Grants

Click here to see who has benefited from our grant schemes

We have two grant schemes in operation:

GRANT SCHEME 2016/2017 - smaller grants. 

COMMUNITY PROJECTS FUND - larger grants.

Please read the information below before deciding which grant scheme to apply to.

MELTHAM TOWN COUNCIL

GRANTS SCHEME 2016 / 2017

All Associations and voluntary bodies within the Meltham, Wilshaw and Helme area wishing to apply for a Grant for the financial year commencing on 1 April 2016 should complete this application form and return it to the Clerk.

                                                         

The total budget set aside for Grants in the financial year 2016/2017 is £2000.00

 

CRITERIA

  • You should have a definite project that requires financial support from the Council.
  • Grants are NOT given to individual people.
  • Retrospective funding is not allowed, i.e. do not request a grant for something that has already been purchased.
  • The maximum grant per organisation is £1000.00 in each year.
  • The grant must directly benefit residents of the Parish of Meltham, i.e. Meltham, Wilshaw and Helme.
  • The completed application form must be returned to the Clerk to the Council at the above address.  Incomplete applications may not be accepted – PLEASE CHECK your application carefully and ensure that you have enclosed all documents requested, e.g. bank statements, accounts etc.
  • Payments will be issued in the form of a cheque.
  • You will be required to provide proof of purchase / use of the money
  • You will be required to provide a small report stating how the funds have helped your organisation and this may be included in the Town Council’s Newsletters and Website.

In applying for a grant to Meltham Town Council you are agreeing to comply with the above criteria.

Click here to download the grant form

MELTHAM TOWN COUNCIL

COMMUNITY PROJECTS FUND

Meltham Town Council Community Projects Fund.  At a meeting of Meltham Town Council on Monday evening, members unanimously agreed to approve a scheme designed to provide grant funding to local organisations and groups for community based capital projects.  £250,000 has been put aside to provide funding over a five year term, allocating up to £50,000 per year.  The pot of money has been amassed following the sale of land at the Robert Ashton Memorial Park back in the late 90’s and then successfully invested by the Council to produce a substantial sum.  In the past, the Council has been keen to use the interest earned from the investment to reduce rate payers Council tax bills and now they feel that a proportion of the funds should be invested in community projects.

The original scheme was a five year capital grants scheme commencing in April 2009.   £50,000 was allocated for each financial year.  At the Council Meeting on 13 January 2014, the Scheme was extended for a further two years - 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 with a yearly allocation of £30,000, (MIN 14/95)At the Council Meeting on 25 January 2016, the Scheme was extended for a further year - 2016/2017 with a yearly allocation of £25,000, (MIN 16/132)

Grant limits have been set, the minimum being £1,000 and the maximum of £10,000 in any two years, (note this could mean that an organisation applies for £5,000 one year, £5,000 the next).  The total award is restricted to a maximum of 50% of the total cost unless there are exceptional circumstances, full details of which must be provided by the applicant.

All projects must be located in the Meltham Town Council area and the project must be wholly/principally for the benefit of the residents of Meltham Township.

  

Priority will be given to applications which can detail and prove the impact of the project on the Meltham Township community.  It is important that the projects are sustainable, (that they can be managed long-term) and are capable of a long-term effect

 

The Council are eager to see leverage from other funding sources

 

Applicants MUST attend the Council Meeting where their application is being discussed

Grants Criteria

 The following criteria have been agreed and apply to all applications; this scheme can support projects that:

  • Involve capital expenditure only
  • Will benefit the local community
  • Have a long term effect
  • Are environmentally acceptable

 

Who Can Apply?

  • Community based ‘not-for-profit’ or charitable organisations
  • Applications will only be accepted from groups that are democratic, have an organised structure and are able to demonstrate financial management (groups must have a written constitution or other recognised legal governing document)

What will not be Funded? 

  • Costs relating to items or work already carried out before the grant has been awarded

As part of the application process you will be asked to provide quotations; for items costing under £3,000, two quotations are required.  Items over £3,000, three quotations need to be obtained.  YOU MUST SUBMIT THE QUOTATIONS WITH YOUR APPLICATION TOGETHER WITH COPIES OF YOUR BANK STATEMENT, ACCOUNTS AND CONSTITUTION.

Groups are encouraged to seek quotations from local suppliers/contractors.

Click here to download the grant form

Click here to download the notes / guidance to completing the form

NOTE

There are several other organisations that may be able to assist you with your request for funding and just because you have applied to Meltham Town Council this doesn’t mean you can’t apply elsewhere.  Try www.kirklees.gov.uk and search on ‘funding’ and ‘grants’ or speak to the Clerk, Sarah on (01484) 852367