Criteria

We have a range of products available to support both service delivery and asset management. How can an investment from us help you?

Taking on a local service

Managing or purchasing land or a building (feasibility studies)

Purchasing or refurbishing assets

 

Please note that Community Assets and Service Grants cannot be used to develop housing projects.  This includes temporary housing, respite housing, and shelters.

Capital grants towards the purchase or refurbishment of an asset

Capital grants are available till noon on Thursday 26 June 2014 to ambitious organisations looking to purchase or substantially refurbish assets in their communities. Find out more about making an application and the preferred themes for this year.

The fund is open to organisations that meet all of the following criteria

  1. Community interest groups with well evidenced local connections established for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes. Our usual expectation will be that applicant organisations have one of the following types of legal structure: Registered charity; Community interest company; Company limited by guarantee that are non-profit distributing; Industrial and Provident Societies that are non-profit distributing; or Parish councils.
  2. Based and working in England.
  3. Able to demonstrate good levels of local control with local people and local representatives making the majority of decisions.
  4. Organisations unable to finance the work required from its own funds or other sources.
  5. Applying for a grant of between £100,000 and £500,000.
  6. Able to complete the project and spend all funds by 31 March 2015.
  7. Able to provide evidence of business planning and research.
  8. Able to provide credible evidence of organisational strength and relevant expertise in relation to asset management.
  9. Able to provide evidence of a detailed work plan and timeline that shows you can complete the project by 31 March 2015
  10. Able to demonstrate the benefits that arise from the proposed Community Ownership and Management of Assets.

Managing or purchasing a local building

If you are applying for a grant to purchase or manage a building or land in community use you will need to meet all of the following criteria: 

1.  Organisations with a valid reference number from the Community Rights Advice Service

2. Community interest groups with well evidenced local connections including

  • Registered charity;
  • Community interest company;
  • Company limited by guarantee that are non-profit distributing
  • Industrial and Provident Societies that are non-profit distributing , or
  • a parish council 

2.    Based and working in England

3.    Able to demonstrate good levels of local control with local people and local representatives making the majority of decisions

4.    Have not previously received a pre-feasibility grant from this fund 

5.    Not able to finance the work required from the organisationís own funds

6.  Applying for a pre-feasibility grant of between £5,000 and £10,000 or a feasibility grant of between £10,000 and £100,000

Delivering local services

Our grants can help you to get ready to deliver public services and own and manage assets.

The criteria you will need to meet to be eligible for the grants are detailed below. The criteria will vary depending on whether you are applying for a grant to help you to deliver a service or to own / manage an asset.

If you are applying for a grant to help you run a local service you will need to meet the following criteria

  1. Organisations with a valid reference number from the Community Rights Advice Line.
  2. A relevant body within Section 81 of the Localism Act, as set out below:
    - a voluntary or community body
    - a body of persons or trust established for charitable purposes 
    - a parish council unable to access funds for the proposal from other sources 
    - two or more employees of a relevant authority
  3. Based and working in England.
  4. Have not previously received a pre-feasibility grant from this Fund.
  5. Organisations unable to finance the work required from its own funds or other sources.
  6. Applying for a pre-feasibility grant of between £5,000 and £10,000 or a feasibility grant of between £10,000 and £100,000.
  7. Able to complete drawdown of the grant and provide evidence of spend for all the funding requested within 3 months (pre-feasibility) or 6 months (feasibility) from the receipt of grant funding.

Applying for a Feasibility Grant? You will need to meet some additional criteria:

  1. Provide evidence of initial business planning and research.
  2. Provide credible evidence of organisational strength and relevant expertise in relation to the service delivery being competed for.
  3. Be preparing to compete in a procurement exercise to deliver a public service or able to demonstrate that you have good potential to do so, for example having completed a pre-feasibility phase and able to demonstrate progress and work undertaken so far in preparation.
  4. Demonstrate the benefits that will arise from successfully competing for the service delivery opportunity.
  5. Be applying for a maximum of 30% or 50% of potential total contract value.
  6. Have identified support provider intending to work with. There are no restrictions on which support providers you can choose to work with but if you have not identified any particular provider this link provides you with some information on organisations in our partnership with relevant expertise.
  7. Have considered the State Aid implications of seeking this grant and are satisfied that the application if successful, would be compliant. 

Priority area for funding

In addition to meeting all of the above criteria we are particularly interested in receiving applications from small local organisations that are looking to build capacity and capability to deliver public service contracts. 

We will not exclude applications that do not fall into this priority area but we will prioritise those that do against applications that do not but are of equal quality. 

Applying for a Feasibility Grant? You will need to meet some additional criteria in order to apply:

1.    Able to complete feasibility works within a 6 month timeframe.

2.    Able to provide evidence of plans to take on asset management, for example, having either identified a specific asset or a number of options that have the potential to meet the asset need.

3.    Able to provide evidence of initial business planning and research.

4.    Able to provide credible evidence of organisational strength and relevant expertise in relation to asset management.

5.    Able to provide evidence of a detailed work plan and timeline that links to specific steps that need to be completed to become investment ready and able to take on an asset. 

6.    Able to demonstrate the benefits that arise from the proposed asset purchase or management.    

You can only apply for one pre-feasibility grant for either assets or services but can apply for feasibility grants for both.