Funding for Community Organisations and Individuals

Applications should aim to create stronger, more connected communities, leading to improved health and wellbeing for residents in East Herts. Applications for small grants (up to £300) are welcome any time. Our new Community Covid-19 Recovery Fund is now open. Deadline to apply is 2 August. See details below.

Our Priorities

  • Health for all,  especially projects that respond to the adverse effects of Covid and aid recovery
  • Community issues, including engaging and consulting
  • Arts and cultural activities that increase residents' wellbeing
  • Environmentally sustainable and accessible community buildings and green spaces

More details about what we want to fund can be found in Appendix 1 of the Discretionary Community Grants Policy - March 2021The policy provides information about eligibility and 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 4 types of grants programmes.

Our Community COVID Recovery Grant Fund is specifically set up to support community, voluntary, arts and sporting organisations which benefit the residents of East Hertfordshire. Applications focused in areas of deprivation or supporting vulnerable groups will be considered first.

To apply for a Community COVID Recovery Grant, organisations must show they have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, lockdown and restrictions on social interaction.

Deadline for applications is 2nd August 2021

For FAQs on eligibility and application process please see our East Herts Community COVID-19 Recovery Grant 2021 page.

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 sponsor them and act as a mentor. 

If the Councillor agrees to this, 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 to deliver a project is £3,000. Maximum grant for work on a community building or outdoor space is £8,000.

The next funding round will open later this year.  To apply, you must have an endorsement from a  local East Herts Councillor, who represents the area where most of the beneficiaries are from. 

Grants of up to a maximum of 50% of the total funding needed or £2,000 whichever is lesser. Further details about criteria are available in the Discretionary Community Grants Policy - March 2021.

For more information please see East Herts Crowdfund

Applications must have an endorsement from an East Herts Councillor, who represents the area from which most of the beneficiaries will come. 

Before completing your application

All requests for a grant must be made on the relevant application form and emailed to Interested applicants must speak to the Grants Officer Claire Pullen on 01992 531459 or email before submitting an application. 

Please note: If you are successful in being awarded a small grant or larger community grant, you may not apply for further funding until 12 months after the date of the award.

Please see the External Funding - Grants page for a wealth of other potential funding sources. 

East Herts Lottery Funding

The East Herts Lottery was set up in January 2019 to help groups become more self-reliant. More than 105 good causes from sports clubs to scouts and guides to health and social charities are raising a steady monthly income. When people buy tickets from your dedicated page, you will keep 50p out of every £1 spent. There is no administration, no set-up fees, just a great way to raise money for your cause. For further information, please see our please see our East Herts Lottery Fundraising page

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

East Herts Council has been awarded a £1.2 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contract from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to provide business support across the district between July 2020 and June 2023.

These funds will support social enterprises across East Herts either by giving them access to small capital grants valued between £3,000 and £5,000, or by providing 12 hours of FREE workshop and mentoring support.  Workshops can be tailored to meet the specific needs of social enterprises, as well as cover more broad areas like social media, marketing and HR topics.

For more information on how this funding can boost your social enterprise please see East Herts Launchpad 2 on the enterprise support alliance website

Section 106 funding for projects in East Herts

A Section 106 (Sec106) is a legal agreement made under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, signed by the Council and developers that sets out what financial contributions will be paid and what additional, non-financial obligations are required as part of a planning consent for a development.  This in turn, can provide funding for projects and activities across the District.  For more information, please see our Section 106 page

Council subsidies to local community groups and charities

Every year, the council invites applications from East Herts not-for-profit organisations for mandatory and discretionary rate relief for the year ahead. Where the ratepayer is a charity or trustees for a charity, there is an entitlement to 80% mandatory relief. Mandatory relief is also given to Community Amateur Sports clubs (CASC), and non-profit making societies. The council has the discretion to give a further 20% to these organisations bringing total relief to 100%. For more information please call the business rates team 01279 655261 ext 7223.

Sign up to our email distribution list

To register for our Grants Alert email, go to our charity and community/voluntary groups Grant Notification Form page.