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Action grants programme

A key priority for our Council Plan 2017 to 2021 outlines a focus on championing local communities. We want to encourage groups with good ideas about what will make their communities better places to live.

Your organisation needs to be a not-for-profit voluntary organisation, community group or a registered charity. Consideration will be given to applicants that can demonstrate the benefits of a new, innovative or expanded project for the local community and Derbyshire residents.

We're making funding available for:

  • 750 Youth Activity Grants (500 Universal: 250 Enhanced)
  • 500 Community Safety Grants
  • 375 Community Activity
  • 375 Physical Activity and Sport Grants

A list of the grants awarded so far has been attached to this page for some inspiration. But we also want some fresh ideas. Bids can be made for cash to help set up new initiatives as well as supporting existing ones.

The fund is unable to support the purchase of defibrillators.

Groups that can apply

Groups from all parts of Derbyshire (excluding Derby City) are welcome to apply, including:

  • charities which provide services locally in Derbyshire
  • parish and town councils
  • voluntary organisations
  • community groups
  • community interest companies
  • social enterprises
  • clubs, teams and associations, providing they are constituted as detailed

Groups must be formally constituted. Formally constituted means you must have a bank account with at least 2 independent signatories as well as a governing document or list of governing members, a purpose and a set of rules. Applicants can apply for funding where the bid includes becoming a formally constituted group or organisation, but if an application is approved applicants cannot receive the award until this has been completed.


The Action Grants Programme will run for a period of 2 years from May 2018 until the end of May 2020. Applicants wishing to submit an application for a small grant will be able to do so at any time within the 2 year programme. Applicants wishing to submit an application for a medium or large grant must note that approval for projects is only done so on an annual basis.

Application deadlines for small grants (£500 maximum) are as follows:

  • round 1: 30 June 2018
  • round 2: 30 September 2018
  • round 3: 31 December 2018
  • round 4: 31 March 2019
  • round 5: 30 June 2019
  • round 6: 30 September 2019
  • round 7: 31 January 2020
  • round 8: 31 May 2020

Medium (maximum £5,000) and large (maximum £10,000) grants can be applied for annually at the following deadlines:

  • round 1: 30 June 2018
  • round 5: 30 June 2019
  • round 8: 31 May 2020

Projects will be expected to commence spending allocated resources within six months of receiving funds from us and confirm their organisations commitment to delivery.

Programme pack and application form

The pack contains information to help local residents, groups and organisations with the identification of eligible projects and the application process.

Please read the guidance before you fill out an application form. It will explain to you everything you need to know about the Action Grants programme, giving you advice on what sort of projects we are wanting to fund and it explains the formal process of applying for a grant.

Paper application forms are available on request. Please tel: 01629 538359 if you require a paper copy. You can also email: to request a hard copy.

Sending us your application

You can apply by email. To do so, save your electronic application form, attach it to an email and send it to

You can apply by post by sending your application to:
Action Grants
Policy and Research
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

Voluntary and community group support

Every district in Derbyshire has a local CVS organisation that supports voluntary and community groups in Derbyshire. They offer advice on all sources of funding and can help community groups to set-up and become constituted.