Grants for Voluntary Organisations
Applications for the financial year 2020-21 will be coming in July 2019
Wokingham Town Council’s Vision is:
“To encourage the life and vibrancy of Wokingham Town for its existing and future residents and businesses”.
Our priorities are:
• To encourage a lively, flourishing market town
• To ensure something for all is going on every week
• To be respectful of our heritage, but looking to our future
• To be known for what we do, but different from Wokingham Borough Council and other towns
Any spending and activity that the Council engages in focuses on delivering its Vision, and the Council is keen to align its Grant spending to support those organisations which can demonstrate how their work also supports this Vision for our town.
Applicants should be aware that the Council receives a high level of requests but looks forward to receiving these and makes the commitment to consider them all individually and with care.
We would recommend that applicants read the Council’s Grants Policy before completing the online application form.
Please note grants will only be made to cover activities by organisations that benefit the residents of Wokingham Town.
CRITERIA FOR APPLICATIONS
- Applications will only be accepted from organisations such as voluntary bodies and charities, which operate within the Town Council’s boundary and provide direct benefit to all or some of its inhabitants.
- The Town Council cannot guarantee a grant to any organisation unless it has been designated as a Service Provider (see grant policy for details) and will review each and every application, which is judged on its merits.
- Applications from individuals will only be considered if they will bring clear and positive benefit(s) to the town community. The grant regulations in this area are precise and the Committee has to carefully scrutinise individual applications.
- A grant cannot be given for political purposes.
- A grant cannot be given just to promote publicity.
- A grant from a parish/town council cannot be given to contribute to a charity or public service body operating overseas, or to a fund established to assist people outside the UK.
- All voluntary bodies, charities or any organisation, which are seeking assistance, must supply a set of accounts for the previous year’s activity. Those applying for an amount in excess of £1,000 must submit a written report, annual report or set of accounts within 12 months of receipt of a grant.
- Council also has the right to ask recipients of grants, irrespective of the amount, for a statement on how the money is being spent and can also ask for financial information prior to actually giving a grant.
- Applicants should be aware that the Town Council will determine its total budget for grants on an annual basis.
- As well as obtaining financial information, the Town Council must be provided with evidence on the number of inhabitants who reside within the town’s boundary and who would directly benefit by the award of a grant.
- If your work involves children or vulnerable adults, please ensure all safety issues related to your project/activity are covered by a child/vulnerable adults protection policy.