We have promised a sum of £100,000 for five years until 2017 to be spent on projects or facilities which improve the quality of life for local residents. We are inviting members of the community to put in bids for a share of the funding.
Please note that all applications close on 12th December 2016 - these final applications will be considered in February 2017.
What kind of projects or facilities will be considered?
Any project or facility will be considered if it improves the quality of life for local residents. It must also:
- be financially sustainable in the long term, i.e. it can be maintained for little cost in the future
- be enjoyed by everyone
- have the support of local people
- support the community in displaying our values of partnership, respect and pride.
Projects or facilities will be given higher priority if they involve:
- young people
- the provision of further housing and community facilities, which could include play areas and open spaces
- match funding from other services/organisations.
- is under £10,000 so that we can support more projects throughout the district.
Please note that we will not be able to consider applications to fund any of the following:
- religious or political events
- capital investment in assets owned by religious or political organisations
- a funding gap (for a project or facility that another body has a duty or obligation to support e.g. everyday resources for nurseries, schools, or other central or local Government funded services).
How do I apply?
You can apply for a share of the funding by filling in a simple form with details of your proposal. You will be asked to give as much information as possible to support your bid and show how it meets the criteria above.
You can find the form here: Community Fund Application Form
What happens next?
Our Engagement and Volunteering Specialist will contact you and make an appointment to come and visit you to discuss your application in more detail. The application will then be presented to the Community Fund Panel made up of Board members, senior staff and other interested parties. The panel meets quarterly to consider proposals and you may be asked to come along to talk about your project or facility.
If your application is asking for funding of £10,000 or more, the proposal will also need the approval of the Board.
We will keep you informed about the progress of your application throughout. You will be advised within 14 days of the panel meeting whether or not we can support your proposal.
If you’d like to find out more, or you have any questions about the community fund, please get in contact with us.