Covid-19 ‘Coronavirus’ emergency SPECIAL GRANTS
GUIDANCE NOTES FOR APPLICANTS
1 THIS SCHEME
Lewes Town Council has suspended its normal grants programme during the Covid-19 ‘Coronavirus’ emergency
The Council has earmarked funds which may be available to community groups and organizations working to
assist the community during the crisis.
These may be existing community groups and associations (eg foodbanks), or simply small groups of neighbours
who have formed since the emergency began to help each other and others in their area.
2 MAKING AN APPLICATION
There is a limited budget agreed for this scheme. It is therefore important that all the questions on the application
form are answered as fully as possible to provide a detailed picture of your proposed project or of the activities of
your organisation in the current emergency.
Amounts over £2000 will be given only in exceptional circumstances. If you feel you may have a special case
please discuss this with the Town Clerk before making an application.
Applications will be assessed by a group of Councillors, covering five aspects:
1. The benefit to the community during the current emergency.
2. The general “robustness” of the proposal – its perceived likelihood of success or sustainability.
3. The financial position (eg how prudent are your assumptions ?; is other finance in place ?).
4. What is the scale/scope of the proposal? Who benefits; how many people, or special groups?
5. A general assessment of the application; allowing for any special circumstances or considerations.
Councillors may decide to recommend lesser amounts than requested, or to refuse applications.
Applicants should clearly explain whether they are also contributing their own funds, or seeking additional support,
or are asking for the Council to fund the whole scheme or project.
Council’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered-into regarding applications.
3 GENERAL CONDITIONS
1. Applications will not be considered for grants to commercial organizations, and only in appropriate
circumstances to individuals.
2. Applications will not be considered from organizations intending to support or oppose any particular
political party, or to discriminate in any way (eg on grounds of race or religion, etc.).
3. Applications will not be considered from private businesses operated to make profit/surplus.
4. Applications will not be considered from “upwards funders", ie. local groups whose fund-raising is sent to
their central headquarters for redistribution.
5. Applications will not be considered from organizations or groups with access to funds from national
"umbrella" or "parent" organizations, unless funds are not available from their national bodies, or the funds
available are inadequate for a specified project.(evidence will be required).
6. Applications from religious groups will be considered only where a clear benefit to the wider community
can be demonstrated irrespective of their religious beliefs.
7. Applications from education, health or social services establishments will be considered where the
organization can demonstrate that it is working in partnership with other groups and there are benefits to
the wider community.
8. The organization or group must have clearly-stated aims and objectives.
9. If it has one, an organization must provide a written constitution that has been formally adopted or, where
their association is less “formal”, similar evidence of agreement between individuals.
10. The organization must provide, or propose to provide, an activity or service that is believed to be clearly
needed by the local community or by a particular group of residents.