Community Grants Scheme
Applications are now open for round one
Local voluntary groups and charitable organisations in Wyre Forest can now apply for grants from Wyre Forest District Council to help towards the costs of projects that benefit local people.
The Wyre Forest District Council Community Grant Scheme awards grants from £200 to £500. Charitable organisations, clubs and societies, companies with a community interest parish and town councils are among the types of organisations who may apply. The deadline for round one applications is midnight, Thursday 12 August 2021. Round 2 application will open Wednesday 1 September 2021.
The grants are available to improve services and facilities and support activities for the local community. The council will also look to support schemes which encourage local action to improve quality of life. Youth facilities, environmental improvements, workshops for people with dementia and play equipment are just a few of the sorts of projects which could receive funding.
If required contact Community Services Manager by email or call 01562 732956
Organisations who have received funding
Many organisations have benefited from the Community Grants Scheme since it began.
1. Purpose of the Scheme
Wyre Forest District Council’s Community Grants Scheme has been created as part of its approach to Localism. Financial support is available to local voluntary groups and charitable organisations for projects and activities that benefit local residents.
2. What is the aim of the Community Grants Scheme?
Grants are available to local voluntary groups and charitable organisations that aim to:
- Support initiatives that improve services and facilities for the local community
- Encourage local action to improve quality of life
- Support activities in the local community that the council would like to, but does not have the resources for
This year, we especially welcome applications that benefit the lives of young people in our community and improve their quality of life and future opportunities.
3. Who can apply?
Organisations who may apply include:
- Charitable organisations
- Clubs and societies with constitution
- Community Interest Companies
- Company limited by guarantee that has tangible social objectives
- Voluntary and community groups or resident associations with a constitution
- Parish and Town Councils
4. What does the scheme does not fund?
- Projects that are not delivered in Wyre Forest.
- Projects that do not provide a service or benefit to Wyre Forest residents.
- Retrospective applications.
- Individuals, national charities or private businesses (only community interest companies and community enterprises).
- Salaries or fees from the applying organisation would not normally be supported.
- Projects which duplicate services already being provided, however they can complement, add or enhance services provided by others working locally.
- Projects which involve working with young people and/or vulnerable adults where the applicant cannot demonstrate suitable check or DBS records are in place.
- Applications specifically requesting funding for year on year staffing costs.
- Projects where organisations do not hold relevant insurance.
- Feasibility studies.
- Projects that fund salaries consultancy fees/expenses as the primary element for delivering the project.
- Projects where funding should have been provided for repairs, maintenance, health and safety purposes and alterations.
- Projects or schemes that should be funded by other statutory bodies or agencies including Local Education Authorities or Academy Trusts.
- Projects by schools that do not have a wider demonstrable community benefit e.g. available outside of school hours.
- Organisations that are or may be perceived to be political parties whose principal role is to undertake political campaigning, including campaigning against policies and priorities of Wyre Forest District Council.
- Organisations of a religious character where the grant would be, or would reasonably be perceived to be, for promoting religion. Churches and other religious organisations are eligible for grants for activities that are demonstrably for the benefit of the wider community.
- Organisations which promote or are perceived to promote criminal behaviour including terrorism and violent extremism.
- Orgnisations whose policies (including membership policies) discriminate against people on grounds of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation. However these organisations could be eligible for grants, for activities, if the project and the organisation are deemed to meet the criteria of the Community Grants Scheme.
5. How much can you apply for?
We are trying to ensure that the funding is spread across the district and that we are able to fund as many worthwhile projects as possible. The minimum is £250.00 and the maximum is £500.00
Please note successful applicants in 2020/21 will not be able to make further applications in the same financial year or in the subsequent year.
6. Types of projects
All projects receiving funding must benefit Wyre Forest residents and meet the criteria above. Projects can be a one off scheme with a distinct start and finish, sponsorship of an event or one off support for an ongoing initiative. Projects must be delivered within the financial year.
Projects could include:
- Youth facilities
- Intergenerational projects
- Community activities
- Environmental improvements in towns or villages
- Workshops for people with dementia
- Activities for all abilities within the community
- Play equipment/activities
- Equipment for community action such as litter picks
7. How we assess your application
- Applications are checked for completeness and eligibility. Additional information may be requested.
- Completed application forms must be accompanied by copies of the organisation’s most recent independently verified or audited accounts and verification of bank details including the account name, number and sort code.
- Each application will be assessed by the Council’s award panel led by the Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Planning and Localism.
- The Council favours applications that can demonstrate a match funding element. Match funding is not just restricted to monetary value, it can also include a gift in kind, goods and services such as volunteer time.
Closing date Thursday 12 August 2021
- Applications will only be accepted on the Community Grants Scheme application form or the equivalent electronic version.
- The Council’s award panel will decide the amount of the award against each individual application. This may not necessarily be the full amount requested on the application.
- Organisations should have a clear legal identity. We do not require any evidence of the nature of the organisation if it is a registered charity or statutory body (such as town and parish councils). In the case of organisations which are not charities or statutory bodies, evidence of incorporation will be required, such as registration as a company or articles of association/constitution for an unincorporated body (such as a community group).
- On request you will be asked for your bank details. Payments will only be made by BACS which means that we need to know the sort code, account name and account number of the organisation. A written receipt signed by the treasurer or other appropriate office holder of the organisation will be required. Payments will be made directly to the organisation undertaking the project and not to a contractor.
- Grants must be used for purposes specified in the applications or the grant offer letter, which may contain additional conditions. Any funds used for expenditure other than as stated on application form must be returned to the council immediately.
- All grant funding not spent within the financial year must be repaid to the council.
- Funding awarded in advance for an event or activity which is subsequently cancelled must be repaid. However, the council at its discretion, may exclude certain items of expenditure already made against the event by request.
- Organisations awarded funding are required to submit an end of project evaluation.
- Organisations not returning a satisfactory end of project evaluation report within six months of the end of the financial year may be subject to an audit review by the council.
- Failure to comply with the terms of the grant will result in the council reclaiming the grant paid and any future applications for funding will not be considered.
- Successful applicants will not be able to make more than one application in the same financial year.
- Successful applicants will not be able to make an application the consecutive financial year.
- Any organisation receiving support from the council must acknowledge the award of such funding on their website, in promotional literature, in press articles or at their premises.
- The Wyre Forest District Council Media Office will issue press releases about the grant allocations. All successful applicants will be asked to take part in joint promotional activities and to complete a simple evaluation. All media and marketing activities must make reference to Wyre Forest District Council and the Community Grants Scheme; otherwise the funding may have to be returned. Logos and quotes will be provided by Wyre Forest District Council.
- Applicants must demonstrate that any necessary consent can be obtained in order for their project to proceed (e.g. highway, planning, landlord etc.).
- There is a requirement that any service or asset transfer is undertaken in line with relevant statutory policies such as Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, General Data Protection Regulation 2018, Equality Act 2010 and Wyre Forest District Council’s Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
- The offer of a grant from the council does not convey approval of technical, legal, financial or other matters relating to the project, which will remain the responsibility of the applicant. The council cannot accept liability for any misjudgements by applicants regarding the budgeting, design, technical standards or any other aspects.
- Please note all applications are considered on a case by case basis and the award of a grant remains at the discretion of the Council regardless of whether an application meets the grant conditions.
- When to apply?
Funding round opens Closing date (must be submitted by midnight) Friday 18 June 2021 Thursday 12 August 2021 Wednesday 1 September 2021 Friday 10 December Monday 3 January 2022 Friday 4 March 2022
- Please email the completed application form and accompanying documents to the Community Services Manager