Local Member Grants Scheme

3. What the grants will fund

Local Member Grants can be used to fund specific projects that benefit the community directly. They cannot fund running costs.

Projects must fit in with our corporate priorities (pdf), particularly 'caring for the vulnerable' and 'protecting the environment'.

Examples of what we can fund:

  • New equipment – such as computer tablets, gaming equipment or tools for gardening
  • Materials to help groups deliver their objectives – such as books or information display boards
  • Improvements to make activities more accessible, such as wheelchair ramps or accessible seating
  • Group activities such as outings and fitness sessions
  • Any other one-off costs to help groups deliver community projects

We can't fund

  • "core funding" such as staffing, salary costs, office rental expenses
  • Political and religious activity (as set out in our VCFS compact) may not be funded, although political and religious groups may apply for funding for community activities.
  • Research
  • Projects or activities that run contrary to county council policies or are unlawful

Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively.

Even if your project meets the above criteria, your group may not be awarded a grant. The decision on whether to approve the funding will be made by your local county councillor.

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