Hornsea 3 Community Fund Criteria

Fund Overview

The full eligibility criteria for the Hornsea 3 Community Fund is below. Please read it through carefully and ensure your project is eligible to be considered for grant support, BEFORE you apply.

We have some FAQs 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.

As this is the first round, it is expected that interest in the Fund will be 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.

Each year, approximately £700,000 will be available.

£100,000 will be ring-fenced each year for a ‘Skills Fund’ (separate criteria applies).

A further £100,000 will be ring fenced each year for the ‘Hornsea 3 Legacy Fund’ to support a single capital flagship project and is ‘Inspired by Green’.
(Ørsted is keen that organisations applying for funds are reflecting on their environmental impact and are taking positive action in relation to environmental sustainability and carbon reduction.
The application asks groups if they are taking steps to minimise the carbon footprint of the project they are seeking funding support for and will the project actually make a positive impact on the environment – is the project ‘Inspired by Green?’.)

The remaining £500,000 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.

For projects involving revenue costs, applicants can apply for funding for up to two years.

There are two levels of grants (detailed below) and groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application.

Small grants between £500 and £5,000
Main grants between £5,001 and £75,000

Organisations can submit one application per deadline (unless they are a Local Authority, or a Town or Parish Council applying on behalf of another group).

If you apply and are unsuccessful, you can reapply. However, you must skip one application deadline before you can reapply, even if the application is for a different project. As the Fund has two application deadlines each year, that essentially means if your application is declined, you can apply again around the same time the following year. The only exception are groups applying specifically for Nature Conservation projects who do not need to wait before they can reapply.

Successful groups must, first, fully complete their project, and then must also skip the next application deadline before another application can be considered, even if the application is for a different project. The only exception are groups applying specifically for Nature Conservation projects who can apply for a project at a different site whilst a previous project is ongoing, or for a project at a previously supported site as soon as that project is fully complete.

For clarity, a project is only considered as fully complete when the final grant payment has been made AND all required reporting has been completed.

Match Funding

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 and a formula within the application guidance notes shows how this can be calculated.

Project Location

All applications must be located within the Fund zone as shown on the map below. Please click on the map image to open the interactive map. You can then check that your project is located within the eligible area.

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

The Fund will support projects that meet at least one of the following themes:

  • Community buildings and facilities. For example: capital improvement works to village halls, community centres, museums, heritage centres and community cafes. Projects that help transition to lower carbon operations, are particularly encouraged.
  • 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, green initiatives and public open space projects. For example: projects involving habitat/species conservation, community growing schemes and public parks.
  • Sports, recreation and play. For example: playgrounds, skate parks, climbing walls, sports equipment and sports field drainage projects.
Eligible Organisations

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.
Organisations that can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary and community groups, and local charities
  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Local Authorities (if they are applying on behalf of a community)
  • 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’.
    These organisations must have a minimum of three unrelated Directors.

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, or nature conservation projects in churchyards)
  • 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
  • Vehicle purchase and hire and land-based community transport schemes
  • 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)
  • Public conveniences and public car parks
  • Allotments (projects involving community allotments, community growing spaces and community orchards can still apply if access is available to the general public)
  • Festivals, carnivals, music festivals, theatre productions, fairs, fetes, arts festivals, firework displays, parades, day trips, overseas travel and other similar one-off events
  • Memorials, statues, sculptures and other pieces of public art
  • Building purchase. Land purchase is eligible but applicants should contact GrantScape before applying to ensure your project meets the criteria
  • 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
    This must be clearly evidenced in the application and groups, particularly those with a base outside of the funding area, may be asked to provide relevant letters of support.
  • The local community benefit which will result from the project
  • The environmental benefit which will result from the project and how any negative environmental impact has been mitigated – is the project ‘Inspired by Green’?
  • 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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