Grants under the Local Government Act 2000 sub section 1-5 – The power of well-being may be used to provide financial assistance to individuals if the council agrees it will enhance social and economic well-being but cannot be used to raise money.
Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 must not be used if the power of well-being can be used.
The annual expenditure must not exceed the total electorate multiplied by the annual statutory limit per elector.
The annual statutory limit for 2020/2021 is £8.32.
The electorate for 2020/2021 is 6,491
The statutory annual expenditure limit for 2020/2021 is £54,005.12
Llanharan Community Council sets aside a sum of money each year which can be applied for by local organisations for projects which will be of benefit to residents within the community of Llanharan.
The amount set aside for Grants in 2020/21 is £15,000.
Section 137 monies cannot be spent on an individual. For example, a scout may ask the Council for financial help to enable them to travel abroad on an exchange visit. Worthy as this may be, the Council cannot agree because the statute states that S137 monies must benefit some or all of its inhabitants. However, if a request came from the Scout Leader for the whole troop to travel abroad on an exchange visit, the Council could consider a grant for the whole group as this would then be benefiting some of its inhabitant
The Community Council’s awards are open to established voluntary or community groups, as well as new or informal community groups who are or intend by the date of application to become formally constituted.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
To be eligible for the award of a grant under Section 137 an organisation must:
• be established for charitable, benevolent, social, cultural, recreational or
• have a constitution, or set of rules, which define its aims, objectives and
• be able to provide a copy of its latest annual accounts and be able to
demonstrate that the accounts are checked and signed by a person independent
of the group;
• have a bank account operated by a minimum of at least two joint signatories.
WHAT CAN BE FUNDED?
• the project should be something which makes the local community a better place
in which to live, work or visit;
• it should benefit people who live in the community;
• there must be clear evidence that local people support the project and are
involved in carrying it out;
• each group may only make one application per financial year.
THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
• support for individuals or private business projects;
• the running costs of any organisation;
• projects which are the prime statutory responsibility of other government bodies;
• projects which improve or benefit privately owned land or property;
• projects which have already been completed or will have been completed by the
time the grant is made.
CONDITIONS OF SUPPORT
The Community Council may make the award of any grant subject to all or some of the
following conditions. Required conditions will be at the discretion of the Community
Council and take into account an organisation’s individual circumstances.
• In order to fully understand your project or activity, councillors may wish to
visit your project or activity, prior to it commencing. They may also wish to
conduct a site visit once your funded project is underway.
• As a minimum, you will write to confirm receipt of the payment for audit purposes.
• Funding must only be used for the purpose agreed with the Community Council and if
the monies are not spent on the items agreed, they must be returned.
• Funding must be spent within the financial year awarded and cannot be added
wholly or partly to your reserves.
• If your project costs are more than you anticipated on your application, any
shortfall must be met by you.
• The Community Council would ask that you acknowledge its support in your
publications, publicity and annual reports.
WHEN TO APPLY
The Community Council considers applications on a bi- annual basis at its Audit and Finance meetings in July
and November .
All applications should be sent to the
Clerk by the last day of June and October
Only application forms/letters received by these dates will be considered at the meeting. Awards will not exceed the agreed annual budget unless the Community Council agrees to make an award under exceptional circumstances.
All groups will be treated equally. If an organisation has had a grant previously, they are not guaranteed to receive financial support again, but are not excluded from applying again in a different financial year. A fresh application will be required each time.
HOW WILL DECISIONS BE MADE?
All applications will be judged after the closing date. Decisions will be made by Llanharan Community Council with its decision being final.
Unfortunately the Community Council may not be able to fund all projects as there may be more applications than there is money available.
However, all applications will be considered carefully. Due account will be taken of the extent to which funding has been sought or secured from other sources or the applicant’s own fund-raising activities.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications should be made in writing. Please apply to the Clerk for a standard application form.