Small grants – Our Community, Our Future

Our Community, Our Future grants of up to £2,000 are on offer to local groups and organisations across the borough.

Through Blackburn with Darwen’s government-funded social integration programme, Our Community, Our Future grants are on offer, and groups can bid for as little or as much as they need to make their projects happen – from under £100 up to a maximum of £2,000.

Eligible projects will help to build more resilient and inclusive communities in a number of ways, for example through bringing adults together to address health and wellbeing, or involving young people in projects to improve their local environment. The more innovative, the better!

It’s important that bidders demonstrate how their proposed project can support integration by bringing people from diverse backgrounds together, and how it can be sustainable without further funding.

Groups and organisations from the voluntary, community and faith sector can apply, as well as charities, groups such as scouts and guides, and schools.

Joint applications from groups working together are welcomed. Individuals with ideas for projects should approach a group to submit a bid together, or contact the Our Community, Our Future team for help.

Successful applicants will be paired up with other groups from different parts of the borough who are also awarded Our Community, Our Future grants, to support one another and share learning throughout their projects.

Groups can bid for as little or as much as they need to make their projects happen, and all projects must be delivered by 31 March 2020.

The Our Community, Our Future grants are provided through the Our Community, Our Future social integration programme for Blackburn with Darwen, which is funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).

Groups and organisations have until Friday 6th September to submit applications for Our Community, Our Future grants.

All applications will be considered by mid September, and the successful groups and organisations will be contacted by the end of September.

Anyone with questions about the Our Community, Our Future grants fund, or who needs help completing their application, can contact the Council’s social integration programme team on 01254 304597 or

Hard copies of the application form and supporting documents can be requested through the social integration programme team.