We're proud to be able to support our community by providing grant funding to help a wide range of projects in our local area. We have two funding routes to give applicants the opportunity to access the funding they need to realise their potential - Springboard and Starting Blocks.
Starting Blocks is here to support individuals and entrepreneurs with smaller grants that help them to set up a business, project or event that makes a difference to the community. It can also be used by Red Kite residents to help to pay for training or qualifications that will help them to secure a promotion or employment. Grants are also made to provide seed funding for pilot projects that are responding to new challenges that we face as a community. The application form is less detailed and a decision is usually made within 10 days of receiving an application.
Springboard provides larger grants to charities or groups that play a vital role in supporting our communities. The application form is a little more detailed and the decision making process is longer as these are usually for larger and more complex projects. We always encourage applicants to get in touch with us to discuss their application before submitting the bid. This allows us to fully explore opportunities for partnership and makes it quicker and easier for applicants to complete the application form.
You can find out more below:
Starting Blocks is for a maximum grant of £2,000
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Springboard awards grants over £2,000
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(Applications will only be considered from people or for projects based in communities where Red Kite operates.)
Four funding areas
We have four priority areas which most requests for funding will fall under:
Funding is available for people living in a Red Kite property. This could fund a course, training opportunity or fund some equipment that helps someone in work or study.
These partners will come in all forms; small businesses, large charities, CIC or multi-agency projects. As a key partner for Red Kite they will be facilitating, enabling or directly delivering projects that link explicitly to our vision and values.
Grass Roots project
Our communities are made up of individuals who are delivering small-scale but high impact initiatives. It could be a coffee morning, a single parent group or a community barbeque organised by families living in the same street.
Supporting individuals with a business idea which enhances the potential of the communities that we are supporting. We can only support enterprise projects that benefit the wider community or that are submitted by our residents.
Read our frequently asked questions to find out more.
We're always happy to discuss your funding needs before you decide to apply. For more information, please contact the Resident and Community Engagement team on 01494 476288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for neighbourhood and environmental improvements
As well as Springboard and Starting Blocks, we also have a dedicated fund that's available to spend on neighbourhood and environmental improvements. Since the creation of our Environmental Improvement Group (EIG), we've been able to use this funding to make a difference to the places where our customers live. We've helped invest in playgrounds, parking spaces, community projects, communal spaces and more. Find out more and apply for funding.