New funding for small charities and VCOs in Birmingham and the Black Country

The Heart of England Community Foundation (HoECF) has just announced that its new Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund is now open for applications.

This fund is aimed at small (income under £50,000 p.a.) charities and voluntary and community groups across Birmingham and the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton) whose work helps those facing disadvantage or social exclusion.

Grants of up to £2,000 can be made for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Promote health and wellbeing.
  • Tackle disadvantage.
  • Support local solutions to meet local needs.
  • Promote community cohesion.
  • Develop sustainable & supportive communities.


Groups that have been awarded funding in the last 12 months from any programme administered by HoECF will not be eligible. Applicants must be registered charities, VCOs with appropriate Constitutions and/or Articles of Association, including Community Interest Companies. Grants are not made to individuals.

You can discuss your plans with the HoECF grants team prior to submitting an application if you wish. Contact details are in the guidance notes.

Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund: details, guidance, applications.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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