Voluntary and Community Sector Grants

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Daventry District Council helps dozens of voluntary and community sector groups each year through funding for capital projects, events, small items of equipment, training, and expenses for volunteers.

Find out more about the range of support on offer to voluntary and community sector organisations below:

Latest news and updates

Council approves huge increase to community grants budgets

On 26 July, DDC approved an additional £250,000 to its 2018/19 capital grant budget. This is available now and eligible groups can use DDC’s existing application form and guidance notes (see relevant section below). 

Furthermore, the range of groups that are eligible for capital grant funding has been widened to include any organisation that can demonstrate that the project for which they require funding has wide community benefit. DDC will also consider applications for more than the £15,000 maximum in exceptional circumstances and if remaining budgets allow.

There is no deadline for capital grant applications. Applications will be scored as and when they come in and considered once a month by the Chief Executive.

Download the updated policy statement here

At the same meeting, councillors also approved a £60,000 budget for in-year revenue funding. This is for voluntary and community sector service providers that are experiencing greater demands for their services, or increased costs, or have experienced cuts in their funding. 

The maximum grant is £15,000 and applicants will have to demonstrate how their service meets with DDC corporate objectives and how the additional funding will give rise to positive outcomes for their clients and the wider community.

The deadline for applications to the in-year revenue funding is Monday 17 September 2018.

Download the application form here

Download the guidance notes here


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Local Lotto

The Council has entered into partnership with lottery organisers Gatherwell for the Local Lotto, a weekly online lottery with a £25,000 jackpot.

Everyone who buys a £1 ticket can choose for 40p of the money to go to a good cause of their choice. 

Another 10p goes into the Council's community pot for redistribution to good causes in Daventry District.

Voluntary and community groups who sign up to the Lotto do not have to pay anything and will receive their own web page on the Local Lotto site, as well as marketing materials to help them drive ticket sales within their organisation. 

Find out more at www.local-lotto.co.uk

Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme

Voluntary and community sector organisations in Daventry District in need of capital funding, event funding, or funding for small items of equipment, training or volunteer expenses are invited to apply to Daventry District Council's Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme. This is a discretionary scheme with all applications being scored against given criteria.


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. The capital asset must be available in the District for a minimum of three years. Grants are to a maximum of £15,000, but in exceptional circumstances and if budgets allow, DDC will consider larger applications. 

For building works, the organisation must either own the property/land or have some form of long-term lease agreement with the land/building owner. DDC will pay out grants to successful applicants after works or capital purchases are completed. DDC will not forward fund capital projects or award grants retrospectively. All funding must be claimed within 24 months of an award being made. 

Download the capital grant guidance notes here 

Download the capital grant application form here


2. One-off community event funding 

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 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.

Download the one-off community event grant application form here

Download useful guidance for planning a community event here


3. Community Project Funding

Up to £1,000 funding is 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.

Download the community project grant application form here 

Please note, the one-off community event grant application form and the community project grant application form are the same form, so applicants are reminded that some questions may not be applicable.  


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.

Find out more about the Good Neighbour Schemes here 




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:

  • Individuals
  • 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. 



Previous Grants

 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: 

 

Other sources of support

Daventry Town Centre Shop Front Improvement Grant

Daventry District Council is offering grants to businesses in Daventry town centre to help give their shops a makeover. Funding of up to £20,000, which must be matched by 50%, is available up to 31 October 2018.

Find out more on the Shop Front Improvement Grant page

Section 106 Funding
A Section 106 agreement is a means of securing funding for community infrastructure from developers. The agreement will be very specific about what the funding is for and, in most cases, who should spend it. However, there is sometimes scope for section 106 funding to be paid over to local community groups if they manage and maintain the community asset that is specified in a given agreement. A typical example would be funding for sport and recreation facilities. 

Therefore, if  you are from a community group and are considering making an application for a capital grant, please contact  our Community Development Co-ordinator on communitygrants@daventrydc.gov.uk or 01327 871100 first in order to see if the project can be funded from section 106 funds instead of from Daventry District Council’s capital grant budget. 

If section 106 funds can be utilised, you will still have to use the Capital Grant Funding Application Form to apply for the funding and the same scoring criteria will be applied to judge the application. If successful, you will have to sign an agreement to ensure the section 106 funds are spent as per the terms of the section 106 agreement.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
The CIL is a new means of funding community infrastructure. Parish councils and local groups that manage community assets, such as the village hall, the playing field and the pocket park might be able to use CIL to expand and improve their community asset. Find out more information about CIL


Advice and information

For further advice on any of the above or advice on other sources of funding, please contact our Community Development Co-Ordinator.

 

For all other advice, including start up advice, business planning, accreditation and volunteering visit Daventry Volunteer Centre.