Funding for Community Organisations and Individuals

This page gives further information on our community grants and how to apply.

Applications should aim to create stronger, more connected communities – helping to address the equalities challenges and barriers to participation that some of our communities face. Grant giving enables residents to improve wellbeing and quality of life in their neighbourhoods. 

Funding round for large grants is now closed:

 The deadline to apply for a large grant (between £301 and £5,000) was 5 July 2022

(Note: applications for small grants between £100 and £300 can be made anytime - see further information below).

Successful applicants will demonstrate how the changes they want to achieve will address at least one of the following Council priorities for community grants:

Our Priorities

  • Recovery from Covid
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Environmental sustainability

Applications that address the following will score more highly:

  • deliver in a geographic area of deprivation.  A list of wards identified as disadvantaged can be found in Appendix 4 of the Grants Policy.  These applications will be considered first
  • support and involve  vulnerable  or isolated people
  • are from organisations that have not applied before or who applied more than five years ago.

More information about our grant giving processes can be found on the Grants Policy. You are advised to read this as it provides information on how we assess your application.  

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly encourage interest from ethnically diverse communities, hard-to-reach groups, minority communities such as disability, faith, Black and Ethnic minority Communities, LGBTQ, people living in deprived communities, in rural areas and young people - as these groups are currently under-represented

For more information please see our Equality Impact Assessment form for Discretionary Grants Programme March 2021. Applications for group activities must work in accordance with up-to-date government guidance on Covid 19.

There are 2 types of grant programmes

The purpose of this fund is to kick start activities that will benefit the wider community. Applications are accepted any time. Individuals and groups without a constitution or bank account can apply alongside charities and constituted community organisations. Decisions will be made within 3 to 4 weeks. 

To apply please complete the Small Grants Application Form.

To be eligible, applicants will need to discuss their idea with their local East Herts Councillor (who represents the area from which most the beneficiaries come) and convince the Councillor to support their ideas. Applications that are submitted without a written email endorsement or 'Mentor Statement' (required by individuals or groups without legal status) will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for a grant until this supporting information is received.

If the Councillor agrees to support an individual or informal group, he or she must complete and submit a separate Mentor Statement, which can be found on the Members intranet page. Please note members of the public will be unable to access this page.

Maximum grant is £5,000.  Deadline for applications is 5 July 2022.

To apply, you must have an endorsement from a  local East Herts Councillor, who represents the area where most of the beneficiaries are from. Please our Large Grants Guidelines and Application page for more details.