Our Local Projects Fund is a grant scheme that helps communities deliver their ambitions. Here's the guidance you need to apply for funding.
The District Council Local Projects Fund enables Derbyshire Dales District Councillors to assist community led initiatives to deliver their ambition in the area they represent. Each year £1,000 is allocated to Councillors to support projects or initiatives in their Ward that will benefit the local communities. The Scheme provides for a wide degree of flexibility and can be used to support one off projects or those that support the development of sustainable longer term projects that are seen as valuable to the area.
Who can apply?
Applications can be made by local groups and individuals that are based within the Derbyshire Dales area providing they can demonstrate community benefit. For example
- Parish/town councils (for specific projects only)
- Young people's groups – scouts, guides, boys and girls brigade local organisations
- Locally based charities
- Benevolent societies
Organisations that are not eligible include:
- Political parties and organisations with political aims
- Any organisation that raises funds for national distribution
- Single issue pressure groups
- Any group formed to oppose any proposed or likely District Council policy
- Other public sector bodies that deliver core services
What types of projects / initiatives are covered by the scheme?
Groups and organisations can apply for funding for both revenue (one-off) and minor capital projects. Revenue grants should generally be used to support short term project related costs. E.g. equipment, transport, advertising, goods and materials.
It is expected that the grants will benefit a wide range of groups/activities. For example, vulnerable children or adults, young people, facilities for older people, community facilities, parish councils (but only for specific projects), local environment projects, and innovative events which may promote community spirit or bring economic benefit to the area..
The scheme may be used to facilitate match funding from other organisations, but match funding is in no way a requirement.
The approval process
Organisations/groups applying for a grant must complete the online application form and liaise with their local ward Councillor. Forms submitted electronically will be sent direct to the relevant local Councillor and a decision is likely within two weeks. Ward Councillor contacts are available here.
How will applications be judged?
Applicants must demonstrate that their project will have a positive effect on the inhabitants of their local community and be within the Derbyshire Dales Area. The applicant must also be in a position to sign that in the event of a grant, all terms and conditions will be complied with.
The relevant ward Councillor will judge the application in liaison with the applicant and will make a decision on whether to award a grant.
How much can be awarded?
The minimum grant payable is £100 and the maximum grant payable is £1,000. Payment of grant will be made by BACS and bank account details will be requested once a grant award has been confirmed.
Terms and Conditions
Derbyshire Dales District Council retains the right to reclaim, at any time, all or part of the awarded money which was not spent for the purpose it was awarded.
Any grant awarded is subject to:
- The availability of funds within the respective Councillors Local Projects Fund allocation
- It being used for the benefit of residents of the Derbyshire Dales and particularly the residents of the Councillors electoral Ward;
- It being used for the specific purpose for which it was requested and granted;
- It being spent within the financial year the grant was awarded. Any request to vary this condition will need to be submitted in writing and agreed by the Head of Resources
- Derbyshire Dales District Council being publicly recognised in any and all publicity regarding the Local Projects project organised by the District Council or applicant
- It being recorded in any records or accounts which will be made available for inspection by the Council if required
- An acknowledgement that the grant award is a one off and does not imply a commitment to any future funding. Repeat requests within the same financial year will not be considered.
- The applicant providing an end of grant report to the Ward Councillor on how the money has been spent and what outcomes were achieved
Applicants are also asked to note that the District Council is not able to undertake feasibility work to assess the merits of an initiative/project, nor to assist applicants in making their bid beyond advising on the application process.
Please note that there are no rights of appeal against decisions made by ward Councillors.