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Arnold Clark Community Fund

What is
Our Communities Support?

Our Communities Support is available to organisations who provide services which are widely accessible to those within our local communities and address the needs of the people living within them, supporting our local communities to a better future.

Our Communities Support
eligibility criteria

Applications to Our Communities Support are only eligible if in one of the following categories: animal welfare (benefiting humans), arts and culture, community development, disability, education, recreation, relief support and mental health support – where people/communities in the UK are the primary and immediate focus of investment. Applications are also only eligible if they’re made by an organisation that is based/operates solely in the UK and is located within 50 miles of an Arnold Clark branch.

Please note, although we want to help everyone, we are focused on ensuring funding is distributed equally (as far as possible). This means that if we have already provided funding to a significant amount of organisations in your area, this may impact upon your application.

Who can apply

Most organisations are eligible to apply, and we particularly welcome applications from smaller voluntary and community organisations who are working within our local communities. Please ensure you read and understand the below eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

We welcome applications from:

  • UK-registered charities.
  • Local community groups.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Community interest companies.
  • Groups of organisations that are community or voluntary-led.
  • Charitable incorporated organisations.

We cannot accept applications from

  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders.
  • Organisations operating outside the UK, even if they are registered in the UK.
  • Anyone applying on behalf of an organisation.
  • Organisations which generate profits for private distribution.
  • Animal welfare .
  • Schools, nurseries, colleges (unless this immediately impacts the wider community).
  • Organisations that do not have a business bank account in their name.

The Arnold Clark Community Fund will not fund projects relating to:

  • Organisations asking for funding for private gain.
  • Religious activity (unless this immediately impacts the wider community).
  • Projects that benefit an individual rather than the wider community.
  • Political activities
  • Grant-giving organisations.
  • Travel applications (can only be accepted if this is for day trips in local community).
  • Organisations applying to use the funding to pay for wages, loan repayments or to pay off debt.

Please note: Arnold Clark will not pay into an individual’s bank account. You must have a bank account set up in the name of your organisation prior to submitting an application to the Arnold Clark Community Fund.

How to apply for
Our Communities Support?

Firstly, please check your eligibility. If you’re eligible, all you have to do is complete the application form and tell us about your charity or community group and how we can help. We will only accept one application per organisation every six months.

UK-registered charity Local community group


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