The Sandsfield Community Fund Criteria

Fund Overview:
  • The Sandsfield Community Fund has approximately £70,000 available per year.
  • Grants will typically be awarded for amounts between £5,000 and £20,000.
    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.
  • There are no application closing dates, and you can expect a decision within three months of submitting your completed application.
  • Projects with a total project cost in excess of £50,000 should not apply unless all other funding is secured.
  • Each grant awarded will require a donation to be made to Sandfield Quarry so that the grant can be released by GrantScape, see “Contributing Third Party (CTP) Donation“ below.
  • Groups awarded funding must complete their project before they can submit another application to the Fund.
Contributing Third Party (CTP) Payment:

Each grant awarded will require a donation to be made to Sandsfield Gravel Co. so that the grant can be released by GrantScape. This is called a Contributing Third Party (CTP) donation. The CTP donation covers Sandsfield Gravel’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:

To be eligible to apply for a grant, projects must be located within 10 miles of Sandsfield Farm, Catwick Lane, Brandesburton, Driffield, YO25 8SA. Priority will normally be given to projects located within 2 miles of the site.

Project Purpose:

Grants are available for capital projects involving:

  • The provision and improvement of public amenities (e.g. village halls, village greens, public playgrounds, sports fields and facilities, nature reserves, community centres, footpaths, cycle-paths and country parks).
  • Conservation of built heritage (e.g. buildings of architectural interest and/or places of religious worship).
  • The enhancement of biodiversity (i.e. habitat and/or species conservation).

All projects must be ‘not-for-profit’ and comply with the requirements of the Landfill Communities Fund. If you are in any doubt whether your project meets these requirements, please contact GrantScape before you apply.

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.
  • Projects must be accessible to the general public without unreasonable restriction and with reasonable access costs.
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 working with community organisations on community-led projects
  • 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.

Grants are not be available for:

  • 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)
  • Projects that are considered statutory requirements to Fund
  • Funding for organisation core costs or ‘running costs’
  • Commercial organisations
  • Individuals
  • Membership-based sports clubs and facilities (e.g. bowls and golf clubs), unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction
  • Bus services, minibus services, or vehicles
  • Any works to public highways
  • Projects to deliver visual enhancements (i.e. ‘a view’), as this does not improve, maintain or provide a general public amenity
  • 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 (unless the project is for community growing schemes)
  • Charity buildings, offices of charities, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and advice centres
  • Projects at schools, educational establishments, hospitals, hospices and day care centres unless the Public Access Requirements, above, are met. Such projects will only be supported where the project benefits the wider community. The project site should have independent access and use of the school/hospital etc should not be prioritised over community use during designated public access times.

All applicants with projects located at one of these locations should contact GrantScape before applying to ensure projects meet the criteria.

  • 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
Judging Criteria:

When considering whether to support your application, we will also be reviewing:

  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project;
  • The local community benefit and enjoyment which will result from the project;
  • The extent of benefit to the built, social and / or natural environment.

Other factors will also be considered which must be demonstrated in the application:

  • The ability of the applicant group to deliver the project, and within a reasonable timeframe;
  • How the project will be maintained after the project has been completed, i.e. its sustainability (including financial sustainability) and legacy;
  • The viability of the project, in terms of funds already secured, and value for money.

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