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Community forum grants can help you to make a difference in your local community. Grants of up to £5,000 can be awarded to voluntary or community organisations which are based in Dudley borough or which benefit people living in the borough.

About community forum grants

Each community forum has £10,000 per ward every year to allocate to community projects within their community forum area. You will need to apply to the relevant community forum for funding and demonstrate how people living in that area will benefit from the project or activity.

We will fund great ideas that support local people and organisations to work together to improve the local community or area and encourage local people to be active citizens. This could include everything from community gardening projects or high street ‘in bloom’ initiatives, to purchasing new equipment for community groups or holding community fun days.

During the 2018/19 year more than £250,000 of community forum funding was awarded to community projects across the borough.

Who can apply?

You can apply for community forum funding if you are a:

  • voluntary or community group
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit or community interest company
  • social enterprise

Applications should be from a parent organisation rather than, for example, an individual team within a sports club.

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • companies that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution
  • groups/ organisations which primarily benefit people living outside of Dudley borough

We welcome applications for local projects i.e. which operate in a particular ward/small number of wards. We are unable to accept applications for borough wide projects.

How to apply for funding

If you would like to apply for a community forum grant please read our funding criteria first to make sure you are eligible.

All applications must be made on the current application form which should be completed in full. Please make sure that you have all of the required supporting documents to send to us with your application, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Checks

Community forum grants are public funds and therefore we carry out some checks on the information you provide us. The Council’s internal and external auditors have the right to inspect documentation relating to your funding application to ensure the correct use of public money.

Support

If you would like some support with completing your application form, or if you have difficulty in completing the application form in this format because of a disability, please get in touch and we will be very happy to help!

For further information on community forums and community forum grants please contact us at community.forums@dudley.gov.uk or call the team on 01384 814713.

If you would like to discuss your idea or need some help with completing the application form, please contact our friendly community development workers:

Lydia Cooper – Coseley East, Sedgley, Gornal and Upper Gornal and Woodsetton wards
Call 01384 816856 mobile 07870 361418

Linzi Pearson – Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett, Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South and Wordsley wards
Call 01384 816992 mobile 07870 489090

Aaron Lawrence - Castle and Priory, St James’, St Thomas’s, Netherton, Woodside and St Andrew’s, and Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood wards
Call 01384 814528 mobile 07870 361422

Davinder Tiwana – Halesowen North, Halesowen South, Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South wards
Call 01384 816256 mobile 07870 542029

Any of the above - Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye and Stourbridge North, Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, and Wollaston and Stourbridge Town wards

Dudley Council for Voluntary Service provides support to small groups in the borough and can provide advice in relation to things such as setting up a committee, writing a constitution and managing finances. 

Submitting your application

Community forum funding applications need to be submitted at least 21 days (not including holiday periods) before the next community forum meeting in order to be considered at that meeting. The next round of meetings and deadlines are:

Community Forum Deadline for applications Date of next meeting
Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye and Stourbridge North Monday 2nd March 2020 Tuesday 24th March 2020
Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South Friday 14th February 2020 Monday 9th March 2020
Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett Friday 14th February 2020 Monday 9th March 2020
Castle and Priory, St James’s and St Thomas’s Tuesday 3rd March 2020 Wednesday 25th March 2020
Coseley East and Sedgley Friday 21st February 2020 Monday 16th March 2020
Gornal, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton Monday 2nd March 2020 Tuesday 24th March 2020
Halesowen North, Halesowen South Friday 14th February 2020 Monday 9th March 2020
Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South, Wordsley Friday 28th February 2020 Monday 23rd March 2020
Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews, Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood Friday 6th March 2020 Monday 30th March 2020
Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Wollaston and Stourbridge Town Friday 28th February 2020 Monday 23rd March 2020

Please send your application form and the other requested documents:

By post: FAO Community Forums, Public Health, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, The Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HF

By e-mail: community.forums@dudley.gov.uk

What happens next

We will acknowledge receipt of your application form and in some cases, we may request that you meet with one of our community development workers to discuss your application further before it proceeds.

attend the relevant community forum meeting to talk about your project and answer any questions.

You should receive confirmation of the outcome of your funding application in writing within 15 working days of the community forum meeting.

If your application is successful payment(s) will be made once your project/activity has been carried out and/or goods/equipment purchased. You will need to send us all of the related paid invoices or receipts so that we can make a payment to your group/ organisations bank account.

Alternative sources of funding

There are some great resources available locally which you can use to help you take your ideas forward, and some community funding pots which you can apply to, if you need some money to get started.

Active Citizens Fund – West Midlands Police

This fund aims to encourage community spirit and pride and enable communities to work together to tackle local issues and help to reduce crime and disorder. Funding is available for local groups and communities in the West Midlands. For more information contact: dy_partnerships_team@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or visit: the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Dudley Soup

SOUP is an event which involves local people pitching their project ideas during an evening of food and fun. There is a suggested entrance fee of £5. People attending get to vote for the community project they think is most worthy of the funding, and the project with the most votes wins the money taken as entrance fees that evening. In addition to the opportunity to win some funding, SOUP provides a great opportunity to build community support for your project and make new connections to local people and resources who may also be able to help. For more information about Dudley SOUP contact: Karl Denning - karldenning@aol.com.