Step Change Fund

The Step Change Grants fund was initially established by the generosity of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – grants were distributed 2018-2020 to support groups based in York. The programme has had a positive impact on those groups funded – some were able to change their finance software saving them time, others applied for funding for a dedicated fundraiser to support their diversification of income streams and others looked at training of staff and trustees (you can see everything that has been funded on the Step Change webpage).

Two Ridings Community Foundation are excited to be able to expand this fund to support groups based in North Yorkshire, York, East Yorkshire and Hull. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the sector and we know organisations have worked hard throughout to adjust their services and continue supporting those who need help. This funding could support your organisation to formally implement some of those changes or take a pause and review what your next steps will be.

What is funding for?

Funding is available for groups to contribute towards running costs and provide a necessary ‘step change’ needed to increase their capacity or support them towards sustainability. Groups must be able to demonstrate how funding for running costs will help move forward the work they do.

Organisations should be working towards at least one of the following priorities:

  • No poverty
  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Decent work and economic growth

Some examples of what the fund can support are below (this list is not exhaustive):


  • Rental costs
  • Heating, lighting, water rates
  • Core staff costs
  • Stationery, small capital items, internet
  • Volunteer costs

Organisational development

  • Staff training
  • Trustee training
  • Volunteer training and management
  • Fundraising
  • Business planning and development
  • Developing monitoring and learning
  • Marketing and communications
  • Purchasing software to support your organisation

A ‘step change’ can be something small, or big, which helps move your group forward towards sustainability (or project sustainability) or expand your services on offer.

Size of grants

up to £10,000

Who can apply?

Please read our ‘How to Apply’ page for information on general eligibilit

How to apply?

Before applying, please read the Step Change Grants Guidance notes 2021 for this grant scheme carefully.

Applications are only considered complete when all supporting documentation has been received either attached to the online application or emailed to the office.

When to apply?

The deadline is 2nd February 2022


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