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.

VCS Funding

Community Grants Fund (CGF)

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.

Applications for funding in 2016/17 are NOW OPEN and will close at 5pm on Friday 27th May 2016.  

There is an exciting opportunity to come and find out more about the Community Grants Fund at our launch event on Thursday 7th April 2016, 4-6 pm in the Council Chamber, St Albans City & District Council. You will be able to find out if and how your project fits into this year's SADC funding priorities. This will be a great chance to speak to Emma Edgell, Community Partnerships Manager and Mark Caldwell, Principal Community Engagement Officer, and hear from Kate Newton from the CVS who will take you through the application process.

Date: Thursday 7th April 2016.
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: The Council Chamber, Civic Centre, St Albans

To find out more, please visit the CVS website


The Community Grants Fund is awarded annually.

Previous years information


Funds Distributed

Number of projects supported














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

Strategic Commissioning Fund (SCF)

The Strategic Commissioning Fund was set up to provide funding to a small number 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. 

Launched in 2011, the Strategic Commissioning Fund is awarded every three years. The total amount available per year in cash is £238,620. An additional £69,000 is given in kind to the organisations using the HUB at the Civic Centre.


Further details on the successful applications who have received funding for 2015-18 can be found below:

Community Partnerships Fund (CPF)

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. The Community Partnerships Fund is awarded every three years. The total fund available annually is £100,000.

Details of successful applicants for 2015-18 are below – 

Project Commissioning Fund (PCF)

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. The Project Commissioning Fund is awarded annually. The total fund available is £50,000 per annum. This fund aims to provide seed funding to help establish community provision of services to the vulnerable.

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