Eric Wright Charitable Trust Grant

Community Small Grants 2018/19 - New round open

Eric Wright Charitable Trust have asked Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service to administer this fund on their behalf. We have been appointed to deliver a community small grants programme.

The Eric Wright Charitable Trust Community Small Grants programme is aimed at local organisations within the VCF sector providing activity to address locality community cohesion, reduce social isolation and make a positive difference to the lives and wellbeing of people of all ages. Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £30,000.

Projects should strongly support specific local needs in the following key areas to successfully qualify for this fund:-

  • Increasing opportunities to participate in local community action
  • Keeping people well and feeling part of their community
  • Increasing resilience and improving mental wellbeing, enabling individuals and families to cope well, overcome barriers to achieving their potential and increase their skills
  • Support people who are more vulnerable, such as those with a long term conditions, who are frail and/or have complex needs
  • Promotes greater partnership working between the community and general practice, and other VCF organisations
  • Reduce social isolation, with a positive impact on health and wellbeing


Who can apply to The Eric Wright Charitable Trust Community Small Grants programme?

The grants are being made available to community projects in Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale. There is a strong focus for small grassroots groups that are providing effective community cohesion programmes. This funding proactively encourages small groups or new start up groups to pilot their ideas and gather evidence for future funding bids to help sustain the activity/programme. As long as your group meets with the CVS prior to submitting the application to see how we can support your group, then you are eligible to apply.


How much funding can groups apply for?

There are two tiers to the funding:

Grassroots grants – up to £250.00: for unconstituted community groups that are working with the CVS to help achieve their community engagement activities / events

Community grants – up to £500.00: for constituted community groups


Download the guidance notes here

Download the application form here



There are no deadlines for this round of funding - it's a rolling programme. We're awarding the funds on a first come, first served basis to all groups/organisations that qualify and after assessment by the awarding panel. When it's gone, it's gone so get your application in fast! Any funding awarded must be spent by 31st December 2018.


Funding Awarded

The Eric Wright Charitable Trust has helped a wide range of groups and organisations throughout 2018 with funding for projects. Below is the list of recipient organisations who have received funding this year.

For more information about this fund or for assistance with your application please contact Tracey Noon on 01282 433740 Ext. 1007 or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Peter Dunn on 01282 433740 Ext. 1004 or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.