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.
  • Applicants must not have made a successful application to the GreenSquare Community Fund in the previous 12 months.

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.  



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