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Grants for community organisations

Councillors opportunities fund

Councillors can award up to £1,000 to a community group or organisation for a one-off project. It must help make the district a better place to live by improving social or environmental wellbeing.

More than one councillor can award funding for the same project if they want to - for example, a project can be awarded £250 from one councillor and £750 from another, making the total award the full £1,000. 

You can apply at any point during the financial year (1 April to 31 March) and the project must have started within six months of funding being given, and completed within 18 months.

If you're awarded funding, your project will be listed on our website with how much you were given and how much you have spent so far.

Apply for the opportunities fund

You should contact a councillor (it doesn't have to be your ward councillor) with details of your project. If they decide to award funding, they will check your group or organisation is eligible and agree an amount. 

You will then be asked to complete an online application, which will ask you to confirm the project information and give bank details for the funding to be paid to. No funding will be paid to an individual.

The information you give (excluding the organisation's bank details) will be sent to the relevant councillor(s) to confirm the award and amount, before a BACS payment is processed by our finance team.