Ward Member Community Grant Scheme
This grant 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.
Each ward councillor has £3,000 in the financial year (April–March) to allocate to projects within their ward. The minimum grant under this scheme is £100.
How to apply for funding
You must contact your Ashford Borough Councillor to discuss your project. You cannot apply for the ward member grant funding until he/she has agreed to financially support your project. He/she can advise and help you though the application process.
If your ward councillor agrees to provide grant funding towards your project, he/she will send you an application form. You must complete the application form and return it to your ward councillor for his/her signature.
What will the grant pay for?
The grant can provide 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 towards any element of your project, apart from core or revenue costs such as salaries, as long as the project itself does not conflict with, nor contravene policies agreed 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 up to one year only, for any one project.
If your ward councillor invites you to submit a grant application to him/her, he/she will sign the application to indicate their support and to authorise payment of the grant. He/she will then send the application form to the council's Funding and Partnerships Officer.
The grant will be paid within 10 working days of receipt of a fully and properly completed application form.
You may be contacted by your ward councillor to see how your grant has been used and how your project is progressing.