Awarding Policy and Criteria
Grants up to £1,000 (with larger amounts available in exceptional circumstances) are available to support charitable or voluntary activities for organisations operating in or for Westfield (see map).
Criteria for funding
To be eligible for a grant your organisation must benefit people within Westfield. Priority will be given to those applications which benefit people who are disadvantaged or isolated, possibly due to poverty, disability, age, location or culture. Priority is also given to groups that:
- Increase the capacity of local communities
- Improve the quality of life of people that live or work in Westfield
Applicants must demonstrate how the local community has been involved in their project and give evidence in their application that the project meets local needs and has local support.
Applicants should be clear about how their project will make a difference “on the ground”. It should also make clear which issues are being addressed and explain why the project chosen is the best option for addressing that particular issue.
To apply for a grant you do not have to be a registered charity, as long as the work you do has charitable aims and you have a constitution (set of rules) and management committee. If your organisation has its own bank account it must have at least two signatories to authorise cheques.
Examples of grants
- £1000 to Teddy Bear Nursery for an outdoor canopy
- £420 to provide reminiscence through music sessions at Whitehaven Care Home
- £2000 to St Nicholas Church for upkeep of the graveyard
- £1200 to Youth Connect to run a youth night café in Westfield
What we don’t fund
• General appeals.
• Statutory organisations or the direct replacement of statutory funding.
• Activities promoting political beliefs.
• Activities promoting religious beliefs.
• Overseas travel.
• Arts projects with no community or charitable element.
• Sports projects with no community or charitable element.
• Medical research, equipment or treatment.
• Animal welfare.
• Projects that take place before an application can be processed and the decision communicated.
Please note that conferences and exhibitions are usually given low priority.
When can you apply?
The deadline for receipt of completed application forms is Monday 2nd October 2017
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form which you can download or request one to be sent by post by contacting Westfield Parish Council at email@example.com or calling 01761 410669.
As well as the completed application form you will also need to send by post or email the following:
- A copy of your group’s constitution or set of rules
- Your organisation’s most recent accounts or financial information.
- A list of names and addresses of the Management Committee.
- A copy of your child protection policy if you work with children and young people.
What will happen next?
Once we have received your application it will be assessed by Westfield Parish Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee and grants will be approved by the Parish Council in early November. You should be notified of the outcome by the middle of November 2017.
If your application is successful you will receive a letter detailing the amount of the grant and what it is to be used for.
Monitoring and evaluation
Six months after the grant has been paid we will send you a grant monitoring form. This form asks for details of how the grant was spent and what was achieved.
We will use the personal data provided on the application form to process your application and to monitor the project. In limited circumstances, we may be required to release information, including personal data and commercial information, on request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
If you feel that any other information about your application or project should not be made publicly available, please contact us to discuss this.
Westfield Parish Council recognises and values people’s differences and will assist them to use their talents to reach their full potential. The organisation will do all it can to ensure it recruits, trains and promotes people based on qualifications, experience and abilities for all roles within the organisation. Westfield Parish Council is unreservedly opposed to any form of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (defined as Protected Characteristics).
The full Equalities Policy can be viewed online here.
Need more information?
Please contact the Parish Clerk, Lesley Welch at:
Westfield Parish Council
The Oval Office
Westfield BA3 3BX.