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.
Any community organisation or individual can apply for Community Funding. Organisations must have official papers that state that they are set up not to make profit. Applications from businesses will not be considered. Individuals must be able to show that they are applying on behalf of the community.
There are certain things we will consider when making decisions on whether to offer community funding for your project. The guidance on 'criteria' (108 KB) will tell you all you need to know.
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.
To help us to be able to consider your funding request and give you a swift answer, we ask for information and documents up front. These include things like a copy of your organisation's accounts (so we can prioritise our funding to projects that could not otherwise be funded) and a copy of quotes (so we can make sure your project is getting value for money). The full details of the information we request can be found on our 'checklist'.
Once you have checked that your project meets the criteria (108 KB), simply talk your idea through with your Ward Councillor or contact the Leisure and Community Team directly (telephone 01329 236100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be very interested to hear about your project and discuss how we can support you to make it happen.
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.
Previous reasons that we have not approved funding requests are:-
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.
The Leisure and Community Team will be very pleased to meet with you to answer any queries and support you through your application. Simply call us on 01329 236100 or email email@example.com.