It's easy. Start by contacting a Council officer or local Ward Councillor to talk through your idea. You can see who that is by clicking on the section below.
If you are a resident of the Borough or an organisation based here, you can apply for money from the community fund.
You can apply at any time.
You can apply for any amount but if you are looking for more than £5,000, you will be expected to contribute at least the same amount of money to the project from other sources.
We have helped fund a variety of projects – from an easy access trail to football kit for youngsters. You can see some examples of successful projects.
We will do an initial assessment of your bid and let you know if it meets the criteria. We will then work with you to complete the application form. If you are applying on behalf of an organisation you will need to include supporting documentation such as audited accounts. Your completed application will be sent to local ward councillors for their views and comment before a report is presented to the Executive Member for Leisure and Community for a final decision. Applications for more than £5,000 are presented to a meeting of the Executive for consideration.
For grant applications of up to £5,000, once the application form is completed and submitted a decision will be made as quickly as possible. Grant applications for more than £5,000 are considered by the Council's Executive and it meets once a month. Other councillors have the right to 'call in' an individual decision made by the Executive Member for Leisure and Community or the Council's Executive within seven days of the decision. They can then ask questions about the decision. After this 'call in' period has passed – and subject to the applicant signing our terms and conditions – the money will be released.
If you would like more advice or have any questions, please contact us on 01329 236100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.