This Small Grants Fund is made available by Big Local DY10, a recipient of Big Lottery money, and is available to individuals and not-for-profit groups for projects based within the specific area called - Big Local DY10 area. (www.biglocaldy10.org/our-area). The area is made up of the Horsefair and parts of Broadwaters and Greenhill.There is a total of up to £5,000 per quarter available in small grants for projects that meet our Key Priorities and contribute to one or more of the Big Local DY10 Themes of:
Local residents, people who live, work, study, or volunteer within the Big
Local DY10 area.
Residents, people who live, work, study, or
volunteer within the Big Local DY10 area, must be able to:
• Provide a character reference from
someone who is independent from them (non-family member or relation).
Individuals can apply once
per round and there are age restrictions on amounts that can be requested. (See
section 3 for more details.)
Existing Not-for-profit groups
Groups applying have to be
able to clearly demonstrate that they have been active in a community over the
last 12 months with evidence of activities or services previously delivered.
Groups must be constituted with a suitable dissolution Clause to be eligible. The
proposed project MUST be beneficial to the Big Local DY10 area and address one
or more of the Themes listed in section 1. above.
New Not-for-profit groups
We will consider
applications from newly formed Not-for-Profit groups. The proposed project MUST be beneficial to the
Big Local DY10 area and address one or more of the Themes listed in 1) above.
How much is available and for how long?
The Small Grants fund is currently £5,000 per quarter. The closing dates are March 31st, June 30th, September 30th and December 31st.
The quarterly limits for grants are:
Under 16 years of age up to £100 per quarter
16 and above up to £1,000
Not-for-Profit groups up to £2,000
Amounts above these levels will be considered, but have to be referred to the full Partnership for agreement.
Individuals have 6 months to spend the grant and deliver activities from the date of the award.
Not-for-Profit Groups have 1 year to spend the grant and deliver activities from the date of the award. Groups are able to apply in each funding round.
If the award is not spent in the time limits it must be refunded to the Small Grants fund.
What can funding be used for?
The funding can be used for a range of projects that meet one or more of the Four Themes (see 1) and will provide positive activities to BLDY10 residents, including:
• The purchase of equipment e.g. sports equipment, furniture, gardening equipment, plants. Note: Equipment purchased with Big Local money will be listed as a Community Asset and the DY10 Partnership will request they are shared with other Groups or residents of the area.
• The costs of putting on a local event or workshop
• Staff costs to enable the employment of individuals
• Employing sessional staff
• Venue hire or rental costs
• Contribution to rent costs (related to activities/service delivery)
• Training for volunteers
• Additional activities to expand an existing funded project
• Activities that support community inclusion
• Activities that meet an identified need in the local community
• Projects that increase community cohesion in the area.
• Projects that will only benefit one individual
• Work or activities that are the responsibility of statutory agencies
• Trips Abroad
• Activities promoting religious beliefs
• Political activities
• Activities that do not benefit residents of the Big Local DY10 area
• Funding cannot be used for activities that have already taken place
• Fundraising activities
5. How to apply
Individuals must complete and submit the Big Local DY10 ‘Individual’s Application’ form.
Not-for-profit organisations must complete the Big Local DY10 ‘Organisation Application’ form.
The closing dates are March 31st, June 30th, September 30th and December 31st.
6. How will applications be assessed?
A grants committee made up of four
members of the Big Local DY10 Partnership plus an Independent Chair will initially
assess all applications for eligibility. Any Applications for amounts above
those listed in 3) will be referred back to the full Partnership.
7. What happens if application is successful?
Should you be awarded funding through BLDY10
you will be required to provide the additional information listed below to
enable us to release the funding to you or your group.If you are unable to provide this
information then you should not apply to this programme for funding.
If your application is approved by the
committee you will be required to provide the following:
and signed hard copy of the Application Form.
ID – Passport, Driving Licence, Student Card etc. (If under 16, a photo can be
verified by your school.)
of Address – A utility bill. (If living at home this can be in your
parent/carers address but must match the address on the application form.)
Constitution with an acceptable dissolution clause. For an example of an acceptable
dissolution clause see the FAQ Organisations page.
of your most recent bank statement.
copy of your safeguarding policy if your project is working with Children and young
people or vulnerable adults.
These can be downloaded and printed for completion, then emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org If you require a hard copy of this application form please contact us on email@example.com giving us the address to which the hard copy should be sent.
Following the experience of the first round of Grant Awards the Grants Committee wish to re-emphasise the following: 1) Projects MUST benefit the residents of the Big Local DY10 Area. This is not a postcode area but a very specific area as shown on this map (www.biglocaldy10.org/our-area) and includes parts of Greenhill, Broadwaters and the Horsefair.
2) Projects MUST demonstrate sustainability or up skilling. The Committee will only fund one-off events if they are a trial. 3) The Committee will fund new projects and initiatives rather than existing ones. However they will consider funding to progress an existing project to a higher level but generally they will not fund things that are already in existence. 4) Projects cannot be funded retrospectively. 5) Applicants should be able to explain how their Projects meet the Big Local DY10 Community Plan and Key Priorities. 6) Organisations may submit up to a maximum of 4 successful applications per year.