Whitemoss Community Fund Criteria

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

GrantScape will cease being the Administrator of the Whitemoss Community Fund later this year. Groups have one more opportunity to apply for a grant from the Fund via GrantScape. The closing and decision dates for the final round are shown in the right hand side bar.

Going forward groups will be able to apply for funding via the Veolia Environmental Trust www.veoliatrust.org

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 Whitemoss Community Fund has approximately £140,000 available per year.
  • There are two application rounds each year, with decisions usually announced in February and July.
  • Grants will be awarded for amounts between £5,000 and £25,000.
  • Organisations can only apply for one project per funding round (unless you are a Local Authority or a Town or Parish Council applying on behalf of another group).
  • Groups awarded funding must complete their project before they can submit another application to the Fund.
Contributing Third Party (CTP) Donation

Each grant awarded will require a donation to be made to Whitemoss Landfill Ltd so that the grant can be released by GrantScape. This is called a Contributing Third Party (CTP) donation. The CTP donation covers Whitemoss Landfill Ltd’s costs in providing monies for the grant through the Landfill Communities Fund, plus associated fees.

In simple terms, each £11 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.

Eligible Organisations

Eligible organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary organisations, community groups / associations, sports clubs, 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.
Project Location

All projects must be located within 5 miles of the Whitemoss landfill site in Skelmersdale (WN8 9TH).

Priority will be given to projects located within the The West Lancashire Borough Council area.

Please click the image below to view the funding area map:

Project Purpose

Grants will be available for community and environmental projects delivering capital improvements to public amenities, including projects that support nature conservation objectives. Examples may include:

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

Projects must comply with the requirements of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). If you are in any doubt whether your project meets these requirements, please contact GrantScape.

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
  • Community Shops
  • 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
  • Projects that are solely aimed to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act
  • Funding for core 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
  • 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

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 which will result from the project
  • The environmental benefit which will result from the project and how any negative environmental impact has been mitigated

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

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