Parish Council Grants
Holme Valley Parish Council had a reasonable budget (£10,000 in the financial year 2016-17) for the award of grants, which has now been fully utilised. Any grant applications received between now and 31 March 2017 will not be considered until the first Finance & Management Committee meeting after this date (date yet to be arranged). Please note that one of the Council’s grant criteria is that it cannot give funding retrospectively and in view of the above, you must check that this wouldn’t be the case by the time your application is considered.
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). 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.
Grant applications are considered at Finance & Management Committee meetings and, therefore, applications and any supporting documentation must be received at least 10 days before a meeting to allow the Clerk to check that the Council’s grants criteria has been met. Please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section before applying for a grant.
The application form is available in two formats:
The form in Word format can be downloaded and completed on your computer, but must be printed out and signed before being sent with any supporting documentation. For anyone wishing to complete a form by hand, the Adobe PDF version should be used, but you will require Adobe Reader to open the form before it can be printed out. Alternatively, forms and grant criteria can be collected from the Council Chamber during normal office hours.
Whichever form is used, it must be PRINTED and SIGNED, and then sent with the other information requested in the grant criteria.
All applications must be accompanied by appropriate accounts or supporting financial information. Forms and the supporting information must be returned to the Clerk to the Council at least 10 days before the date of a Finance & Management Committee meeting.
As well as submitting your signed hard copy application, it would be helpful if you could provide a copy of the grant application electronically (in Word or PDF) by email to the Clerk; it could then be distributed to the Chairman of the Finance & Management and other Members before the meeting at which the application would be considered.
Kirklees Council also awards grants to community groups. To read more about Kirklees community grants and other grants your group might be eligible to apply for click the link below: Kirklees community grants