Grants to voluntary and community organisations

Start up and one-off grants

The 2020/21 Corporate Grants Programme offers grants of up to £10,000 to help either:

  • set up a new project or activity in Barnet in response to identified needs


  • with specific events, purchases or other non-recurring items of expenditure,

where a proposal complements one or more of the council’s key corporate priorities

  • These are for a maximum of one year and may contribute towards capital and revenue costs.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a funding plan from year two onwards showing how the proposal will be maintained once the council’s grant ends.

One-off Grants

These are usually restricted to a maximum of £5,000 and may be subject to matching funding depending on the purpose for which help is sought and the amount required.


To qualify for consideration, applicants must show how a proposal aims to achieve at least one of these criteria:   

  • support people to be independent and lead active lives, especially older people and people with disabilities and complex needs
  • strengthen individuals’ and families’ resilience in challenging times
  • improve the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people and help them develop skills and acquire knowledge to lead successful adult lives, especially those with special educational needs and disabilities and young people aged 16 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training
  • promote health and health outcomes, including amongst working age adults with mental health needs
  • support people in changing behaviour (such as to become more physically active)
  • help people into work, training or apprenticeships
  • help ensure that Barnet remains a safe and healthy place to live, work or study
  • reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • reduce inequalities 
  • build diverse and active communities and promote community cohesion
  • protect and enhance the natural environment, including the use of green spaces to promote health and wellbeing
  • promote recycling and waste minimization
  • ensure that town centres are vibrant places where business can thrive


Proposals will be enhanced if they demonstrate:

  • maximum value for money (clear outcomes for customers; high quality, flexible and responsive services)
  • that services are designed around evidence op focal need and the preferences of potential users
  • that services complement but do not overlap with existing or planned public sector provision
  • that services can be tailored to the needs of individuals
  • ease of access
  • that they link with public sector services, where relevant
  • a focus on prevention
  • a commitment to sharing data with the public sector to facilitate insight into the needs of residents
  • that potential service users are involved in the design / and or running of services

How to apply

To discuss a proposal and obtain an application pack, please contact Ken Argent, Grants Manager, on 020 8359 2020 or email