Stratton St Margaret Parish Council~ Grants and Donations ~
2018 / 2019 update:
Stratton St Margaret Parish Council continues to recognise and respond to local needs through the availability of grant funding to eligible local organisations within the Parish. So far this year the Parish Council has awarded the following grants and financial support:
- Stratton Camera Club £750.00
- Upper Stratton Baptist Church £100.00
Grants are awarded where the aims and objectives demonstrate an economic, social or environmental benefit to the local community.
The Parish Council has funds remaining for 2018/19 which local groups and organisations can now apply for.
The closing date for applications is Friday 19 October 2018, applications will then be considered by the Finance and General Purposes Committee at its meeting on the 6 November 2018.
Stratton St Margaret Parish Council supports local groups through its grants scheme. If you would like to apply for a grant please have a read of the eligibility criteria below, download the Grant Aid Application form and send it to us, by post or email.
Grants are considered twice a year, in June and October.
Applications should be received by 1 May for the June deadline, and 30 September for the October deadline.
Applications received outside of these dates will be submitted to the next round of grants to be considered.
Organisations will be considered for a Stratton St Margaret Parish Council grant aid where they meet the following criteria:
- The organisation is based, or has a local branch, in Stratton St Margaret.
- The work of the organisation directly benefits a number of residents of Stratton St Margaret.
- The organisation has a written constitution with clearly defined aims and objectives.
- The local organisation has a clear financial need. Account will be taken regarding how much money the organisation has, including any special reserves set aside for particular projects. Additionally, if the balance is high in relation to spending then an explanation will be required to justify the reasons why the organisation is still applying for a grant.
- The organisation has its own bank account with at least 2 authorised signatories.
- The organisation is non-party political and non-profit making. Individuals will not be funded.
- Retrospective applications will not be considered.
- Applications should be linked to a specific project, but consideration will also be given to grant applications for revenue funding.
- Grant applications that require matching funding as evidence of local/community support to lever in additional grants from other funding sources will also be considered.
- Grant applications will be considered twice yearly at our Finance Committee Meeting in June and October.
Any Grant Aid awarded must be used for the purposes stated on the application only. If the organisation decides that it wishes to spend the monies on an alternative project it must ask the Council for written permission to do so.
Grants must not be used to settle debts on behalf of the organisation, nor be used to retrospectively fund projects.
Stratton St Margaret Parish Council reserves the right to recall any grant awarded to an organisation which ceases to operate during the financial year for which the grant has been given. The Council should be consulted prior to distribution of any remaining assets. Full details and accounts must be submitted to the Council as soon as possible. Successful organisations must
- Be prepared to participate in any publicity, meetings or awareness initiatives organised by the Council.
- Be willing to attend a reception organised by Stratton St Margaret Parish Council to receive their cheque.
- Provide evidence within the financial year that the grant has been used for the purpose stated in the application, and where possible provide Stratton St Margaret Parish Council with photograph(s) of the project funded.
- Acknowledge the grant aid together with other sources of funding in appropriate publicity and detailing how it was spent in its annual report and accounts, a copy of which should be sent to the Parish Council as soon as it has been published.