community grant funding - how do i apply? | believe housing

Tuesday, 30 November

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large community capital grant £10,000 – £20,000

We invest in our communities every day, by maintaining homes, building new homes, supporting diverse customers and by funding various activities and projects.

We are giving organisations the opportunity to apply for grant funding between £10,000 – £20,000 to support community investment programmes and to deliver innovative projects that put our customers on a pathway to improving their lives.

We welcome applications for projects that meet one of our key themes:

  • Health and wellbeing: improving mental and physical health as well as building the confidence of individuals
  • Employability and training: including volunteering and other upskilling activities
  • Increasing household income: activities including debt and benefit advice, feeding families and employing people
  • A greener, fairer future: by reducing, reusing and recycling
  • Tackling inequalities as a result of Covid-19.

Projects must include both capital and revenue elements and a minimum of 30% of beneficiaries need to be a believe housing tenant to satisfy the criteria.

In each community, the key themes may need to be addressed in different ways. We will give priority to those projects and activities which we believe will best achieve our key themes with special consideration being given to those which support the development of sustainable communities and new projects and activities with limited resources.

All projects must be deliverable within and adhere to current coronavirus (COVID-19) government guidelines.

The total grant fund available is £120,000 for this round, funding a minimum of 6 projects. The grant allocation will be spread equally across central Durham, east Durham and west Durham where believe housing have properties. Please see the list below for the breakdown of our areas.

There is one open call for the Large Community Capital Grant within 2021/22 and it is likely to be oversubscribed, so please consider all the criteria carefully before applying.  It is important that your application demonstrates a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) approach and contains a clear and concise account of your proposal.  We have included prompts and examples in the application form to assist you.

If you would like to discuss your project idea before submitting your application, we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your project idea. You can contact the Community Investment Team by email: communitygrant@believehousing.co.uk or call us on 0300 1311 999.


what does the large community capital grant support?

Capital

Capital costs can include either new assets or the refurbishment of existing assets. These are expected to have community benefit and to have an expected lifespan of at least 5 years.

Examples include:

  • New buildings and repairs/refurbishment to existing buildings
  • Outdoor space including play areas, gyms, gardens and allotments
  • Assets for community/village halls e.g. PA and audio/visual systems or broadband routers, cabling and installation
  • Vehicles
  • Artwork for public display/enjoyment.

Revenue

Revenue funding can be used where there is no lasting asset.

Examples include:

  • Setting up classes/sessions/activities/events for the community
  • Travel costs which are integral to an activity
  • Buying equipment for a community-based activity
  • Marketing and promotion to increase participation in activities
  • On-costs of the project (e.g. staff time, equipment and resources required to deliver the project).

If you are unsure as to whether your proposal includes eligible costs, please contact us to discuss this with us so we can advise prior to submitting your application.


our locations

All projects must be deliverable in either central Durham, east Durham or west Durham where believe housing have properties. Please see the list below for a breakdown.

central Durham areas

Bearpark Belmont Bowburn Brandon
Brasside Carrville Claypath Coxhoe
Crossgate Croxdale Elvet Esh Winning
Framwellgate Moor Gilesgate Gilesgate Moor High Pittington
Kelloe Langley Moor Littletown Ludworth
Meadowfield Merryoaks Nevilles Cross New Brancepeth
New Durham Newton Hall Pity Me Quarrington Hill
Shadforth Sherburn Sherburn Hill Sherburn Road
Sherburn Road Estate Ushaw Moor West Rainton Witton Gilbert

east Durham areas

Blackhall Castle Eden Dalton-Le-Dale Easington
Easington Colliery Haswell Hesleden Horden
Howden-Le-Wear Hutton Henry Middlestone Moor Milldale
Murton Peterlee Seaham Seaton
Shotton South Hetton Station Town Hawthorn
Thornley Trimdon Station Wheatley Hill Wingate

west Durham areas

Billy Row Bishop Auckland Coundon Coundon Grange
Crook Eldon Lane Escomb Fir Tree
Frosterley Hunwick Leeholme Middlestone Moor
Rookhope South Church St Helens Auckland St Johns Chapel
Stanhope Sunnybrow Tindale Crescent Tow Law
Wearhead West Auckland Westgate Willington
Witton-Le-Wear Wolsingham

Not all people living in these areas will be believe housing tenants. We aren’t able to provide address lists but if you would like to see a more detailed breakdown of street names prior to application please request this by emailing: communitygrant@believehousing.co.uk



apply now

Before you download the form and apply, here is a useful checklist of conditions for this grant. They will all need to be met in order for your application to be considered.

  • Are you applying for between £10,000 – £20,000?
  • Does your project include both capital and revenue costs?
  • Does your project achieve one or more of the following aims?
    • Health and wellbeing: improving mental and physical health as well as building the confidence of individuals
    • Employability and training: including volunteering and other upskilling activities
    • Increasing household income: activities including debt and benefit advice, feeding families and employing people
    • A greener, fairer future: by reducing, re-using and recycling
    • Tackling inequalities as a result of Covid-19
  • Does your project take place in one of the areas believe housing operates in?
  • Does your project evidence how you will reach at least 30% believe housing tenants?
  • Does your project meet the funding criteria and requirements?
  • Have you read the terms and conditions and are you able to agree to these if your funding application is successful?

Download the application form (Word Document)

Closing date and form submission

Please submit your application by 4pm on Sunday 5 December 2021. Email your completed form to: communitygrant@believehousing.co.uk

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