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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.

Coronavirus Update

Please note, due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, meetings of the Council's community forums have been suspended for the time being.  If you wish to submit an application for community forum funding, please continue to do so and we will seek to process this outside of the usual community forum meetings and deadlines.

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.

You can download both of these documents below. 

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.

 

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. The next round of meetings and deadlines are:

 

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.

Community forum funding applications normally 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 community forum meetings are not being held currently due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can submit your application at any time and it will be considered outside of the meetings. Once the community forums are able to start meeting again we will publish the dates and application deadlines on this website. Forums will not start meeting again before January 2021 at the earliest.

Application Form and Resources