Community Localism Fund 2019/20
Localism Fund application are currently closed.
Wyre Forest District Council has allocated £50,000 in support of projects that help to deliver our priorities.
The Community Localism Fund will also support community organisations and parish councils to provide additional or enhanced services, or to maintain services, in their areas through grant funding.
The Community Localism Fund can also provide financial support to community groups and town and parish councils to enable assets and services to be transferred to them. Please see ‘Key Principles of Transfer of Wyre Forest District Council Assets and Services' for further details.
Community Localism Fund Terms and Conditions
Application for One Off Grants
- All applications must support the delivery of one or more of the following:
- Support you to a contribute to a successful local economy
- Support you to live in clean, green and safe communities
- Improve the wellbeing and quality of life of residents and communities in Wyre Forest
- To individual members of the public;
- To organisations that are or may be perceived to be political parties or whose principal role is to undertake political campaigning, including campaigning against agreed policies and priorities of Wyre Forest District Council;
- To organisations of a religious character where the grant would be, or would reasonably be perceived to be, for promoting religion. For example, grants could not be given to a youth camp for members of a chapel or to improve a church building. Churches and other religious organisations are eligible for grants for activities that are demonstrably for the benefit of the wider community;
- To organisations which promote or are perceived to promote criminal behaviour, including terrorism;
- To organisations whose policies (including membership policies) discriminate against people on grounds of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation. Single sex organisations are therefore not eligible for support.
- The Council will provide financial support to community groups and parish councils to enable assets and services to be transferred to them. These includes, but not exclusively, maintaining open spaces, play areas, litter picking, bin emptying and taking responsibility for facilities. We strongly support transfer where any ongoing cost to Wyre Forest District Council will be significantly lower as a result.
- Any service or asset transfer will be the subject of a formal agreement between Wyre Forest District Council and the applicant organisation.
- Wyre Forest District Council is open and willing to discuss with organisations incentivising and pump priming initiatives to facilitate the efficient transfer of assets and services.
- Wyre Forest District Council would preferably require a minimum of three to five year agreements with organisations.
- Evidence of local support for projects and the level of contributions towards any project will be significant factors in the decision making process.
- Town or Parish Councils are encouraged to levy precepts to support local projects.
- The following points will also be taken into consideration when assessing the applications:
- Is the project about a community group, town or parish council taking over responsibility for services?
- Is the project about enhancing services and providing them at no additional cost to the Council?
- Will the project help to reduce ongoing costs to the Council?
- How will the project benefit Wyre Forest residents?
- How innovative and well planned the project is
- Total cost of the project
- Degree of funding from other sources
To discuss your proposal please contact Kathryn Underhill, Community Safety and Partnerships Officer by email or telephone 01562 732956.
Please send the application form to Kathryn Underhill