Funding for Community Organisations and Individuals

The community grants programme 20/21 is now open for applications that will address our new priorities around creating stronger, more connected communities, leading to improved health and wellbeing for residents in East Hertfordshire.

Our priorities are:

  • Arts and cultural activities that increase residents’ wellbeing and further the aims of the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020
  • Community issues, including engaging and consulting
  • Health for all
  • High quality, accessible and environmentally sustainable community buildings and green spaces

Please read our new Grants Policy for eligibility and further details on the types of projects we want to fund under each priority and how we assess your application. 

There are three types of grant you can apply for.

Small Grants - £100- £300

Applications are accepted any time. Individuals and groups without a constitution can apply alongside charities and constituted community organisations.

Please complete the Small Grants Application form.

People who wish to apply for small grant will need their local East Herts Councillor who represents the area where most of your beneficiaries come from to sponsor them and act as a mentor.

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.

All requests for a grant must be made on a Small Grants Application and emailed to grants.admin@eastherts.gov.uk

Large Grants - £301 - £8,000

Maximum grant for organisational/delivery costs is £3,000.

Please complete the Community Grants Application Form.

Applicants must have an endorsement from an East Herts Councillor, who represents the area where most of your beneficiaries come from. 

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 31st March 2020. All applications should be sent to grants.admin@eastherts.gov.uk.

Matchfunding for local Crowdfunding campaigns

Grants of up to a maximum of 50% of the total funding needed or £2,000 whichever is lesser. Applications must be submitted 4 to 6 months before campaign goes live.

Please complete the Community Grants Application Form.

Applicants must have an endorsement from an East Herts Councillor, who represents the area where most of your beneficiaries come from. 

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 31st March 2020. All applications should be sent to grants.admin@eastherts.gov.ukk.

Before completing your application

Interested applicants must speak to the Grants Officer Claire Pullen on 01992531459 or email claire.pullen@eastherts.gov.uk before submitting an application.  

An advice workshop on how to submit a successful bid will be held at 7-8.30pm on 2 March in the Council Offices in Hertford. If you're interested in attending please email claire.pullen@eastherts.gov.uk or call 01992 531459.

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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