Funding: Funding England

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Funding Support

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We know that one of the most common barriers to addressing the challenges in the coalfields are resources, which is why we put together the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP).

CCIP delivers grants from a £500,000 funding pot to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to help them deliver projects in the top 30% most deprived coalfield areas.

The projects we help fund cover three different themes – skills, employment and health & wellbeing – all of which can have an enormous impact on the lives of everyday people struggling in ex-mining towns and villages.

Our awardees have worked on all different kinds of things – we’ve helped fund employability training, IT skills workshops, language classes, after-school sports clubs, refugee and asylum seeker support, to more interesting ideas like therapeutic gardening sessions.

Unfortunately, we cannot help fund capital costs, but we are able to fund core costs up to 50% of the total amount requested. This can include operational costs, as well as administration and management.

We decide how the fund will be distributed at four decision making committees held quarterly between the 1 April 2020 to 31st March 2021 (£125,000 per committee):

March 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 16th December 2019 and closes at 5pm on 28th February 2020. The deadline for applications is 13th March 2020 at 5pm

July 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 16th March 2020 and closes at 5pm on 22nd May 2020. The deadline for applications is 5th June 2020 at 5pm

October 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 8th June 2020 and closes at 5pm on 28th August 2020. The deadline for applications is 11th September 2020 at 5pm

January 2021 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 14th September 2020 and closes at 5pm on 27th November 2020. The deadline for applications is 11th December 2020 at 5pm

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is always met with high demand. Last year the number of successful awards was just 22% of the total applications received.

Our eligibility survey can be found at the bottom of the eligibility guidance notes below. To ensure your best chance of success please make sure to read through all of this information before you apply.

For information about each of the eligible wards, please simply click on the links below:

We also offer a bespoke practical support service for organisations in coalfield areas, click here to find out more.

CCIP – Practical Support


The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) does more than provide funding, it provides a helping hand.

Several years ago we realised that whilst we were doing all we could to help provide resources for the coalfields, we weren’t giving VCAS organisations the advice and support needed to help coalfield communities achieve their full potential.

That’s because being a coalfield organisation can sometimes be difficult. There can be times when you feel like you’re struggling to keep things afloat for the community and have no one to turn to.

There can be tens and hundreds of different funding providers and working out who is most likely to give you the financial aid you really need can seem impossible.

Or maybe you know exactly what you need to do, but you just lack the information and statistics to illustrate why your cause is such an important one.

That’s why we came up with our free “Practical Support” service, so we can meet with coalfield organisations face to face, listen to their problems and help them find a solution.

We’ve got 20 years of experience serving coalfield communities, and can use all that knowledge to provide essential advice and guidance which should help put you on track for a sustainable future.

There’s no need to tackle complex applications for funding on your own, we’ll review a claim for any funder for you.

On top of that we have an enormous amount of data to offer; from detailed local statistic reports, specialist GrantFinder software, to a massive online resource library.

In time, we hope that the over 300 organisations signed up for practical support will share their own experiences through our networking opportunities, and find ways to work together to generate income.

To learn more about how you can benefit from free Practical Support, view our eligibility criteria below.

Regular support from our team

Practical Support members are helped and advised by a critical friend, our Development Managers, with regular telephone calls, emails and face to face meetings.


Local Area Profiling

Over two reports a year with detailed information on your local area.

Review of Funding Applications

We’ll review your funding applications, from any provider, to give you the best chance of getting the resources you desperately need.

Over 300 Practical Support Members

“A viable service and investment programme for the community which is much needed for organisations such as ourselves. Thank you.”

Specialist software to search for funding

Use GrantFinder to easily identify the best funding opportunities in your local area


Access to organisation analysis tools

Our diagnostic tools can diagnose problematic areas of your organisation so you can focus our limited resources in the most beneficial way.

Chance to network and share good practice

With over 300 members and growing, there are literally hundreds of different organisations to get to know, work with and learn from.

Essential information and useful reports

We have over 600 documents you can access as part of the free membership for reference and research.

Find out whether you're eligible for Practical Support

Click below to view our eligibility criteria

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Practical Support

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Whilst we know that one of the most common barriers to addressing the challenges in the coalfields is resources, we wanted to use our Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) to be able to provide practical support to coalfield organisations free of charge.

By doing this, we’re working towards our CCIP objectives of building the capacity of coalfield organisations to help them become more sustainable, developing a membership of connected coalfield organisations across England, who can share good practice and respond to local needs, and creating joint-working and income generation opportunities.

Our offer includes range of different support, such as:

• Critical Friend – face to face meetings with Development Managers, telephone and email support from the team (98% satisfaction rating from members of which 86% were very satisfied)
• Local Area Profiling – detailed reports of local statistics (over two reports/year)
• Funding Support – review of funding applications (to any funder)
• Funding Search – bespoke searches using GrantFinder
• Organisational Diagnostic Tool – analysis of organisational need
• Networking & information sharing with over 260 member organisations
• Online resource library of around 600 useful reports and information
• Signposting to partner organisations

To find out more about our practical support offer and how to get involved, please view our eligibility criteria below.