Each Area Committee has area based and ward based grants available to them to support the delivery of local area priorities.
These resources currently include a Strategic Initiatives Budget (SIB), allocated to support the Area Committee's key priorities and a Community Chest budget, a ward-based grant to which groups can apply for smaller amounts of funding to support activities that bring communities together and promote social inclusion.
Strategic Initiatives Budget (SIB)
Each of the Area Committees holds a delegated budget in the form of the Strategic Initiatives Budget (SIB). This budget is allocated to support local projects and initiatives that can demonstrate their work will support the delivery of the identified priorities in the area. Projects that demonstrate innovation, new ways of working, partnership involvement and matched funding are particularly welcome.
Community Chest grant is designed to provide support for 'one off' projects that are of benefit to the local community. Ward Councillors have a grant allocation to award to community groups and organisations to deliver, for example, activities, events or to purchase equipment. Projects must address local priorities and activity must provide genuine community benefit or address community need at a ward level.
An amount of £10,000 is available to each ward annually. Community groups and organisations should contact a ward councillor for application forms. There are around 400 successful projects each year. Organised on a ward basis, the scheme is administered on behalf of local ward councillors by the council's Member Support and Community Partnerships Team.