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What is the Parish Council's Grant Aid Scheme?
The Local Government and Housing Act 1989, section 137, allows the Parish Council to incur expenditure in the interests of all or part of the community of Smith's Wood.
The Objectives of the Scheme
  • To provide funds in support of work by voluntary groups that is of a social welfare nature and relevant to the concerns and interests of Smith's Wood Parish Council.
  • To assist groups that provide part or all of their services in the parish of Smith's Wood.
  • To help with start-up costs, projects funding or one-off purchases (grants can not be given to fund staff wages or running costs).
  • To provide support particularly to smaller groups.

A Group is not eligible if:

  • An association has fund raising as its main aim.
  • The free reserves are significantly greater than its annual expenditure.
  • The main concern is not of a social welfare nature. For example, conservation.
  • It is political or religious.  Community activity linked with a church may be considered.
  • An organisation is a branch of a national or regional body where decisions and finance are managed centrally.
  • The objectives include the possibility of self-interes, private benefit or profit-making.

    How Much?

    There are no set limits for minimum or maximum amounts requested, but due to the demands made on the Parish Council's funds, applications for small grants by small groups are more likely to be successful.  It may not be possible to support all applications, even if they meet the Parish Council's objectives.  The size of the grants may be less than the amount requested, depending on  the relative needs and available funds.

    What Else?

    How often are grants awarded?  Twice a year, April and October.

    How many applications can a group make?  One in any one financial year.

    What happens when a grant is awarded?  Successful applicants are expected to undertake use of the grant for the purposes stated in the application and according to the terms and conditions that may be set by the Parish Council.

    How long do you have to spend the grant?  The Parish Council would normally expect the grant to have been spent within twelve months of receipt.

How Much?

There are no set limits for minimum or maximum amounts requested, but due to the demands made on the Parish Council's funds, applications for small grants by small groups are more likely to be successful.  It may not be possible to support all applications, even if they meet the Parish Council's objectives.  The size of the grants may be less than the amount requested, depending on  the relative needs and available funds.

What Else?

How often are grants awarded?  Twice a year, April and October.

How many applications can a group make?  One in any one financial year.

What happens when a grant is awarded?  Successful applicants are expected to undertake use of the grant for the purposes stated in the application and according to the terms and conditions that may be set by the Parish Council.

How long do you have to spend the grant?  The Parish Council would normally expect the grant to have been spent within twelve months of receipt.