Small Capital and Training Grants

Open Grant Round

We are currently accepting grant applications from organisations that are seeking small capital grants or funding for essential staff training e.g. coaching qualifications for new volunteers. Your project will need to meet one of the two aims listed below. If you are not sure if your project would fit the criteria please give us a call first.

Grants are available to support voluntary and community organisations based in the Foundation’s area of benefit which is the Borough of Scarborough, the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland, and the North York Moors National Park. Your project must benefit people living in this area. The funding is aimed at projects that will support:

  • Venues and facilities to make repairs or purchases, refurbishments or extensions which will enable them to re-open existing spaces or create new space that will allow additional services to be run or new beneficiaries groups to be supported.
  • Organisations to purchase equipment or fund coaching qualifications, essential staff training or similar that will allow them to extend their existing work to more sessions or to more people or to a new beneficiary group.

Your project will need to be completed and the grant spent within 6 months of receiving your grant offer. We will consider a longer grant offer of up to 12 months where our funding will be a contribution to a larger capital project. This grant round will only make a contribution to a large capital project which will cost less than £50,000 in total. For capital projects between £15,000 and £50,000, we would need evidence that you have 75% of the costs already secured.

Examples of the types of projects we would like to fund:

  • A village hall closed during the pandemic has been unable to open due to a faulty or broken boiler. We could contribute to the repair or cost of a new boiler which would allow the hall to re-open safely and provide a warm venue for local activities.
  • A new community facility would be able to open or provide new services if they were able to refurbish part of the building. We could contribute to the refurbishment that would allow new, useable space to be created.
  • A community building is not accessible meaning some members of the community cannot use the hall. We could contribute to the costs of ramps, a disabled toilet or other facilities that will allow wheelchair users and others with physical support needs to access the building and use services.
  • A community group looking after a local green space would like to provide new equipment to encourage more people to use the space. We could fund items that allow more people to use the space for physical or well-being activities.
  • A sports club needs to put new volunteers through a coaching qualification. We could fund the coaching qualifications to allow new volunteers to coach and keep the club running or allow new teams to be formed.
  • A youth group would like to run a second weekly session for a new group of older children but need some equipment and resources to make it happen. We could provide capital funding to purchase resources that would allow the new group to start.
  • A community organisation has been delivering a digital service through the pandemic and has a waiting list of people who would like help online, but do not have their own IT equipment. We could fund IT equipment to help more people access online support.
  • A charity is setting up a new memory café for older people and would like to provide resources to deliver activities such as creating memory boxes. We could fund activity resources to allow the new group to start.
  • A Men's (or Women's) Shed would love to extend their range of activities to appeal to new members. We could fund new equipment for the Shed to help extend the range of activities the Shed can provide.

How to apply

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation to have an informal chat to discuss their application if they are not sure it fits the criteria for this funding round or if you have any questions.

Call Leah Swain on 07724 832982 or email

If you need support to develop your project idea or write an application then please get in touch with your local support organisations below.

For organisations in Scarborough Borough and the North York Moors National Park:

Community First Yorkshire

01904 704177 or

For organisations in Redcar and Cleveland:

Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency (RCVDA)

01642 440571 or

The Sirius Minerals Foundation is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
Charity number: 1163127