About the Grand Ideas Fund

The Grand Ideas fund is currently accepting applications for community projects that will make a difference to the lives of our residents and their communities.

Community and residents groups, voluntary groups, social enterprises, registered charities, schools, statutory organisations or parish/town councils can apply to the scheme.

The majority of the projects we support require funding of £1,000 or less.  Applicant groups must have a bank account, equal opportunities policy and constitution as a minimum.

Projects must be delivered by 28 February 2017 and support one or more of the following priorities outlined in our community investment strategy:

  1. Employment, Education, Skills and Training

    We aim to support residents in developing skills and accessing training opportunities in order to enter into, and sustain, employment.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to increase employability, gain qualifications and help people progress into work.

  2. Health and Wellbeing

    We aim to support residents to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, with access to the care and support services they need.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to reduce isolation, build connections and friendships.

  3. Community safety and infrastructure

    We aim to ensure that our communities are safe places to live and are equipped with the infrastructure they need to shape their aims and aspirations.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to make our communities feel safer and increase a sense of belonging and pride in a neighbourhood.

  4. Environment

    We aim to make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live and to assist our residents to live more sustainable lifestyles.  We are particularly interested in projects which actively engage people in improving spaces or places as well as projects which support greener lifestyle choices.

  5. Financial inclusion

    We aim to ensure that everyone is able to access the basic financial services products that are needed to participate in a modern society.  We are particularly interested in projects which increase the confidence of people to manage their money.

If you are a Sanctuary staff member, please note that we are unable to fund Sanctuary schemes directly. If you and the residents you work with have a project idea for the Grand Ideas Fund, please send a link to this page to your community partner and encourage them to apply directly.

Your project should fit one or more of our five priority themes (see above). It must benefit Sanctuary residents and should aim to make a positive difference to the community.

Your project should also demonstrate that it will measure one of the impacts contained in the impact framework. Details are available on our impact framework document (PDF 45KB).

Sanctuary will prioritise applications which are community-led, demonstrate effective partnership working.

You should demonstrate in your application that you have consulted with either a Sanctuary staff member or Sanctuary residents, in the location you are working in, to ensure that the project is desired.

We will expect you to show that you have secured or anticipate securing additional investment to contribute to the project from other sources, for example cash or materials or volunteer time. We will only consider applications where there is additional funding to the same value or greater that the amount you have requested from Sanctuary.

Projects which only benefit one person will not be eligible for funding.

If your application is for funding in the Chester area, we have a fund called Chester Community Chest which you can use to apply for funding. Details are available on the Chester & District page. You will not be able to apply for both Chester Community Chest and the Grand Ideas Fund for the same project.

If your application is for funding in the Rochford area, we have a fund called Maureen's Gift which you can use to apply for funding. Details are available on the Rochford Housing page. You will not be able to apply for both Maureen's Gift and the Grand Ideas Fund for the same project.

Up to £1,000 per application (including VAT, if not exempt).

If you have a great idea for a larger scale project (i.e. over £1,000) please contact us using the details in the Find out more section.

To apply to the Grand Ideas Fund, please complete our eligibility check questionnaire. If you are unclear about any of the guidance, we would encourage you to call a member of the team using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

The Grand Ideas Fund runs from 1 April 2016 – 28 February 2017, and you can apply at any time.

We will contact you within five working days to confirm receipt of your application and send you the link to the main application if you have passed the eligibility check.

We will contact you within five working days to confirm receipt of the application.

All applications will be assessed on the first day of the following month (or the next working day if the 1st is a weekend). You will be notified of the decision the same week by email or by phone. You should have a minimum of 6 weeks between submitting your application and the project starting to ensure adequate time is given.

If your application is successful, we will expect you to agree to the conditions of the funding which includes: recording your expenditure, working with us to monitor your progress and sharing stories. We will provide you with a Sanctuary contact to help you to make sure that your project is a success.

Yes, there are a few things that our funding cannot be used for. This includes:

  • Building, maintenance or structural improvements
  • Ongoing running costs e.g. insurance, utility costs, rent, salaries
  • Funding individuals or projects which only benefit one person
  • Fixtures and fittings e.g. chairs, tables etc. unless the project cannot run without the specialised equipment
  • Sponsorship or projects which are motivated mainly by marketing or branding
  • Alcohol

If you want to talk your idea through with someone, or ask a question about the Grand Ideas Fund, please call us on 01905 335 411 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk