Community Grants Scheme
Grants scheme opens for community groups
A grant scheme which helps local voluntary groups and charitable organisations to fund projects and activities for Wyre Forest residents is now open for applications.
The Wyre Forest District Council Community Grant Scheme awards grants from £250 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 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 Safety and Partnerships officer Kathryn Underhill by email or call 01562 732956.
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.
Organisations whose policies (including membership policies) discriminate against people on grounds of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation. Single sex organisations therefore are not eligible for support.
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. Therefore the minimum value is £250 and the maximum is £500.
Please note successful applicants in 2019/20 will not be able to make further applications in 2020/21.
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 Culture, Leisure and Community Protection.
- 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.
- Applications will only be accepted on the Community Grants Scheme application form.
- 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).
- 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 applications in consecutive financial years.
- 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.
- Applications are welcome throughout the year. The Community Grants Scheme 2019/20 will close on Friday 6 March 2020
- Please send the completed application form and accompanying documents to Kathryn Underhill, Community Safety & Partnerships Officer Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org