Ealing Council have allocated a budget for 2023/24 to support small voluntary and community sector groups deliver local community and neighbourhood projects and activities with a focus on well-being.
The small grants programme will make awards of up to £5,000 to not-for-profit organisations for projects and activities that contribute to meeting the aims of the council.
The application process will run for 6 weeks starting on 23rd October and closing on 4th December 2023.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Before you consider applying for a grant, you need to be sure that your organisation/ group and your project are eligible for a small grant.
Our Small Grants programme will only fund not-for-profit organisations. We will not fund statutory providers, other local authorities, an individual, a sole trader or partnership, organisations established to make profit or organisations not working with residents of Ealing.
The Small Grants Fund is open to any small organisation/group working to support Ealing residents which has an annual income of less than £50,000. Your group does not have to be formally set up when you make your application, however, you do need to have an organisation bank account in order for us to provide you with funding.
If your organisation/group is a branch of a larger organisation, you should confirm that you are independent of them before you apply.
WHAT WE WANT TO FUND
We are looking for projects which will benefit the local community, examples of which might include projects such as older people’s coffee mornings, arts and cultural events and activities, intergenerational projects, health and self-care support groups, peer support groups, exercise and healthy walks, horticultural/environmental projects or initiatives to tackle digital exclusion etc. The key will be that the projects will be local, led by local people/ organisations, meeting the needs of local people to improve lives, health and wellbeing in their neighbourhoods with a focus on harder to reach/under-served groups.
Projects should contribute to meeting the council’s objectives of creating good jobs, fighting inequalities and tackling the climate crisis. These objectives are underpinned by 9 council priorities and projects should focus on one or more of these priorities/outcomes.
In addition, projects/activities should also:
- Be delivered exclusively to Ealing residents and communities.
- Be a new project/activity or a clear expansion of something you already do.
- Have a start date that is at least six weeks after submission of your application.
- Only one application will be accepted per organisation/group.
- If your organisation was funded as part of the 2022-23 programme, we will only fund 50% of any similar project in 2023-24.
- No organisation will be funded for more than two years for the same project/activity.
WHAT WE WON’T FUND
- Ongoing core running costs of your organisation including salaries and office costs. We may however fund any additional staff or any room hire charges necessary to deliver the specific project. This must be in addition to the usual expenditure of the organisation.
- 100% of the project costs. Organisations will be expected to make a contribution to the overall costs of the project/activity whether this is financial or in-kind support e.g. volunteer time, free use of space etc. To help with this, organisations can promote their project on dosomethinggood.org.uk
- Projects/activities that are targeted towards political or religious agendas that create barriers to equal access and support
- Activities which only benefit an individual.
- Projects involving construction or refurbishment of property or fixed items of equipment.
- Projects that take place or incur costs before the date of the offer letter.
- Any costs which someone else is paying for, whether in cash or in kind.
- Funds to build up a reserve or surplus.
More information can be found here: https://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201033/council_and_local_decisions/155/community_grants
If you have any questions about the Small Grants Fund please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need advice on making an application, please contact Kanishka Rathnayake, email@example.com
Tips and advice on setting up a new project can be found at www.dosomethinggood.org.uk