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Community Grants Fund

If you are a voluntary, community or charitable group or organisation delivering a project or service in the Ashford borough and need financial assistance to be able to do so, you may be able to apply for a grant from Ashford Borough Council. Grant applications are made through the council's Community Grants Fund.

Funding is linked to specific funding priorities relevant to the council's strategic objectives. This will ensure that the projects we fund will have a positive local impact and support the council's aims and objectives. Funding priorities can be found in the guidance notes [pdf] 192KB.

In order to be eligible to apply, you must meet all of the basic criteria below:

You must

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation with either charitable or CIC status OR a constitution with a formally appointed voluntary management committee OR a parish council. Individuals, public sector or private businesses are not eligible
  • Be non-political
  • Operate in Ashford borough and serve borough residents
  • Ensure your service(s), project(s) or facilities are open to any resident in the borough (or have a clear, non-financial justification for targeting or prioritising a client group)
  • Have a bank or building society account in the organisation's name
  • Have relevant insurances in place e.g. public liability insurance, buildings insurance 
  • Demonstrate you have relevant safeguards and policies in place i.e. risk assessments, health and safety policy, safeguarding policy

It is important that you read the guidance notes [pdf] 192KB carefully before you apply for funding as they will give you full details of the scheme. They will help you to decide if you are eligible to apply and will tell you about our funding priorities and conditions of funding. They will also give details of the funding available

Funding available

  • Capital (one off) grants - up to £10,000
  • Revenue grants - up to £1,000 (per year for three years)
  • Emergency/change grants - up to £2,500 in exceptional circumstances only
  • Community services grants - up to £40,000 (per year for three years)
  • Loans - up to £25,000 in exceptional circumstances only

The Community Grants Fund does not provide funding towards core revenue costs such as salaries, insurances, rent and utilities or for projects that have already been delivered or work that has already been carried out.

Please note, we are not currently accepting applications for community services grants as this fund has been fully allocated until April 2018

How to apply for funding

The scheme has two stages:

  1. Enquiry or expression of interest stage
  2. Full application stage

All applicants must first complete and return an expression of interest form [doc] 173KB or speak to the Funding and Partnerships Officer so it can be established if your project is eligible for funding. You can also submit an expression of interest online.

You should complete a full application form only if you have previously submitted an expression of interest or spoken to the Funding and Partnerships officer, and have received written approval to proceed.

Who to contact for help with your application

Michelle Byrne
Funding and Partnerships Officer
michelle.byrne@ashford.gov.uk
Telephone 01233 330485

Ward Member Community Grant Scheme

This grant scheme provides each ward councillor with the ability to financially support local community projects and services and therefore to play a more active role in their ward.

How to apply for funding

You must contact you Ashford Borough Council ward councillor to discuss your project.  You cannot apply for ward member grant funding until he/she has agreed to financially support your project. He/she can advise and help you through the application process.

Funding available

Each ward councillor has £3,000 in this financial year (April to March) to allocate to projects within their ward. The minimum grant under this scheme is £100.

What will the grant pay for?

The grant can pay for either revenue funding to pay for venue hire, for example, or capital funding to pay for the purchase of equipment, for example.

As the projects and services funded through member grants must benefit residents in the councillor's own ward, they are not able to fund projects that are delivered outside their own or adjacent wards

Councillors are able to consider funding for any element of your project, apart from core revenue costs such as salaries, as long as the project itself does not conflict with, nor contravene, policies agreed to by the council. Your councillor will be able to explain the conditions and criteria of the scheme in more detail when you speak to him/her about your project.

The scheme does not fund projects that have already been delivered or work that has already been carried out. Funding is available to cover costs for up to one year only, for any one project.

World War I and II Grant Scheme

This scheme provides grants to voluntary and community organisations to help fund community projects that commemorate the centenary of the First World War and/or the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War by exploring, conserving and sharing the heritage of these significant events and the ways in which communities were affected by them.

Funding available

The maximum grant available for any one project is £750. The minimum grant available is £100.

Grants can be used for either revenue funding to pay for venue hire, for example, or capital funding to pay for the purchase of equipment, for example.

Projects must take place between 2014 and 2018.

How to apply for funding

Before you apply, you should read the guidance notes [pdf] 145KB carefully to make sure you are eligible. They will also tell you about the scheme's funding priorities and conditions of funding and more about the application process.

If you are eligible to apply, you should complete and return an application form [doc] 229KB to the Funding and Partnerships Officer.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Who to contact for help with your application

Michelle Byrne
Funding and Partnerships Officer
michelle.byrne@ashford.gov.uk
Telephone 01233 330485

Grants available from other organisations

To find details of, and search for, a wide range of other funding sources for community projects, visit Kent County Council's funding pages.

Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants are dealt with in the Housing Department. For further information please visit our Disabled Facilities Grant page.

 

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