The council’s grant award policy is designed to provide support to local not-for-profit groups and organisations delivering services to the community of Stone Parish. The annual grant scheme aims to encourage the greatest possible level of participation by local people in project development, while aligning to the council’s 3-Year Strategic Plan for the local community. The council believes that the best chance for building lasting projects comes
from developing capacity at local neighbourhood level.

The council is keen to offer funding to enable specific projects, activities, or events to be delivered that align with one or more of the council’s key focus areas, as outlined in the 3-year strategic plan, namely:

• A safe and healthy community

• A protected and enhanced environment

• Positive and respected leadership

Funding should not be requested to support general activities as the council wishes to see that organisations are financially sustainable and that, where possible, any grants will enhance rather than sustain services.

Each grant application will be assessed against specific criteria to determine the allocation of funds. In addition, as the council has declared a climate emergency, consideration will be given as to whether the outcome of the project, activity or event will have a detrimental impact on the environment.

A stipulated deadline for submission will be given in respect of each application.

Eligibility criteria requires organisations to provide the following information:

• Brief description of the aims and objectives of organisation

• Date organisation established

• How many of the organisation’s members reside in Stone

• Details of grants received from Stone Parish Council, or any other source, in the last three years

• Purpose of grant and total cost of proposed project 2

• Which strategic objective does the project align to

• A full set of accounts submitted with the application form to prevent the application from being rejected as incomplete

• An obligation to generate media coverage of the award

The council encourages applications from individual residents, or groups of residents, that may have an idea for an activity or event that supports the council’s strategic aims and objectives.

As it is unlikely that these people will have a formal constitution, unless money can be paid into a bank account that requires a minimum of two signatories, the council will make payments for associated services or suppliers directly from the council’s account and therefore no money will pass to the individual.

To ensure that the council’s grant budget can be distributed to as many community projects and activities as possible, it is unlikely that the council will consider approving grants above £500. However, the council understand there may be extenuating circumstances for which
a higher amount may be requested, and this will be given due consideration at the time.

The council will request feedback from all successful applicants showing that they have
spent the grant appropriately. Organisations/representatives will also be invited to attend
the Annual Parish Meeting to present feedback on their activities and projects.

Equality Statement
Stone Parish Council supports and adheres to the principles of equality of opportunity for all its citizens and visitors and is committed to assisting the maximum number of projects and groups which it can through regular advertising of available funding, giving maximum assistance and advice to all applicants.

Adopted: August 2021
Review date: July 2023