Funding for Community Organisations

The community grants programme is now open for capital applications only. Funding is available for projects that address East Herts Council's health and wellbeing priorities for 2019/20. These are:
  • Healthy living
  • Areas of Income deprivation
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Widening access to sport and culture for children and young people who are vulnerable or inactive

Deadline for applications is by 5pm Monday, 16 December 2019. To apply, please fill in the Grants Application Form, for best results download the application to your own computer and then re-open it. Applications must be emailed to

The maximum capital grant available is £8,000.  Grants may be made for:

  • Building works or green space improvements (that enable a high quality, accessible facility for the wider community) 
  • Large items of equipment (that enable a health and wellbeing outcome to happen)

To see how money has been spent previously, please see our Grants Awarded and Commissioned Services from Not-for-Profit Organisations page

East Herts Lottery Funding

We encourage community groups to raise funds in other ways such as the new East Herts Lottery. When people buy tickets from your page, your organisations will keep 50p out of every £1 spent. Depending on the level of involvement of your supporters, the more tickets bought the more you will raise.  For further information, please see our East Herts Lottery Fundraising page

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

Please see the external funding page for a wealth of other  potential funding sources.

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.

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