Eastchurch Community Fund Criteria

Fund Overview

The owners of the two wind farm developments located in the Parish of Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey, owned by EnergieKontor (New Rides) and Resonance Asset Management (HMP Standford Hill) respectively, contribute each year into a community fund

The donations will be made directly to GrantScape by each developer separately over a 25 year period. The money will be pooled into a single pot of funds under one set of criteria as detailed below.

Project location

The annual c£36,000 is available for projects located within the Parish of Eastchurch.

Project Purpose

Grants are available for any locally based community project that can show it has the support of the community. Match funding is not required.

The minimum grant available is £250.

The maximum grant available for groups applying to the first round of the year (Spring) is 75% of the annual total budget.

The maximum grant available for groups applying to the second round of the year (Autumn) is 25% of the annual total budget.

Monies not allocated in each funding round will be carried to the next available funding round and the maximum grant limits adjusted accordingly. Groups should therefore check here as close to the application deadline as possible to ensure they have the latest maximum application figure.

For the Spring 2023 funding round the maximum grant available is £37,237.

A local Advisory Group (AG) has been established to help decide how to spend the fund each year.

The Fund is particularly interested in supporting projects that:

  • Innovate and are different, and get the communities they are intended for excited and involved
  • Help develop more sustainable communities and enhance quality of life
  • Support local conservation and environmental initiatives
  • Encourage renewable energy use, helping communities save energy or generate energy for their use

The Fund may support a single exceptional community project at each funding round if it wishes, or part of the fund at each funding round could be used to support a longer-term project.

Eligible Organisations

Organisations eligible to receive a grant must be:

  • Voluntary, community groups,  Parish Councils
  • Schools and educational establishments (above the LEA duty)
  • Social enterprises and Community Interest Companies operating on a non-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’. Such organisations must have a minimum of three unrelated Directors.

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. 

Exclusions

Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations.
  • 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)
  • Projects that only benefit one individual
  • Funding core costs in organisations e.g. running costs, admin costs, building rental costs etc.
  • Retrospective funding (i.e. funding can only be requested for works that will begin / expenditure that will be incurred AFTER our funding decision has been made and a formal grant Contract issued)
  • Scheduled transport services e.g. bus and train services
  • Works that are the responsibility of the local authority such as public highways and public car parks

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