Awarding Policy and Criteria 2020/21
Grants up to £1,000 (with larger amounts available in exceptional circumstances) are available to support charitable or voluntary activities operating in or for Westfield (see map).
Criteria for funding
To be eligible for a grant your project or organisation must benefit people within Westfield. Priority is given to projects or groups that improve the quality of life for people that live or work in Westfield
Applicants must give evidence in their application that the project meets local needs and has local support and ideally will demonstrate how the local community has been involved in their project.
Applicants should be clear about how their project will make a difference.
To apply for a grant you do not have to be a registered charity, as long as the work you do has charitable aims. Ideally, grants will be awarded to groups with a constitution (set of rules) and a management committee, however, in some circumstances the Parish Council can award grants towards projects which meet the grants criteria but are not being undertaken by a constituted group. The Parish Council cannot pay grants to a personal bank account, however, it may be able to use grant funds to pay project costs directly. If an organisation has its own bank account it must have at least two signatories to authorise payments.
Examples of grants
• Bath Area Play Project for play days in Westfield
• Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band towards refurbishment of instruments
• Carers’ Centre for expansion of the Westfield carers’ café and extended support
• Support for Westfield Terracycle recycling project with provision of large collecting bins
• Westfield Voices choir towards conductor and accompanist fees
What we don’t fund
• General appeals
• 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 or equipment
• 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?
We are aware that many organisations may have struggled over with the effects of the coronavirus crisis and may only just be getting back on their feet by the Autumn, so we have shifted our usual deadline of early October back to November to give organisations more time to apply. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms and supporting documentation for this year is Monday 23rd November 2020
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form. You can download an application form here or request one to be sent by email or 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:
• Your organisation’s most recent accounts or financial information
• A copy of your Safeguarding Policy if you work with children and young people or adults at risk
What will happen next?
Once we have received your application it will be assessed by Westfield Parish Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee and then passed to full Council for a final decision on the allocation of grants. You should be notified of the outcome by the beginning of January 2021.
If your application is successful you will receive an email detailing the amount of the grant and what it is to be used for.
Monitoring and evaluation
Some months following payment of the grants 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. If you would like us to contact you about future grant funding opportunities you should tick the relevant box on the application form. 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. Please refer to our Privacy Notice for more information.
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.
Need more information?
Please contact the Finance Officer, Emily Merko, at Westfield Parish Council, The Oval Office, Cobblers Way, Westfield BA3 3BX. Tel 01761 410669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org