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.