East Coast Community Fund Full Criteria

Below are the Full Criteria for the East Coast Community Fund. Please read them through carefully before you apply.

We have some FAQ’s that will help answer any other questions you may have and a Useful Links page that can help you find other sources of funding, or more general funding advice, in your area.

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 East Coast Community Fund is extremely high and we are expecting the first funding rounds to be very popular. The criteria stipulate 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.

Fund Overview

Each year, approximately £465,000 will be available. Up to £75,000 of this be ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’ (details of this will be published shortly). The remaining monies (circa £390,000) will be split equally over two funding rounds each year.

The application deadlines are detailed on the previous page and the next one is on the right of this page. Late applications cannot be considered until the next funding round, usually every six months.

There are two levels of grants available, and groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application. For projects involving revenue costs, groups can apply for funding for up to two years. The levels of grants are as follows:

a) Small grants between £1,000 and £5,000
b) Main grants between £5,001 and £50,000

Groups can only apply for one project per funding round (unless they are a Local Authority, or a Town or Parish Council applying on behalf of another group).

Successful groups cannot apply again for the same project for a period of 2 years (please see FAQs for more detail).

Unsuccessful groups cannot reapply for the same project to the very next round and must skip a round before the project can be reconsidered.

Match Funding

Match funding is not required for Small grant applications.

Main grant applications will require a minimum of 20% match funding.

Please note that match funding will not need to have been secured prior to application. In-kind contributions can be used as match funding, and a formula within the application guidance notes shows how this can be calculated.

Project Location

All applications must be located on or within the Fund boundary as shown on the map here

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 applying.

Project Purpose

Grants will be available for:

  • Community buildings and facilities. For example: capital improvement works to village halls, community centres, museums, heritage centres and community cafes.
  • Community activities and services. For example: projects addressing health and wellbeing, social isolation, community cohesion, access to amenities, young and old people’s projects, and projects providing support for local clubs and groups.
  • Environmental and public open space projects. For example: projects involving parks, nature reserves, community growing schemes, and habitat/species conservation.
  • Sports, recreation and play. For example: playgrounds, skate parks, indoor climbing walls, sports equipment and sports field drainage projects.
Eligible Organisations

Eligible applicants include:

  • Voluntary and community groups, and charities
  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Local Authorities (if they working with community organisations on community-led projects).
  • Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies operating on a non-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’. Such organisations must have a minimum of three Directors.

Before applying for a grant, groups will need to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document, plus a bank or building society account with a minimum of two signatories.

Exclusions

Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations
  • Any works that are a statutory duty (such as works to public highways), or that are the legal responsibility of others to fund
  • 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 application comes from 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 kits and club uniforms
  • Projects that only benefit individuals
  • Retrospective funding, i.e. projects that have already been completed, whether or not already paid for
  • Public conveniences and public car parks
  • Allotments
  • Festivals, carnivals, day trips, overseas travel and other similar one-off events
  • Memorials, statues, sculptures and other pieces of public art
  • 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.
Judging Criteria

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