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The Rural Community Grant scheme is now open!

Applications are invited for submission before 5:30pm Friday 8 December 2017.

Erewash Borough Council's 2015-2019 Rural Community Grants Scheme has planned funding totalling £250,000 and is designed to help to meet costs of new capital projects which will benefit the community, bringing local people together and improving neighbourhood engagement.

This can include (but is not restricted to) funding for buildings, equipment, regeneration projects and improvements to open spaces or any other capital scheme that will improve the lives for local communities.

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How do I apply and how much can I apply for?

£62,500 will be made available during each financial year and the dates when funding rounds are open to receive applications will be publicised and circulated to Parish Council Clerks.

All Erewash Borough Parish Councils can apply for a grant and to ensure that the funds are spread across the Borough initially only one bid per parished area will be granted. If insufficient bids come forward or funds remain unallocated then Members can reserve the right to support more than one application from the same Parish Council. This would be facilitated by advertising further funding rounds later in the financial year.

There is no upper or lower limit to the value of applications. Larger bids will however need to show more information in regards to the projects need, costs and community impact.

All projects must show a clear need which has been identified by local residents, and must be completed within 1 year of being awarded funding. Although it is not a requirement, the Council asks that applicants show if consideration has been given to attracting any additional funding that might be required to complete the project (large scale projects only).

*Please note:

  • Applications for projects which are Parish Council core business such as current or future planned maintenance and refurbishment of existing equipment will not be considered.
  • The funding scheme has been identified for new and innovative projects which meet the Council's current Corporate Priorities. 
  • Funds will be made as a 'one-off' grant and therefore sustainability of projects is essential. Additional funds such as for  future maintenance will not be awarded. 
  • Local organisations and community groups are invited to help parish councils to identify suitable projects which can show a clear need by residents and will deliver benefits to communities. Similarly, organisations and groups are also actively encouraged to be directly involved in the delivery and management of any successful projects put forward.
  • Subject to receiving formal approval from the relevant parish council, local organisations and community groups can apply for a grant.

More information is available on the application process in the following document:

Completed Application Forms

Organisations are currently invited to submit completed applications before 530pm Friday 8 December 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 EBCsmallgrants@erewash.gov.uk. Please ensure that you state 'RURAL 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 430pm on Fridays and also do not open on Saturdays or Sundays*.

An awards panel will meet as soon as practicable after funding round closing dates and will make recommendations on all applications received to the next EBC Council Executive, where the decision to award funding will be made.

All applicants will be notified within five working days of the Council Executive's decision i.e. after the notification of "call-in" has expired. The capital expenditure must take place within 12 months of the notification date.

Please note there is no appeals process.

For further information please contact the council's Community Engagement Officer via EBCsmallgrants@erewash.gov.uk or 0115 907 2244 ext. 3575.

Erewash Borough Council

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