Grants & Funding for Community Groups
The County Council’s Area Support Teams manage a range of grant funds that are used to invest in communities to bring about a positive and lasting change for the benefit of the whole community.
Who can apply for funding?
Applications for funding are welcomed from locally based voluntary and not for profit groups who are involved in community projects or initiatives. To receive funding groups must be constituted and hold a bank account in the name of the group.
Previous applicants have included village halls, play groups, community centres, environmental groups, residents and tenants associations, parish councils, local history groups, sports groups, youth groups and many others.
What do we fund?
Grants are available for projects that demonstrate lasting community benefit. Our funding can be used to support the cost of the purchase of new equipment, the refurbishment of village halls and/or community centres, the set up costs of a new group or community initiative and a variety of other purposes.
To find out if your project is eligible for funding or for further information contact your local Area Support Team for a pre-application discussion.
What funding is available?
Funded through the County Council’s six Local Committees, grant funding is currently available from three separate funds:
• Community Grants – Small grants of usually around £1,000 to £1,500 or less to contribute towards the set up of new community initiatives or the purchase of new equipment or refurbishment costs for existing groups
• 0 – 19 Youth Grants – To support projects and initiatives that have a child or youth focus
• Local Member Scheme (LMS) Grants – Funding at the discretion of your local county councillor for community base initiatives or improvement works within the councillor’s electoral division. Each county councillor has £10,000 to award on one or a number of projects. If you have ideas about how your county councillor should spend their LMS Funding please get in touch
Applications for funding are judged on their ability to demonstrate wide ranging and lasting community benefit. Applications are also assessed on their ability to contribute to locally agreed community priorities and the council’s priorities as listed in the council plan and local area plans.
How to apply
We advise you to contact your local Area Support Team in the first instance to discuss your project with one of our Area Engagement Officers. Application forms, criteria and guidance notes are available to download from this webpage.
You will be required to submit a copy of your group’s constitution, recent bank statements, annual accounts, equal opportunities policy (or statement) and a breakdown of all costs associated with your project supported by at least two quotes or estimates from suppliers. Applications from projects that work with children, young people or vulnerable adults will be required to submit a child protection policy and/or a safeguarding vulnerable adults policy.
Completed applications for funding should be returned to your local Area Support Team office.