East Coast Community Fund
Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups, parish and town councils, and local authorities for community projects that benefit the coastal communities of the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coasts.
Open for Applications
Objectives of Fund
The funding is for local community projects that strengthen coastal communities of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk coasts.
The following changes have been made to the Fund for all applications submitted for the 3 February 2021 deadline:
- Applications are encouraged from organisations that are supporting communities to recover from the impact of the pandemic. This includes organisations that:
- Provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery efforts from COVID-19.
- Have lost significant core income over the past few months and request funding to recover quicker financially.
- No match funding will be required for all applications at this time.
- Re-application restrictions have been lifted. Any organisations that have previously received a grant, have a live project or have been unsuccessful in the last round may re-apply.
The Community Fund is worth approximately £465,000 each year. Up to £75,000 of this funding is ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’. The remaining monies (circa £390,000) are split equally over two funding rounds each year.
Two levels of grants are available:
- Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.
- Main grants of between £5,001 and £50,000.
Groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application. For projects involving revenue costs, groups can apply for funding for up to two years.
Groups can only apply for one project per funding round (unless they are a Local Authority, or a Town or Parish Council applying on behalf of another group).
Successful groups cannot apply again for the same project for a period of two years.
Unsuccessful groups cannot reapply for the same project to the very next round and must skip a round before the project can be reconsidered.
Grants awarded to cover salaries can be spread over a two-year period if necessary.
Match Funding Restrictions
Match funding is not required for small grant applications.
Match funding of at least 20% is required for main grant applications.
Please note that the match funding does not have to be secured prior to application. In-kind contributions can be used as match funding.
Who Can Apply
Applications will be accepted from:
- Voluntary groups, community groups, and charities.
- Parish and Town Councils.
- Local Authorities (if they are working with community organisations on community-led projects).
- Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies operating on a non-profit-distributing basis.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be based and working for the benefit of coastal communities on the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk coasts. (Groups based outside of these areas may apply if they are located in a town or village which is divided by the funding area boundary line and their project benefits these communities. Applicants should contact GrantScape for further information).
- Have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document.
- Have a bank or building society account with at least two signatories.
- Have at least three directors (applies to Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies).
Funding is not available for:
- Commercial organisations.
- Any works that fall under the duty of statutory organisations.
- Religious projects.
- Political projects.
- Projects located at religious buildings (unless the project is clearly for the benefit of the wider community, for example a church hall improvement project where the building is available to the general public).
- Schools and educational establishments (unless the application comes from a separate body and the project is for wider community benefit).
- Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities (unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction).
- Sports kits and club uniforms.
- Projects that only benefit individuals.
- Retrospective funding.
- Public conveniences and public car parks.
- Festivals, carnivals, day trips, overseas travel and other similar one-off events.
- Memorials, statues, sculptures and other pieces of public art.
- Land and building purchase.
- Stand-alone feasibility studies, project development costs (including planning costs) and neighbourhood and community plans.
- Costs associated with 'Asset transfers' from local authorities, eg legal or feasibility costs.
The funding can be used for:
- Community buildings and facilities:
- Capital improvement works to village halls, community centres, museums, heritage centres and community cafes.
- Community activities and services:
- Projects addressing health and wellbeing, social isolation, community cohesion and access to amenities.
- Young and old people’s projects.
- Projects providing support for local clubs and groups.
- Environmental and public open space projects:
- Projects involving parks, nature reserves, community growing schemes, and habitat/species conservation.
- Sports, recreation and play:
- Playgrounds, skate parks, indoor climbing walls.
- Sports equipment.
- Sports field drainage projects.
All applicants with projects located on school grounds should contact GrantScape before applying.
How To Apply
There are two application rounds each year. The next deadlines for applications are:
- 3 February 2021.
- 28 July 2021.
Application guidance and an online application form are available on the Grantscape website HERE