About the Grants Scheme
The Beverley Town Council Grants Scheme enables a wide range of local organisations, charities and events 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).
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 is WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY 2022.
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 is WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY 2022.
Partnership Grants – UPDATE: The Council has limited the total number of successful partners to 8 at any one time. To date, 5 have been successful, meaning there are 3 Partnership places still to be filled. These are for established, 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 (dependent on on annual review). As part of the application process, you do not have to apply for just funding, in fact you don’t even have to apply for any money at all – Councillors want to know in what other practical ways the Town Council can support your organisation, meaning it might not actually be funding you require, but other forms of assistance. The Town Council hopes to work as a genuine partner with successful applicants. Applications can be made at any time and will be considered at the next appropriate meeting. The Town Council may consider Partnership applicants that are unsuccessful for a Small or General Grant as alternatives.
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.
- Grants Policy (PDF) – you must read this document, which explains what sort of applications we will accept, the information we require, the criteria you must fulfil and more.
- Small Grants Application Form (Word)
- General Grants Application Form (Word)
- Partnership Grants Application Form (Word)
- Please note that we are currently looking at a better, online system for the completion of grant application forms.
- Wednesday 12th January 2022. – The next deadline for Small and General Grant Application Forms.
- Wednesday 26th January 2022 – Grants Committee meets to consider applications and make recommendations to Full Council.
- Monday 14th February 2022 – Full Council makes a final decision on the Grant Committee’s recommendations. Payments to successful applicants will then be made soon after.
- There are no deadlines for Partnership Grant Applications – applicants will be considered at the next suitable meeting following the submission of documents.
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 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)?