Funding opportunities

There is a wide range of funding available for communities across England. 

On this page you'll find a list of available grants or funding from either North Somerset Council or from external funding providers, which may be suitable for charities, voluntary and community groups and local organisations.

Where possible we aim to keep this page updated with closing dates and links that will take you directly to the fund webpage.


Visit our page on how to apply for grant funding for assistance with applying for grants.

You can contact the Policy & Partnerships team by emailing

Funds and grants

We recommend you check eligibility criteria before applying for any funding opportunities. We do not accept any responsibility for funding information provided or for external websites.

Bristol Airport Local community fund

The Bristol Airport Environmental Improvement Fund provides £100,000 each year to support projects in local parishes including the villages of Winford, Wrington, Backwell, Brockley, Cleeve and Barrow Gurney.

find out more on the Bristol Airport website

Climate-related funding

find out more on our climate funding page

Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund

The Cost of Living Fund will support organisations across England to deliver critical frontline services. Organisations will be able to apply for funding to maintain or expand critical cost of living services until the end of March 2024.

Applications can be between £10,000 and £75,000.

find out more on the Community Fund website

Community Ownership Fund

More community projects are set to benefit from funding to rescue prized local assets, such as sports clubs, music venues and historic buildings, as the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities launches the third round of its £150 million Community Ownership Fund.

Changes to the fund will make it easier than ever for community groups to seize back control of prized local assets that are at risk of being lost forever – helping to strengthen and level up communities and restore optimism, hope and pride in the UK.

find out more on the GOV.UK website

Million hours - The National Lottery Community Fund

This funding is for organisations to give extra support to young people in areas where they may be at risk of anti-social behaviour. It can be used to fund extra hours of youth work to give these young people more places to go and positive things to do.

This programme is funded by the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Only partial areas of England are eligible and this is determined by ASB data. Neighbourhoods in North Somerset eligible to apply are:

  • Weston South
  • Weston Central
  • Weston Hillside

Application deadline is 24 November 2023

find out more on The National Lottery Community Fund website

National Lottery Community Fund

Funding for projects that support people and communities across the UK to thrive. Lots of different activities can be funded through a variety of funding programmes.

find out more on the National Lottery website

North Somerset Community Lottery

The North Somerset Community Lottery support community groups and organisations via a fundraising lottery. At least 60% from each ticket sold goes to support North Somerset organisations and good causes.

find out more on the North Somerset Community Lottery website

North Somerset Partnership and Quartet Community Foundation

A fund has been set up by Quartet Community Foundation and North Somerset Community Partnership to support community-based organisations responding to the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged local people in North Somerset.

find out more on the Quartet Community Foundation website

Quartet Community Foundation

Funding for charities, voluntary or community organisations based and working in the West of England to support their work.

find out more on the Quartet Community Foundation website

Rural Service Network

The Rural Service Network is a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association which acts as the National Voice for Rural Areas. They support members through the sharing of best practice and rural expertise, and advocate on their behalf to ensure that the rural voice is raised up the agenda with parliamentarians and decision makers.

find out more on the Rural Funding Digest website

Sparks Somerset Funding Portal

Access the latest local, regional and national funding information for Somerset’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

find out more on the Sparks website

Sustainable growth support for not-for-profits

North Somerset Council has some funding local community groups, social enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, and charities interested in growing their organisation and developing asset-based projects.  

find out more on the In North Somerset website

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) Funding & Grants

VANS identify funds and grants which charities, CIC’s and community groups can apply for. They also work with the Quartet Community Foundation to offer 1-2-1 meetings to fund applicants to ensure their applications meet the necessary criteria for funding consideration.

find out more on the VANS website

Wessex Water Foundation

The Wessex Water Foundation provides funding for projects which bring people together to build stronger communities.

find out more on the Wessex Water website

Town Council Grants

Weston-super-Mare Town Council

Weston-super-Mare Town Council has two grant schemes available for funding requests. Both come with very specific criteria regarding eligibility.

find out more on the Weston-super-Mare Town Council website

Nailsea Town Council

The Town Council awards grants to a wide variety of local organisations and charities.

find out more on the Nailsea Town Council website

Clevedon Town Council

Each year Clevedon Town Council gives small grants to clubs, groups and organisations in the town that work for, and on behalf, of the people of Clevedon, for capital projects; Small grants range from £50 to £1000. 

find out more on the Clevedon Town Council website

Portishead Town Council

At Portishead Town Council, we are committed to encouraging, supporting and promoting organisations that make life better for Portishead residents. We aim to make grant awards that bring a direct benefit to the Portishead area, to all or some of its residents.

find out more on the Portishead Town Council website