Councillor community grant scheme

The councillor community grant scheme is a budget of £4,500 allocated to each district councillor to support voluntary and not for profit organisations within their ward.

Following our climate emergency declaration in 2019, £1,000 of allocated budgets must be spent on environmental projects.

These organisations must have a charitable or community goal.

Grants of up to £1,000 per councillor can be awarded.

The scheme has been set up to contribute towards specific projects and should not be used to cover running costs or salaries.

How to apply for a councillor community grant

The councillor community grant scheme is now open for applications.

Process for applying

1. Ensure that your project meets the aims of the scheme (please read the guidance notes and criteria on pages 1-2 of the application form to check, link below).

2. Ensure you contact your local district councillor(s) to discuss whether they support the project in principle.

3. If you receive support from your district councillor(s), complete the application form and submit to your district councillor(s) via email for approval.

4. Once your district councillor has received your application, if they support it, they will forward your application to the relevant community development officer who will check it meets the criteria.

Please be advised, funding is not guaranteed until the community development officer has checked your application against the fund criteria.

You can find out who your local district councillor is and view their contact details on this page

Awards are made on a first come, first served basis and accepted throughout the year.

For this financial year, applications must be received no later than 5pm on 28 February 2023.

Below is an example of a previous councillor community grant application form for guidance:

How councillor grants were spent

You can view how our councillor grants were spent last year below: