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FUNDING: Broadland – Community Grant Scheme

Status:  Open to applications
Application Deadline:  06 September 2012

Description

Funding for local constituted groups and organisations in Broadland to develop and provide community-based projects which benefit the residents of Broadland.


Details

Maximum Value:  £20,000
Minimum Value:  £500

Value Notes

One-year project funding is offered in the form of awards of:

  • Up to 25% of the total cost, to a maximum grant £20,000 for revenue projects costing over £2,000.
  • Up to 20% of the total cost, to a maximum of £10,000 for capital projects costing over £2,500.

Multi-year funding is available only for revenue projects that operate on an ongoing basis, providing essential services year after year.

Small projects seeking a maximum of £500 should apply for the Broadland small grants programme.


Extended Description

The Community Grant Scheme is provided and administered by Broadland District Council. Funding is intended to assist local not-for-profit organisations with projects, activities and services that improve the quality of life for Broadland residents.


Latest Information

The deadline for appplications is 6 September 2012.


Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations, such as community groups, registered charities, parish/town councils, and social enterprises may apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be constituted.
  • Have a bank account in the organisation's name with at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Be working in Broadland or be helping the Broadland community.

Projects must:

  • Take place in Broadland.
  • Address at least one of Council's strategic objectives, which are:

    • Bring improvements to communities and people with the highest need
    • To fund projects that focus on changes for the better, such as:

      • Improving peoples chances in life
      • Stronger communities
      • Improved rural and urban environments
      • Healthier and more active people
  • Show that there is a local need.
  • Benefit local residents.
  • Encourage the involvement of local people and volunteers.
  • Encourage equal access for all community members.

The council will fund projects which demonstrate a contribution to the development of the community, for example:

  • Arts workshops involving dance, music and comedy
  • Sports development
  • Community safety
  • Social inclusion
  • Organisations providing advice and guidance
  • Projects which promote new business
  • Tourism and heritage
  • Development of childrens play areas
  • Projects promoting renewable energy
  • Countryside conservation
  • Projects which increase employment opportunities

Applicants must contribute to one or more of the aims of the Broadland Council's Business Plan for 2012-15:

  • Achieve economic success
  • Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Achieve environmental excellence
  • Carefully planned and well housed communities

Eligible Expenditure

Revenue and capital costs.

All projects must benefit the residents of Broadland, and encourage the involvement of local people and volunteers.

In addition, projects must clearly demonstrate their contribution to community development in the following areas:

  • Leisure services and facilities
  • Work with young people
  • Social and health care projects
  • Sports activity
  • Community safety
  • Tourism
  • Arts
  • Economic development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Environmental projects

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of at least 75% for revenue projects and at least 80% for capital projects


Restrictions

Funding will not be awarded for the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Work that has already been carried out.
  • Party political or religious promotion.
  • General running costs (for example, utility bills and maintenance).
  • Items or projects that only benefit individual (for example, bursaries).
  • Activities that form part of statutory obligations.
  • Projects with high ongoing maintenance costs – unless the applicant can clearly demonstrate that they have the funds and skills to maintain the project once funding ends.
  • Projects that are essentially to maintain and upkeep a facility or an organisation rather than to improve or expand facilities or services offered.
  • Social parties or excursions including exchange visits.

Payment Procedure

Payment by BACS to organisation's bank account with:

  • 90% of the award upon the Council's receipt of invoice(s).
  • the remaining 10% upon the receipt of the Project Completion Report.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to download from the Council's website. 

The following information should be submitted along with the completed application form:

  • Constitution or governing document.
  • Elected management committee.
  • Equal opportunities policy.
  • Appropriate insurance cover for the project.
  • Audited accounts or financial projections for new organisations.
  • Child Protection Policy, if applicable.

Contact the Partnership and Funding Officer for further information.


Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Community Engagement Coorinator
Broadland District Council
Thorpe Lodge
1 Yarmouth Road
Thorpe St Andrew
Norwich NR7 0DU
Telephone:  01603 430620
 
For more information, please visit the Funding Central website.