Community Legacy Grant scheme
Our Community Legacy Grant scheme is a £3 million fund for innovative, ambitious, viable capital projects that meet local needs and that will create a significant community legacy. The scheme will also provide start-up funding for smaller, innovative schemes that address local need.
There are three annual bidding rounds open to parish and town councils. We expect to award around £1 million in each round. Individual grant awards will normally be between £10,000 and £100,000. The scheme is funded through New Homes Bonus payments we receive from the government.
How to submit a bid
There is an annual two-stage competitive bidding process open to parish and town councils. Parish and town councils can make up to two bids in any one year. Those making two applications will need to indicate which one is the higher priority.
Stage one – expressions of interest
Round one expressions of interest open on 6 July and close on 23 November 2018. These must be made using our online form and must include:
An outline of the project and proposed timescales
Evidence of need
Stage two – full applications
We will invite applicants whose proposals align with the overall aims of the Community Legacy Grant scheme and meet the scheme’s criteria to submit a second stage, more detailed application. The deadline for full applications is 18 January 2019.
You will need to carry out consultation about your proposals before submitting a stage two full application. We have put together these consultation guidelines to assist you in planning your consultation.
All two stage applications must give full details of 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. Consultation with the community will be required and this will be more extensive for larger applications.
- A project plan.
- Breakdown of costs.
- Details of match funding, including local contributions.
- Expected impact.
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 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.
- 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 our New Homes Bonus Protocol (2018-2022) contains the full set of criteria/rules that apply to the Community Legacy Grant scheme. We strongly advise you to read these before submitting an expression of interest.
How decisions are made
We will take the following factors into account when assessing applications and making funding decisions:
- The level of housing growth since October 2014. Parish and towns that have seen substantial housing growth since October 2014 and have so far received little New Homes Bonus will be considered favourably.
- 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.
Our Localism and Community Funding Advisory Panel will assess all full applications against the criteria set out in the New Homes Bonus Protocol and make recommendations to the Executive Board about each application. All funding decisions will be made by the Executive Board.