Last updated:
18 May 2017

Community Initiative Fund

How to apply for funding aimed at community groups and organisations.

1 Aim of the fund

The Community Initiative Fund provides small grants to assist local community projects in:

  • reaching new people
  • developing services and supporting the local economy
  • encouraging community growth and self-reliance.

Preference is given to groups or organisations that:

  • have secured additional funding sources
  • are able to demonstrate strong community support and leadership in their project.

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, 51KB)

3 The amount you can apply for

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

There is no upper limit on how much funding you can request but committees will very rarely issue an award above £2,500. A higher-limit application 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 reasons, applications should ideally be received 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 time scale. It is the sole responsibility of applicants to ensure they meet this particular deadline.

If your application is received after the submission deadline, it will be held over until the next relevant meeting date. You will be notified within two working days if this happens to your application.

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