Mayor's Small Grants Fund

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Due to the huge demand on my funding programme, I have had to close the Mayor’s Small Grants Fund 2021-22.  My next decision meeting is scheduled to take place in July.  If there is any remaining budget left available after this meeting, I will re-open the programme for new applications so watch this space. This fund aims to provide informal groups, ‘not for profit’ Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) constituted organisations, registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC) and sports clubs the opportunity to apply for a grant to help towards:

  • A community initiative or project
  • Green/sustainable projects – that support our commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough
  • Items of equipment including sports equipment
  • General running costs including those that will help an organisation to continue to provide its core services/activities. 

All funding awarded must be able to demonstrate the benefit to Watford residents. 

We are particularly keen to encourage applications from BAME organisations and/or organisations that support BAME communities.

For further information please read the Guidance Notes and FAQs (which includes other sources of funding)

You may also like to read the Success Stories Newsletter which provides information and case studies of organisations and projects we have supported.


COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal

At this unprecedented time of disruption and uncertainty, our local charities and community groups are playing a vital role in supporting residents across our community. We have set up a special appeal in partnership with W3RT which will be used to support key Watford based charities providing frontline response to the impact of COVID-19. To find out how your group may be able to access this funding please contact Emily Douse at Watford CVS on To donate, please visit or follow the instructions below:

  • To donate £1, text WATFORD to 70201
  • To donate £3, text WATFORD to 70331
  • To donate £5, text WATFORD to 70970
  • To donate £10, text WATFORD to 70191
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