Grants and Funding

Chorley Council recognise the valuable role that voluntary, community and faith groups play in enhancing the life of the people of Chorley. We are committed to supporting local groups and organisations across Chorley to access opportunities and secure funding to improve services and facilities in your local area. 

The Chorley 4 Community portal enables you to search through the hundreds of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds available to you on a European, national, regional and local basis.




  • Chorley 4 Community

    The Chorley 4 Community portal provides comprehensive coverage of all available funding opportun​ities, including European Union, national Government programmes, regional s​chemes and local initiatives.

    There is also a help and advice section which includes lots of valuable information about what the different types of funding are, quick guides on applying for funding, what funders are looking for, and how to make a successful application.​

    The easy-to-use funding search tool allows organisations and individuals to find out what funding is available by simply selecting drop-down lists, such as what you want funding for or what type of group you are. It also includes a number of proactive features that enable you to set up automatic email alerts so you are first to know when relevant new or updated funds are added, as well as signing up to weekly newsletters packed with the latest funding announcements.

    To access the Chorley 4 Community portal simply click here.

  • Community Funding Event

    We deliver an annual funding evening which brings together funding providers to give advice and guidance on new and existing funding streams and help with building a successful application.

    If you are you looking for funding for your club, community group, school or organisation this would be of great benefit and provides groups with the chance to network with other local like-minded groups and share your ideas.

    Example of funders would be: Big Lottery, Sport England, Jigsaw Homes, Arts Council 

    Next event will be scheduled for early next year – please keep checking for details


  • Small Community Grant Funding 2020/21 

    The application process is now open - Closing date Wednesday 9th September 2020

    Funding up to a maximum of £500 available


    What are we looking to fund?

    Applications should aim to enhance the life of people in Chorley and support better outcomes for our residents. Funding will particularly look to enable groups to react to the current challenges that our communities are experiencing due to COVID-19 and provide services that support our most vulnerable during this time.  Projects could include:

    - Provide opportunities that address food poverty

    - Provide opportunities that help encourage residents to be more active

    - Provide employment or education opportunities

    - Provide support to make residents more digitally connected

    - Provide peer support opportunities for those experiencing difficulties

    - Provide opportunities to addresses social isolation 

    - Provide support for those experiencing financial hardship 

    - Support community venues and activity to implement procedures to become Covid safe 

    This would be local Village Halls, community centre (non council operated centres)/Parish centres which need to implement safety measures so they can open safely to allow community activity to take place or activity delivery which requires extra measures to operate as a result of Covid.

    Who can apply?

    -Voluntary, community, faith sector group operating within Chorley

    -Must have a group bank account

    -Not had a Councilor Community Grant awarded this year

    -Individuals cannot apply

    Funding awarded must be used by end of February 2021

    To apply

    Application Form can be found in our ‘download it’ section on the right

    Send your completed application to the ​contact as detailed on the bottom of the form

    To search for alternative funding please visit the Chorley 4 Community portal here​.

  • Funding for Community groups and organisations in response to COVID-19 

    A number of funding providers have launched dedicated fund channels for community groups and organisations to help them to deliver provisions for our most vulnerable residents.

    If you have an idea that would help your community and need funding, see the below providers and links to submit your application. If you apply and are successful, let us know!

    Lancashire Covid-19 Community Support Fund

    Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline.

    Funding will be initially awarded under the following priorities:

    • Foodbanks

    • Food/care package delivery to vulnerable people self-isolating

    • Delivery of services and projects supporting the most vulnerable, such as older people e.g. a telephone support/friendship service or delivering online activities to help reduce isolation

    • Emotional and mental health wellbeing, including domestic abuse

    • Financial Inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice


    Apply -


    National Lottery Community Fund

    The Fund has two key objectives:

    • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

    • To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.


    Coronavirus Community Support Fund – under £10,000


    Coronavirus Community Support Fund – over £10,000


    Awards for All


    Jigsaw Foundation Fund

    The Jigsaw Foundation offer funds for projects which make a difference to the lives of our residents and their communities. The fund is open to charities, residents and community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and local partner agencies.

    Particularly interested in receiving applications which are resident led. All projects must positively

    impact at least one of the themes:


    • Health and wellbeing and social inclusion

    • Employment, individual capacity building, enterprise and training

    • Environmental improvement

    • Sustaining tenancies

    • Financial and digital inclusion


    For more details contact the Jigsaw Foundation team on 0300 111 1133





    Tesco Bags of Help

    Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities. In order respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application and payment process to make it easier to get funds out quickly.

    The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.


    Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced


    Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.

    Disrupted services – a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.

    New services – a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.



    Sport England – Community Emergency Fund

    Any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply to our fund if it’s experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus