Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme
Voluntary and community sector organisations in Daventry District in need of funding are invited to apply for our Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme. There are a range of grants covering capital funding, event funding, or funding for small items of equipment, training or volunteer expenses. You can find out more below:
1. Capital Grants
The capital grants scheme is available for organisations needing assistance with capital investment. Projects must be valued at over £1,000 and up to 50% of the project cost is available with applications welcome at any time throughout the year. Grants are available up to a maximum of £15,000, but in exceptional circumstances - and if budgets allow - the Council will consider larger applications.
2. One-off community event funding **Programme currently closed, re-opening April 2019**
Grants of up to £500 are available to cover the up-front costs of putting on a community event. A key aim of these grants is to enable community groups to raise further funds from their community event. We also expect that community events are free to attend or affordable if there is a charge. Applications are welcome from voluntary and community groups within Daventry District at any time throughout the year.
Applications should be submitted between 4 - 16 weeks ahead of the event date. Applications submitted outside of this window will not be considered. We will do our best to notify applicants of a decision within 2 weeks of the application being received. If successful, the grant will be paid in one lump-sum to the organisation up-front.
3. Community Project Funding
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to voluntary and community groups within Daventry District for the purchase of small items of equipment, or for training and/or volunteer expenses. Applicants are encouraged to contribute up to 50% of project costs themselves and applications are welcome at any time throughout the year.
4. Good Neighbour Scheme funding
Good Neighbour schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis. The Council has grant funding of up to £1,000 available for good neighbour schemes to get started.
Grant Eligibility Criteria
All of Daventry District Council's community grants are open to voluntary and community groups and organisations and in most circumstances exclude the following:
- Private businesses
- Statutory bodies
- Religious bodies where the monies will be used for religious purposes or religious buildings
- Political parties or political lobbying
- General fundraising or for unspecified purposes
- Local authority activities (including those of schools or parish councils).
However, an application from any of the above will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate that the project for which they require funding has wider community benefit.
All applicants need to address three of the Council’s corporate objectives:
- Improving our business economy, learning and skills
- Protect and enhance our environment
- Promote healthy, safe and strong communities and individuals.
Applicants should explain how their project or service will address or assist with four other main themes; bringing communities together, access and equality, crime and disorder, and partnership working.
Grants awarded in the 2017/18 financial year:
Grants awarded in Q1 of 2018/19 financial year
Good Neighbour Scheme awards granted in 2017/18: