New DCMS & Arts Council Volunteering Futures Fund


Today the Arts Council, with DCMS, have launched a new £4.7m Volunteering Futures Fund, which I would like to draw your attention to as it shares many of the same aims as our Volunteering Funds.

“The Volunteering Futures, funded by DCMS – is a ring-fenced, time-limited fund, making £4.7 million available through National Lottery Project Grants. Organisations will be able to apply for over £100,000 to support high quality volunteering opportunities for young people and those that experience barriers to getting involved in volunteering across arts, heritage, museums, libraries, sport and other community settings. “

This fund is open to any partner who works within the DCMS sectors, including sport and physical activity, to support more people into volunteering, particularly those who experience barriers or in areas with fewer opportunities. 

The Fund is for a time-limited period with EOIs being submitted from 22 November to 7 December and covering a 2-year period.

For further information please see the Arts Council’s blog –

and their guidance documents –

My team at Sport England have offered to work alongside the Arts Council to support any successful projects that involve sport and activity to share learning and best practice. However, the funding process is being solely managed by the Arts Council and so please direct any questions to them as unfortunately we will not be able to answer them for you. The Arts Council also have their own funding portal which they advise prospective partners to create an account more than 36 hrs before submitting your EOI.

Jenny Betteridge
Strategic Lead Volunteering

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