Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund Criteria
The full eligibility criteria for the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund is below. Please read it through carefully and ensure your project is eligible to considered for grant support, BEFORE you apply.
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Interest in the Fund is consistently high. Please give your project the best chance of success and apply when you are ‘grant ready’. Advice on being grant ready can be found in the FAQs.
Important Covid-19 Update (September 2021)
In June 2020 Ørsted announced temporary changes to the funding criteria in response to the global Covid-19 emergency. Due to the ongoing issues the pandemic is still creating for communities, the criteria changes have been extended for all application closing dates in early 2022.
Applications are encouraged to support communities through to recovery. This is likely to include local groups and organisations who:
• Are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery efforts from Covid-19.
• Have lost significant core income over the past few months and request funding to recover quicker financially.
Temporary changes to the funding criteria:
• No match funding will be required for all applications at this time.
• Re-application restrictions have been lifted. Any groups that have previously received a grant, have a live project or have been unsuccessful in the last round may re-apply.
The changes relate to all applications to the 23 September 2020, 14 April 2021, 22 September 2021 and 13 April 2022 closing dates only. All other criteria will remain unchanged.
The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the North Wales and English coast off the Irish Sea within a defined area.
Approximately £225,000 is available for grants each year which is split equally between two funding rounds.
The next application deadline is detailed on the right side of this page. Late applications cannot be considered until the next funding round, usually every six months.
The total cost of your project, including parts of it that others will be funding, must not be in excess of £250,000.
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 £20,000
Main grant applications are scrutinised to a greater depth than small grant applications, therefore groups applying for amounts just above the small grant limit should carefully consider the amount of grant support that is required for their project before applying.
Organisations can only apply for one project per funding round (unless you are a Local Authority or a Town, Parish or Community Council applying on behalf of another group).
Successful groups cannot apply for the same project for a period of 2 years.
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.
Restrictions on re-application have been removed for the 23 September 2020, 14 April 2021 and 22 September 2021 application deadlines only. Any groups that have previously received a grant, have a live project or have been unsuccessful in the last round may re-apply to these rounds.
Match funding is not required for Small grant applications.
Main grant applications require a minimum of 20% 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.
Match funding is not required for applications to the 23 September 2020, 14 April 2021 and 22 September 2021 application deadlines only.
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.
Grants are available for:
- Community building provision and improvements, (i.e. Village Halls and Community Centres)
- Environmental and wildlife projects, including projects that create and enhance parks and open spaces
- Marine and coastal improvement projects
- Social and community enterprise initiatives.
- Any other new or existing community project for the benefit of local residents in the funding area that are not listed as excluded below.
Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:
- Voluntary, community groups, local and national Charities
- Parish / Community Councils / Town Councils
- Local Authorities (if they are applying on behalf of a community organisation)
- Social enterprises and Community Interest Companies operating on a not-profit-distributing basis. These are defined by Social 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’.
Applicants are required to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and a bank or building society account, held in the name of the organisation, in place before applying for a grant.
Grants will not be available for:
- Commercial organisations
- Any works considered a statutory responsibility, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks
- 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 and the project is for wider community benefit). 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 which includes restrictive fees and charges, i.e. not membership by nomination organisations)
- Sports clubs will only be supported where monies are requested to either increase participation, diversification and / or 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
- Vehicles (unless the project is for a community transport scheme or service)
- Public conveniences
- Land and building purchase
- One-off community events such as summer fetes and fairs, or seasonal projects such as Christmas lighting or community bonfires
- Stand-alone feasibility and project development costs including planning costs
- 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
- Arts projects that do not have clear community benefit
- Day trips and residential trips
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
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