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Grants system

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Ten new grant applications have been received for the 23 October 2017 deadline. 

These applications will be assessed during November.  Applicants should expect a decision in early December.   

NEW APPLICATIONS ARE WELCOME TO THE NEXT GRANT ROUND

Completed Grant applications should be made on the forms below to arrive with the Administrator by 23 December 2017.  Applications received by this deadline will be assessed during January 2018 and a decision made at the Directors meeting in early February 2018.  If you need any help call the Project Coordinator on 07525 120966. 

Only the most recent grants approved appear on this page.  Grant Award Notices appear on the ‘Grants Awarded’ Page on this website  http://www.stratherrickcommunity.org.uk/grants-awarded

The following 11 grants were awarded at the Board Meeting held in October 2017

Grants awarded to Constituted Community Groups (1)

Foyers Primary School Parent Council – for a range of additional activities and equipment including the new Breakfast Club and After School Club. £4,721.26

Grants Awarded to non constituted groups (Individuals for Community Benefit) (2) J Denoon (Childrens’ Christmas Party) £660, M Somerville (Mats for Free Exercise Classes etc. ) £468

Energy Saving Grant (1) G&J Murphy, Riverside £500

Student Grants (6) Each grant was £500. Russell Bain, Ruari Tweedlie, Ben MacDonald, Phoebe Drummond, Cameron Simpson and Angus Grant MacGruer.

Sporting Grants (1) Alex Sutherland (Running) £216

The total approved by the Trust Board in October was £ 8,965.26 on 11 Grants.

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The following 9 grants were awarded at the Board meeting held in August 2017 

Grants awarded to Constituted Community Groups (3) Friends of the Inverness Royal Academy (Additional outdoor and indoor activities and trips for resident young people of secondary school age including funds to assist with individual students participating in exchanges and educational trips organised through the school. ) £7,935.  Boleskine Camanachd (Equipment for young players) £1,000. Stratherrick Public Hall Committee (Funding for the hall’s operating expenses to allow community groups to use the Hall without charge for a three year period from 1 September 2017) £18,755

Energy Saving Grant (1) Craig Lightbody (Solid Fuel Flue) £500

Student Grants (5) Each grant was £500. Andrew Stocks, Gill Gray, Ewen Fraser, Maire Brown and Cameron Jones.

The total approved by the Trust Board in August was £30,690 on 9 Grants.

No Sporting Grants or grants to Non-constituted groups were awarded in this period.

Grants approved prior to this list appear on the Grants Award Notices posted on the Grants Awarded page of this website.

We offer grants for all sorts of activities and you can see a list of examples in the ‘Grants Awarded’ page.  All grant awards must fit our company Objects which mirror both our Funders’ preferences and those of the community itself.  All grant awards must fit one or more of these criteria.  Here is a summary of their main focus:

  • To prevent or relieve poverty
  • To advance education, training and/or retraining
  • To advance heritage
  • To advance environmental protection and improvement
  • To advance citizenship and/or community development
  • To advance the provision of recreational facilities

We DO NOT currently fund the following:

  • Groups whose annual income in the current or previous financial year is over £250,000.
  • Groups/Individuals whose grant request is for the advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups)
  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts.
  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on an application (retrospective funding).
  • Payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities.
  • Projects which do not benefit people in the Stratherrick & Foyers area.
  • Activities contrary to the interests of / or activities likely to bring into disrepute the Energy companies who fund our Community Benefit payments or any projects which are anti-renewable energy/windfarm.
  • Applications from groups/Individuals who have successfully applied before but not returned their completion report.
  • Groups requiring funds of over £1,000 unless they have a constitution (and therefore a minimum number of 3 people on their management committee) and are “not for profit” groups
  • Payment to members of the community to assist with energy bills

How to apply?

Please find our Grant Application forms below and if you need help in completing the form then please do give our Project Coordinator, our Administrator or any of our Directors a call or email and we will do our best to help.

We will work with you while your application passes through a pre-assessment stage which is designed to help you ensure that you have all the right paperwork in place. It is then presented to the Board, at the next available bi-monthly grant meeting for a final decision.

Please make sure you get your application in well in advance of your need,  so that we have time to assess and decide on it before you need the money.  Thank you.

Grant Rounds – Closing Dates 2017/2018

Grant applications are considered by the Trust Board every two months (i.e. in February, April, June, August, October and December).

Grant applications (with all the required supporting documents, i.e. accounts, quotations, group constitution, etc) should reach the Administrator by 12 noon on or before the deadline dates shown below.   If the required supporting documentation is not included with the grant application it will be returned to the applicant (and will not be considered in that round of grants).

Larger grant applications from Community Groups of over £20,000 have a separate system involving SSE, so can take longer to be decided.

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Board meeting Date February 2018 – Grant Deadline Date 23 December 2017

Complete applications will be assessed by Directors during the month following each deadline.

What happens next?

The Trust has a 7 week assessment process for all grants apart from grant applications from community groups for over £20,000.

First, the Chair allocates which Director(s) will undertake the grant’s assessment bearing in mind any conflicts of interest directors may have.  No Director is permitted to undertake an assessment of a grant if they (or a family member) also have an interest in the applicant group, would benefit in some way from the grant or are related to the applicant.

Individual grants (i.e. sporting, student and energy saving grants) are assessed by one Director.  Group and Non-Constituted Group grants are assessed jointly by two Directors.

The Assessing Director(s) then receive a copy of all the grant application documents and an “Assessment Report Form”.  The Assessing Director(s) review all the application documentation and then, in the case of a joint assessment, will discuss the application.  If they have any questions or queries about the application, one of them will contact the applicant to discuss further.

Applications also require a “referee” to be named.  This is a named person who can support the applicant/application if the Assessing Director(s) wish to speak to an independent third party.

The Assessing Director(s) then write an Assessment Report and make a recommendation to the Board whether to accept or reject the application.  This Report is then circulated to all other Directors one week before the relevant Board meeting date.  The decision by the Trust Board will then be made at the next Board meeting and the applicant advised as soon as possible thereafter.

If the Trust decides to award a grant a Letter of Offer is issued to the applicant.  If conditions have been attached to the award these will be set out in the Letter of Offer.  The applicant can then choose to accept the grant awarded by returning an acceptance letter.  Once an acceptance has been received the grant will then be paid.

For example:

  • Application completed in full and reaches the Administrator on 23st February 2018
  • Application assessed by the Trust Directors during the month of March 2018
  • Application considered by the Trust Board at their grants meeting scheduled for 4th April 2018
  • Applicant advised of Board decision by phone or email, and paper letter of Grant offer sent out by Trust listing any conditions for successful applicants.
  • Applicant can then accept the offer, return the letter and payment follows.

 

Details of various grants and Application Forms

Community Groups seeking funds should chose the correct form from those listed here. 

Community Groups seeking a grant of more than £20,000 should read these guidelines, and use the Large Grant to Community Groups Stage 1 Proposal Form link below

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Large Grants to Community Groups Stage 1 Proposal Form 03112017ii

Community Groups seeking more than £10,000 and up to £20,000 should contact the Project Coordinator in the first instance. Grants of this type and size are for ‘Legacy’ Projects.

Community Groups seeking grants of up to £10,000 should click the link below (Form and guidelines together). These make up the bulk of our grant awards and are available for constituted, not-for-profit groups and organisations run to benefit people living in the Stratherrick & Foyers area.  Click this link to download – SFCT-Group-app-form-up-to-£10k- Last Updated 31 October 2017

Non Constituted Group for Community Benefit Form – up to £1,000 For use by individuals organising an event or project to benefit members of the community. Click this link to download – SFCT-Non-constituted-Group-for-Com-Benefit-Grant-App-Form- Updated March 2017

Student Grant Form – up to £500 per year. For anyone undertaking a further or higher education course or training.  Click this link to download – SFCT-Student-Grant-App-Form-Last Updated March 2017

Sporting Grant Application Form – up to £250, two applications permitted each year.  For anyone competing at National or Championship level or participating in a recognised training camp as trainees. Click this link to download SFCT-Sporting-Grant-App-Form- Last Updated March 2017

Energy Saving Grant Form – up to £500.  Available to any homeowners in the area for making energy saving improvements to their own residential property only.  Improvements might include insulation, renewable energy systems etc.  Click this link to download SFCT-Energy-Saving-Grant-App-Form-Last Updated March 2017

Hardship Grant Form – up to £500
Available to anyone in the area who is suffering severe hardship.  These would normally be referred to us from a third party and are dealt with sensitively and with confidentiality.  The application form would only be seen by a panel of no more than three Directors and the remaining Directors of the Board would have no knowledge of the name of the applicant.

Because this is an entirely confidential application, we do not provide a form here but simply ask you to please give either the Administrator or the Chairperson a call and they will help you out with what to do next.  You can find the contact details on our ‘Contact Us’ page.  Please rest assured that your approach and any application will be treated as confidential and will be shared by only three Directors and the Administrator.

Medical Adaptation Grant and Loan Award Scheme – for households in medical distress – Please contact the Project Coordinator on 07525120966  or the Trust Administrator  admin@sfctrust.org.uk

Legacy Projects – If any member of the community has a ‘Legacy’ project in mind for which funds of over £10,000 may be required then please contact us directly and we will help with any relevant forms as applicable.

These higher value grants are provided for any local group who have more ambitious projects and require much larger funding.  SFCT would expect that our contribution would act as a catalyst for these groups to win much larger funds (i.e. ‘match’ funding) from other funding organisations such as Lottery, Leader, etc.

Our ‘Apprenticeship Scheme’ is a good example of a ‘Legacy’ project.  Other examples might be a community woodland, sports centre, social housing etc.

Completion Reports

Following the awarding of a grant, applicants are  requested to complete a short “Completion Report”.  The completion reports for the different grants awarded are as follows:-

Completion Report – Grants to Groups – click here Grant-Completion-Report-Groups Last Updated March 2017
Completion Report – Grants to Students  – click here Grant-Completion-Report-Student Last Updated March 2017
Completion Report – Grants for Energy Saving  – click here Grant-Completion-Report-Energy-Saving Last Updated March 2017
Completion Report – Sporting Grants – click here Grant-Completion-Report-Sporting Last Updated March 2017
Completion Report – Non Constituted Group Grant-Completion-Report-Non-constituted-Group – Last Updated March 2017