Community Fund opens to support Borders projects

sbc logoScottish Borders Council's Community Fund has opened for 2020/2021.

The Fund provides support to voluntary and groups which are active within their communities, and assistance to communities or interest groups with the development of community-based projects.

The scheme is divided up between each of the five Area Partnerships - Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot and Liddesdale and Tweeddale - with an amount set aside for Borders-wide projects.

Un-constituted groups can apply for grants up to the value of £5,000 and constituted groups up to £30,000, subject to fund availability.

Decisions on funding requests of more than £1,500 are made at Area Partnership meetings, with Borders-wide applications going to SBC's Executive Committee for a decision.

It is also important that groups check other possible sources before applying to the Community Fund, which currently has limited funding.

Councillor Robin Tatler, SBC's Executive Member for Community Development and Localities, said: "Any project which aims to benefit the wellbeing of the Borders people should apply to the Community Fund.
"The fund supports projects right across the Borders but it is important that groups firstly visit our website to read the full guidance before applying."

More details are available at:

https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/20076/community_grants_and_funding/261/community_fund


Community Fund basic details/additional information
• Un-constituted groups can apply for grants up to the value of £5,000 and constituted groups up to £30,000, subject to fund availability
• In exceptional cases constituted groups can apply for over £30,000
• A fast track application is available for funding requests of £1,500 or below
• Decisions on funding requests of more than £1,500 are made at area partnership meetings
• A total of 10% organisational financial contribution required for requests of £500 and over
• Applications need to be submitted well in advance of project start dates
• Your group should also check other possible funding sources before applying, for example National Lottery Community Fund
Group set up
To be able to apply for funding over £5,000 your group should:
• Be fully constituted with a minimum of three members
• Have a bank or building society account in the group's name
• Have independently approved annual accounts (new groups should be able to provide a 12 month estimate of income and expenditure)
• Be committed to equality for all
Outcomes
Your group's activities should benefit the well-being of the Borders people and your project should meet one of the following:
• Communities have more access to better quality local services or activities (including arts, music, heritage or sports activities)
• Communities have more access to a better quality environment (including the built environment)
• Communities have more pride in their community
• Communities have more access to better quality advice and information
• More local groups or services are better supported to recover from financial difficulty