Grants of up to £4,000 available to smaller groups seeking strategic direction.

HCF is celebrating our 30th year, and we are using this milestone to seek out and support smaller and emerging organisations in the county with the potential to develop and grow over the next 5-10 years. We have established the Building Potential Programme thanks to funding from the David Laing Foundation.

This fund is ideally suited to help develop the potential of groups and organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000 which have been operating in Hertfordshire for at least 12 months. Groups should seek to address identified needs as detailed in HCF's Hertfordshire Matters report.

The programme is a two stage process. Successful stage 1 applicants will be allocated an advisor who will support the organisation to identify their development needs, help them to design their development project, and submit their grant application (stage 2). Grants of up to £4,000 will be awarded to selected organisations for a wide range of potential development activities and/or specific capital items.

Key dates are as follows:
  • Stage 1 application deadline is Wednesday 31st October 2018
  • Feedback on Stage 1 to groups by Friday 30th November 2018
  • Advisors support successful Stage 1 applicants December 2018 – January 2019
  • Stage 2 application deadline is Thursday 31st January 2019
  • Grants awarded by end February 2019
  • Projects to complete by end December 2019

    For more information, please download the Fund Criteria and Guidance below.

    To make a stage 1 application click here.

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