Grant Aid

Market DeepingTown Council can provide financial assistance to local groups and organisations whose activities provide direct benefit to the community served by the Council, via the power of S137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

What is eligible for financial assistance?

The following guidelines are provided to help an applicant determine whether they qualify for a grant:-

  • Applications should be for a specific project, for example new or replacement equipment, an event or project, or the cost of establishing a new group;
  • Applications will not be supported from individuals
  • The Council will not support revenue expenditure that is the ongoing running costs of an organisation, and will not normally make grants to profit-making organisations
  • The maximum amount payable to each application made under the Grant Aid scheme will be up to £500, and that larger amounts of money should be budgeted for in the next financial year
  • Any grant application for more than £500 will be considered to be included in the Council’s budgets for the next financial year
  • Grants awarded will not normally exceed 50% of the cost of the project
  • Only one grant will be awarded to an organisation during any one year, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Making an application

All applications must be submitted on the Town Council’s Grant Aid application form.  Details about the group or organisation must be provided, including a copy of the most recent audited accounts and the constitution of the body.  In the case of a new group, a business plan will be required rather than the audited accounts.

The Town Council will also wish to see strong evidence of self help by the group.  In addition, evidence of the expenditure incurred on the project must be submitted to the Council within 6 months of the award, together with a brief report of the benefits to the community resulting from the grant.

Applications are considered quarterly at the March, June, September and December meetings.  Applicants will be required to attend a meeting of the Town Council’s Finance Committee to clarify or expand upon answers given on the form and to give a short presentation in support of the application.  It is a condition of any grant made by the Town Council that, where practical, acknowledgement of the Council’s support is made on letterheads, notices, programmes etc.