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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.

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
  • public bodies, including schools

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.

You can download both of these documents below. 


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.


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 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

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, managing finances and looking for alternative sources of funding. 

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. As we are in the process of re-instating a programme of community forum meetings, applications for funding can currently be submitted at any time.

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:

Note - at the current time, please can all applications and correspondence be submitted online wherever possible as all staff are working from home during the pandemic. If any items are to be sent by post it would be helpful if you could phone or email to let us know.

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.

We will review your application and get back to you if we require further information. Applications will be circulated to members of the relevant community forum for consideration and we will be in touch with you when we have a decision on your application.

Application Form and Resources