Community Wealth Builder

The Community Wealth Builder Project provides support for new and existing social businesses across Doncaster. We know that social enterprises, cooperatives and Community Interest Companies are often the backbone of any community – and make the most difference to people. We can support anyone at any stage: from pre-start to running an existing social enterprise. Support is tailored to meet the needs of the individual or organisation and includes: one to one advice, workshops/training and networking opportunities.

Training and Events

All sessions are booked Via Event Bright, if you are interested in any of these training workshops please contact

Demonstrating Impact

Thursday 15th September 6pm to 9pm

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by impact and why it’s important to measure.
  • Understand who and to what extent it is important to demonstrate your impact to.
  • Understand the difference between outputs and outcomes.
  • Describe the theory of change model and outcome star model.

Be Contract Ready 2 day course

Tuesday 20th and 27th September 6.30pm to 9pm

This course is for Third Sector organisations that would like to find out more about contracting and local authority commissioning processes.

This practical course will cover the essential steps needed to become Contract Ready.

The course is delivered by Collective Change- Jo Ward

During the 2 half day sessions, participants will learn about:

  • How to measure Baseline Readiness
  • Locality Commissioning and Overview of the Essentials
  • Meeting the Relevant Legislation and Quality Standards
  • Business Continuity
  • Planning Finances and Pricing
  • Measuring Social Impact
  • Building People and Financial Capacity
  • Sources of Further Support

Introduction to Grants and Funding

Monday 26th September 6pm to 9pm

If you are new to grant and trust fundraising, join us for this useful introduction to this funding approach.
What’s in it for me?
In this workshop Make Your Mark UK CEO, Mark Smith will cover:
Ways to identify different funders
Key principles to take into consideration when applying
An insight into key points funders look for when assessing grant applications
Top tips to help make your fundraising a success

Funding Opportunities

Active Communities Grants – The Active Communities Grants launched in December 2019 and provides opportunities for local people, groups and organizations to apply for funding of up to £500 to support Doncaster residents to be more active. Full details are available on the Get Doncaster Moving website, along with details of what can be funded and how to apply:   

ASDA Foundation Trust – The foundation supports grassroots organisations in making a real impact, and supports local communities in emergencies, reacting quickly to help people in the immediate hours following a disaster.  Full information along with the application process can be found here

Card Factory Foundation– Grants of up to £2,500 to not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver projects that support Card Factory colleagues and communities where Card Factory stores operate (across South Yorkshire)

Funding is for costs that are directly related to and essential for carrying out project activities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Full details here

Doncaster VCFS Fund Grants are available for up to £5,000 to support activities to help the clinically extremely vulnerable with practical support. The aim of the fund is to help people get back together safely, reducing social isolation an loneliness.. Applications of up to £5,000 will be considered by the panel who meet every two weeks to review requests.  Funds must be spent by 31st March 2023 Full Information can be found on the Voluntary action Doncaster Website

Hedley Foundation The Hedley Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of people in the United Kingdom, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. They support small to medium-sized UK registered charities operating across the spectrum of social needs. Few grants exceed £5,000 For more information please click here

Magic Little Grants Fund- Local Giving has launched its annual Magic Little Grants scheme, offering £500 grants to groups with an income below £250,000.

This year’s funding aims to support projects that address the following themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing.
  • Enabling community participation in the arts.
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty.
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality.
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces.
  • Enabling participation in physical activity.
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

Deadline is 31st October 2022. Full details here

Morrisons Foundation The Foundation awards grants to registered charities which make a positive difference in local communities. Grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. Full details here

National Lottery Awards For All Will fund voluntary and community groups with between £300 and £10,000 for a wide range of activities, anywhere in England for up to one year. Full information about Awards for All can be found here

National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities England Fund

The fund provides grants to organisations who work to make positive changes in their communities.

They can support groups to continue to:

  • deliver activity – whether that is crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity
  • Change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges

To help communities to thrive they aim to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage

Applications can be made via their online application form or via email or video. 

Full information and the application process can be found here

Persimmon Community Champions Funds of up to £1,000 are available, with up to 60 donations every month.

Community Champions programme was established in 2015 to fund local good causes across the UK.  There are no specific funding areas which they concentrate on, projects which have previously been funded include:

  • Sports clubs
  • Rehabilitating military veterans
  • Local foodbanks
  • Local charities

The local group or charity must have secured match funding for the project.

Full details of the fund and how to apply can be found here

Sport England Two main funds available offering grants ranging from £300 up to £50,000 to fund equipment, kit, staffing costs, training, venue hire, transport and volunteer expenses. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Funds available are:

Return to Play Fund – three grants available which aims to help support groups and organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people on low incomes and those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the pandemic, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions and those experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began.

Tackling Inequalities Fund – to help to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

Funding can be used to purchase

  • a range of equipment
  • staff costs and training
  • Adapt or convert spaces and improve buildings
  • Improve outdoor areas through the installation of temporary floodlights

Full information is available of the website

MSE (Money Saving Expert) Charity All grants given out are below £7,500, in support of groups that work to change how people think about and manage money.

The MSE Charity gives grants to UK not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups to deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave & manage their money. They prefer to fund small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution for example registered Charities, CICs, and Credit Unions, excluding statutory organisations.

Funding Areas

Living with Long-Term Challenges: Projects focused on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support dementia, autism, learning difficulties, disabilities, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury, and stroke.

Building and Developing Resilience: Projects focused on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support mental health, and wellbeing, cooking well for less, training others, independent living skills, and peer mentoring.

The Next Generation – Supports projects that build financial capability skills assisting: Children, Youth, Families; Schools-based work, Migrants, Lone Parents, Victims & Survivors of Domestic Abuse and Family Outreach Services.

Life-Changing Transitions – Awards to projects focused on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support: Bereavement, Redundancy, Retirement, Relationship Breakdown, Homelessness, Offenders and Resettlement.

Please visit their website for more information