Community Fund

The GreenSquare Community Fund awards grants to community groups and organisations whose projects benefit their local communities. To apply for a grant, you must operate in an area where GreenSquare has homes, and our customers must be able to benefit from the project.

A panel of customer volunteers is responsible for reviewing applications and awarding grants from the fund. The fund can award grants of up to £500 for projects in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. 

To save frustration and wasted time, we strongly advise that you read the information below about our priorities and funding criteria before you start your application.

Priorities

Our main priorities for the Community Fund are:

  • providing opportunities and/or activities for young people;
  • providing opportunities and/or activities for older people;
  • supporting families on low incomes;
  • providing neighbourhood level activities, events and support; and
  • supporting environmental and ‘green’ projects and activities.

Criteria

  • Applicants must demonstrate how the grant will improve the lives of a group in their community where GreenSquare has its homes; or where GreenSquare customers can easily access the event/project. Contact us to check whether your project is in an area where GreenSquare has properties.
  • GreenSquare customers must have the potential to benefit from the project, eg there is nothing preventing them from joining in with the event/project if they wish to.
  • Applicants must have a non-personal bank account. GreenSquare cannot pay grants via crowdfunding or fundraising pages.
  • Groups do not need to have a constitution to apply, but the group should have agreed aims and objectives.

What kind of things will the GreenSquare Community Fund support?

The Fund will support:

  • workshops and events;
  • training for volunteers;
  • items of equipment;
  • room hire;
  • transport to workshops, activities or events; and
  • start-up costs.

Application deadlines

There are two rounds of funding this year. The deadlines are 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020 and Friday 30 October 2020.

Please note that we will need to know exactly how much money you need and what it will be spent on, so please get quotes to make your figures as accurate as possible. 

When you have filled in the form, we recommend that you save a copy for your records.

How are applications assessed?

Once your application has been received, it is assessed by a small group of GreenSquare customers and staff, who have been delegated responsibility for the GreenSquare Community Fund. You should be informed of the outcome of your application approximately four weeks after the deadline. If successful, you will be sent an award letter, detailing the conditions of your grant and a cheque will follow.

If we have more applications than we can fund, we will prioritise each viable application in the following order:

  1. First-time applicants
  2. Applicants who haven’t received a grant in the past 12 months
  3. Applicants who have received a grant in the past 12 months

Terms and conditions

Applicants must acknowledge GreenSquare’s financial support in any publicity, printed or website material and use the GreenSquare approved logo.

You must be able to provide copies of all receipts and invoices associated with your grant on request as your project may be audited after completion.

The money must be used within one year of the date of the award.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Community Involvement Team if there are any changes to the project.

Completion of an evaluation form is a condition of funding.  Information/photographs to demonstrate how your grant was spent should be provided as soon as the project is completed.

All projects funded by the GreenSquare Community Fund must promote equality of opportunity.

Grants must be used for the activities as laid out in the grant application and for no other purpose, unless subsequently approved by the GreenSquare Community Fund Panel. Any change in the use of the grant that has not been renegotiated and agreed with the GreenSquare Community Fund Panel will result in the group having to return the money.

You will need to give us copies of the receipts to show how you have spent the money.

You are responsible for your own risk assessments and GreenSquare can request to see them at any time. For example, any childcare provision must have DBS checked personnel.

How to apply

If you have read the information above and you are sure that you are eligible to apply, please complete an application form – available online here, and also as PDF to print and fill in by hand (download here) or Word document to complete on your PC (download here).

One completed, email or post it to the Community Involvement Team at GreenSquare:

Email

CIT@greensquaregroup.com

Post

Community Involvement
GreenSquare Group
Methuen Park
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN14 0GU

We have tried to make the application form as easy as possible to fill in. If something is not clear, please ring the Community Involvement Team on 07776 055055 or email CIT@greensquaregroup.com.


Grants awarded

Between May and October 2020, we received a total of 43 applications. 24 projects were awarded a grant across three funding rounds, held in June, August and October.

Organisation/groupProject description
Assisted Reading for Children Recruit, train and resource volunteers to go into schools to support primary students with their reading.
Cowley News Production and distribution of a free independent community newspaper plus two competitions.
Cricklade Bowls Club Upgrade of toilet facilities at the bowls club.
Inclusive Intergenerational Dance Provision of seated dance sessions for older people in sheltered accommodation.
Swindon Downs Group Production of school support packs for young people with Downs Syndrome (both primary and secondary school-age).
TWIGS Supply of home gardening kits during lockdown and a dementia-friendly gardening project when lockdown eases.
Teens in Crisis Counselling for teenagers.
The Oxford Hub Funding towards Phone Links projects which keeps in touch with isolated people, especially during lockdown.
Peeple Refurb of outdoor learning space.
AF Association Support and advice helpline.
Devizes and District Opportunity Centre Supporting children with speech and language development.
The Parasol Project Connectivity packs for disadvantaged families.
Young Gloucester Duke of Edinburgh Award for 12 young people.
IF Oxford Towards the costs of delivering newsletters for the annual festival.
RSCPA Cotswold Dogs and Cats Home Additional clinic equipment enabling more low income families to access services for their pets.
Ivy Wildlife Garden Renewing barked paths in the community garden.
Gloucestershire Mini Bike Project Engaging young people at risk of ASB with positive activities run by the local policing team.
Rose Hill Junior Youth Club New allotment project to give young people access to gardening skills.
Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Home security upgrades for vulnerable residents.
Open Blue Trust Activity packs for low income or socially isolated families.
Yellow Submarine Training programme for young people with autism or learning difficulties.
GUL Outdoor therapy for vulnerable, isolated people.
Community Centre @ Christ Church Afternoon teas for older people in Swindon.
The Venture, White City Distribution of 350 Christmas goody packs for families in White City, Gloucester.

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