ACVO Opportunities


Core Costs Funding

Funding available: Up to £40,000

Applications close: 31/01/2025

About this fund

What are Core Costs?

Core Costs support essential organisational and administrative spending. These are the key expenses required to keep your organisation running.

Our Core Costs funding can be spent on your organisation’s central day-to-day operations. These might include, for example:

  • Management and administration
  • HR and payroll
  • General office expenses
  • Accountancy and audit
  • Communications and outreach
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning
  • Governance, regulatory, and compliance costs
  • Our Core Costs Funding Stream is for charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Applicants to this programme can apply for grants for up to three years. We aim to give quicker decisions for grants of £15,000 or less per year.

The Core Costs funding stream has no application deadline – you can apply at any time.

We will not fund any work that has already taken place, or any costs incurred, before the date we give you a decision.

The first step in applying for Core Costs is to fill in a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Use the EOI form to tell us a bit more about your organisation, and the work you want us to fund. You’ll be able to access the EOI form in your online account when the funding stream is open. If we would like to support the work outlined in your EOI form, we’ll send you a full application form to complete.

Expression of Interest (EOI) form


Please visit the Core Costs website for more information about the funding opportunity and the application process.

Looking for support with funding?

Identifying funding opportunities and writing grant applications can seem overwhelming, especially when the future sustainability of your group is dependent on gaining funding support. 

Our supportive Funding Officer, Claire Shaw, can help your organisation with every step of the funding application process, from carrying out funding searches to proofreading your application.

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