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Coalfields Regeneration

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is an independent grant making body registered with the Charity Commission and is dedicated to the regeneration of the coalfield communities.

Since its launch in 1999, the Trust has become a key agency in promoting and achieving social and economic regeneration, supporting initiatives which help to restore healthy and prosperous communities. The Trust supports the improvement of community facilities - including the up grade of recreational facilities - and grants are available to voluntary organisations (including community rugby clubs).

The normal maximum limit in England is £200,000, and there is information available on the geographical areas which are eligible for funding.

Bridging the Gap (BtG)

This is the Trust’s programme offering grants from £500 to £5,000 in England and Scotland (£500 to £10,000 in Wales), to voluntary and community groups for projects that can be completed within 12 months. A group can have one grant in any 12-month period and each application must be for a different activity. The application process is simple and they aim to make a decision within 12 weeks of receiving a completed application.

Main Grants Programme

The trust can make grants from £10,001 to £200,000 in England, £10,001 to £50,000 in Scotland and £10,001 to £100,000 in Wales, to voluntary, community and statutory organisations (NB. Statutory organisations can only apply for grants over £30,000).

Awards can be for capital or revenue for up to three years or to the end of the funding programme. Different timescales apply in different countries and our regional offices can give you details.

The application and assessment process involves a telephone interview or site visit and we aim to get a decision within 23 weeks of a complete application being received.

All awards are reviewed annually and continued funding is subject to the terms and conditions of the grants being met. Applicants are expected to plan and prepare for the continuation of the project beyond the period of the grant.