Community Support Scheme

Does your community group need a helping hand?

The communities in which our branch network operates form the heart of the Society.

We are committed to giving something back to the communities in which our members and employees live and work. Each year we take part in a number of community events and help by giving donations and sponsorship to community organisations, groups and teams.

The employees at Newbury truly care about their customer outcomes and their fantastic culture shines through from the top. They are pillars in the local community and dedicate so much time and energy to volunteering and donating to allow community projects to run.

Laura, Smart Money People review, January 2023

How and when you can apply

Please note, application deadlines for our 2023 Community Support Scheme funding have now closed. Please see our 2024 application deadlines. 

In 2024 applications for our Community Support Scheme funding will be considered four times a year and the deadlines are as follows:

  • Round 1: all applications must be submitted by Wednesday 31 January 2024

  • Round 2: all applications must be submitted by Tuesday 30 April 2024

  • Round 3: all applications must be submitted by Wednesday 31 July 2024

  • Round 4: all applications must be submitted by Monday 30 September 2024

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applications submitted after these deadline dates.

We consider applications in a number of different categories, including those that:

  • Promote and encourage sporting activities

  • Promote and encourage activities in the arts

  • Support education and development

  • Benefit the environment

Typical grant amounts are £100-£500. 

If you would like to apply for funding, donations or sponsorship please read our leaflet and complete the online application form available in the right side menu. Once completed, you can email it to us or drop into any branch.

Surviving Winter Funding

The Berkshire Community Foundation, of which the Society are a member, has launched its latest round of Surviving Winter Funding. Applications are invited for grants to help charities and community organisations to fund essential resources in order to support their service users and beneficiaries.

The current funding round closes on 24 October 2023 at 10.00am. 

Find out more and apply
Community and charity Charity partnerships Charity account
Community support scheme information leaflet

Here you will find further information about the scheme and full terms and conditions. The leaflet will download as a PDF document.

Online application form

Click to access the Community Support Scheme online application form. Please complete and submit the form to be considered for funding.

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Our Green Community Support Scheme

As part of our plan to become a greener building society, we are also running our Green Community Support Scheme alongside our existing Community Support Scheme. The green scheme will aim to support groups whose key focus is environmental or sustainability issues in and around our branch towns. 

Our commitment to greener lives starts within our community. We would love to help charities and groups who seek to improve the environment around us, so if you know of, or are part of, a group whose work could use our help grant, please fill in the application form to be considered by our panel.

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