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Apply for a Grant

Can we help your charity or community group?


We award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 

You can now apply online for our main programmes, using our online application forms

Both your group and your project must be eligible to apply. Read more about our eligibility criteria here. We strongly recommend for you to talk to us about your project before applying. If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Philanthropy Team on 01908 690 276.

We have three main Grant Programmes that run throughout the year:

Micro Grants up to £200 (Deadline Ongoing - Two-week turnaround) Applications should be for a minimum of 50% of project costs and from smaller organisations (e.g. with a turnover of less than £20,000).

If you are applying for a Micro Grant from one of the New Communities areas (Broughton Gate, Brooklands, Kingsmead, Tattenhoe Park, Fairfields, or Whitehouse) and are not yet set up as an organisation please contact us.

Small Grants up to 1,500 (Deadline on the last working Friday of each month 12pm (Midday) - turnaround 2-3 week from the date of deadline)

Community Grants up to £5,000 

Deadlines for 2020/2021

12pm (Midday) 20th March

12pm (Midday) 19th June

12pm (Midday) 18th September

12pm (Midday) 8th January

- turnaround 7-8 week from the date of deadline

Plan Ahead
It is advised to a apply well in advance of your project or event date. 


Extra Grant Programmes for exceptional circumstances 

Grants Over £5,000:

Transformation Grants

For one-off grants of over £5,000 taking place within a 12-month period. Find out more here.


Transformation Grants Timeline:

Open 21st February

23rd March – shortlisting

8th May – deadline for full applications


Open 21st August

21st September – shortlisting

6th November – deadline for full applications


Large Strategic Grants

Our Large Strategic Grant programme runs once a year, and is for large multi-year strategic projects that will make a significant difference to the organisation and the local community. Find out more about this programme HERE.


Large Strategic Grants Timeline:


Open 15th May


22nd June  - shortlisting


7th August – deadline for full applications


To find out more about the criteria, check your eligibility below and choose grants over £5,000 from the drop down menu.

Click on the 'Are you Eligible to Apply?' link below to confirm your eligibility and start your application!



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