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Love your community grant

Guide to completing the grant application form

The purpose of the Love Your Community Grant Scheme is to support organisations to deliver local initiatives or projects for those living, working and visiting the borough. These initiatives or projects must contribute to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s existing Building a Better Borough plan.

The Council aims to administer and reinvest the revenue generated by the Borough Lottery via the Love Your Community Grant Scheme. It will award grants of up to £1,000 to organisations who meet the relevant criteria.

Organisations applying for the cause must be registered and operating as a registered ‘Good Cause’ with the Borough Lottery and must have sold at least 10 tickets at the time of closing date.


The deadline for the Communities Grant Fund application is: 5.00pm on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Who can apply

The Love Your Community Grant Scheme is specifically aimed at community and voluntary sector organisations in Nuneaton and Bedworth only.  

As well as the priorities above; project applications should include activities that are:

  • Able to provide either cash match funding or in kind contributions, e.g. Volunteer time
  • Targeted to more disadvantaged areas and communities
  • Provided by a community, voluntary or charitable organisation and/or local school
  • Build on/or expand established schemes or build capacity for the future

Although we see the above points as priorities, this should not necessarily preclude applications from projects if they do not achieve all of these requirements.

Who cannot apply

  • Statutory or national organisations or individuals who are not working in partnership with local ‘not for profit’ groups and/or in relation to the specific project that funds are being requested for
  • Party Political Groups
  • Organisations with significant ‘free uncommitted reserves’

Eligibility criteria

  • Groups must be signed up as a Borough Lottery ‘Good Cause’ by 31 October 2023
  • Good causes must have sold at least 10 tickets by 31 October 2023
  • Applications must demonstrate how they meet the criteria outlined above in line with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councils ‘Building a Better Borough’ plan
  • Groups must be operating within Nuneaton and Bedworth borough, and applications will only be accepted that cover Nuneaton and Bedworth borough

What will not be funded

  • Projects that promote religious or party political beliefs
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Social trips or holidays – however educational visits and residential training may be funded.
  • Projects that require funding for major capital projects over £10,000 in value  e.g. Building work.
  • On-going running (core) costs – although an appropriate proportion of the overall project costs would be acceptable.
  • On-going staff costs, although sessional worker costs can be funded.
  • Costs related to items or work already carried out before the grant has been awarded.
  • A project that has already been delivered or work that has already been carried out.
  • Loans or debt repayments.
  • Activities that are part of statutory obligations or replace statutory funding, including curriculum activities in schools.
  • Projects which do not follow the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s Equality and Diversity Policies and the national legislation on data protection, health and safety, discrimination and child protection.
  • Existing projects where there has been no evidence of impact or success

What you need to submit with your application

  • copy of your constitution or set of rules (Those who are Good Causes registered with and operating in accordance with the requirements of the Borough Lottery are exempt from providing this detail)
  • Financial report or last audited accounts and latest bank statement.
  • Copies of any relevant insurance documentation*
  • Copies of your Child Protection/ Vulnerable Persons/Safeguarding policies
  • A declaration of no conflicts of interest.
  • Match funding is encouraged either financially or in kind, we require evidence that this is in place and how it has been calculated (see match funding note)

Match funding note

Calculated by (number of volunteers placed x average number of hours a year (13.6 hrs a month x 12 (163.2 hrs) [NCVO Time Well Spent Survey 2019]) x average hourly wage (£19.42 - the mean figure of Gross Hourly Pay for Warwickshire, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), 2022 (provisional))

Application process

Applications must be completed online.

You are welcome to discuss your project idea with the Communities Team Support Officer or to ask for advice and information before you complete your application form.

Contact details

Successful applications

The panel will check applications to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a grant and support the Council’s corporate aims and priorities.  In undertaking the assessment we may request further information from applicants.

All successful projects will be required to enter into a Service Level Agreement and complete regular, reporting requirements on their project, including promotion and publicity, proof of project delivery, reporting around achieved outputs and outcomes and receipts for all money spent. 

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 November 2023 for arrangements to receive funding.

Last updated Monday, 18th September 2023

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