Express Grant (Includes Coronavirus Response)

This grant programme is open for applications all year.

Maximum grant awarded:
Grants of £500 - £5,000.

What can you apply for?
The Express Grant can support charitable and community activities, projects and services that aim to improve the lives of local people by addressing specific needs and disadvantages within their communities. These activities should reflect the concerns and priorities of the people they aim to benefit and where possible include the active involvement of local people in designing and delivering the activity. The application must also demonstrate how the activities will complement existing local charitable and community initiatives.

We are prioritising activities supporting work with people and/or sectors within:

We want to support action on reducing environmental impact, increasing environmental sustainability and redressing inequalities through action on diversity, equity and inclusion. We will take into consideration the action a group is taking on these issues and we welcome applications for funding that incorporate this work.

Coronavirus Response
The Express Programme is currently accepting applications for activities that are directly responding to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Please note: Information about the turnaround time for decisions can be found in the “What will happen next” section in the full guidelines, available to download below.

Who can apply?
Express Grants are targeted at small not-for-profit organisations and community groups with charitable aims. Applicants must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.

There are no limits to the size of organisation which may apply for an Express Grant. However, if an applicant organisation is holding financial reserves that could cover more than 8 months of its annual expenditure, the application will be considered a lower priority for funding. If your organisation is holding significant financial reserves, you will need to make it clear why these reserves cannot be used to cover the cost of the activities.

If your group is a Community Interest Company please read the additional guidance in the ‘Before Applying (Essential Information)’ section on our website.

Please download and read the guidelines below before applying for a grant.

Apply online using the link below. You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application. Alternatively you can request a hard copy application by post by contacting our office.