Express Grant Programme

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This grant programme is open for applications all year.

Maximum grant awarded:

What is the Express Grant Programme?

The aim of this Express Grant Programme is to support local grassroot groups and small to medium sized organisations. You can apply for funding towards activities, projects and services that:

  • Strengthen communities* experiencing inequalities and disadvantage; and or
  • Improve the lives of local people who face difficulties and have limited access to appropriate or affordable services and support.

*This can be geographic communities and/or communities of people brought together by race or ethnicity, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

There is further information in the guidelines below about what we will prioritise.

What you can apply for

You can apply for a grant towards a new activity or continuing something you are already doing. We won’t award a grant towards work that has already started, and you should plan to start spending the grant within six months of it being awarded.

A grant can be towards any reasonable costs for your group/organisation or project, including:

  • Core or running costs
  • Project and activity costs
  • Capital costs if you already have most of the funds needed where the building or equipment is more than the grant.

Who can apply

Applicants must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. You can apply for a grant if you are a:

  • constituted voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • not-for-profit company, including Community Interest Companies where they are not limited by shares and most directors receive no payment from the company

Please see our eligibility criteria page for further information. See page here

Our Express grants are aimed at small local charities and community organisations. This means we will prioritise those with an income under £1 million, particularly those with an income under £0.5 million.

How to apply

Apply online using the link below. You can return to your online application form as many times as you like, though do save the form as you go along. Please read through the guidelines before applying. Also we have further information to help you apply. See our Help & Guidance page here.

Decision turnaround

We aim for decisions to be sent to applicants within 8 weeks of receiving the application. However, as this programme has recently reopened after pausing during March 2024, we anticipate a higher volume of applications. As a result, it may take up to 10 weeks to decide on application received during April and May 2024. You can find out why we take some time to decide here.

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 be shared, 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.