Voluntary & community sector funding

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St Albans City & District Council distributes funding to community groups and projects through the Voluntary and Community Sector fund (VCS). The VCS fund is aligned to the Council's Priorities, helps deliver the Inclusion Strategy and has a positive impact on the community in terms of outcomes. The VCS fund includes four funding streams which are set out here.

Community Grants Fund

The Community Grants Fund aims to provide Voluntary and Community Groups with a flexible funding opportunity to support the delivery of projects and activities that benefit the local community.

Previous years information


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Further information on the successful applicants each year can be found in the summary documents below:

Strategic Commissioning Fund

The Strategic Commissioning Fund was set up to provide funding to a small number (fewer than 10) of voluntary and community sector organisations who offer services that are considered to be strategically important to the District by providing support to the most vulnerable communities. 

The Fund was originally launched in 2011. The first round of funding in 2012-15 received 19 applications from 16 local organisations. It was agreed to support three organisations totally £283,620 each year.

Further details on the successful applications can be found in the summary document below:

Community Partnerships Fund

The Community Partnerships Fund supports voluntary and community sector organisations that are delivering important services to the most vulnerable communities but are not considered to be strategic partners of the Council.

This will distribute a total of £100,000 per year in 2015-18. Applications for this funding have now closed. 

Community Partnership Funding - Successful applicants 2012/13

Successful applicants for 2015-18 will be published shortly.

Project Commissioning Fund

The Project Commissioning Fund was set up to commission Voluntary and Community sector organisations to deliver a project that addresses a specific, identified need within the District. These allocations are usually for one year funding. This fund is currently closed to new applicants and will re-open later in 2015.

Project Commissioning Fund - Successful applicants 2013/14

Partnership with the Centre for Voluntary Service

The Council funds the Centre for Voluntary Service to assist with providing information and guidance concerning a wide range of grant funding available to local voluntary and community groups (not grants for individuals). For this reason, we recommend all groups seeking funding to speak to CVS.

Please contact:


Kate Newton 
Development and Funding Services Manager

By Phone

01727 814644



By Email


By Post

St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service 
Civic Centre,

St Peters St

St Albans, AL1 3JE

For further information about the CVS in St Albans please visit www.cvsstalbans.org.uk where you can also visit the funding advice page.
Date of last review: 03 September 2015