Grants criteria

Annual Grants - criteria 2018-19

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One of the vital roles undertaken by local authorities is to promote partnership arrangements with local organisations to enable local needs to be met.  The Council cannot hope to meet all needs within the current financial framework, nor should it try to, but with limited financial resources available for grants, advisory and technical resources, we are able to assist the many organisations working within the Spelthorne area to meet the needs of our community.

The Council has streamlined the application and allocation system for grants. All applications will be considered by a panel administering a single budget comprising what was formerly the annual revenue grants, sports, arts and leisure grants.

Grants for annual revenue purposes - running costs - will be decided in the previous November and paid at the start of the relevant financial year. Grants for other purposes - events, equipment, training - will be allocated throughout the relevant year, starting from April.

The Council has adopted a standard form of criteria, which will apply to all types of grants, and these are set out below.

  • Annual accounts are to be submitted by all applicants, together with information relating to current bank/building society balances and liabilities
  • An indication must be given as to the number of Spelthorne residents who are involved in or directly benefit from the activities of the applicant
  • A report for monitoring purposes must be submitted at the end of the financial year or after the event has taken place, indicating how the grant has helped the applicant to achieve its stated objectives
  • Applicants must clearly state what other sources of funding have been applied for, whether successful or otherwise
  • Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports delivery of the Council's priorities and enhances the quality of life in the borough. Examples include:
    • Supporting children and young people
    • Supporting independent living
    • Health & wellbeing
    • Community involvement
    • Priority will be given to those organisations supporting the vulnerable and less fortunate in the borough.
  • The award of a grant is no guarantee of funding in future years

  • The Borough Council should be acknowledged and identified in all publicity relating to the activity/event for which an award has been made.  In addition, successful applicants should be prepared to appear in press releases, photographs and so on, for the Council.

  • Grant aid will only be given to non-profit organisations

  • Grants of £15,000 and over will be subject to a Service Level Agreement