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Preston Volunteering Fund

20 June 2024

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Preston City Council, in collaboration with Preston Volunteers, has launched a new fund to enable, encourage and reward volunteering across the city of Preston.

The fund aims to support Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisations to increase their capacity to improve volunteer participation and retention and create new volunteering opportunities in and around the city.

Groups can bid for up to £10,000 for this purpose (there is no minimum amount you can apply for).

The fund is aimed at new and existing small and medium sized community groups, charities and organisations from the local area.  There are three rounds of funding available until March 2025.

This grant funding will be used to support Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise groups, Sports Agencies and Educational facilities to support the promotion and increase of volunteering opportunities and activities within Preston.

Grant funding can be used for any of the purposes detailed below:

  • Training for volunteers or volunteer managers (accredited or non-accredited)
  • New group or team volunteering opportunities
  • Tackling barriers to volunteering to enable everyone to access it
  • Providing volunteer personal development and support
  • Activities and events to recognise and reward volunteers
  • Volunteer projects that enhance volunteers' well-being for all through any of the 'Five Ways to Well-being'
  • Increasing staff capacity and time to support more volunteers
  • Small capital projects* for items of equipment to enable a project or voluntary role(s) to happen (i.e. gardening, sports, arts, equipment, i-tablets, etc.)
  • Trips or events for volunteers.

How to Apply

To apply for the fund download and complete the Preston Volunteering Fund Application form (PDF) [166KB] and return to joseph.cooper@communitycvs.org.uk, along with the supporting evidence requested in the Grant Criteria by the deadlines.

For additional information visit Help in Preston - Preston Volunteering Fund.

You will be required to attach the following required supporting documents.

  • Bank account details
  • Most Recent Audited Accounts or If you are a new group, or been running for less than 15 months and do not have accounts then we will accept original copies of your latest 3 months Bank/Building Society statements (these will be returned)
  • Constitution/ governing document
  • Equal Opportunites Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding policy (children and young people and/or vulnerable adults depending on area of work)
  • DBS Checks (where relevant).

If you do not have a bank account and three years' of accounts, this does not stop you from applying. Please contact Preston Volunteers and they will work with you to find a way around this.

Applications Timeline

There are three funding windows and the deadlines for submission for each is as follows:

  • Round opens 7 June - Submit by 31 August  2024
  • Round opens 1 October - Submit by 30 November 2024
  • Round opens 1 January - Submit by 28 February 2025.

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