Last updated:
20 December 2017

Community Initiative Fund

Apply for a small grant to develop new local community projects.

1 Aim of the fund

The Community Initiative Fund (CIF) is a County Local Committee (CLC) administered fund that provides assistance to local community projects.

Bids should show evidence of supporting one or more of The Five Ways to Wellbeing - a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give

2 Eligibility

You can check to see whether you are eligible to apply, and what you can apply for, by viewing the document below.

Eligibility for Community Initiative Fund (PDF, 138KB)

3 The amount you can apply for

The amount of funding available to each committee varies, depending on its local population size.

Community Initiative Funding is intended for applications between £1,000 to £5,000, but any award over £2,500 would need to show considerable additional funding and strong community support for the initiative.

Your application must clearly state how much money you are applying for and for what purpose.

If you are applying for multiple items, such as equipment, then you must provide a detailed breakdown of item costs along with quotes. We will not progress your application until you have provided this information.

4 How to apply

Please read the policy and complete the application form.

5 Application deadlines

Applications are considered at most of the regular County Local Committee meetings and it is your responsibility to make sure your application is submitted within the committee's schedule of meetings for administrative purposes.

We should ideally receive your application six weeks before the committee meeting, where a decision will be made. However, please use the contact details for each committee to discuss this with the relevant officer, as each committee may have its own timescale. It is the sole responsibility of applicants to ensure they meet this particular deadline.

If we receive your application after the submission deadline, it will be held over until the next relevant meeting date. We will notify you within two working days if we need to do this.

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