The grant scheme is for projects that are of a capital nature that will improve the use of the building and enhance sustainability for example by improving energy efficiency to reduce on-going running costs.
You must be a voluntary hall committee or a constituted voluntary steering group for new halls and property must be or will be held on model trusts for village halls, or the equivalent, or have a model constitution for a Community Centre (please refer to conditions for grant aid below).
Parish Councils, Parochial Church Councils or committees of single organisations such as Women's Institute, Scouts or British Legion etc, nor can an individual.
Applications can be submitted to the District Council at any time and will be judged on their individual merits according to the grant criteria on a first come first served basis.
The District Council's contribution will be up to a maximum of £10,000 including any non-recoverable VAT or up to 50% of total project costs whichever is the lesser.
Projects must cost a minimum of £2,500 or more in total including VAT
Typical projects could include new and replacement halls, extensions, improvements and modernisation. General maintenance, decoration, floor sanding, equipment etc. will not be funded.
Projects that promote energy efficiency/renewable energy are encouraged. However, applicants for renewable energy projects must be able to demonstrate that they have first addressed energy efficiency measures to ensure value for money of the investment. (There may be restrictions regarding the ability to claim feed-in tariff if public funding is utilised for capital costs and it will be the applicant's responsibility to check the regulations in this regard).
You must not start work until you have received written confirmation from the District Council and agreed to the terms of the grant. We intend to inform applicants if their application has been successful within one month of receipt. The project must be commenced and the first grant claim submitted by 31st March in the year in which the grant was awarded.
Projects must be completed and the final grant claim made within the three years commencing 1st April in the year that the grant is awarded (it may be possible to negotiate deadlines depending on individual circumstances at the discretion of the Council).
Application forms and guidance notes are available for download below. You can also get in touch with the the Housing, Health and Wellbeing Team via the contact details below for postal or email copies of forms.
By applying and accepting a grant from Sedgemoor District Council you are agreeing to comply with Sedgemoor's Grant Publicity Guide. This is available for download below.