Community Grant Applications – 2021 / 2022

Do you represent a community group or organization?

The 2021 Community Grant application process is now open and the Council welcomes requests from groups which help and involve local people. The Parish Council can only award grants using certain legal powers; specific powers allow the Council to provide funding for specific activities or projects which Members feel will be of benefit to residents of Shenstone, Stonnall or Little Aston.

Our grant awarding criteria has recently been updated as part of our internal audit. Key points are:

  1. It is a condition of any grant application that the group or project must bring direct benefit to the residents of the Parish. All applications must clearly demonstrate how this will be achieved.

  1. Application forms must be submitted along with:

  • bank statement(s); both current and savings accounts

  • a constitution if not previously submitted or if it has been amended since it was submitted

  • the latest set of the group’s accounts.

  • Newly constituted groups may be required to submit accounts at a later date.

3. Retrospective grant applications will only be considered under very special circumstances.

4. The group should be a charity, voluntary or community organisation. Applications will not be considered from individuals, businesses, religious or political groups unless permitted by legislation.

5. Any grant awarded must only be used for the purpose for which it is applied and must be spent within the year that it is awarded unless exceptional circumstances prevail. If the grant cannot be spent in the year it has been awarded the Parish Council should be contacted as soon as possible if it is likely that a request will be made to carry over any unspent balance, otherwise it should be returned to the Parish Council.

6. Shenstone Parish Council reserves the right to request any further information that it deems necessary to assist the decision-making process.

7. Ongoing commitments to award grants in future years cannot be made therefore a new application will be required each year.

8. The size of any grant awarded is at the sole discretion of the Parish Council. Applicants should be aware that the Council will often prefer to pay a grant by directly purchasing the supplies or facilities referred to in the application rather than transferring monies to the applicants.

9. Shenstone Parish Council reserves the right to refuse any grant application which is considered to be inappropriate or against the objectives of the Parish Council.

10. All awards must be properly accounted for and evidence of expenditure should be supplied as requested. If the Parish Council is not satisfied with the arrangements, they reserve the right to request a refund of monies awarded.

11. Under no circumstances will the Council provide a grant to pay for or subsidise any expenditure on alcoholic beverages or gaming.

12. All applicants must submit proper auditable accounts to demonstrate how the grant awarded has been used.

13. The decision of the Parish Council is final.

Grant applications will be considered at the Finance, Legal Health & Safety Committee meeting in January with recommendations put before the next meeting of Full Council. Therefore applications and any supporting documentation should be received by January 4th 2022 to allow the Clerk to check that the Council’s grants criteria have been met.