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:

Fund Overview
  • The Mick George Community Fund has approximately £200,000 available per year
  • There are two deadlines for applications each year
  • The minimum grant is £10,000. The maximum that can be applied for is £15,000
  • Unless by invitation, organisations can only apply for a grant if their total project cost is less than £100,000
    When establishing the total cost of the project and how much you are requesting from the Fund, we would advise you obtain 3 comparable quotes.
  • Match funding is not required
  • 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 £15,000, you need to have £30,000 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 £11.50 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.

Project Location

Projects must be located within the eligible funding zone. Please refer to the map on the previous page for precise details.

Eligible Organisations

Eligible organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary organisations, community groups / associations, sports clubs (note exclusion criteria regarding membership restrictions), local and national Charities
  • Parish / Community Councils / Town Councils
  • Local Authorities
  • 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.

To be eligible to apply, an organisation must:

  • 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
  • Be run on a not-for-profit basis
  • Own or hold a lease for the project site with at least 5 years remaining. Projects should be based at a project site which must be owned or leased by the applying organisation. If your organisation neither owns the project site, nor has a lease with a minimum of 5 years remaining, you are not eligible to apply. The lease must be active before any application is made. Letters of intent or draft lease agreements are not accepted.
  • Have secured all required consents for the project (such as planning permission, Faculty etc). Submitted applications for consent, which have not been approved, are not accepted.
  • Have secured any other funding required for the project to proceed.
Project Purpose

Grants are available for community projects delivering capital improvements to public amenities. Examples may include:

  • Village halls
  • Village greens
  • Public playgrounds
  • Sports fields and facilities
  • Nature reserves
  • Community centres
  • Cycle paths
  • Country parks
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.

Exclusions

Grants will not be available for:

  • Projects at schools sites / applications by schools
  • 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. 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)
  • Bus services, minibus services, or vehicles
  • Projects at hospitals, or hospices, or day care centres
  • Any works to public highways
  • Staff posts and costs where they are not based and specifically undertaking physical improvement 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
  • Community shops
Repeat Applications for the Same Project

Where a group has submitted an Application or Expression of Interest (EOI) for a project and has been unsuccessful in securing a grant from the Fund, no re-submission of the Application or EOI will be considered unless this has first been invited by GrantScape. Groups are, however, welcome to submit an EOI for a new and/or different, eligible project.

Judging Criteria

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

If, after reading the above, you are confident that your project is eligible, please proceed to the next page: