Pen Bryn Oer Community Benefit Fund Criteria

Fund Overview

Pen Bryn Oer Ltd is committed to providing an annual Community Benefit Fund of £30,000 for community projects.

The Fund will allow groups to apply for grants between £250 and £7,500. However, grants above  £2,000 are not usually awarded.

In the application, groups should address how they might manage a smaller grant award if the full amount requested is not offered (i.e. will the project still be able to go ahead, what elements will be prioritised).

There will be two application rounds each year. Half of the available annual funding (i.e. £15,000) will be available at each funding round. Any funds not allocated at each round will be carried forward to the next.

Each donation will be split equally between the community council areas of Rhymney and Tredegar (eg. £30,000 equates to £15,000 for each community). If applications of sufficient quality are not received from one community, the Advisory Group may consider to award grants disproportionately.

Groups can only receive one grant per year. Groups can then reapply again for further grants, however, they may not receive priority over organisations that have previously been turned away or those who are applying for the first time.

Unsuccessful groups are welcome to re-submit their applications unless they have been advised that their project is not eligible.

Project Location

Projects for which grants are requested must be located within the Community Council areas of Rhymney and Tredegar.

Project Purpose

The Fund is open to any community project which is for the benefit of residents of the local area.

Some examples of the type of projects the Fund will support are given below:

  • Projects to improve public amenities e.g. community halls, sports facilities
  • Environmental and wildlife projects including projects to improve public parks and open spaces
  • Activities / events to engage the local community
  • Projects that encourage and promote education, skills and opportunities for young people
  • Energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, such as insulation, efficient boilers or small scale renewable energy installations.

The above list is not exhaustive and is provided to give ideas only.

Eligible Organisations

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Community and Town Councils
  • Schools and educational establishments (for projects above statutory responsibility)
  • 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 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.


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 or with restrictive charges)
  • Individuals applying directly to the Fund
  • Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign
  • 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)
  • Works considered a statutory duty, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks, or projects the responsibility of the LEA
  • Trips and events outside of the funding area.
  • Sports kits and club uniforms for established groups. Applications requesting these items for a new group as part of their start-up costs can be considered.
Judging Criteria

The main criteria used when assessing applications received will be:

  • The social, economic and environmental benefits which will result from the project
  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project
  • 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
  • Requests for consumable items to deliver core activities (e.g. art supplies for an art group, ingredients for a cooking club) are unlikely to be prioritised unless requested as part of start-up costs for a new group
  • Priority will be given to local organisations delivering local services and projects, over national organisations and charities

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