Staffordshire Local Community Fund
What is the Staffordshire Local Community Fund?
The aim of this scheme is to respond to local needs in a flexible way. Each county councillor has £7,500 to spend on community projects in their area. The Cabinet specifies an amount in the Council's budget for this fund. This is then allocated to each Councillor every year.
The scheme has been going since 2005. You can find out more details of the schemes supported by your local councillor on the supported schemes page.
Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategy, Finance and Corporate Issues said:
“This is a great opportunity for community groups to apply for funding. You can work with your local county councillor. They can support you to achieve your goals for the benefit of your community.”
Before you apply
- You must read the criteria and rules.
- You must contact your local county councillor to discuss your project.
How do I find my councillor?
- Use our postcode search.
- Search using the postcode for the organisation applying for funding.
- You then need to select the address.
- The division will show on the page.
- Click on the link at the bottom of the page and this will take you to your local county councillor's web page.
When can I apply?
From 1 April 2016. Application forms are available for download.
All approved grants for 2016-17 must be spent and projects completed before 31 March 2017.
How do I apply?
It is very easy to apply:
- Download the application form as either a Word document or a PDF
- Complete the form
- Send it to your local county councillor.
How is the funding decided?
Your county councillor may spend all their allocation for the year on one project. Or they could choose to support several proposals.
They may decide to spend all or part of their allocation at any time before the final deadline. You may want to ask first whether your local county councillor has allocated the money.
Important: An application for funding may be less that the total cost. The county council would be unable to pay a grant unless you raise or secure the balance of the funding. Your county councillor may wishes to recommend funding which is less than you have asked for. He/she will ask you how you will raise or secure any shortfall.
Two or more county councillors may agree on a joint proposal for all or part of their allocations. This would be for a scheme (or schemes) which will benefit all their electoral Divisions.