Changes underway in the way small grants are allocated - The Worcester Observer

Changes underway in the way small grants are allocated

Worcester Editorial 22nd Sep, 2023 Updated: 22nd Sep, 2023   0

GROUPS and charities hoping to apply for community grants for the next financial year will need to get their applications in this autumn.

The way Worcester City Council awards small grants though the One Worcester Communities Grants scheme is changing.

Although grants for the current financial year can still be sought up to March 31, 2024, after that date, there will only be one call for grant applications each year.

Organisations wishing to make applications for events being held between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025 must make their submissions by November 10. Applicants can apply for a maximum of £2,000 towards a project, which must be match-funded.

The One Worcester Communities Grants scheme has a Small Grants allocation of £45,000, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Councillors have already agreed to continue to supply £3,500 of this money each year as a grant to Worcester Arts Council, which distributes small amounts of it to support various arts activities in the city.

The remaining £41,500 is available to be shared between other organisations.

Worcester City Council’s Director of Finance and Resources, Shane Flynn, said: “As the money available for these community grants is less than it once was, it is very important that we offer all qualifying groups the same chance to be considered and we feel that the new system will simplify the process and ensure it is as fair as it can be.”


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