The Arnold Clark Community Fund

Driving our communities forward.

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Arnold Clark Community Fund

What is the Arnold Clark Community Fund?

The Arnold Clark Community Fund helps registered UK charities and community groups close to our branches build stronger communities across the UK. As part of our commitment to give back to the communities in which we operate, we believe that by caring for these communities today, we can help them create a better future.

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Why the Arnold Clark Community Fund was launched?

In March 2021, we launched our first ever Community Fund to provide financial help to community groups and charities that had been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Following on from this success, we established a Winter Edition of the fund, focusing on charities and community groups who help with poverty relief, food and toy banks, and housing and accommodation.

When will the Arnold Clark Community Fund reopen?

We will have different application windows for each type of funding. Our aim is to support a wide range of charities and community groups through our different funding options. Keep checking back here or keep an eye on our social media channels for when each fund is live.

To help as many organisations as possible within our local communities, funding amounts or sports kit allocations will be decided by the Arnold Clark Community Fund.

Funding opportunities

Check out our current funding opportunities...

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Gear up
for sport

Each month we’re giving away 300 sports kits to support youth sports teams. From basketball to boxing, rugby to running clubs, any youth team with up to 30 members aged 4-15 is eligible to enter.

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Clothing bank

Cost-of-Living Support

More people than ever before are facing severe challenges and financial hardship. Our fund will be available to any registered UK charity or community group whose work directly supports those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

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Our communities support

This funding will support projects embedded in the communities in which we operate. It will be available to organisations who provide services widely accessible to those within our local communities, addressing the needs of those living within them.

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Discover who our Community Fund has already helped

Charities and community groups are building stronger communities across the UK, and we’re happy to offer our help. Since the fund was first launched, we’ve helped over 20,000 organisations from a wide range of backgrounds. Here are just a few of the projects we’ve supported:

The BAY Foodbank

One of North East England’s busiest foodbanks, providing food in an emergency to individuals, couples and families who find themselves in financial crisis.

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The Belville Community Garden Trust 

Promoting a safer, stronger community by improving lifestyles and health, primarily through gardening, horticulture and healthy eating.

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Busby AFC

Open to all ages and abilities, the club’s girls team provides a platform to participate in physical activity while promoting fun and healthy exercise practices.

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Got questions about the Arnold Clark Community Fund?
You can find all the answers here.

How can I apply?

It’s easy! Once applications are open, just select which funding you’re looking for. You’ll then be taken to fill in the relevant application form.

When can I apply?

Our different funds will be open at different periods throughout the year. Keep checking back here on our social media channels for more information about the launch of each fund.

How do I know if my charity, community group or sports team is eligible to apply?

There will be eligibility criteria outlined alongside each fund when they go live. Please read through this before applying.

What is the application deadline?

Funding will continue on a rolling monthly basis. However, we'd recommend you apply as early as you can once the fund is open, as applications could be paused due to high demand.

How do you decide who receives funding?

Arnold Clark will review applications when they are received, with charities and local community groups within a 50-mile radius of our branches being prioritised.  If your charity or local community group is unsuccessful one month, you’ll automatically be entered into the draw for the following month.

What is a community group?

A community group is an organisation that is registered with their local council and set up to benefit the community rather than make a profit, such as voluntary groups. They’re not registered charities, and as such, they don’t have a registered charity number.

I have a question about Gear Up For Sport. Where can I find out more?

Please visit the Gear up for Sport page and see if your question is answered there.