Improved Parish Council Transparency at no extra cost to the Local Taxpayer – Hurry! The deadline is the 1st April 2017
Parish councils with annual turnover of under £25,000 are now required to comply with the Smaller Authorities’ Transparency Code.
Click here to view the Transparency code for smaller authorities.
The Government, through the National and County Associations of Local Councils (supported by SLCC), is providing funding (covering laptop purchase, website creation or training) to enable such parishes to comply with the Code. We are keen to ensure that all eligible parishes know about the funding, which is only confirmed until 31/3/17, and would therefore be grateful if you could bring this information to the attention of local parishes, who can apply through their county association.
Click here to find out who is eligible.
Bright Ideas Fund - Round 1 of the Bright Ideas Fund is now closed. Round 2 opens in April 2017
A new funding opportunity, the Bright Ideas Fund , opens on Friday 30 September.
It aims to give community groups, including, we understand, town and parish councils, the support and tools to set up a community business.
Click here for details on a programme of support and grants of up to £20,000.
Community Asset Fund – Sport England
Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.
As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about its new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.
Sports clubs and community organisations (but not parish councils directly) will be able to apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.
This fund has a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.
Click here to read more on the Sport England website.
Funding for War Memorial Conservation and Protection
Marking the centenary of the First World War, an extra £2 million is available to support local communities repair and conserve their war memorials.
The War Memorials Trust has advice and information on how to do this, what is eligible for funding and the time frame for your projects.
For further information please click here.
Fund your community projects with Tesco Bags for Help scheme
Tesco Bags for Help scheme is now permanently open for applications from community groups (including parish and town councils).
Tesco is donating the money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge to fund local projects to improve green spaces in communities across England, Wales and Scotland. Groups can apply for up to £12K to make capital improvements for a range of project including:
• Developing nature trail in a local park or nature reserve
• Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills
• Funding a series of summer events in a local park
• Funding a programme of beach clean up events
• Repainting swings and play equipment in a park
• Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks.
• Helping to set up Britain in Bloom local group, purchasing plants, planters, forks, spades and compost.
• Developing a community garden or orchard
• Supporting local football club with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12’s
Click here to apply for funding.