Hull Community Fund

Hull Community FundThe Hull Community Fund has been set us as a partnership between Hull City Council, Hull CVS, HEY Smile Foundation, Forum CIO and Two Ridings Community Foundation. The focus of the fund is on building on and strengthening the dynamism, impact and potential of Hull’s voluntary and community groups and their vital contributions to life in the city.

Fund priorities

The Hull Community Fund addresses needs of local people in the area around issues like:

Health and wellbeing

  • support older and vulnerable people to live dignified, productive and healthy lifestyles
  • support children and young people to access and enjoy healthy lifestyles (this could be physical activity, access to the outdoors, improving their mental wellbeing)
  • improve mental health and wellbeing.
  • Targeted support for inclusion health groups who face barriers in accessing health and care services.

Education and Training

  • develop employability skills.
  • provide volunteering opportunities.

Culture and Heritage

  • increase accessibility of culture and heritage opportunities
  • Community arts initiatives, particularly for traditionally excluded communities


  • increase biodiversity
  • support environmental improvements

What area does the Hull Community Fund cover?

The Hull Community Fund covers the area shaded in the map below.

Hull Community Fund area

Size of grants

There is a total funding pot of £50,000 for this first year. This will be distributed as:

  • x3 Step Change grants – up to £10,000 each

These grants are for groups to make a necessary ‘step change’ needed to increase their capacity or support them towards sustainability, and as part of that, to contribute towards running costs.

  • x10-20 Activity grants – up to £2,000 each

You can apply for either an activity grant (up to £2,000) to help address a gap in provision or a Step-Change grant (up to £10,000). Please note you will only be able to apply for one Step-Change grant from the Hull Community Fund.

Who can apply?

Hull Community Fund grants are targeted at small organisations (under £150,000 turnover) with charitable aims where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. You can apply if you are based in or serving the people of Hull.


How to apply?

Before applying, please read the Hull Community Fund guidance notes 2024 for this grant scheme carefully.

Then click on the button below to start your application.

Next, at the end of the application form we ask you to accept the terms and conditions of holding a grant. This is so that if you are successful, we can make payment more quickly.

Lastly, your application is only complete when we have received all your supporting documents. You can attach your documents to the online application, or email to [email protected]

Posting documents

Please note: If you are sending your supporting documents in the post, please can we ask that they are NOT stapled. Thank you so much!

When to apply?

We are open for applications now. The deadline is noon on Monday 2nd September 2024

We will contact you with decisions by the end of October.

Apply for a Step-Change grant Apply for an Activity grant up to £2,000

Areas covered