Rookery South Community Trust Fund Criteria

Fund History

The Fund launched in 2022 with approximately £190,000 available to allocate across two funding rounds that same year. Applications for requests between £2,500 and £30,000 were accepted.

From 2023 onwards, the Fund has approximately £65,000 available each year (grants amounts between £250 and £10,000 are available).

The company’s donations are for a minimum of 25 years (from 2022) or until the closure of the energy recovery facility, whichever is the sooner.

Fund Overview

The Fund has approximately £65,000 available to allocate each year split equally between two funding rounds.

There will be two application rounds per year. Late applications cannot be considered until the next funding round.

There are two levels of grants available, and groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application. The levels of grants are as follows:

a) Small grants between £250 and £2,500 (c. 25% of total budget)
b) Main grants between £2,501 and £10,000 (c. 75% of total budget)

Applicants can only apply for one project in any one round (unless they are a Town or Parish Council applying on behalf of another group).

Applicants can apply for further grants each round, however, they may not receive priority over organisations that have previously been turned away or those who are applying for the first time.

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 projects must be located in, and be for the direct benefit of the communities within, the following Parishes:

Ampthill, Brogborough, Cranfield, Houghton Conquest, Lidlington, Maulden, Marston Moreteyne, Millbrook, Stewartby or Wootton.

Project Purpose

Grants will be available for:

  • Supporting sustainable waste management projects within the community
  • Community energy generation projects
  • Educational initiatives that relate to waste management or energy generation initiatives
  • Other projects which are considered to promote the well-being of the community within the areas of benefit. Following a targeted consultation exercise in the Autumn of 2021 with Councillors, Parish Councils, Town Councils and Community Voluntary Service organisations representing the above areas, the following types of these applications will be prioritised: Environmental and wildlife projects; Community building improvements; Community activities and services for young people; Community activities and services for older people; Park and open space provision and improvements; Sports and recreation projects.

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

For projects involving capital costs, works would be expected to be completed in a timely manner (usually within 1 year of grant monies being awarded). Applicants must provide photos of the existing project site alongside their grant application form (not required for revenue / service applications).

Eligible Organisations

Eligible applicants include:

  • Voluntary and community groups and clubs
  • Local charities
  • Parish and Town Councils
  • School or Educational Facilities (as long as the project is not a statutory duty to provide for)
  • 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.

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, such as unitary councils or Central Government, to fund
  • Projects that are religious in focus, or that support a 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, e.g. a church hall improvement project where the building is available to the public)
  • 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. 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
  • Festivals, carnivals, music festivals, theatre productions, fairs, fetes, arts festivals, fireworks displays, parades, 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. This must be clearly evidenced in the application
  • 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
  • Date by when the monies will be spent/utilised

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