Vital York Step Change Fund

The Step Change Grants fund has been established by the generosity of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to provide organisations based in the City of York with the opportunity to apply for funding which can contribute to the running costs of their organisation and within this also provide the necessary ‘step change’ needed to increase their capacity to respond to needs in their particular community and take their organisation towards sustainability and/or expansion. This fund forms part of the Two Ridings Community Foundation’s Vital York programme which aims to make York a better and fairer place to live. Priority will be given to applicants that can clearly demonstrate how they are working to address the following themes identified in the Two Ridings Community Foundation’s Philanthropy in York report.

  • Inequality & hidden poverty
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Loneliness & social isolation

Groups must be able to demonstrate how a grant for running costs will help to support the development of their organisation and enable them to make a ‘step change’, however small, to assist with moving their  organisation towards sustainability and/or expand the provision of their services.

The fund will distribute up to £50,000 per annum in grants of up to £10,000 to small voluntary and community groups, small charities and other types of not for profit organisations provided that they can clearly demonstrate that the purpose of the organisation is wholly charitable.

Size of grants

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available and can be used to cover up to two years activity.

Who can apply?

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


How to apply?

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

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


When to apply?

There will only be one round for Vital York – Step Change in 2020.

Deadline 15th June 2020



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