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Community Recovery Grant

We know that people in the community are often best placed to understand local needs. The Community Recovery grant has been designed to support organisations undertaking projects that provide social and economic benefits throughout the region.

Community Recovery Grant Applications

We have already received a number of interesting and well thought out proposals. Thank you for sending these to us.

We have also received a high number of applications where the only benefits seem to be to the existing business and with only a cursory comment on how it may affect the local community or economy.

Our aim is to use this seed funding to enable a good return on any investment. It is important to clearly state what the funding will deliver and the benefits it will provide for your community or wider business community. Doing so will mean your proposal is far more likely to receive funding.

Deadline extended until Tuesday 7 December

Who can apply?

Any organisation based in the region and registered for tax purposes is eligible to apply for a Community Recovery Grant. This includes:

  • Limited Companies, including social enterprises and CIC's.
    • Must be registered with a company number on Companies House)
  • Sole Traders/Partnerships
    • Registered with HMRC and able to provide a Unique Tax Reference Number
  • Charitable Organisations
    • Registered with the Charities Commission and with a Charity Number
  • Precepting Authorities and other public sector bodies

What sort of projects are you looking for?

We are particularly keen to support new projects, or developments to existing projects, that can provide a high return of local benefit, relative to the grant value requested.

Examples of projects we expect to review include:

  • Events
  • Marketing and promotion of the region
  • Local economy regeneration
  • Creation or support of local jobs
  • Business to business cooperation
  • Support for multiple local sectors and organisations
  • Outreach and assistance for vulnerable populations
  • Forging new or strengthening community links

The benefits need to be specific to your project - generalised benefits like "increasing footfall" or "increasing spending in the local shops" will not be sufficient - unless that is the specific aim of your project. The more detailed and specific you can be about how the project will improve your community, the more likely it is that we can support your project.

How much money is available?

Unlike previous grants, organisations are responsible for requesting and justifying the award they need for their project.

Requests should start at £2000, and go up to £10,000.

We reserve the right to offer partial funding if appropriate. Larger awards may be considered for exceptional projects, but proposals will need to show significant tangible benefits and measurable outcomes.

You will need to clearly specify how the money will be spent and the benefits to the community it will bring.

How do I apply?

From 1 November 2021, eligible organisations with a relevant project will be asked to fill out an application form, including the following

  • Details about the organisation
  • A summary project proposal, in less than 200 words describing the project and the intended benefits to the local economy and communities
  • Total project cost
  • Amount of award requested from the Community Recovery Grant

Apply Now

Applications will open on 1 November 2021, and run until 7 December 2021

Projects will be assessed by our panel in December 2021 and funds will be paid to successful projects in early 2022.

These dates may be subject to change, depending on the volume and quality of applications received.

You can read the Icon for pdf scheme policy [1000.19KB] and Icon for pdf guidance notes for applicants [899.33KB] for more information. 

What happens if I am successful?

Successful applications will be contacted in December 2021. Organisations may be asked to provide more information at this stage. The panel reserve the right to rescind any offer of funding if information requested is not provided.

Successful organisations will be expected to work with the Council in any future marketing efforts regarding the project.

What happens if my project is not funded?

We will let you know by email if your project has not been successful. Please be sure to add our email address to your accepted emails list.

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