Holme Valley Parish Council makes reasonable budget provision for the award of grants. In the current financial year (2021-21) £10,000 is available through the Council’s Finance & Management Committee towards community projects, events and festivals. Further funds are available through the Council’s Service Provision Committee towards Christmas provision, youth facilities, war memorials, CCTV, defibrillators and activities or projects relating to transport.
The Council can only award grants using certain legal powers; specific powers allow the Council to provide funding for specific activities or projects which Members feel will be of benefit to the Holme Valley, e.g. grants to a sport club, for a music festival or towards community celebrations of special events (such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee supported by the Council in 2012 and the Tour de France in 2014) and World War 1 commemorations (2018-19). Where no other power is available, the Council may decide to use its power under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, to award a grant where it feels that to do so will benefit some or all of its residents or some or all of the area. The critical words are some or all – in both cases. This means that grants to individuals are not feasible and grants where the activity would not obviously benefit the Holme Valley are equally problematic – however worthy Members of the Council may feel the project to be.
The Clerk is happy to advise on which type of grant application might be most appropriate (i.e. from the Finance & Management, Service Provision or indeed our Community Assets Support budgets) but all grant applications are considered by the appropriate Committee, so the applications and any supporting documentation must be received at least 10 days before a meeting to allow the Clerk to check that the relevant grants criteria has been met. Please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section before applying for a grant.
In July 2020, the Parish Council introduced a new "Expressions of Interest in Future Funding Opportunities" form to give community asset and community service projects a way of highlighting to the Council their projects' future development plans and the associated funding required to deliver those plans. This will allow the Council to have a clearer, longer term picture of its own financial planning needs with regard to support for key community projects.