Thirteen support and work with groups and partner agencies which make a positive contribution to the well-being and sustainability of our neighbourhoods by offering grants of up to £1,500.

They welcome applications from groups and organisations working within areas where Thirteen have homes. This includes community groups, local and national charities, residents’ associations, voluntary organisations, public sector bodies, local authorities and Thirteen service teams.

They expect groups to demonstrate that they have match funding in place in the form of either cash, materials or volunteer time. By supporting and promoting joint working this fund aims to make a significant contribution to the improvement of local communities making them places where people want to live.

Applications must support at least one of the following themes:

  • Social and Personal Development Skills
    • Projects and activities which support residents to develop skills to enhance their life skills and employment opportunities.
  • Health and Wellbeing Activities
    • Projects and activities which support customers to live happy and healthy lives.
  • Promote Community Involvement and Resident Engagement
    • Projects that create a sense of belonging in a community.
  • Community Safety Projects
    • Projects and activities which ensure that our communities are safe places to live.
  • Environment
    • Projects and activities which make our communities cleaner and greener places to live.
  • Financial and Digital Inclusion
    • Projects and activities which enable our customers to access services and facilities that are needed to participate in modern society.

Applications must also link to Thirteen’s Strategic Priorities

  • Great customer experience
  • Delivering quality places to live and improving neighbourhoods
  • Being Team Thirteen

Key things to remember when applying

All monies approved will be paid by bank transfer into the group/organisations bank account which must not be an individual or joint person’s account. Thirteen MUST receive proof of bank details (such as a paying in slip or bank statement) and we will only request this if your funding has been awarded.

All sections on the application form must be completed fully before the application can be considered. Incomplete forms will be returned.

You MUST include evidence of costs listed in the item breakdown (e.g. a quote, invoice, website link, screenshot). Your application will not be considered if these are not included.

If this project requires assistance from Thirteen staff you must seek approval before the grant is submitted, these costs will be taken into consideration by the panel.

Grant money awarded may be staged over the delivery of the project.

If you have had funding from the Community Fund previously and have not provided feedback your application will not be considered. If you are unsure whether you have submitted your feedback, please contact the Customer Engagement Team.

If your application includes transport costs, we will only provide funding for 50% of the cost.

Applicants can only be awarded a maximum of £1,500 per financial year. Parent groups/organisations and their subsidiary groups/organisations are considered the same applicant.


We will not provide funding for the following activities:

  • Capital appeals or running costs of fee charging residential homes, nurseries and other such care facilities
  • Hospitals, Health Service Trusts, medically related appeals and medical equipment
  • Individuals
  • Overseas travel & activities
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Private businesses
  • Loans, repayment of loans or retrospective funding
  • National Appeals
  • Religious advancement or religious buildings
  • Activities that are primarily the responsibility of statutory agencies
  • Political Activities
  • Where Thirteen or another agency is already providing or funding similar local activity
  • Funding has already been awarded by another department within Thirteen
  • Wages and salaries of staff employed by your group/organisation
  • DBS Checks
  • Insurance
  • Utility costs (including broadband, telephone and mobile phone contracts)
  • Fixtures and Fittings (e.g. chairs, tables, carpets etc.)
  • Retrospective funding

This list is not exhaustive, and each application will be considered on merit.


  • All successful applicants will be expected to submit feedback once their project/event is completed.
  • Applicants will be required to meet with the Head of Insight & Impact and a member of the Customer Engagement Team at Thirteen who can help you decide the best way to feedback on your project.
  • The feedback provided may be used to promote the Thirteen Community Fund and the projects/events that we support via our website and social media.
  • As well as feedback we require photographs, videos, soundbites, case studies etc.
  • If you are using the funding to hold an event, please invite us along so we can support with the feedback.
  • If we do not receive feedback from your project future funding will not be considered.


All applications will be considered by a panel of Thirteen involved customers who assess the applications against the above themes and exclusions.

You will be informed either by email or letter of the outcome of your grant application within 10 working days following the deadline date.

If approval is given this is pending the agreement on how your outcomes will be reported.

All decisions are final, and appeals will not be considered.

Deadline date for applications

  • Monday 26th April 2021
  • Monday 7th June 2021
  • Monday 26th July 2021
  • Monday 6th September 2021
  • Monday 18th October 2021
  • Monday 29th November 2021
  • Monday 17th January 2022
  • Monday 7th March 2022

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