Community Chest is currently closed
If you would like to be notified when it re-opens for applications please contact us on the details at the bottom of this page.
What is Community Chest?
Community Chest is the council's small grant scheme. Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available. Priority is given to small, unfunded community and voluntary groups.
Will we be eligible?
You can download a checklist from this page to check if your group is eligible to apply to Community Chest. If you would prefer an MSWord version or a paper version please contact us.
The checklist is a guide and not a guarantee. It can only indicate if your group is likely to be eligible for a grant. Please double check you meet the criteria before applying.
What will the grant likely to fund?
The list below gives some idea of the things we are likely to fund. Even if what you want to apply for isn’t on this list we may still be able to fund it – please contact the grants team for advice (our contact details are at the bottom of this page). You can also see a list of grants funded in 2012-13 at the bottom of this page.
Venue hire for regular meetings
Venue hire for events
Materials for use in your project
Publicity materials, including newsletters and flyers
Transport costs for regular meetings
IT equipment (as long as it is reasonably priced and you can show us the need for it)
Religious groups for community activities
Sessional workers (those you use only when required)
Salaries for fixed term staff on contracts of less than 1 year
PTA or ‘Friends of…’ schools groups for wider community activities outside of school hours
What will the grant not likely to fund?
It is difficult to give a definitive list of items/work we are not likely to fund as it can depend on the application. However, the list below gives some idea of the things we are not likely to fund. Please also make sure you read the criteria before applying.
Activities that happen or start before we confirm the grant (you should leave 3 months after the closing date to be sure)
Day trips and overnight stays
Items that mainly benefit individuals
Expensive IT equipment
On-going salaries (including salaries of permanent staff or fixed term staff on terms of 1 year or more)
Political or religious activities
Projects that you cannot maintain (e.g. because of high ongoing costs or the need for specialist skills)
Projects that cannot be completed within one year
School projects that only benefit pupils and/or take place during school hours.
When are the application deadlines?
The scheme is currently closed. If you would like to be notified when it re-opens for applications please contact us on the details at the bottom of this page.