Community fund

Community garden workWe are looking at ways to fund projects in areas which are being disrupted by our infrastructure development work. There’s nothing worse than having the roads dug up for vital new sewers – and we help to leave a lasting legacy in the area when the diggers have gone.In some areas where we are working we will set up a Community Fund for the benefit of local community groups.

The availability of these funds will be advertised locally.*There are currently no active Community Funds but we will provide updates as and when they become available*

Any grants awarded are intended to be used to make the area a better place to live, work and play.

The fund is targeted at communities impacted by work that we are undertaking, and will offer grants of between £500 and £1000 (depending on the size of the project) per application.

The fund is open to community, self-help / voluntary groups or local charities (a group does not have to be a charity, but the funded project must have a ‘charitable’ purpose).

To be successful a group must:

  • Have a bank account
  • Carry out positive work in the community
  • Must be impacted by one of our schemes that has a community fund available.
  • Ideally have a constitution
  • Ideally be able to match grant funding with funding sourced from elsewhere.

Successful projects will be able to demonstrate how they:

  • Address a community issue
  • Provide a long term community benefit
  • Innovate in their approach.

Some projects will not be eligible for funding. Examples include:

  • Grant and loan schemes (for example local credit unions, community loan funds etc)
  • Projects to promote a specific religious group (applications from religious or faith groups are welcome if they can demonstrate a benefit to the wider community).
  • Core activities of statutory services (for example libraries or essential health services.) Statutory service providers seeking funding for special projects or initiatives outside of their core service provision are welcome.
  • Party political activity (including fundraising, campaigning or any other activity associated with any political party)
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Grants will not be awarded for recurrent expenditure, running costs, salaries, and the purchase of land or buildings.
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