The Community Regeneration Fund is now open for the 2024-25 funding period.

The grant scheme is designed to support local groups and organisations, including social enterprises, to deliver capital projects which will help to enhance local areas. The fund focuses specifically on supporting projects that will help to improve the public realm of local areas rather than repairing and maintaining existing assets.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis operating on a first come, first served basis. The scheme will run for 12 months or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes sooner. 

How much funding is available?

Grants of between £1,000.00 and £10,000.00 are available through the Community Regeneration Fund to contribute towards projects with a total project cost of up to £100,000. At least 20% of the total project cost must be funded from other sources.  The contribution from the Community Regeneration Fund must make a significant difference to the project.

What can the fund be used for?

The fund is designed to help deliver capital regeneration projects to help improve local areas; one-off capital projects (capital projects are fixed assets). 

Projects must clearly show how they are improving and regenerating a local, community space and must have public access showing a wide community benefit. Some examples of the types of projects that could be funded are provided below:

  • Community gardens
  • Community woodlands
  • Heritage boards
  • Public art
  • Sport and recreation spaces

This is not an exhaustive list and organisations are encouraged to speak to the Social Regeneration Officer to discuss their idea in more detail prior to submission to help assess if the project is eligible.

Who can apply?

Local community groups, charities and social enterprises are all eligible for the scheme.

Businesses that operate for profit are not generally eligible. However, if the project can clearly show public benefit then these applications will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Parish and Town Councils are not able to apply.

Application process

If you are interested in applying for the Fund, in the first instance please contact the Social Regeneration Officer at ESBC to talk through you project, sends e-mail) or 01283 508038.

Applicants to the Fund will go through three stages:

  • Stage 1 Expression of interest
  • Stage 2 Panel presentation
  • Stage 3 Final Submission

Complete the Expression of Interest form.

The full criteria and guidance for the scheme is available to download.