Bramley Parish Council can award grants to groups/organisations for projects or events that are determined to be of benefit to the residents within the Parish. The grant application form can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page. A PDF is supplied which should be returned completed to the Parish Clerk at the address shown at the top of the form.
Where does the funding come from?
Much of the grant funding made by Bramley Parish Council is allowed under section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 which empowers Bramley Parish Council to spend a proportion of its funds, subject to limits, on purposes that bring a direct benefit to the parish or to its residents.
Section 137 states that if the grant application will only benefit 10% of the residents, then only 10% of the total budgeted Section 137 monies can be granted. It is advised that groups/organisations should consider other sources of funding in conjunction with the Bramley Parish Council Grant.
What can be funded?
- the project should be something that makes the local community a better place in which to live, work or visit.
- it should benefit people who live in the parish.
- there must be clearly presented evidence that local people support the project and are involved in carrying it out.
- applications do not have to be from groups that already exist.
- each group may only make one application per financial year (1 April to 31 March).
- Support for individuals or private business projects.
- Projects that are the prime responsibility of other statutory authorities
- Projects that improve or benefit privately owned land or property
- Projects that have already been completed or will have been by the time the grant is made.
Conditions of support
The council may make the award of any grant subject to all or some of the following conditions.
Required conditions will be at the discretion of the council and should consider the organisation’s individual circumstances.
- The application must be made using the official application form (below).
- Details must be provided of the extent to which funding has been sought or secured from other sources or own fund-raising activities.
- Funding must only be used for the purpose agreed with the parish council and if all the monies are not spent on the items agreed, the balance must be returned.
- Funding must be spent within the financial year awarded and cannot be added wholly or partly to the organisation’s reserves.
- If project costs are more than anticipated on application, any shortfall must be met by the group
- To fully understand your project or activity, parish councillors may wish to visit the project or activity prior to the project or activity commencing. They may also wish to conduct a site visit once the funded project is underway.
- As a minimum, the group will write to confirm receipt of the cheque for audit purposes, or as the cheque is handed over a representative of the group will sign a form or receipt at the same time.
- The need to provide evidence of expenditure (receipted invoices) to the Clerk to the Council on completion of project will be discretionary – based on the amount given and the purposes given. (If required, this evidence of expenditure should be equal to, or more than, the total of the amount of the grant detailed on application.)
- Any unused funds at the end of the financial year in which the grant is paid out must be returned to Council.
- You must acknowledge the Parish Council’s support in all publications, publicity and annual reports.
- You should show the funding awarded separately in your published financial accounts and the Parish Council should have access to your financial records, on request, where appropriate.
- A representative of your organisation should give a report at the Annual Parish Meeting (held on an evening between March and May each year) on how the group spent the money and, if appropriate, how the group or project is progressing.