Community Grants Scheme Now Open!

Applications invited until 13 November 2017

Erewash Borough Council's Community Grant Scheme gives both large and small voluntary organisations the chance to apply for funding of up to £2,000 for projects and services that benefit Erewash residents. The Council has continued its support in 2017/18 for voluntary organisations and has again made funding available to help as many groups as possible.

Groups and organisations that have successfully applied for a community grant in 2016/17 included West Hallam junior football club, 15th Long Eaton Sea and Scout Group, Draycott Senior Citizens Centre and Stanley Village pre-school.  

Funding support has also been received by local sports organisations and a number of older persons' clubs and summer play schemes.


Local voluntary and community groups will again have more opportunities to apply for grants to help them with their work after the council once again offers its Community Grants support as a ‘rolling’ scheme.

Subject to funding being available, the council’s Awards Panel will now meet every eight to ten weeks to consider the grant applications that have been received and make awards to those groups that have been successful.

The Community Grants programme offers the chance for organisations and groups to apply for a grant of up to a maximum of £2,000, subject to eligibility, for innovative projects that help and support residents in the borough and the council is particularly keen to hear about new or ground-breaking projects that could be helped by the money.

Applicants are encouraged to read the scheme Help Notes and relevant guidance notes and ensure all the prerequisite documentation is included with their application in order for it to be processed.

Applications must also contain detailed information including:

  • What specifically the funding is being requested for, including how has the need been identified;

  • How exactly will the funding be used;

  • What the benefits will be to Erewash residents and the council as a result of an award being made;

  • What evaluation methods will organisations be using, including how and when;


Completed Applications

Organisations are currently invited to submit completed applications before 9am Monday 13 November 2017 by the following methods:

Post – send your application to Community Engagement Officer, Erewash Borough Council, Ilkeston Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP.

Email – send your application to Please ensure that you state 'SMALL GRANT APPLICATION' in the subject line and PDF or compress the file to minimise the file size.

Hand delivery – you can leave your application form at either Long Eaton Town Hall or Ilkeston Town Hall marked for the attention of the Community Engagement Officer. *However, please be aware that the reception at both Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall close at 4:30pm on Fridays and also do not open on Saturdays or Sundays*. 

Please note:

  • Once your application is received it is considered final so please ensure that it contains as much detail as possible.

  • All applications are checked for completeness and eligibility and additional information may be requested where applications are received five working days prior to the closing date.

  • Incomplete applications received later than five working days prior to the closing date will be declined. 

Assessing Applications

Every application received is considered on its own merit alongside all other applications and is subject to a two stage assessment process. Firstly, applications are scored and must meet the minimum threshold of 40% in order for them to progress to the second stage, consideration by the Awards Panel. The Help Notes detail which questions are "weighted" and also provide suggestions on the sort of information you should include to achieve as high a score as possible.

The Awards Panel do not use prior knowledge of your organisation or your project so it is essential that you complete the application form as fully as possible.

All applicants will be notified of the Awards Panel decision, which is final, and there is no appeal process.

Future Funding Rounds

Subject to funding remaining available, information about the next ‘rolling’ funding round of 2017/18 will be published here.

Further information and advice

For all enquiries regarding the Community Grant Scheme please contact the council's Community Engagement Officer on 0115 907 2244 ext. 3575 or email

Sports Grants

Sports organisations can now apply for a grant of up to a maximum of £500. The main objective of an EBC sports grant is to faclitate the introduction of and development of sports based activities.

All applicants must demonstrate their project is needed and provides added value to other provisions in the area, applicants are encouraged to read the sports application guidance notes and help notes before applying.

Arts Grants

If you are an Arts Organisation you can apply for a grant of up to a maximum of £500, subject to availability, at any time of the year.  

Please contact the Arts Development Team via email or telephone ext. 0115 907 2244 ext. 4326 for advice on arts based activities and to check the next availability of funding before submitting an application.  


Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP 0115 907 2244