Members' Community Grant Scheme - Now Open

Each Erewash councillor has £250 award to organisations within their ward and it is for each councillor to determine which project(s) or organisation(s) they wish to support. The scheme allows a wide degree of flexibility in the type of project a councillor may support and the amount (minimum £50) they wish to allocate, subject to approval. 

What can be funded?

Activities that complement the council's draft core priorities:

  • A welcoming borough, that is clean and safe;

  • Support our communities;

  • Planning for the future;

  • A well run and efficient council.
Organisations (including registered charities, community and voluntary groups, Community Interest Companies, Social Enterprises) within the councillors own ward, or councillors may join together to support a project covering two (or more) wards.
  • Councillors can allocate their entire £250 allocation to one organisation and there is a minimum award of £50 per organisation.

  • Capital purchase items.

  • Match funding for a project. Funding will be agreed but not allocated until the applicant confirms that all match funding is in place.

What can't be funded?

  • Individuals cannot be funded, or projects where only one person will benefit.

  • Revenue items, for example on-going running costs such as salaries and rent.

  • Activities that should normally be funded by a statutory organisation.

  • Party political activities.

  • Retrospective funding (any expenditure made prior to the approval of the grant).

  • Double funding, where funding has been obtained from alternative sources for the same thing.

How the scheme operates

Organisations are advised that EBC councillors are responsible for fully completing and signing grant application forms before they are submitted. Therefore, please ensure approval of an EBC councillor is obtained before completing the scheme's online application form (paper or large print copies are available on request). Details of how to contact your local councillor can be found via their profile on ModernGov.

Please note:

  • This grant scheme is for one-off activities and there is no promise of on-going funding in future years;
  •  Applications must contain accurate and complete project/organisation payee details;
  • All grant funding awarded which is not spent within the financial year or within the conditions of the award notice must be repaid to the council on demand. 
  • Funding awarded in advance for an event/activity which is subsequently cancelled must be repaid to the council. 

Upon receipt of correctly and fully completed documents, the respective party Leader or their Deputy and EBC's Director of Environmental and Community Services will assess each application and consider if it is suitable for funding. Independent or single party members will have their applications considered by EBC's Director of Environmental and Community Services and one other EBC Senior Management Team member.

Approved applications will be processed for payment directly to the organisation by BACs transfer. 

More information is available in the scheme guidance notes alternatively please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0115 907 2257.