Brentwood Community Fund
The first round of funding has now closed however the second round of the Brentwood Community Fund opened on Monday 19th August 2013 and will close on Friday 22nd November 2013 for consideration at the Community Services Committee on 8th January 2014.
What is the Brentwood Community Fund?
The Brentwood Community Fund has been set up to give Brentwood's Communities the opportunity to promote local initiatives to improve the quality of life for local people living in the Borough. The fund has £50,300 available in total, and grants of up to £3,500 are available for applicants.
Who can apply?
The Council is inviting bids from individuals, groups and organisations for a share of the cash on offer for local causes and projects that will support and improve the quality of life for local people and tackle the issues that they think are important. All applications must benefit Brentwood's communities. Projects must be delivered in the Borough.
Bids may be submitted by individuals or community and voluntary organisations, residents' / tenants' associations etc. Groups do not need to be formally constituted, but if that is the case, the Council will request invoices to be submitted to it directly and will settle these.
Previous applicants may apply if they are proposing a new project, however, priority will be given to those who have not received any previous funding from the Community Fund or the Brentwood Localism Share Fund.
How to apply?
Projects will only be funded if they are firmly and directly aligned with the community based priorities in the Council's Corporate Plan 2013-16 under the key themes of:
- Street Scene and Environment
- A Prosperous Borough
- Housing, Health and Wellbeing
- A Safe Borough
For more information please read the Information and Guidance Notes 2013.
What is not covered?
- Retrospective bids, i.e Where work has already commenced
- Future running costs - these are one off grants only
- Repeat funding for the same project
- Employee costs or routine administration.
- Political activities
- Exclusively religious activities (although faith groups may receive funding for community development or self-help activities. In this case the application must show that the project will bring wider community benefit and that the primary purpose of the activity is not religious).
- Statutory activities/ requirements, i.e where funding has been ceased from another statutory provider.
- Hospitality and catering.
- Funding for projects outside the Borough of Brentwood.
- Funding for lobbying or campaigning.
Please note, the Council will not be responsible for any ongoing costs incurred by the project, i.e maintenance of equipment.
Criteria and Scoring
Each application will be scored using the Brentwood Community Fund Scoring Matrix against the criteria, together with the Council's priorities and expected outcomes. You should review your application before submitting it to ensure that you have fully answered all of the questions.
All bids will need to outline the outcomes which will be delivered and quantification of the number of people who could benefit.
For all bids received, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required permissions and insurances are in place prior to beginning the project, and that adequate Health and Safety risk assessments are in place if they are necessary.
The application form
Once you have completed the application form please return it with any attachements and supporting documents to email@example.com, or post to Brentwood Community Fund, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood Essex CM15 8AY by Friday 22nd November 2013.
For any queries relating to the Brentwood Community Fund please telephone 01277 312634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will a decision be made on funding?
Applications will be assessed and reported to the Community Services Committee. A decision on the allocation of the first round of funding will be made at the meeting of the Panel on 8th October 2013 and the second round on 8th January 2014 . Notifications will be made of the awards given following this meeting. Details of all agreed funding, including terms and conditions of funding will be sent to applicants directly.