Terms and Conditions of the Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Grant Scheme
Grants of between £100 and £1,000 may be awarded.
How often will the award be made?
Applications may be made at any time and the Awards Panel will meet to consider applications four times a year, usually on the 1st day of March, June, September and December. Applicants will be notified of the result of their application within four weeks of the Panel’s meeting.
Who will be eligible to apply for a grant?
The grant will be awarded to local charitable, community, voluntary, or self-help groups. It will not be awarded to individuals, businesses or companies limited by guarantee, unless they are a registered charity. It will not be awarded to not for profit social enterprises. It will not be awarded to statutory bodies funded by the Government, such as schools or local councils, although independent groups within schools such as PTAs would be eligible.
It would be expected that that the group applying for funding would have a bank account that requires at least two unrelated people to sign each cheque or withdrawal and a governing body with at least three unrelated members. There must also be a written governing document, for example, a constitution, memorandum and articles of association, set of rules or trust deed.
Applications would not be accepted within two years of a successful grant being granted.
Those applying for and benefiting from a grant should live within the Local Government Ward boundary of Heald Green.
An application form is available from and returnable to the Ratepayers’ Association secretary.
How would the application for a grant be judged?
To apply successfully for the grant, the group making the application must demonstrate that the project for which they are applying for funding will meet at least one of the following conditions:
Benefit the residents of Heald Green and Long Lane;
Improve, enhance or protect the environment in Heald Green and Long Lane;
Promote or advance social welfare in Heald Green and Long Lane;
Enable the group to carry out positive work in the community;
Address a community issue.
What are the criteria for prioritising funding?
Criteria for priority consideration would include:
The impact of the funding in terms of the number of people who would benefit from the proposal;
The value for money offered;
Demonstrable track record in delivering projects of a similar type successfully in the past;
Ability of those applying to obtain funds from other sources;
To help those applying for funding, Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association wishes to clearly set out the type of groups and projects which will not be eligible for funding.
: Political activities;
: Religious worship. Applications are welcome from religious or faith groups for projects that are designed to benefit the wider community. However, projects that are deemed to promote a particular religion are excluded from the scheme;
: Facilities that are not considered to be general community amenities, including; hospitals, hospices, medical/therapy centres, day-care centres, charity offices, as the public cannot book and use these places as a recreational facility;
: Facilities that are primarily used for service provision. The primary use of the facility must be by the community for the purpose of leisure and recreation;
: Activities that happen or start before confirmation of the award of a grant, including any expenditure incurred or committed before the award of a grant (including deposits);
: Day-to-day running costs of the organisation (for example, utility bills, council tax, rent, insurance);
: Routine repairs and maintenance;
: Used vehicles;
: VAT that the applicant can recover;
: Contingency costs;
: Endowments (to provide a source of income);
: Existing activities and repeat or regular events, unless it is more than three years since those activities or events took place, or they have been developed, for example they are going to be run with new beneficiary types;
: Feasibility studies;
: Fundraising activities for the applicant organisation or others;
: Items that mainly benefit individuals, for example, equipment that is not shared;
: Items that are purchased on behalf of another organisation;
: Land or building projects where the ownership or lease is not yet in place (including any planning permissions);
: Improvements to property not owned by the applicant, or leased to the applicant for a period of less than 15 years, are excluded from the fund;
: Loans or interest payments;
: Ongoing staff costs, including salaries of permanent or fixed term staff;
: Projects where it is considered that assistance may have been received from a third party for their own commercial benefit;
: Projects that you cannot maintain because of high ongoing costs or the need for specialist skills;
: Projects that cannot be completed within 12 months of the date of the letter confirming the grant;
: The purchase of alcohol.
Contract between the organisation applying for funding and Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association.
Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association can ask you for extra information to support your application.
1. You must get permission before you sell, give away or otherwise dispose of any assets or equipment bought with funding from the Grant Scheme.
2. Heald Green Ratepayers’ Association will not be responsible for any spending on assets, equipment, or your project that arises before you receive the letter confirming details of the funding being provided.
3. Further amounts for a particular project, once funding has been provided, cannot be issued, although you can reapply to the fund two years after any successful grant has been awarded.
4. You must promote Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association in all publicity relating to your project.
5. Heald Green Ratepayers’ Association can use your group’s name and address in any publicity about the Grant Scheme. You must specify any details which should be confidential.
6. The Awards Panel’s decision on all applications is final and they will not answer any questions about the decision.
7. Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association can monitor projects being carried out with help from the Grant Scheme. The applying organisation must agree to co-operate with any monitoring and follow-up visits.
8. Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association may withhold all or part of the funding, or recover all or part of any payment, if it is discovered that the applying organisation has broken any part in this contract or that any information in the application form or a supporting document was incorrect or misleading, or the applying organisation, or the project, ends for any reason.
9. Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association reserves the right to discontinue the Grant Scheme at any time without qualification.