Skipton Building Society - Grassroots Giving


Status:Open to applications
Application Deadline: 31st July, 2018


Maximum Value:
£ 500


Small one-off grants are available to help small community groups in the UK make a difference in their neighbourhood.

There is a total fund of £82,500 for 2018.
Grants of £500 are available.
Value Notes

Extended Description

The Grassroots Giving programme was set up by the Skipton Building Society in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. That year it offered 160 donations of £500 to local grassroots groups and organisations that are “passionate about making life better for others” but which get very little support elsewhere. The winners were chosen by a public vote.

Now in its fifth year, the Grassroots Giving programme aims to support local communities across the UK by helping grassroots groups and organisations that are passionate about making life better for others to continue to grow.

The funding is for community groups, clubs and organisations that only have access to limited funding from elsewhere.

Latest Information

Applications will be accepted from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018.

Key Criteria

Applications will be considered from:

  • Any community group based in the UK with an annual net profit of less than £10,000.
  • Where people involved in the group are all volunteers.
  • Where groups can show how a Grassroots Giving donation would benefit their community.
  • Where the donation would benefit vulnerable people eg. homeless, elderly, deprived areas, etc.

Organisations should show a real commitment to their local community and enhance the lives of the neighbourhoods they are running within.

Groups do not have to be a Skipton Building Society customer to apply.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for the development of grassroots organisations in the UK.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a lasting impact, that they will be helping to build a legacy for the community project..


Funding is not available for:

  • Registered charities.
  • Organisations that received funding in the previous year.
  • Rent and/or maintenance of a property.
  • Expeditions, holidays or travel programmes.
  • UK centres for overseas projects.
  • Projects which are normally the responsibility of other organisations such as the NHS or local government.
  • Medical research and medical equipment.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Party political activities.
  • Promotion of religious causes.
  • Running costs including: rent, insurance, employee wages, expenses and training of volunteers.
  • Direct costs of fundraising events, including: paying for food, drink, room hire, promotional goods or other direct elements of a fundraising event or activities.
  • Loans or business finance.
  • Requests to cover the costs of travel expenses or sponsorship of events.
  • Individuals and students not part of a wider group.
  • Groups that have an annual net profit of more than £10,000.
  • Activities taking place outside of the UK.

Application & Payment Procedure

Application forms are available to complete online at the Society's website.

Contact the Skipton Building Society for further information.

Once the voting has taken place all winning groups will be notified in November. Provided they have submitted the correct bank account details these groups will automatically receive £500.

Address & Contacts

Contact details:
The Big 160 Appeal
Skipton Building Society
Head Office
The Bailey
North Yorkshire
BD23 1DN