Councillor’s grant fund

Deadline for applications – Round 1 – Monday 9 October 2017

If funding is available, a further round of applications will be invited from mid January 2018.


The Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations. The Fund provides each of the County’s 57 Councillors with a pot of £5000 to support small-scale projects within their division that support the following outcomes:

  • Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent;
  • Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure.

All applications should aim to build community solutions to local issues and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Warwickshire. In particular, applications which address one or more of the following priority categories will be favoured:

  • Improve community assets and their sustainability;
  • Improve access to services;
  • Improve financial capability;
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation.

Who can apply?

  • Constituted ‘not-for-profit’ community organisations in Warwickshire
  • Non-constituted or new ‘not-for-profit’ groups working in Warwickshire that can be supported by a mainstream service or community group willing to administer the funds through an organisational bank account
  • Warwickshire Town and Parish Councils

Who cannot apply?

  • Party Political groups
  • Individuals

It is unlikely that statutory organisations, where they are the main bidder or the funding recipient, will be supported.

What will not be funded by the grant fund?

  • Projects that promote religious or party political beliefs
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Costs relating to items purchased or work already carried out before the grant has been awarded
  • Loans or debt repayments
  • Activities that are part of statutory obligations
  • Running costs of an established group or activities which are that groups main service

All projects must follow national legislation, guidance and good practice in relation to: equality and diversity; health and safety; and safeguarding.

Application process

Before you begin, you will need:

  • Charity number (if applicable)
  • Constitution
  • Contact information for named representative including email
  • Budget and cost breakdown including quotes
  • Timescale of project and plan

Complete the application form carefully, bearing in mind the following

  • Pay careful attention to the questions that are being asked, and to the scoring criteria (as set out below). In order to score highly, your application will need to provide clear evidence that it meets the stated criteria;
  • Applicants should submit evidence of cost (eg. quotes) where appropriate;
  • Applicants are free to submit any additional information they wish in support of their application, but this will not form part of the scoring;
  • Applicants are required to submit their governing document as part of their application (electronically if possible, or as hard copy where this cannot be done).
  • Please refer to the scoring criteria.
  • Before completion, you may like to see the list of questions that are on the application form:Application questions – A4 (PDF, 25.13 KB)

     

Support and help

You are welcome to discuss your project idea with your local Area Team.

For help with completing your application form please contact Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action.

A series of funding workshops are being held to support applicants.

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by 9th October 2017. Application forms can be submitted at any time, but funding decisions will only be made following the deadline.

Acknowledgement

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application. If you do not receive this within 5 working days of submitting your application, please notify the Community Safety and Locality Working Service at: funding@warwickshire.gov.uk or 01788 533656.

Assessment

All applications will be assessed against the scoring criteria (see below) and will be considered by the County Councillor for each division before grant awards are made.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 6 weeks of the deadline dates.

We will notify successful applicants of arrangements for receipt of funding. This will be dependent on all paper work received and completed within 3 weeks of receipt of outcome.

All successful applicants will be required to complete a simple monitoring report on the impact of their project.

Apply

Please note the application form cannot be saved once you have started and will need to be completed in one session. If you are unable to complete the entire form in one go, please submit it, and you will be emailed a link to return to the form and edit your responses.

Scoring criteria

All applications will be scored out of a total of 18 points against the following criteria, based on the information you provide in your application form. Projects will gain marks by clearly demonstrating they meet the criteria as detailed.

CriteriaMaximum points
Project clearly demonstrates how it builds community capacity.2
Project clearly demonstrates how it improves health and wellbeing.2
Evidence that the project meets one or more of the priority categories for the Cllrs Grant Fund:

  • Improve community assets and their sustainability;
  • Improve access to services;
  • Improve financial capability;
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation.
2
Evidence of need for the project from within the local community.


Evidence that the community has been involved in shaping the project.

2
Evidence that volunteers will be directly involved in the delivery of the project.


Explanation of how volunteers will be recruited, managed and retained.

2
Evidence that the project will provide a lasting benefit to the local community.


Evidence that the project can be continued after the Councillors grant fund funding has been used.

2
Projects that can demonstrate they are working effectively with other organisations.2
Evidence of match funding (none / pending / secured).
(Please note: this can include volunteer time, costed at £7.25/hr.)
2
Evidence that the project will provide a direct benefit to the local community within the division in which the funding has been applied for.2

Scoring range

  • Criterion not met – 0 points
  • Criterion partially met – 1 points
  • Criterion fully met – 2 points

The maximum score for applications is 18 points.

The benchmark for scoring is 10. Applications scoring 9 or less are unlikely to be awarded.

Help and support

To support groups and organisations considering applying to the WCC Councillors Grant Fund for 2017-18, Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety and Locality Working Service and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) are jointly holding a series of funding workshops across the county.

Each workshop will include:

  • guidance on eligibility of projects
  • advice on completing the Councillors Grant Fund application
  • signposting to other funding or support services

There will also be an opportunity for networking and informal conversations with both WCC and WCAVA representatives.

WCAVA provide general advice and support to Third Sector organisations across Warwickshire including accessing volunteering opportunities, developing a community group, accessing funding or strengthening governance arrangements. They are a free resource for you to use.

Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the workshops:

District / boroughWorkshop detailsBook your place
StratfordDate: Monday 11th September
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm (registration from 5 pm)
Venue: Stratford Arts House, 14 Rother Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6LU
Maximum capacity: 30 places
Book onto the Stratford workshop
RugbyDate: Monday 11th September
Time: 6 – 8pm (registration from 5.30pm)
Venue:Learn Warwickshire Hub, 6 Mitchell Court, Castle Mound Way, Central Park, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 OUY
Maximum capacity: 30 places
Book onto the Rugby workshop
Nuneaton and BedworthDate: Thursday 14th September
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: The Newtown Community Centre Nuneaton CV11 4HG
Maximum capacity: 30 places
Book onto the Nuneaton and Bedworth workshop
North WarwickshireDate: Monday 11th September
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: Atherstone Memorial Hall, Long St, Atherstone CV9 1AX
Maximum capacity: 30 places
Book onto the North Warwickshire workshop

Councillor’s grant fund was last updated on September 18, 2017.


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