Grants to organisations

Start up and one-off grants

The 2018/19 Corporate Grants Programme offers grants of up to £10,000 to help either:

  • set up a new project or activity in Barnet in response to identified need
  • with specific events, purchases or other non-recurring items of expenditure,

where a proposal complements one or more of the council’s key corporate priorities or Barnet’s Sustainable Community Strategy – see:

Start-up grants

  • These are for a maximum of one year and may contribute towards capital and revenue costs.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a funding plan from year two onward showing how the proposal will be maintained once the council’s grant ends.

One-off grants

  • These are usually restricted to a maximum of £5,000 and may be subject to matching funding depending on the purpose for which help is sought and the amount required.


To qualify for consideration, applicants must show how a proposal aims to achieve at least one of these criteria:   

  • support people to be independent and lead active lives, especially older people and people with disabilities and complex needs
  • strengthen individuals’ and families’ resilience in challenging times
  • create the conditions for children and young people to develop skills and acquire knowledge to lead successful adult lives, with a particular focus on 16-24 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training
  • promote health and health outcomes
  • support people in changing behaviour (such as to become more physically active)
  • help to make sure that Barnet remains a safe and healthy place to live, work and study
  • reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • reduce inequalities  
  • protect and enhance the natural and built environment so that the borough is clean and green
  • promote recycling and waste minimisation
  • ensure that town centres are vibrant places where business can thrive.


Proposals will be enhanced if they demonstrate:

  • maximum value for money (clear outcomes for customers; high quality, flexible and responsive services, for example)
  • that services are designed around evidence of local need and the preferences of potential users
  • that services complement but do not overlap with existing or planned public sector provision
  • that services can be tailored to the needs of individuals
  • ease of access
  • that they link with public sector services, where relevant
  • a focus on prevention 
  • a commitment to sharing data with the public sector to facilitate insight into the needs of residents
  • that potential service users are involved in the design / and or running of services

Apply for a corporate grant

To discuss a proposal and obtain an application pack, please contact Ken Argent, Grants Manager, on 020 8359 2020 or email

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