Mick George Community Fund Criteria
All grants are subject to projects meeting GrantScape’s Generic Grant-making Policy as well as the Specific Funding Criteria detailed below:
- The Mick George Community Fund has approximately £500,000 available per year
- There are four deadlines for applications each year
- The minimum grant is £10,000. The maximum you can apply for is £50,000, although it is unlikely individual grants over £35,000 will be made
- Match Funding will not be required
- Unless by invitation, organisations can only apply for a grant if their total project cost is more than £10,000 and less than £100,000
- Before applying to the Fund, applicants will need to have secured all consents for their projects (such as planning permission, Faculty etc.), as well as securing any other funding required for the project to proceed. For example, if your total project cost is £45,000 and you are applying for £20,000, you need to have £25,000 already committed from other sources and/or from your own funds. If this is not the case, you are not eligible to apply.
Contributing Third Party (CTP) Donation:
Each grant awarded will require a donation to be made to Mick George Ltd so that the grant can be released by GrantScape. This is called a Contributing Third Party (CTP) donation. The CTP donation covers Mick George Ltd’s costs in providing monies for the grant through the Landfill Communities Fund, plus associated fees.
In simple terms, each £11 of CTP donation will release £100 of funding for the project.
The application form asks groups to identify an individual or organisation who would be willing to make this CTP donation if they are awarded a grant.
Detailed information on why CTP donations are necessary, who can provide these and how to calculate the approximate amount required is provided in GrantScape’s quick reference guide: “Contributing Third Party (CTP) Guidance”. This document is also available as part of the online application pack.
Projects must be located in the vicinity of Mick George Ltd’s operations in: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Rutland, Suffolk and Warwickshire. Please refer to the map on GrantScape’s website for precise details of the eligible funding area.
Please note that the area around Holbeach is sadly ineligible as it is not within 10 miles of a landfill site.
Grants are available for community projects.
Grants will be available for capital improvement works to public amenity projects. Examples may include:
- Village halls
- Village greens
- Public playgrounds
- Sports fields and facilities
- Nature reserves
- Community centres
- Cycle paths
- Country parks
For projects involving land purchase, new buildings and extensions to existing buildings, please contact GrantScape before applying.
Projects at schools may be eligible if the general public can benefit from the project. Please contact GrantScape before considering applying.
Public Access Requirements:
Projects must be available and open to the general public – as a minimum, for 4 evenings a week, or 2 days a week, or 104 days a year.
Grants will not be available for:
- Community Shops
- Membership-based sports clubs and facilities (e.g. bowls and golf clubs), unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction
- Individuals and commercial organisations
- Projects that are considered statutory requirements
- Projects that are solely aimed to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act
- Revenue funding and core cost funding
- Retrospective funding (i.e. projects that have already been completed)
- Bus services, minibus services, or vehicles
- Projects at hospices or day care centres
- Any works to public highways
- Staff posts and costs where they are not based, or specifically undertaking works, at the actual project site
- Projects to deliver visual enhancements (i.e. ‘a view’), as this does not improve, maintain or provide a general public amenity
- Village or town centre enhancements, such as walkways, street works or signage
- CD’s, web-sites or remote interpretation about a site
- Public car parks, unless they are specific to the general public amenity
- Public conveniences
- Allotments, or fruit growing projects
- Charity buildings, offices of charities, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and advice centres
- Large scale perimeter / security fencing programmes that do not directly enhance the public amenity
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, and wind and water turbines unless: (i) these will be used solely to provide power and/or heat for the community amenity where they will be installed; and (ii) no income will be received from Government Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) or from any similar tariffs introduced in the future
Repeat Applications for the Same Project
Where a group has submitted an application for a project and has been unsuccessful in securing a grant from the Fund, no re-submission of the application will be considered unless this has first been invited by GrantScape. Groups are, however, welcome to submit applications for new and/or different projects.
The main criteria used when assessing applications received will be:
- The level of community support for and involvement in the project
- The local community benefit and enjoyment which will result from the project
Other factors will also be considered which must be demonstrated in the application:
- The ability of the applicant to deliver the project
- How the work will be continued after the project has been completed, i.e. its sustainability and legacy
- Value for money