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Communities Fund: Small projects, of up to £2,000

To support small community projects up to £2k.

Applications for this grant have now closed from midnight on the 30th September 2021.  

Who can apply for money?

You can apply if you work or volunteer for a:

  • registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation
  • community group with a constitution and a bank account
  • schools ( including Academies )
  • City/Town/Parish Councils
  • community interest companies
  • community benefit society
  • social Enterprises
  • village hall committees
  • recognised places of worship if they are accessible to all

While we can give money to a statutory organisation, like a parish council or a school, we can't support statutory duties.

Your group must have a:

  • governing document or set of rules
  • committee of at least three unrelated people
  • bank account in its name
  • safeguarding policy if your work needs one.

Who can't apply for money?

We will not give money to:

  • individuals or sole traders
  • national organisations and groups based outside of Mendip
  • activities that have already taken place or purchases that you have already made
  • groups that give money to another group, rather than spend it on their own activities
  • groups that have more than 12 months running costs in free reserves
  • the promotion of religion. But we will support secular activities run by faith-based groups
  • activities that are about animal welfare.

What will happen to my application?

The initial assessment of applications will be against a criteria checklist, followed by a points-based and cross-checked analysis of the information provided by applicants on the application form and attached documents. 

Applications which have passed the criteria checklist and reached a satisfactory score on the points-based assessment will be further considered by a cross party Grants Panel consisting of Members of the Council and plus a representative from SPARK.  The panel will then determine whether funds are awarded.

The closing date for applications is 30th September 2021 at midnight.