The Council is pleased to announce that a Community Grant fund of over £15,000 has been set aside for the financial year 2020/21. If you are a local organisation or charity seeking a small amount of funding towards a specific project or necessary purchase/repair, the Council would welcome your application.
Applications will be considered quarterly at the meetings of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee.
The maximum grant funding available per applicant is £1,200 per year.
Deadlines for receipt of applications are as follows:
30 November 2020
15 February 2021
Application forms or questions about the scheme should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUIDELINES & CRITERIA
Grants will normally be given only to individuals and organisations resident in or serving the area within the civil parish boundary of Hertford (which includes parts of Hertingfordbury Village)
Grants should represent assistance to projects of local use and need to show a clear benefit to Hertford residents.
Normally, grant applications from organisations will only be considered when accompanied by at least one of the following:
1. Audited accounts; or
2. Accounts that have been subjected to independent inspection as required by the Charities Act or, where the organisation is newly formed, a case for funding including supporting evidence of fund raising efforts.
Grant applications from individuals will be considered providing grants have:
1. Charitable or educational purposes linked to recognised bodies acceptable to the Council.
2. Are seen to be of local benefit, for example through information dissemination or are likely to encourage inspiration and motivation to the applicant's peer group.
- Only one grant award per year will be made to each applicant.
- The Finance, Policy and Administration committee will consider all grant applications.
- The Council will not normally award grants for day-to-day running/operating costs.
- The Council will not normally provide grants for services that should be funded by other statutory authorities and will not award grants for political purposes.
- The Council cannot guarantee a grant to any organisation or individual. Each grant application is considered on its individual merits.
- The Council will not supplement any shortfall in expenditure incurred by another authority with responsibility for the service involved.
- The Council will normally expect to distribute grants to a variety of organisations, this may mean smaller amount is awarded than that applied for.
- Applications for grants over £200 should be made on official Town Council application forms. Smaller grants may be applied for via letter which includes sufficient supporting material.
- The Council will require all organisations to provide a formal acknowledgement of receiving grant aid. In the case of individuals, the Council will require a report of the project or other agreed method of verifying the use for which the application of grant was made.
- When a grant is awarded, the Council also reserves the right to reclaim part or the entire grant provided it is satisfied that this action is appropriate. It will only take this action after giving the organisation or individual any opportunity to make representations.