Grants to local organisations
The Parish Council’s grant scheme is intended to provide the financial support that will help to promote those community organisations active within the parish that work for the benefit of the residents.
Grants can be made to existing as well as newly formed organisations, but note that it is not possible to consider providing grants to national organisations not having a locally based group. Organisations must be properly constituted, non-profit and be able to demonstrate that their activity benefits Westerleigh residents.
Grants fall into two categories:
- Grants under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, where the Parish Council has discretionary powers to award grants to local groups or organisations for the purposes of bringing a direct benefit to the parish or its residents.
- Grants under normal Powers and Duties of a Parish Council.
Please be aware that we are not able to provide grants places of worship as we are prohibited from giving money to places of worship – the suggestion being that s 8(1)(i) Local Government Act 1894 prohibits such financial support.
Each application will be considered on its merits, and, because the budget is limited, grants will not necessarily be available on an annual basis. Applications are discussed and awarded at a Parish Council meeting as soon as practical after receipt of documentation.