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Action grants programme

Through our Action Grants we’re helping groups with good ideas make their communities better places to live. This is one of the key priorities in our Council Plan 2017 to 2021 – championing local communities.

Some of the groups putting their Action Grants to good use.

Barrow Hill Community Trust
Chesterfield Street Pastors check on a potentially vulnerable adult asleep on a bench
Child doing art at Junction Arts
Members of Chinley Youth Club
Cotmanhay Community Network
Cromford Canal and Codnor Park Reservoir Group
Dronfield Parish Young Voices
Heath Village Community Association
Let's Get Active exercise class
South Wingfield Local History Group
William Pattinson of Wyaston enjoys his ride
Woman on a paddle board

Who can apply

Groups from all parts of Derbyshire (excluding Derby) are welcome to apply, including:

  • charities which provide services locally in Derbyshire
  • parish and town councils
  • voluntary organisations
  • community groups
  • community interest companies
  • social enterprises
  • clubs, teams and associations, providing they are constituted

All groups must be formally constituted. Formally constituted means you must have a bank account with at least 2 independent signatories, a governing document or list of governing members, a purpose, and a set of rules. Applicants can apply for funding whilst becoming formally constituted.

You'll need to show that:

  • you're supporting activity in a Derbyshire community
  • there's a need for that activity
  • the money is for something specific and not to help meet your group's running costs
  • your group's activity will continue to benefit your community after the grant money has been used

Your project should promote one or more of these 4 themes:

  • youth activity: including setting up youth clubs, organising activities for young people, projects to help young people gain new skills or schemes to help them deal with mental health issues
  • community activity: such as setting up new community groups, organising a local event or starting a community project
  • physical activity and sport: money for schemes to encourage residents of all ages to take part in physical activities, keep fit and stay healthy – or which encourage people to get active if they're not already
  • community safety: grants for projects to reduce crime and the fear of crime including raising awareness about scams and rogue trading, schemes to tackle anti-social behaviour and initiatives to help residents keep themselves safe

Looking for inspiration

View the details of the grants we've given so far. They'll give you lots of ideas. Bids can be made for cash to help set up new activities as well as supporting existing ones. The fund cannot support the purchase of defibrillators.


Started in May 2018 the programme runs until the end of May 2020 with 8 rounds of applications. Seven of these rounds have closed.

In the remaining round applications for the small grants (maximum £500) can be made to the community safety, youth activity and physical activity themes, but not the community activity theme as the £500 grants have now all been allocated in this category.

Applications for the larger grants of £5,000 and £10,000 can still be made in all 4 categories.

Successful projects should start spending their grants within 6 months of receiving the money from us and confirm their organisation's commitment to delivery.

Programme pack and application form

The application pack attached to this page is full of information to help local residents, groups and organisations identify eligible projects and complete their application.

Please read the guidance before you fill out an application form. It will explain to you everything you need to know about the Action Grants programme, giving you advice on what sort of projects we want to fund. And it explains the formal process of applying for a grant.

Paper application forms are available on request. Please email: or tel: 01629 538359 if you need a paper copy.

Sending us your application

You can apply by email. To do so, save your electronic application form, attach it to an email and send it to

You can apply by post by sending your application to:
Action Grants
Policy and Research
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

Face to face advice

Every district in Derbyshire has a local CVS organisation that supports voluntary and community groups in Derbyshire:

They offer advice on all sources of funding and can help community groups to set-up and become constituted. Ask them for help with your Action Grant application if you need to.


If you've read through all the information and have a query that has not been answered, email: or tel: 01629 538359 or 01629 538408.