SSDC Community grants and loans

Community grants

Who do we fund?

  • Community, voluntary and charitable organisations
  • Not-for-profit groups with a signed set of group rules
  • Parish or Town Councils
  • Other organisations eg churches and schools (including Academies) provided wider community benefits can be shown

What do we fund?

  • Up to 50% of the application costs
  • Requests between £100 and £12,500 can be considered

Even a few hundred pounds for your community can make a difference such as:

  • Covering the cost of hiring a room/pitch or equipment to help start new activities
  • Booking a coach or activity leader to help increase use of local facilities
  • Helping to subsidise the cost of transport to get your idea moving
  • Training for volunteers to make a difference in your community
  • Getting some expert help for designs or other advice and guidance

Larger projects supported by SSDC community grants have included:

  • Setting up local services like a social enterprise to operate a shop, pub or cafe
  • Refurbishing or expanding local community halls and meeting places
  • Community transport - enabling a new community transport service to start up
  • Creating or improving local recreation facilities for all ages (see also help for play and youth groups)
  • Starting or developing arts, conservation, education and environment projects (see also help for arts organisations)

We also aim to fund projects which target particular groups within our community:

  • people at risk of, or suffering from, poor health
  • people with mental health problems
  • children and young people up to age 18
  • older people
  • people on low incomes
  • people facing exclusion in urban and rural areas
  • people seeking to improve and develop work or educational skills

Other things to consider:

  • We hope that you have the support of your parish council - which may include a financial contribution and we expect other sources of funding to be considered, which ensures that every £1 we provide for community grants goes as far as possible.
  • Your project will need to be well-planned and managed by your group - our grants are only offered after a careful assessment by a Neighbourhood Development Officer and your district councillor. 
  • Applications for more than £1,000 are decided by your SSDC Area Committee.

If you would like to speak to someone about our grants programme or obtain an application pack please contact the Area Development Service by phoning 01935 462462 and ask for the team in your area or email us.

The funding we have available cannot always stretch as far as we would like - but we may still be able to help you identify other sources of funding and support for your group or project. Please Follow this link.

Community loans - In some circumstances, we may be able to offer a loan to a community group to assist with a project.

Community projects cannot always afford to take out commercial loans to make investments into facilities. However sometimes projects will provide sufficient income in the future to repay loans, and this can be added to what can be achieved through fundraising and grants.

SSDC may be able to offer loans to projects for new local facilities at a relatively low rate of interest (the Public Works Loan Board rate).

For further details, please contact us.

Find out more about the Area Development Service