Funding body information
Buckinghamshire County Council
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Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations from a variety of local sources.
Local Priorities Funding
Local Area Forums (LAFs) or Local Community Partnerships (LCPs) within each local area have limited development budgets, which are to be used to deliver the local priorities in the local area plan.
When applying for Local Priorities funding there are two forms to be completed:
- An initial expression of interest form to ascertain if your proposal meets the funding criteria. (Please note that this is an electronic form which can only be completed online at the following link.)
- If you are advised that your proposal is eligible, there is a second more detailed application form that you will need to complete. (The ful application form can be downloaded here.)
Priorities are listed below:
- To ensure Buckinghamshire has a thriving economy that is creating jobs
- To improve transport networks within Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas
- To protect the County's special environment and ensure that it continues to be recognised nationally as one of the best places to live and work
- To encourage people and communities to be actively involved in their local area and services
- To help our children and young people reach their full potential
- To encourage people to do more for themselves whilst providing a safety net for the most vulnerable members of the population
- To provide high quality services and excellent value for money
- To ensure your local Council and its Councillors protect the interests of Buckinghamshire residents at local, regional and national levels
For further information, please visit the Council's dedicated 'Local Area Funding' page.
The four District Councils may also provide funding to local voluntary and community organisations:
Aylesbury Vale District Council
AVDC and Vale of Aylesbury Housing will jointly provide a Community Chest fund of up to £500,000 per year until 2017.
Eligible groups include charities, clubs, societies, associations, parish councils, community interest companies and other social enterprises. Applicants must be formally constituted, not-for-profit and operate within Aylesbury Vale, providing facilities, activities or services for the benefit of local residents.
Microgrants are available, up to £1,000 and are assessed every month, whilst Project Grants, consisting of one-off funding up to £25,000 for capital or revenue costs occur in three rounds each year
- Applications must contribute to at least one of the following areas:
- Stronger communities
- Safer communities
- Thriving economy
- Sustainable environment
Chiltern District Council
Chiltern District Council website suggested that community grants and external funding is usually acquired through a process of competitive bidding. For further information please call Chiltern District Council Community Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01494 732950
South Bucks District Council
Community Grants are available across 4 different programmes: Community Development Grants, Community Environment Grants, Playground Grants and Village Hall Grants. The total money available for the current financial year is £15,000 across all four of the programmes.
Funding is available for capital purchases across the four grant programmes, all projects applying for any of the programmes must be open and accessible to the public and based in South Bucks. Funding is available for the purchase of equipment or materials and building and refurbishment works.
Community Grants is a rolling programme and applications can be made throughout the year.
Wycombe District Council
Several sources of funding to support groups and individuals living in the Wycombe District are available.
High Wycombe Town Community Support Grant
A budget of £10,000 each year is available to give as a grant to provide funding to voluntary and community sector organisations based in High Wycombe town (the unparished area of High Wycombe). These are to specifically assist towards one-off projects, events and activities that are time-limited and directly benefit High Wycombe town residents. They can be applied for throughout the year.
High Wycombe Town Community Facility Grant
A budget of £10,000 each year is available to give as a grant, to facilities which have community use as their primary purpose and are in High Wycombe town (the unparished area of High Wycombe). These grants enable community facilities within High Wycombe town to make building improvements and to help fund essential works to ensure that they can remain available for public use.
Funding is available through a rolling grant programme which means that grants can be applied for throughout the year. However those applying for funding late in the financial year may find that the budget has already been allocated.
Community Support Grants
Community support grants fall into two main categories: small grants up to £1,500 and larger Annual Revenue Grants of £1,500 upwards.
- Grants up to £1,500 provide capital funding to voluntary and community sector organisations to assist towards one-off projects, events and activities to directly benefit the local community.
- Further information on grant criteria and application processes can be found on the Council website.
- Applications of grants of £1,500 and above are accepted once a year for funding in the next financial year. The 2016 to 2016 grant programme goes live on Monday 3 Augst 2015 and the deadline for applications is 26 October 2105.
- More information on grant criteria can be downloaded here, whilst application forms are available at the following link.
Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'
Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:
External Funding: Buckinghamshire County Council offers support to other public sector organisations and the VCS to help secure external funding from grant giving organisations such as the EU, the National Lottery, local or national trusts and central government. They also offer a bid critique service.
Buckinghamshire County Council's website contains information, support and advice for VCS groups.
Information is clearly laid out on the 'Funding for your community organisation' pages. This describes contract opportunities, as well as district council funding.
Information is also provided on a range of tertiary support services for VCS groups, such as external funding opportunities.
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