Our Community Legacy Grant scheme is for innovative, ambitious capital projects that meet local needs and that will create a significant community legacy. The scheme can also provide start-up funding for smaller, innovative projects that address local need.
Since we launched the grants in 2018 we have committed almost £3million to 27 projects across the district.
Projects we have recently supported include an augmented reality smartphone app to support tourism in Droitwich Spa, a community hub incorporating a café and shop in Tibberton and renovation of the Evesham Lock island building.
The grants have enabled brand new village halls to be built at Honeybourne and Whittington, while Drakes Broughton and Kemerton village halls are undergoing much-needed transformations. In Badsey a piece of land is set to become new allotments, an orchard and a burial ground. In Crowle a community wellbeing space will be created to meet residents’ diverse needs.
We are now making another £1million available for a fourth and final round of the Community Legacy Grants scheme. We have actively encouraged applications from parishes that have not previously received a Community Legacy Grant and that have had relatively high levels of housing growth.
Individual grant awards are normally between £10,000 and £150,000. The grants are funded using New Homes Bonus money that we receive from the Government for every new home built and occupied. While most other councils use New Homes Bonus to support the running of services, we are investing a large chunk of it back into communities so the benefits of house building are shared. Read about the New Homes Bonus.
How to submit a bid
Applications for Community Legacy Grants must be made by town or parish councils but the project itself can be led by a local community group.
Priority will be given to projects in areas that have seen relatively high levels of new housing development and have yet to receive funding from the scheme.
There is a two-stage competitive bidding process. Parish and town councils can make up to two bids in any one year.
Stage one – expressions of interest
Expressions of interest for round four of the scheme closed on 4 March 2022.
Stage two – full applications
We have invited parish and town councils whose projects align with the overall aims of the Community Legacy Grant scheme and meet the scheme’s criteria to submit a full application. The deadline for full applications is midnight on 6 June 2022
Applicants will need to carry out consultation about your proposals before submitting a stage two full application. We have put together consultation guidelines to assist applicants in planning your consultation. Read consultation guidelines.
All stage two applications must include the following:
- Clear evidence of the need for their project.
- Evidence of community support, including whether or not the local district councillor/s supports the project.
- Evidence of how they have met our consultation requirements.
- A project plan and risk assessment.
- Breakdown of costs.
- Details of match funding, including local contributions.
- Expected impact.
- A completed screening impact assessment covering privacy issues, contribution to Wychavon priorities and equalities impacts.
Rules of the grant scheme
Grants must be for capital projects or for start-up funding for new activities or services that meet a clearly evidenced need. Above all else, there must be evidence that projects are deliverable and will have a positive, lasting impact on the community.
We require applications for new community buildings or significant refurbishments of community buildings to consider installation of renewable energy technologies and those that include car parking facilities to incorporate provision of one or more publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points. We also encourage applicants to include suitable provision for cyclists.
We require applicants for projects that include the redevelopment of green space to consider how they could contribute to the provision of new or enhanced habitats for pollinators.
We will not generally award funding for:
- Projects that have already been completed or largely completed before we receive an application.
- Any expenditure incurred or committed before we approve an award.
- Day to day running costs, replacement equipment, repairs, maintenance or the costs of meeting health and safety requirements.
- The like for like replacement or refurbishment of kitchens, toilets, floors, roofs or storage in community buildings unless it is part of a larger redevelopment project.
- One off events.
- Professional fees for speculative projects or planning application fees.
- Fundraising activities.
- Political or religious activities.
- Work that is the responsibility of other public bodies or organisations.
- School projects unless the matter is outside any other funding mechanism, and there is a demonstrable wider community benefit, and there is evidence that the community supports use of NHB monies for this purpose
Section 6 of the 2019 update of our New Homes Bonus Protocol contains the full set of criteria/rules that apply to the Community Legacy Grant scheme. We strongly advise parish and town councils to read these before submitting an expression of interest. Read New Homes Bonus Protocol (2018-2022)
How decisions are made
Our Communities and Funding Advisory Panel will assess all full applications and make recommendations to the Executive Board about each application.
All funding decisions will be made by the Executive Board. We expect to make decisions on round four applications by the end of July 2022.
We take a range of factors into account when assessing applications and making funding decisions. For round four these include:
- Strength of contribution to Wychavon’s priorities and goals.
- The level of housing growth since October 2014 and whether or not the parish or town council has previously received a Community Legacy Grant.
- Need for the project.
- Inclusion in neighbourhood or town plans.
- Level of community support.
- Anticipated community impact.
- Amount of match funding.
- Future sustainability of the project.
- Amount of NHB already paid under our previous NHB scheme, including any unspent allocations.
Terms and conditions for all grant awards
Successful applicants will receive a grant offer letter and a set of terms and conditions, which together constitute their grant agreement.