Befriending Champions Microgrant Funding

There will be one final round of Befriending Champions Microgrant funding.  The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 22nd March 2018.  Please consider whether you or a group you support/know of want to apply. 

A poster, together with guidelines and an application form are below. 


Application Guidelines

Application Form

What does it cover?

Befriending Champions Microgrants are for projects or activities anywhere in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City) that help people to be less lonely and isolated.  Projects might include, for example, setting up or developing a good neighbour initiative, a social group, befriending or other activities that bring adults of any age together to reduce social isolation.  Successful applicants will be expected to attend (or have attended) a one-day Befriending Champion training session.  Grants of up to £1,000 are available. 

A little extra for South Derbyshire

For groups/organisations in South Derbyshire there is also the Self-help Fund Small Grant which support the activities of health and wellbeing related self-help groups in South Derbyshire.  A self-help group is any group of people who have experience of a particular health-related issue or situation, who meet for mutual support, to reduce isolation, improve the wellbeing of members and/or to devise practical actions to address the issue.  For example, a carers group or a group for people with a similar health condition, where members meet to support each other, reduce isolation and share experiences.  Grants of up to £500 are available. 

Who can apply?

Groups/organisations can apply to one or both of these grant funds (depending on what the project is, which of the criteria it meets and where it is).  However only one application form (attached) needs to be filled in.  The maximum available for any one group/organisation or project is £1,500.  Please note that for this final round of Befriending Champions Microgrant funding, funding for projects or activities in Derbyshire Dales, Erewash and Bolsover as those areas have had fewer grants will be prioritised. 

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

For more information contact:

Richard Murrell
Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network Co-ordinator
South Derbyshire CVS
46-48 Grove Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DD
Telephone: 01283 219761
[email protected]