Blackburn with Darwen Community Fund


Forthcoming deadlines

All grant rounds for the Blackburn with Darwen Community Fund have been postponed whilst the COVID 19 restrictions are in place. When the restrictions are lifted and it becomes feasible for community groups, charities, sports and arts groups, etc. to start to operate again, we will publish new grant rounds. We will also review our priorities so the grant form may change slightly. Please check this web page and also sign up for the CVS e-bulletin – which will inform you when the next grant round is open. If your organisation needs advice whilst the restrictions are in place, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail at

Further information

The Blackburn with Darwen Community Fund is a small grants fund is being run by Community CVS on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust and the Eric Wright Charitable Trust. It forms part of the Community Pledge, which focuses on getting communities to volunteer and develop solutions that make a difference within their local neighbourhoods. To be eligible to apply for a grant, your group has to have:

  • a constitution or governing document and a committee made up of 3 or more people who are not related
  • your own bank, building society or credit union account or credit union account which requires two signatories or have the agreement of another organisation to hold the funds on your behalf (who have an account requiring two signatories)
  • must not be a statutory body or private sector organisation (i.e. it must be set up on a ‘not for private profit’ basis – not privately owned or be able to distribute dividends to individuals and must be able to undertake activities of a charitable purpose)
  • your group must not directly employ any paid members of staff and must be run by volunteers and use volunteers to deliver its activities (i.e. to ensure the funds go to small grassroots organisations rather than large charities or social enterprises)
  • the activity must take place within Blackburn with Darwen and benefit residents of Blackburn with Darwen

Groups may apply for £500 funding to run the proposed activities and/or £500 to purchase equipment to help your group deliver its activities. If you have any questions or queries regarding completing this form please contact CVS on 01254 583957 or drop us an e-mail.

Please note that this is a rolling programme: you can apply at any time. Applications will be considered and successful groups will hear back within two weeks of the next deadline (you can find a list below). Completed applications must be returned by 12 noon on the relevant deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

You can download the application form here.