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 below. 

Community Grants Fund 2014/15

The Community grants fund is a flexible funding stream which is available to support the delivery of projects and activities that benefit the local community and help to deliver the priorities set out in the Districts Inclusion Strategy. 
Information about the 2014/15 Community grants fund can be found in the documents below.

In 2013/14 Community Grants Fund distributed over £108,000 across 35 community projects. Further information on the successful projects can be found in the summary document below.

In 2012/13 Community grants Fund distributed over £59,000 across 18 community projects. Further information on the successful applicants can be found in the summary document below.

The 2011/12 Community Grants Fund distributed approximately £60K across 21 projects. It is hoped that the 2012/13 projects will be as successful as the projects that were funded last year.These included Herts Rape Crisis Centre which used its grant to raise awareness of the group's work, resulting in 200 enquiries from people keen to become volunteers. In addition, South West Samaritans provided training to more than 100 volunteers and St Albans City Youth helped 24 people gain football coaching qualifications.

Further information on the successful applicants can be found in the summary document below.

St Albans City & District Strategic Commissioning and Community partnerships fund - 2012-15

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 vunerable communities.

The Fund was launched on Thursday 29 September - Friday 11 November 2011 and received 19 applications from 16 local organisations.

Following the approval of the 2013/13 budget, funding was agreed to support 3 organisations under the Strategic Grants Fund, totalling £283,620 for 2012/13.  A further 7 projects were also granted funding as part of the Community Partnerships Fund, totalling £101,098.

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

The Community Partnership 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.

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.

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 the 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 go to www.cvsstalbans.org.uk were you can also visit the funding advice page.

Date of last review: 28 April 2014