Supporting Clubs and Organisations

Through these grants we are looking to fund charitable organisations that bring together mainly older, vulnerable or disadvantaged groups to make a positive contribution to their lives and the social fabric of the town.

Your group can apply for grants of up to £750 to fund days out, activities, events or equipment to support your regular activities or add value to your existing activity. The programme also welcomes applications from residents or groups who wish to pilot a piece of work or set up a new group. In these cases the grant can fund group leader costs or administration costs.

Supporting Education and Learning is aimed at funding charitable organisations working to improve the lives of people who live in Letchworth and make Letchworth a great place to be. Through Supporting Education and Learning we aim to support groups working on projects where the educational element plays a key part in making a step change in individuals, groups or family’s lives. This could result in increased levels of education, increased skills, enabling people to be more economically active, transforming attitudes and behaviours and being more actively involved in their community.

The maximum amount any group can apply for in any given financial year is £25,000. Multi-year awards will be considered as an exception and only awarded providing there is a business plan and it can be demonstrated that the funding will have a significant impact on the area that is being funded. We encourage projects that are creative, innovative and dynamic, which make a real difference to those involved and have true impact.

When applying it is important your group can share with us:

  • Which one of our charitable Objectives –Recreation and Leisure, Education and Learning or Health and Wellbeing the application meets
  • What it is that your group needs help to fund
  • Why your group  wants this activity or event to take place and the benefits the activity or event will provide your group and its members
  • How the project, programme or activity represents good value for money
  • The contribution being made by members and/or any additional funding, sponsorship or in-kind support you will be receiving.
  • Where appropriate that you have considered potential partnership working with other local groups seeking to achieve similar goals
  • How it will encourage a sense of belonging amongst those directly and indirectly benefitting from the grant which will contribute towards a more vibrant community

We will not fund:

  • Direct core costs such as staff salaries in support of the regular activity of the group without a clear business plan showing how this role will become sustainable within a stated period
  • Individuals or causes that will benefit only one person,
  • Community service groups with a purpose of raising funds for charitable purposes,
  • General and round-robin appeals
  • Religious or political activities or associated buildings
  • Replacement or subsidy of statutory funding, or for work we consider should be funded by government, such as residential and day care, housing provision, individual schools, nurseries and colleges, or a combination of any of these
  • Individual campaigns
  • Organisations seeking to distribute grants or funds to others
  • Retrospective funding, meaning support for work that has already taken place
  • Work that is not legally charitable

Application Deadlines

  Application Deadline Application Considered
Round 1 February 16 March 15
Round 2 April 27 May 17
Round 3 October 19 November 15