FUNDING: Bournville Village Trust – Vision Funding Scheme

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 28 May 2012


Small one-off grants are available to Bournville Village Trust communities for activities that help to develop community spirit amongst residents. Projects must run in a Bournville Village Trust managed area.


Fund Value: £16,000

Value Notes

In 2012, there is a total budget of £16,000. Half is available to match fund a Bournville social enterprise and half will be used for smaller awards to local community projects.

Extended Description

Chocolate manufacturer George Cadbury established the Bournville Village Trust (BVT) in 1900 to provide a community of decent homes for people from a wide range of backgrounds. BVT, a not-for-profit housing association, is now one of the largest housing trusts in the country. It currently looks after 8,000 mixed-tenure properties in Bournville, inner-city Birmingham, Shropshire and elsewhere in the Midlands. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people living in BVT communities.

The Vision Funding scheme, launched by BVT in 2011, offers small amounts of funding once a year to community projects that benefit local residents. The scheme aims to get residents to suggest initiatives that could benefit their local community.

Latest Information

The closing date is 28 May 2012.

Key Criteria

To be eligible, the project must:

  • Run in a Bournville Village Trust managed area in Birmingham and Shropshire.

  • Benefit some Bournville Village Trust residents.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with winning projects can include buying equipment, materials, venue hire, and producing publications.

Match Funding Restrictions

50% match funding is required for the social enterprise projects. Match funding is not required for the local community projects.


Funding is not available for groups and projects located outside of a Bournville Village Trust managed area.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their ideas online via the Bournville Village Trust website. The Resident Involvement Panel will decide which applications will be published on the BVT OpenView Community website. Residents will then be able to vote for the project which they think should receive funding.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend the annual BVT OpenView Event on 30 June to promote their project idea and ask people to vote for them.

The voting closes on 31 August 2012. The winners will be notified and awarded their funds at an event which will probably take place in September 2012.

Contact Bournville Village Trust for further information.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Anne Walker
Bournville Village Trust
Estate Office
Oak Tree Lane
B30 1UB

Telephone: 0121 415 6518

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