Grants & 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 a number of funding opportunities for both small and long term projects. Please find an overview of the grants we provide and the procedure below. A full list of criteria and the awarding process can be found in our Grants Policy.
Budget allocations for all funding areas are established by January each year, so grants and funding are allocated on a first come first serve basis. The budget amounts are generally fixed and will not be exceeded, so once the money is allocated in a particular year, no more will be available until the following year.
Workington Town Council will acknowledge receipt of applications within 15 working days, after consideration organisations will be notified of the outcome. If successful you will be asked to accept, sign and return a conditions of funding form. Payment of the grant will be made, by cheque, after a completed form is returned to the Council.
Types of Grant
VE Day Event Grant
When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020, it will be 75 years since the end of the war in Europe. Workington Town Council is offering a special grant to the community of Workington to mark the occasion with events, such as a street party or tea party. Applicants can apply for up to £300 for a community event. Activities must be open to the community and free of charge.
Read more about the VE Day 75th anniversary here - www.veday75.org
Note: Your event doesn't have to be held on VE day itself, it can be held on another date that is more
suitable for the venue / group.
The Big Lunch will be celebrated across the UK on 6-7 June 2020. The aim of The Big Lunch is to bring communities together. Apply for up to £300 to host a ‘Big Lunch’ event in your community. The event can be anything from a small gathering in a garden or community centre, to a larger party with trestle tables down the middle of your street. Activities must be open to the community and free of charge.
Read more about The Big Lunch here - www.edenprojectcommunities.com/thebiglunchhomepage
Note: Your event doesn't have to be held on 6-7 June, it can be held on another date that is more
suitable for the venue / group.
Community Service Grants
These are small grants (for up to £300), aimed at any voluntary or community groups in Workington. They are intended for small projects or as initial funding for larger grant applications to other bodies.
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.
Workington in Bloom Grants
Workington in Bloom supports the aims of the town’s entry into the annual Cumbria in Bloom. Small groups, organisations and communities can apply for a grant of up to £300 to assist with a Cumbria in Bloom application, whether it’s for a school, In Your Neighbourhood or for the general environmental good of the town.
Funding for Community Development, Heritage or Sport
Funding is available for up to three years, for up to £7,500 per year to support long term and large scale projects that:
• Celebrate the town’s history, not only to attract tourism, but to reinforce the pride in place for those who live or work in Workington
• Develop the town’s sense of community, democratic inclusion or wellbeing
• Develop participation young people’s sport and health
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.
All grant applications must include the following supporting documentation:
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.
Three signatures are required on the application form, from three different honorary members or responsible officers in the group.
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.