Do you have a project or an initiative that could do with some additional support?

Our Community Connectors can help you access our Community Investment fund. We welcome applications from not-for-profit and voluntary organisations as well as local schools.

Funding themes

The grants aim to support projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and wellbeing within the communities in which we work. We welcome applications if your project falls under one of our key themes:

  • Holiday hunger 
  • Bringing people together around food 
  • Understanding of and supporting initiatives that address in work poverty 
  • Supporting residents in the first year of their tenancy 
  • Early years – poverty in young people – support for family. Parents with additional needs
  • Mental health
  • Physical health & activity
  • Digital exclusion & digital poverty
  • Initiatives that tackle social isolation  
  • Counselling, wellness and confidence  
  • Connecting residents to available support and employment 
  • Promoting work of partners and services within localities 
  • Recognising cultural differences  
  • Support initiatives supporting those victims of domestic abuse 
  • Capital spend to support local infrastructure – where evidence of longevity/sustainability of the project 
  • Capacity building, training and upskilling groups 
  • Diversionary projects where there is an identified issue with community safety, drug related issues or anti-social behaviour  
  • Environmental projects on estates  

We have two types of grant funding available:

This fund supports essential services to vulnerable people. It targets initiatives that make a significant impact on our customers and the communities in which we work.

We understand that it’s not always possible for projects to solely cover these areas, but we’d hope that you could demonstrate how it will/could benefit them some way.

The maximum you could be awarded is £10,000. Applications of £1,000 or less will be assessed by the community investment team with applications between £1,000 and £10,000 being assessed by the residents’ grants panel following appraisal by the team.

Please note, this fund is aimed at supporting projects and initiatives and is not targeted at large scale capital investment in assets.

This fund supports charities and groups who provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding through this stream does not require a specific project or initiative to take place but we’d hope that the servicing being funded will benefit Karbon residents.

Any investment may be used to help upskill volunteers or pay for training courses, as well as fund asset purchases such as furniture and equipment to help your charity achieve its goals.

The maximum you could be awarded is £10,000. This will be assessed by the community investment team.

Apply for your grant today

Application FAQ's

We've pulled some of our most frequently asked questions together but don't forget, you can contact a member of the community investment team at any time to talk through your application.

It’s best if you have the following to hand when you start your application

  • The registration details of your organisation, either with Companies House or the Charity Commission
  • Names and details of key contacts within your organisation
  • Full details on how and where the money will be spent.

Unfortunately - no. You will need to complete it all in one go but this is something that we will be changing in the future. We have made the form as easy as possible to complete so it should take longer than 20 minutes if you have the supporting information to hand.

Once submitted, your application will be assessed by our Community Investment team. We will get in touch to confirm we have received your application and may ask for further details to help assess the application.

We will assess applications against a framework designed based upon the following:

  • The project meets local need
  • The project has a positive impact on the lives of Karbon residents
  • Residents were involved in developing the project
  • Targets are realistic and achievable
  • The project costs are reasonable
  • The project represents value for money
  • The organisation is an appropriate delivery partner

The project will provide long-lasting sustainable outcomes once the project funding ends.

You will be informed within 4 weeks as to whether your funding application is successful. If funding is granted, a member of the Community investment team will get in contact to agree on funding and monitoring arrangements.

At this point, we will ask for further details including a copy of your written constitution and confirmation of banking details.

All projects must be delivered safely in line with the current restrictions and adhere to coronavirus (COVID-19) government guidelines. It is the responsibility of the community connector to keep up to date with any changes and implement any required actions in line with government guidelines throughout the duration of the project.

Our funding locations

Here's a list of all the areas we can cover with our community grant funding.

Need more info?

If you would like to discuss an idea or initiative before deciding whether to apply for funding, please contact us at mycommunity@karbonhomes.co.uk or call 0808 164 0111 and ask to speak to a member of the Community Investment team.