About the New Grants Scheme

The Beverley Town Council Grants Scheme has been updated, to enable a wider range of local organisations, charities and events to be able to apply for financial support.  The intention of these grants is to support events and projects which will primarily benefit the people and town of Beverley (parish boundary map below – click on it to enlarge).

Parish Boundaries Map

The Three Different Grants

Organisations can apply to one of our three different grants.

Small Grants: These are for small and new organisations seeking funds for a specific item or project, and that may not have a past track record.  Applicants can apply for up to £500.  The next deadline for applications has yet to be confirmed.

General Grants: These are for established organisations seeking a one-off grant or funding for a specific item or project.  Applicants can apply for up to £2,000. The next deadline for applications has yet to be confirmed.

Partnership Grants (to be launched later in 2021): These are for ongoing projects, such as annual or bi-annual events, ongoing services and longer term project delivery. Funding is agreed on a three-year rolling basis (reviewable each year to ensure the agreement is being adhered to).  The Town Council hopes to work as a genuine partner with successful applicants.

You can find guidance regarding which application form you should complete at the bottom of this page.

Who can Apply?

The Town Council will consider applications from the following properly-constituted bodies:

  • Clubs and societies
  • Voluntary bodies and associations;
  • Non-profit making organisations
  • Charitable bodies

Newly formed bodies shall not be disqualified from seeking funding, but the Council may impose additional requirements for them to do so.

Important Dates
  • Wednesday 27th January 2021 – The next deadline for Small and General Grant Application Forms.
  • Monday 8th February 2021 – Grants Committee meets to consider applications and make recommendations to Full Council.
  • Monday 22nd February 2021 – Full Council makes a final decision on the Grant Committee’s recommendations. Payments to successful applicants will then be made soon after.
Decision Making

The core purpose of these grants is to support the people and town of Beverley, but other factors are also considered when the Town Council make decisions on applications.  Councillors are currently developing a weighting scheme for specific aspects of each application to ensure fairness in the decision making process. An example of how this may work is:

  • Fulfilment of the grant criteria = 20%
  • Benefit to the Town = 20%
  • Benefit to residents (e.g. how many will benefit directly) = 20%
  • Quality of supporting arguments and non-financial documents = 20%
  • Financial documentation = 20%


What Criteria must be Fulfilled?

Grant applications must not be retrospective and shall demonstrate the provision of a benefit to the Town under one or more of the following criteria:

  • To contribute to the cultural life, education, sporting opportunities or general wellbeing of the people of the Town.
  • To promote the economic and commercial vitality of the Town.
  • To support and contribute to the social life of the Town.
  • To preserve the unique identity of the Town and promote its heritage.
  • To help to create a socially inclusive and caring community, and increase dialogue among our residents.
  • To protect and improve the Town and promote a sustainable environment.
  • To provide a democratic, representational voice for the community.

Projects we will NOT support include the promotion  of political or religious belief, sponsorship of individuals, the repayment of loans, the payment of salaries, the augmentation of reserves or capital investments, activities which form part of statutory obligations and the activities of profit-making organisations (unless they are for an exclusively charitable non-profit making purpose). More details can be found in the Grants Policy.

How the Grants are Funded

The Town Council allocates a budget for grants every Financial Year (1st April to 31st March). Successful applicants will receive funding in the Financial Year during which their submission is considered. The Town Council appreciates that when it comes to successful applicants actually spending the allocated sums, they might have to do so in the following Financial Year, due to the nature, timing and practicalities of their projects. Orgnisations are limited to one application each Financial Year.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will sign a funding agreement with the Town Council and eventually complete a feedback form. If at any point after being allocated funding there are significant changes to the project, applicants should contact the Town Council to discuss this – we understand unforeseen circumstances can arise and want to work with you to positively resolve these. If the Town Council is concerned that funds have not used for their original purpose and the applicant has not liaised with the Town Council to discuss this, the grant may have to be refunded either totally or in part.

Select an Application Form

We want to help you select the correct application form to complete.  By clicking on the answer that applies to your organisation, you will be guided to which application form you should consider completing. Each click will take you to an additional question or answer.

Q1. Are you a new organisation (12 months old or less)?

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