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Investing in Communities: Supporting 21st Century Life

Funding projects that build stronger families and stronger communities
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Funding size:
£10,000 - £1,000,000
Application deadline:
This programme closed to new applications at 12 noon June 30 2015

What’s it all about?

Supporting 21st Century Life will CLOSE to new stage 1 applications at Midday on Tuesday June 30 2015.

Investing in Communities: Supporting 21st Century Life wants to fund projects that build stronger families and stronger communities. It aims to improve the quality of family life by helping families most in need with early action to give children a better chance in life.

There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.

Before you submit your application to us, please read our blog to help make your application complete. We can only make a decision on your application when it is fully complete.

What are we looking for?

Supporting 21st Century Life can fund projects that achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people are successful learners, confident individuals and maintain better relationships with their families and communities.
  • Families are more resilient and have improved relationships.
  • People who care, who are disabled or who are long term ill are more able to cope and better connected to their communities.
  • More older people live at home and have better social connections and relationships.

Who can apply?

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Local authorities or community councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Private companies (provided our grants do not contribute to the profits you distribute).

What can you apply for?

We expect to fund a wide range of activities and services under this investment area. For example, projects can focus on:

  • parenting
  • family support
  • respite and short breaks
  • financial skills and advocacy.

Projects can encourage mentoring, befriending, peer support, well being and support family members to take control of their life and participate fully in their community. They can also support activities, such as play, learning, volunteering, and outdoor experiences.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Public sector organisation
  • Private sector organisation