not already working with.

This Fund is currently closed and will re-open to applications in May 2021.

FAQs

Registered charities and CICs seeking funding can apply for a grant through the Community Investment Fund when there is a funding programme open to applications. We are unable to accept unsolicited applications outside of our biannual funding programmes.

The Community Investment Fund welcomes applications for charitable projects that meet the following criteria:
you are a Registered Charity or a Registered Community Interest Company;

  • you operate in Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, West Sussex, Warwickshire or the City of Birmingham;
  • you meet the eligibility criteria of the specific funding programme you wish to apply for.

We particularly encourage applications from smaller organisations with a turnover of less than £1m.

The Capacity Building Fund is only open to Berkeley Foundation's existing charity partners, whether Strategic Partners, Designated Charities or one of our Community Investment Fund partners.

You are able to apply for up to £70,000 in funding, for up to two years. Please consult the funding criteria prior to submitting an application.

Existing charity partners can apply for a Capacity Building grant of up to £15,000 for a period of 1-2 years.

If you are applying for a grant through the Community Investment Fund, you must complete and submit our online application form together with the necessary documents as advised. We do not consider applications or proposals by email.

Existing charity partners can apply for a grant through the Capacity Building Fund by submitting a business case. Please read the Fund Guidelines for further information.

Funding programmes under the Community Investment Fund are generally open to applications for one month. Deadlines for each grant programme will be displayed on our website.

There are no deadlines for the Capacity Building Fund. However, once the funding available for the year has been fully committed, the Capacity Building Fund will close until the following financial year. The Berkeley Foundation's financial year runs from 1 May - 30 April.

Charities applying to the Community Investment Fund are asked to carefully read the grant programme's funding criteria before making an application. We cannot consider applications which do not meet the basic eligibility criteria. All applicants are requested to apply online via our website and submit a number of supporting documents by email. Applications will not be considered until all supporting information is received.

We will aim to call or meet with all shortlisted applicants in advance of making funding recommendations to the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Existing charity partners are encouraged to read the Fund Guidelines for information about the Capacity Building Fund application process.

The assessment process can take up to 5 months so please bear this in mind when applying to the Community Investment Fund. We cannot fund retrospectively.

We aim to notify charity partners about the decision of their Capacity Building Fund application within two months of receiving it.