Express Grant

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 fulfil the following:

  • Aim to improve the lives of local people by addressing specific needs and disadvantages within their communities
  • Reflect the concerns and priorities of the people they aim to benefit
  • Where possible include the active involvement of local people in designing and delivering the activity
  • Complement existing local charitable and community initiatives

We encourage applications for climate action and nature recovery work, and welcome applications which include consideration of these issues as an element of the work (e.g. building improvements, carbon literacy training, fuel and food poverty, community transport, use of community green spaces)

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.

Whilst there is no limit to the size of the organisation that can apply, we need to prioritise our funding where it can make the biggest impact. We will take into account the access an applicant has to other sources of funding and whether they are offering something needed in their area.

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

You can see our ‘Top Tips for Grant Applicants’ video on YouTube. Please see here.

Decision turnaround

Please note we aim to make a decision on your application within 8 weeks of receiving your application form. For applications received in December this may take a week longer due to the office being closed between Christmas and New Year.

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.