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Village Halls Fund

Wrexham County Borough Council is inviting grant applications from village halls within the County, through which your hall could receive up to £2,500.

In 2013/14, the Fund has £17,500 to distribute, with the minimum award being £250 and the maximum £2,500, which can be granted to voluntary organisations and used for equipment, building repairs and items of lasting benefit. The awards cannot be made to cover staffing costs or general appeals/sponsorship.

Applications must be submitted by properly constituted management committees/trustees administering village halls within Wrexham County Borough. Town or Village Halls operated by Community Councils are eligible to apply. Church Halls and other meeting places will be considered, providing that there is no other village hall or community centre within that community. In all cases, the appropriate application form should be completed.

Current applications should be submitted by 22 July 2013.

Only one award will be made to each organisation.

For an application form, please contact 01978 298858 during office hours or download it below.

General Information

When are grants awarded?

The Council invites grant applications on an annual basis. Current applications should be submitted by 22 July 2013. Applicants are informed of the outcome during July and are expected to have expended the grant by 31 January 2014.

What expenditure qualifies?

Please refer to the list of criteria below

Main points:

  1. awards are to voluntary organisations not individuals
  2. awards can be made for equipment, building repairs and items of lasting benefit such as energy saving measures
  3. awards cannot be made to cover staffing costs or general appeals / sponsorship.

Priorities 2013/14

We would particularly welcome applications in relation to the following:

Who can apply?

Applications must be submitted by properly constituted management committees/trustees administering village halls within Wrexham County Borough. Town or Village Halls operated by Community Councils are eligible to apply. Church Halls and other meeting places will be considered providing that there is no other village hall or community centre within that community. In all cases, the appropriate application form should be completed.

How much?

In 2013/14, the Fund has £17,500 to distribute. The minimum award is £250 and the maximum is £2,500. Only one award will be made to each organization. Criteria for Village Halls Grant Funding

  1. The scheme is called the Wrexham County Borough Village Halls Fund.
  2. An advert will be placed in the local press each year inviting applications from the Fund. Information about the application procedure will also be available on the Council’s web-site.
  3. Applications should be submitted by Monday 22 July 2013 and will be decided by the Head of Community Well-being and Development. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in July. The recipient should have expended the grant by 31 January 2014.
  4. Applications must be submitted by properly constituted management committees / trustees administering village halls within Wrexham County Borough. Town or Village Halls operated by Community Councils are eligible to apply. Church Halls and other meeting places will be considered providing that there is no other village hall or community centre within that community. In all cases, the appropriate application form should be completed.
  5. Community Centres or other buildings administered by or receiving direct revenue funding from Wrexham County Borough Council are not eligible to apply to this Fund.
  6. The total fund for 2013/14 will be £17,500. The minimum award will be £250 and the maximum £2,500 per annum. There is no presumption of continued funding in subsequent years although applications will be considered on an annual basis.
  7. Applicants can apply for funding for the following elements:-
    - Specific repairs to the premises
    - Specified items of equipment
    - Energy saving measures
    - The costs (excluding staffing) of a specific project such as providing training
    - Meeting legislation requirements (e.g. DDA)
    - Premises operating costs that cannot be met from the income of the village hall
    - Match funding for other funds (where the match funding is no more than 45% of the total cost)
  8. In all cases, the award will not be paid before submission of evidence to the Council (within 3 months of notification of the award) that the expenditure has been incurred or has been ordered.
  9. Applications will not be entertained for:-
    - General appeals
    - Staffing costs
    - Funding for specific user groups
    - Bids to other Council budgets which have been previously rejected or which the Council is unable to fund because of budget constraints.
  10. Applications will be prioritized as follows:-
    - The lowest amounts will be considered first
    - Items of lasting benefit will be deemed more worthy of funding (e.g. an item of equipment would take precedence over payments for utilities).
    - Applications will be expected to show specific outcomes (e.g. that increased usage of the village hall would result from the grant) and will be adjudged accordingly.
    - Innovative ideas, that can be shown to be beneficial in other areas, will be favoured.
    - All applications will be assessed against a checklist to ensure compliance with the criteria.
  11. Advice on completing the application is available from the Community Well-being and Development Department on 01978 -298858.