Members' Community Grant Scheme

Scheme now open

For the 2021/22 financial year, each Erewash councillor has £250 award to organisations within their ward (where applicable some councillors will have an additional amount available to them as a result of carrying forward unallocated grant funding from 2020/21). 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 safe, clean and welcoming borough

  • Improved access to services

  • Delivering efficient and effective services that residents need

  • Creating opportunities for economic growth and prosperity

  • 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 the entire £250 to one organisation, but where multiple organisations are to be awarded funding, 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

The scheme is administered by the council's Community Engagement Officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. However, organisations are advised that EBC councillors are responsible for fully completing and signing grant application forms before they are submitted to the Community Engagement Officer. More information can be found in the scheme's guidance notes

Please ensure approval of an EBC councillor is obtained before completing the scheme's online application form. Large print versions of the application form are available on request: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 funding awards must be spent within the current financial year or within 6 months of the notification date of the award. Any unspent funds remaining after this time must be returned to the council. 

Upon receipt of correctly and fully completed documents, the respective party Leader or their Deputy and EBC's Communities Corporate Director 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 Communities Corporate Director and one other Senior Management Team member.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions approved applications will be processed for payment by either a cheque sent directly to the organisation or by BACs transfer. 

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