Voluntary and Community Sector Grants

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Thank you for your interest in Community Grants.   As part of this transition to West Northants Council we are aligning our grants to ensure that all policies and processes are streamlined throughout the whole of West Northants. 

Due to this, the opening of the grants scheme for 2021-22 has been delayed and at this time we are unable to accept applications.


If you wish to be added to the notification list for the opening of the next funding round please send an email letting us know which grant you are interested in.

Many thanks - the Community Team - West Northants Council

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The Council has entered into partnership with lottery organisers Gatherwell for the Local Lotto, a weekly online lottery which distributes half of its profits to good causes in Daventry District.

Voluntary and community groups can benefit from the Lotto by signing up for free. Groups which are signed up can also access a Local Lotto Community Pot, which supplies grants of up to £750 towards eligible projects. 

Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme

Voluntary and community sector organisations in Daventry District in need of funding are invited to apply for our Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme. There are a range of grants covering capital funding, event funding, or funding for small items of equipment, training or volunteer expenses. You can find out more below:

1. Capital Grants 

The capital grants scheme is available for organisations needing assistance with capital investment.  Projects must be valued over £1,000 and up to 50% of the project cost is available. Grants are available up to a maximum of £15,000, but in exceptional circumstances - and if budgets allow - the Council will consider larger applications.

Deadline dates for applications and the decision dates are included in the guidance notes document below. 


2. One-off community event funding

Grants of up to £500 are available to cover the up-front costs of putting on a community event. A key aim of these grants is to enable community groups to raise further funds from their community event. We also expect that community events are free to attend or affordable if there is a charge. Applications are welcome from voluntary and community groups within Daventry District at any time throughout the year.

Applications should be submitted between 4 - 16 weeks ahead of the event date. Applications submitted outside of this window will not be considered. We will do our best to notify applicants of a decision within 2 weeks of the application being received. If successful, the grant will be paid in one lump-sum to the organisation up-front.


3. Community Project Funding 

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to voluntary and community groups within Daventry District for the purchase of small items of equipment, or for training and/or volunteer expenses.


4. Good Neighbour Scheme funding

Good Neighbour schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis. The Council has grant funding of up to £1,000 available for good neighbour schemes to get started.

Grant Eligibility Criteria

All of Daventry District Council's community grants are open to voluntary and community groups and organisations and in most circumstances exclude the following:

  • Individuals
  • Private businesses
  • Statutory bodies
  • Religious bodies where the monies will be used for religious purposes or religious buildings
  • Political parties or political lobbying
  • General fundraising or for unspecified purposes
  • Local authority activities (including those of schools or parish councils).


However, an application from any of the above will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate that the project for which they require funding has wider community benefit. 

All applicants need to address three of the Council’s corporate objectives:

  • Improving our business economy, learning and skills
  • Protect and enhance our environment
  • Promote healthy, safe and strong communities and individuals.


Applicants should explain how their project or service will address or assist with four other main themes; bringing communities together, access and equality, crime and disorder, and partnership working. 

Previous Grants

Grants awarded in the 2017/18 financial year:


Grants awarded in the 2018/19 financial year


Grants awarded in the 2019/20 financial year

Grants awarded in the 2020/21 financial year


Good Neighbour Scheme awards granted since 2017


Other sources of support

Daventry Town Centre Shop Front Improvement Grant

Daventry District Council is offering grants to businesses in Daventry town centre to help give their shops a makeover. Funding of up to £20,000, which must be matched by 50%, is available up to 31 October 2018.

Find out more on the Shop Front Improvement Grant page


Section 106 Funding

A Section 106 agreement is a means of securing funding for community infrastructure from developers. The agreement will be very specific about what the funding is for and, in most cases, who should spend it. However, there is sometimes scope for section 106 funding to be paid over to local community groups if they manage and maintain the community asset that is specified in a given agreement. A typical example would be funding for sport and recreation facilities. 

Therefore, if  you are from a community group and are considering making an application for a capital grant, please contact  our Community Development Co-ordinator on  communitygrants@daventrydc.gov.uk or 0300 126 700 first in order to see if the project can be funded from section 106 funds instead of from Daventry District Council’s capital grant budget. 

If section 106 funds can be utilised, you will still have to use the  Capital Grant Funding Application Form to apply for the funding and the same scoring criteria will be applied to judge the application. If successful, you will have to sign an agreement to ensure the section 106 funds are spent as per the terms of the section 106 agreement.


Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The CIL is a new means of funding community infrastructure. Parish councils and local groups that manage community assets, such as the village hall, the playing field and the pocket park might be able to use CIL to expand and improve their community asset.  Find out more information about CIL

Advice and information

For further advice on any of the above or advice on other sources of funding, please contact our Community Development Co-Ordinator.


For all other advice, including start up advice, business planning, accreditation and volunteering visit Daventry Volunteer Centre.