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Community Support Fund

The cost-of-living crisis is directly impacting upon many of the most vulnerable households in the borough. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council wishes to provide financial assistance to organisations within the Community that are working hard to support our residents. £100,000 has been set aside to create a Community Support Fund and the Council would welcome applications for this funding.

The intention is to offer approximately 5 one-off grants of around £20,000 for specific projects, the expansion of existing services due to a growth in demand or new needs that have been identified. As part of the application process, we will be asking for a business plan to explain the nature of the support you intend to provide and will require an auditable return once the funds have been spent. The council does not have the resources to administer many small grants, so we suggest that small groups work together or with larger organisations to make a joint application.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 11 January 2023.

We cannot accept any late applications and any further information requested must be submitted by this date.

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Eligibility Criteria:

  1. organisations should be registered charities or properly constituted organisations; so a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company (limited by guarantee), an unincorporated association, a trust, a Limited Company, a PLC,  a school or Parish Council.
  2. the organisation must operate from the borough and the grant must be spent supporting the residents of the borough.
  3. you must have a UK bank account and have insufficient reserves to easily provide the support services outlined.
  4. you must have a finance function able to demonstrate effective use of the grant, including statistics of the numbers of residents supported by the end April 2023.
  5. you must be able to deliver tangible support within 3 months of receipt of the grant.

Evidence required:

  1. a redacted copy of a bank statement, showing your bank details on the header
  2. a copy of your most recent Financial Accounts, including Income & Expenditure Account/ Profit & Loss Account, Cashflow statement and Balance Sheet
  3. your Business Plan

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Business Plan

Please provide a business plan which details:

  • The support services you intend to provide
  • Evidence of why these services will be of benefit to residents
  • When these services would be delivered (must be delivered within 3 months of receiving the grant)
  • A full costing of the services and how your grant would be spent
  • Which residents and how many of them would be supported by the grant
  • If there are any other organisations providing similar services in the borough
  • If you have been provided with any other funding in order to deliver these services
  • Where you would be providing these services
  • What resources you have available in order to deliver your services