Walney Extension Community Fund Criteria
Below are the Full Criteria for the Walney Extension Community Fund. Please read them through carefully before you apply.
If you would like to know more about how your application will be processed and how decisions will be made please click here.
Important Note: Interest in the new Walney Extension Community Fund is extremely high and we are expecting the first funding rounds to be very popular. The criteria stipulates that groups who apply and are unsuccessful cannot resubmit an application to the next round. If you then decide to re-apply for the following or subsequent rounds, you will need to complete a new application to be reconsidered.
Please give your project the best chance of success and be mindful of this when deciding when to submit your bid. The FAQ’s include information about being ‘grant ready’. We strongly recommend you read these carefully before applying.
Each year approximately £600,000 will be available. Approximately £100k of this Fund will be ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’. Please click here for further information.
The remaining monies (circa £500,000) will be split equally over two funding rounds each year.
The application deadline for the main fund is detailed on the right side of the page. Late applications cannot be considered until the next funding round, usually every six months.
There are two levels of grants and groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application.
For projects involving revenue costs, applicants can apply for funding for up to two years.
a) Small grants between £500 and £5,000
b) Main grants between £5,001 and £75,000
Organisations can only apply for one project per funding round (unless you are a Local Authority or a Town or Parish Council applying on behalf of another group).
Successful groups cannot apply for the same project for a period of 2 years, following the final payment of the grant.
Unsuccessful groups cannot reapply for the same project to the very next round and have to skip a round before the project can be reconsidered.
Match funding is not required for Small grant applications.
Main grant applications will need to secure a minimum of 20% of match funding.
Please note that match funding does not need to have been secured prior to application. In-kind contributions can be used as match funding. A formula within the application guidance notes shows how this can be calculated.
All applications must be located on or within the Fund boundary as shown on the map on the previous page.
Any projects located outside the area are not eligible to apply. If you are at all uncertain, please contact the GrantScape Team to discuss your application before you apply.
The Walney Extension Community Fund will support projects that meet at least one of the following themes:
- Community facilities. This might include capital improvements works to a village halls, community centre, museums, heritage centres and community cafes.
- Nature conservation and public green space projects. This might include projects that create and enhance parks, nature reserves, and community growing schemes.
- Community activities and services. This might include projects that focus on health and wellbeing issues, community arts projects, or grants for equipment or support for local clubs and groups.
- Sports, recreation and play. This might include sports field drainage projects, playgrounds, skate parks, indoor climbing walls and sports equipment.
Applicants require a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and will need to have a bank or building society account with a minimum of two signatories in place before applying for a grant.
Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:
- Voluntary and community groups, and local charities
- Parish and Town Councils
- Local Authorities (if they are applying on behalf of a community)
- Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies operating on a not-profit-distributing basis. These are defined by Social Enterprise UK as ‘businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community’.
Grants will not be available for:
- Commercial organisations.
- Any works that are a statutory responsibility (such as works to public highways) or that are the legal responsibility of others to fund.
- Job creation or apprenticeship schemes (unless the project being delivered requires a salaried position to deliver it, in which case a grant can be provided).
- Projects that are religious in focus or that support a party political campaign or cause or may bring the Fund into disrepute.
- Projects located at religious buildings (unless the project is clearly for the benefit of the wider community, for example a Church Hall improvement project where the building is available to the general public).
- Schools and educational establishments (unless the project is being delivered by a separate body). Projects at schools will only be supported where the project is for wider community use. The project (facility, area, service, activity etc) should have independent access, be run independently to the school and school use should not be prioritised over wider community use. All applicants with projects located on school grounds should contact GrantScape before applying to ensure your project meets the criteria.
- Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities (unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction e.g. not membership by nomination organisations). Sports clubs will only be supported where monies are requested to either increase participation, diversification / wider community use of the facility. Monies are not available for general maintenance or replacing equipment / consumable items.
- Projects that only benefit individuals.
- Retrospective funding, i.e. projects that have already been completed, whether or not already paid for.
- Vehicle purchase and hire and land-based community transport schemes.
- Public conveniences and public car parks.
- Festivals, carnivals and other similar one off events.
- Land and building purchase.
- Stand-alone feasibility studies, project development costs including planning costs and neighbourhood and community plans.
- Costs associated with ‘Asset Transfers’ from Local Authorities (i.e. legal costs, feasibility costs etc). However, once the Asset has been transferred, the group responsible for the amenity is eligible to apply for a grant from the Fund.
The criteria used when assessing applications received will be:
- The level of community support for and involvement in the project
- The local community benefit (social, economic and environmental) which will result from the project
- How the work will be continued after the project has been completed, i.e. its sustainability and legacy
- The ability of the applicant to deliver the project
- Value for money
- For applications above £50,000, does the applicant demonstrate additional match funding above the minimum 20% figure
- Does the application demonstrate collaborative or partnership working rather than working in isolation
- Is the application clearly not duplicating a project / service already available in a particular area
If your project has been affected by the recent flooding and you are not covered by insurance, then as long as your project meets the criteria you are eligible to apply for a grant from this Fund. However, there are specific flood alleviation grants available that may be more suitable for you to apply to. We have provided some direct links in the Useful Links section.