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Community grants

Our grants can help voluntary, community, arts and youth groups provide projects for the benefit of local people.

About the community grants

We offer grants of between £50 and £2000 to groups and clubs who can show that they would have real difficulty funding projects without our help.

You can use the grant for things like one-off projects, equipment, individual events and uniforms.

You cannot use it to pay for day-to-day costs or the general running costs of your group or organisation.

We may not always be able to offer you the full grant you've asked for.

Who can apply for a community grant

We will consider applications from voluntary organisations, community groups and individuals looking for youth-related grants.

You must be a non-profit-making organisation or charity and have no restrictions on membership.

Your headquarters does not have to be in Rushmoor, but you must be able to show that what you do benefits the community of Rushmoor.

Youth-rated grants for individuals

We can provide youth-related grants to individuals so they can take up an opportunity they could not otherwise consider and where there is no other funding available.

How we assess grant applications

We consider the following when we make a decision:

  • The contribution to the local community
  • The need for financial help
  • The purpose of the organisation and the help requested
  • Sustainability
  • Social inclusion, especially the impact on hard-to-reach groups
  • Previous help we've provided
  • The period of the grant
  • If you receive any rent or rate relief and, if so, how much
  • Accessibility, especially for people with disabilities
  • The contribution to our council priorities:
    • Leadership
    • Prosperity
    • Place
    • People and communities
    • Good value services
  • The contribution to the objectives of our partners, e.g. health
  • Any funding from other organisations
  • What you will use the money for

How to apply for a community grant

You can apply for a community grant online or you can download a pdf icon Community grant application form [146kb], fill it in and send it to us.

If you are a group or organisation, you will need to submit a copy of your most recent audited accounts with your application form. If you apply online, you will be asked to upload them as part of the application process.

What happens once you've applied for a grant

We'll contact you to let you know we've received your application and when you might expect to hear from us with a decision.

The Cabinet member for community and concessions will consider the application and accounts with officers and recommend to the Cabinet if you should get a grant and if so, how much it should be.

If the Cabinet approves the recommendation, we will send you a cheque for the amount we've granted.

We will also expect you to show us how you spent the money.

 
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