Get help

Are you a volunteer, staff or committee member of a community group in Bradford district?

Did you know?

Local development workers, including Voluntary Organisation Support Officers can help with getting your community group ready for funding, including getting a constitution, writing or reviewing policies and working with other local groups. 

How to contact the Voluntary Organisation Support Officer in your area:

Community groups in Bradford – telephone Clive Whittaker or Lincoln Oakley at Bradford CVS on 01274 722772 or email or

Community groups in Shipley or Bingley – telephone Sarah Moss at Shipley & Bingley Voluntary Services (SBVS) on 01274 781222 or email

Community groups in Keighley or Ilkley – telephone Chris Barker at KIVCA on 01535 665258 or email

Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Offices often help in their area and sometimes have small community grants available that you can apply to.

Need help for a private business?

The Voluntary Organisation Support Officers do not advise private businesses (organisations where the majority of profits are distributed to individuals or other private companies).

Please visit the Business pages for details of help available to private businesses.

Join a local forum or network

Local forums and networks can be an excellent way of getting the latest on funding along with a wide range of other news and information. The best advice can often come from those who have first hand experience of doing it themselves. This is particularly true of more challenging fundraising problems such as buying or constructing buildings, purchasing vehicles and setting up community enterprises. Conversations may even lead to working in partnership to set up joint projects or apply for funding.

Membership of the following networks is free of charge to local voluntary and community groups.

Young Lives Bradford Network – for groups working with children and young people.

Health and Wellbeing Forum – for groups running activities that improve health and wellbeing, including preventative activities.

BOPA - for groups working with older people.

Bradford Environment Forum - for groups working to help the environment.

Equalities Forum 

Regeneration and Prosperity Forum

Safer Communities Forum

Religion and Belief Forum

Cultural Forum

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