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The Strong Communities Grant Fund is currently closed to applications.
The Strong Communities Grant Fund totals £837,533 over five years until March 2025. Grants of between £3,001 and £25,000 are available. £25,000 is the maximum grant that will be awarded to any single project. Decisions on applications will be issued in March 2024 and projects can start from April 2024.
Value for money is a key assessment factor for all applications as we expect demand to be high. Anyone considering making an application should email the Strong Communities Grant team at email@example.com with a short paragraph outlining the project, so that eligibility can be assessed at an early stage. If eligible, applicants will be provided with a Strong Communities Grant application form to complete and submit.
The fund aims to:
Improve the resilience of organisations/groups or their activities by funding activities which add value to their current work and reduce their reliance on grant funding in the future.
Provide seed corn funding towards initiatives that can demonstrate longer term sustainability.
Undertake consultation, feasibility, design and other specialist work to develop proposals for future activity and funding bids.
Meet the capital costs of schemes by purchasing plant, machinery, equipment or other assets.
Undertake work that would enable services to be provided, for example, through increased income generation potential.
Open up Section 106 funding to specific communities where developments have taken place. Funding for facilities and open space projects in specific areas will be announced when each round is opened for applications.
Encourage projects that include innovative ways of addressing climate change.
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The Strong Communities Guidance contains more details about the fund, the application process and assessment criteria. It also includes a series of case studies that give examples of eligible projects. Take a look at our latest Progress Report for a full account of the range of organisations and projects supported through the Strong Communities Grant Fund.
Projects exceeding £25,000 should look at the Shared Prosperity Fund. Enquiries about grants of up to £3,000 should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get advice or check your eligibility for this grant programme, please contact our Strong Communities Team with your idea:
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