Applications Now Being Accepted

Local voluntary and community groups are encouraged to submit applications before the strict deadline of 5.30pm on Friday 20 December 2019.

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 for voluntary organisations and has again made funding available to help as many groups as possible.

The Community Grants programme offers the chance for organisations and groups to apply for a grant of up to £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 to ensure the prerequisite documentation is included with their application in order for it to be processed - incomplete applications will not be passed for consideration by the Awards Panel.  

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.

Applicants are respectfully reminded:

• They must provide the prerequisite documentation to permit their application to be processed;

• Their application must contain detailed explanations of exactly why and what the funding is being requested for and how it will be used.

Once an application is received it is considered final so please ensure that it is completed fully.

Applicants must not enter into any contractual arrangements until/unless they have received written notification from EBC stating they have been awarded a community grant.


Completed Applications

Organisations are currently invited to submit completed applications before 5.30pm Friday 20 December 2019.

Please submit applications and supporting documentation by email, the preferred option, to, ensuring ‘COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATION 2019-20 is included in the subject line and 'PDF' or compress all files where possible.

However, the following methods of submission are also accepted:

• Post your application and documentation to Community Engagement Officer, Erewash Borough Council, Ilkeston Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston. DE7 5RP, ensuring that you use the correct postage.

• Hand delivery – you can leave your application form at either Ilkeston Town Hall or Long Eaton Town Hall marked for the attention of the Community Engagement Officer. *Please be aware that the reception at both Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall close at 5pm on Monday to Thursday and 4.30pm on Fridays. The receptions do not open on Saturdays or Sundays*.

Please note:

• Once an 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 less 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 to progress to the second stage, consideration by the Awards Panel. 

The Awards Panel do not use prior knowledge of organisations or projects so it is essential that application forms are completed  as fully as possible.

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

Applicants must not enter into any contractual arrangements until/unless they have received written notification from EBC stating they have been awarded a community grant.

Organisations receiving EBC community grant funding are reminded that it must only be used for the purposes outlined in their application or additional conditions specified by the awarding panel. Grant funding which is not spent within the 2019/20 financial year must be repaid to the council. 

Future Funding Rounds

Subject to the availability of funding, details of further rounds in 2019/20 will be published here.

Further information and advice

2018/19 Funding Rounds 

All successful applicants in 2018/19 are now required to submit a completed project evaluation form as per the terms and conditions of their award as outlined in EBC's 2016-19 Community Grant scheme.

2018/19 Project Evaluation Form (Word document 153KB)

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

Arts Grants

If you are an Arts Organisation you can apply for a grant of up to a maximum of £800, subject to availability, at any time of the year.  

Please contact the Arts Development Team via email or telephone ext. 0115 907 2244 ext. 4604 for advice on arts based activities and to check the availability of funding.

Support for local groups and Community Sport Providers

Erewash Borough Council Sport and Health Development Team strive to support local community groups and clubs in a variety of ways. We appreciate grant funding is a challenge for most groups and we are committed to supporting groups in this area. As a service we don’t have funds to support clubs directly but we can offer the following:

- Regular updates on local, regional and national funding opportunities;
- Dedicated staff to support groups with funding applications;
- Networking opportunities, promoting shared resources;
- Information regarding local and national campaigns that groups can take advantage of;
- Support in accessing relevant training for staff and volunteers.

For more information please contact Kevin Hatton, Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator: or 0115 907 2244 ext. 3961.  



Erewash Borough Council

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