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Funding

Workington Town Council recognises and supports the work that volunteers and groups do in the town and for the well-being of the community.

​Each year we offer funding opportunities for both small and long term projects.

A full list of criteria and the awarding process can be found in our Grants Policy.

Overview

Budget allocations for all funding are established by April each year. The budget amounts are fixed, so once the money is allocated in a particular financial year, no more will be available until the following financial year.

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All applications will be reviewed by the relevant committee at their next available meeting.  On receipt of an application Workington Town Council will notify the individual as to when a decision will be made.

If successful you will be asked to accept, sign and return a conditions of funding form. Payment of the funding will be made, by BACS, after a completed form is returned to the Council.

Funding

The Council is committed to promoting Workington and contributing to the development of projects and services that benefit the community. In doing so, the Council is aware of its responsibility for public funds and for managing the distribution of these funds.

If you think you have a proposal that we may be able to help with, initially, we would like you to complete an express of interest form, which asks for details on your proposal and what your objectives are.

Once we have received your form, Council Officers will be in touch to discuss your proposal in more detail and how the Council may be able to help. There is currently no set amount for funding bids. Council Officers will work with you on your project idea and give advice on whether it would be something that the Council could support.

Download a word version of the Expression of Interest form here - 

 

Complete an online Expression of Interest form here - 

Workington in Bloom Grants

Workington in Bloom supports the aims of the town’s entry into the annual Cumbria in Bloom awards. Small groups, organisations and communities can apply for a grant of up to £300 to assist with their own Cumbria in Bloom application, whether it’s for a school, It's Your Neighbourhood or for the general environmental good of the town.

Download an application form in Word here.

In order to help as many groups as possible the Council will monitor the number of grants received by each group in a financial year.

Summary of Conditions

Applications will be considered with the understanding that:

  • Organisations will meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act, The Equalities Act and good practice standards as appropriate. This may include requiring an Equalities Statement or Policy. ​

  • Organisations that work with children or vulnerable adults will ensure that Safeguarding Policies are in place, and all staff/volunteers who are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults have been cleared by DBS criminal record checks.

  • Organisations will ensure appropriate insurance is in place for all events and services provided.

  • The project is planned for the future, funding will not be given for events that have already taken place at the time when the application form is received.

  • All successful applicants will provide a project monitoring report within six months of the end of the financial year.

  • Organisations will notify the Council in writing of any change of circumstances which affect its financial position.

  • Grants can only be used for the purpose they were awarded for. Any change to the original project must be agreed with the Council.

  • If the project is cancelled or only partially achieved, remaining grant must be returned to the Council. If an organisation is disbanded, any unused grant must be returned to the Council.

  • The project must be situated in the Civil Parish of Workington and be of benefit to residents and/or visitors. To check your project falls within the parish boundary, please check the map on the following page: www.workingtontowncouncil.gov.uk/yourcouncil

 

Supporting Documentation

All grant applications must include the following supporting documentation:

Constitution
Grants and funding can only be given to constituted groups. If your group is not constituted, we have a simple form that you can adapt to suit your purposes. Your constitution must be signed and dated before it is sent in. You must include an Equalities statement (which may be included in an Equal Opportunities policy) or you must agree to abide by the Town Council's Equalities policy, which includes the Duty to Promote Equality. You can read more about this here.

Signatures
Three signatures are required on the application form, from three different honorary members or responsible officers in the group.

Financial Information
You must be able to provide a recent copy of your group’s latest bank statement showing activity during the recent three months for all accounts, bank details including account name, address and number and a copy of your organisation's annual accounts. If these are not available, you must explain why.

If your grant or funding is for a specific project, you must send one costing or at least two estimates (which is most appropriate to your application) with the completed application form.

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