Great Wilbraham Parish Council has money available to be awarded in grants to organisations for projects that will be of benefit to the residents of our Parish. The policy document below has been drawn up to demonstrate a fair and transparent process for grant awards.
Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 empowers the Parish Council to spend some of its money, subject to limits, on purposes that it considers to be “in the interests of, and will bring direct benefit to, their area, or any part of it, or all or some of its inhabitants.” The maximum allowed to be spent in the 2016-17 financial year is calculated at £7.42 per elector. Grants under Section 137 are only available to Groups or Organisations (personal applications cannot be considered) and any grant requests must be supported by a Great Wilbraham Parish Council Grant Application Form. The request must be from a Group or Organisation that supports or has a direct benefit to the residents of Great Wilbraham.
To qualify for a grant, an organisation must first complete a grant application form and submit it to the Parish Clerk. The applicant must be able to demonstrate that any funding provided by the Parish Council will be of benefit to the Parish or its inhabitants. The Parish Council will not normally make grants to organisations outside of the Parish unless it can be demonstrated that there are direct benefits to the Parish.