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Grant Funding to Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors

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Applications to the Grant Funding to Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors are now closed.

The Council is pleased to open the application process for its grant funding for Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCFS) groups.

Following a consultation process and agreement by Cabinet the 3 priority areas for grant funding in 2022/2023 are:-

  • Health Inequalities to include Mental Health
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Financial Inclusion

Each organisation can apply for up to £5,000 to provide services in each of the priority areas.

Organisations can apply to provide services in more than one area. More details about expected outputs and outcomes are contained in the application form.

The process will include eligibility checks inline with the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector Community Grant Funding Policy 2022 - 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for funding, organisations will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Any constituted VCFS organisation or community group operating in the City can apply provided they have a constitution, articles or rules describing the group's aims and objectives, its members, and details how decisions are made.
  • Be based in the City of Preston and provide services and/or activities for the sole benefit of Preston residents for the funding to be awarded.
  • Have a constitution or other governing and have a governing body whose membership reflect and contain a representative proportion of people who live and work in Preston.
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation or group, which requires at least two joint signatures who are not related for all transactions.
  • Have the necessary policies procedures that fulfil legal and financial requirements e.g. accounts, health and safety, equal opportunities, insurance, safeguarding and compliance with employment legislation and good practice.
  • Have the capacity to meet the Council's requirements for delivering performance monitoring and accountability for the use of public funding.
  • Be providing services to a significant number of Preston residents.
  • Be able to provide good quality services, with accreditation where appropriate.

Not Eligible

The Council will not fund:

  • Statutory and mainstream bodies
  • Organisations that have a nature of a political party or political lobbying organisations
  • Religious organisations for the use of propagation of religion
  • Individuals
  • Capital project e.g., building or refurbishment work, purchase major items of equipment
  • Services or activities that are the responsibility of statutory bodies.

When completing the Application Form, please:

  • Ensure that you have answered all the questions, failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.
  • Ensure that you have signed the declaration on the last page.
  • Ensure that the supporting information requested is provided with the application (see checklist at the end of the form).
  • Before completing the application make sure you have carefully read the funding policy and application guidance notes to ensure that your Organisation and activities are eligible.

How do I apply

Applications to the Grant Funding to Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors are now closed.

Each application will be judged on its merits based on the information provided on the form and supporting documents submitted.

Your application will be assessed by a scoring system. Your final score will also be considered alongside evidence of planning, financial viability (including reserves) and good organisational management.

Please ensure you read the grant funding policy before you apply for guidance and information.

View the Grant Funding Policy 2022 - 2024

Your privacy

The information that you provide will be processed in accordance with the (GDPR) and data protection law for the purpose of provision and management of the grant funding to voluntary, Community and the Faith Sector.

Your personal information, where provided, will be processed under Article 6,1 (e) of the GDPR - processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector Community Grant Funding Policy 2022 - 2024

The Funding Policy for the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector Community Grant.

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