Uniting Communities grant fund

Find out more about the Uniting Communities grant fund, including who can apply and how to apply.

Community cohesion is what must happen in all communities to help different groups of people to get on well together. We have received special funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government to help us develop projects to bring our communities together.

About the Uniting Communities grant

The Uniting Communities grant is suitable for local groups to provide community projects which:

  • Support and strengthen community relations and integration
  • Increase interaction between individuals and communities from different backgrounds
  • Promote trust and common understanding
  • Respond to community tensions and issues

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

As funds are limited, we anticipate that the fund will support a larger number of small grants (£500- £1,000) rather than a smaller number of large grants.

If successful, we may not always be able to offer you the full grant you have asked for.

Who can apply

We will consider applications from any small grassroots community project. This includes voluntary and community groups, churches and schools.

You must be a non-profit-making organisation or a charity and have no restrictions on membership. As part of the application process, we will ask for evidence that your organisation is properly constituted. We will ask you to show that the activity you are requesting funding for is not-for-profit and will be used for the community's benefit.

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.

If you are a community group, voluntary organisation, new start-up group or voluntary organisation you will need to make sure you have:

  • A written governing document (for example, a set of rules, a constitution or a trust deed)
  • At least three unrelated people on the governing body or management committee
  • A UK-based bank or building society in the name of your organisation that requires at least two people (who are unrelated and do not live at the same address) to sign cheques and make a withdrawal

Groups working with children and young people will need to have a safeguarding children policy.

Funding conditions

To apply for a grant, groups must:

  • Be local and a non-profit-making organisation or charity
  • Have no restrictions on membership
  • Provide evidence that that organisation is properly constituted i.e. provide your written governing document
  • Have a bank account and provide a set of accounts
  • Have a safeguarding children policy (where required)

How we assess applications

We consider the following when we make a decision:

  • The contribution to the local community
  • The need for financial help, including your organisation's balances
  • 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
  • Accessibility, especially for people with disabilities
  • Any funding from other organisations
  • What you will use the money for
  • Any direct links with the council

We will base our decision on whether to award a grant or not on the application form and supporting information provided. Organisations will need to address all sections of the application form in full, as they form the key criteria for consideration.

We will run the grants programme on a rolling basis until we have allocated all the funds.

View pdf icon Uniting Communities grant awards 2019/20 [72kb] to see details of grants we've awarded from this fund this year.

How to apply for a Uniting Communities grant

Before starting to complete the application form, please look through the pdf icon Uniting Communities grant guidance [126kb]. Here you will find all the questions asked on the application form, together with the information we are looking for.

Please note, you will have to complete the application form in one go, as there is currently no 'save' function.

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If you are a group or organisation, in addition to the application form you must submit:

  • A copy of your organisation's constitution
  • A copy of your organisation's most recent accounts (audited where appropriate)
  • Written estimates/quotations from contractors/suppliers for the work to be carried out or items to be bought

You will be asked to upload these as part of the application process.

If you are unable to provide accounts, for example if you are a new start-up group, please provide a current bank statement.

We are happy to receive other supporting documents and photos to back your application.

If you would like to discuss an application before submitting to the fund, please contact us using the details on this page.

What happens once you have applied

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

We will check your application form, along with the enclosed documents, to see if it is complete.

If your application is not complete, we will ask you for the missing information. We also contact you for additional information.

If you don't complete the forms fully or you fail to provide additional information, we will not consider your application for a grant.

A panel will consider the application and accounts and make a decision if you should get a grant and if so, how much it should be.

We consider each case on its merits and will try to fund as many appropriate schemes as we can.

If your application is successful

Grants are subject to the return of a signed acceptance form and supporting documents.

The project must start within six months of the award and the grant must be used within the time stated on the application.

We pay grants in arrears by BACS to the named organisation on completion of the project. You will need to provide evidence of your spend, such as invoices or receipts.

In exceptional circumstances and at our discretion, we may pay the funding before you incur costs. It will be up to you to ask us to consider this before you sign and return the Acceptance form.

You must only use your grant for the purpose you applied for. We will only release funding for the agreed elements shown on the acceptance form.

Within three months of the grant being paid, you will have to give us a short report together with any photos. To help with this, we will provide you with a feedback form template.

On completion of your project, we will invite your group to share your successes with partners, such as at the Cohesion Forum.

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