Community Grants Programme

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council currently has a commitment to offer grants to a wide variety of organisations that help to maintain opportunities for the residents of Bishop’s Stortford.  These grants are typically in the range £200-£5000 and can be for capital projects or, in some circumstances, revenue expenses.

The Brazier Trust, for which the Town Council is the trustee, also awards grants of a very similar nature.  With effect 1st April 2021 the Town Councl has decided that the money it sets aside annually for Community Grants will be donated to and then awarded by the Brazier Trust.  From this date, therefore applicats should make a sngle application to the Brazier Trust.

Grants may be made for capital purposes, one off projects, or for non-recurring revenue support. The Trust will not normally provide grants for services that should be funded by other statutory authorities, political purposes, or to supplement any shortfall in expenditure incurred by another authority.  The Trust cannot guarantee a grant to any organisation or individual and will normally expect to distribute grants to a variety of organisations, meaning a potentially smaller amount is awarded than that applied for.

The Trust reserves the right to decline any application or to apply conditions to the grant and also, if a grant is awarded, to reclaim part or the entirety of a grant if it is not satisfied that it has been spent in accordance with the application and/or conditions applied.

A more detailed explanation, along with the application form, can be downloaded below.

Major Grants Programme - Capital Grants for Sports projects (July 2021 release)

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is making available up to £250,000 (in total) for grants to sports clubs and other sports bodies in the town.  The grants will be awarded to fund capital projects which have been fully costed and can be completed no later than 31st December 2023.  Applicants must demonstrate that there is a need for the investment requested, that it will directly benefit the residents of the town, and must to show how the project contributes to sustainability.  In addition to applications for the funds now available,  the Council is also inviting ‘expressions of interest’ from sporting bodies which have ideas that are insufficiently mature to qualify for the present round of funding.  These ‘expressions of interest’ may be eligible for future funding and will contribute to the Council’s thinking on the development of sporting facilities. 

The forms both to apply for a grant and for registering an expression of interest appear below.  These documents also provide additional guidance and set out the principal conditions which will be attached to any grant awarded.  Applications must be received no later than 1st September 2021.  The Council expects to award more than one grant so applicants are advised to apply for less than the total available.

The grants and request for expressions of interest form a component of the Town Council’s strategic plan 2019-2023.  This plan includes investments in its cemeteries, allotments, recreation areas, the riverside and town centre, cycle infrastructure, sport and the arts.  Over £1M has been allocated already from a variety of sources including the ‘New Homes bonus’ and ‘S106’, both of which are  funds becoming available as a consequence of development and the Council will receive, during the period up to April 2026, a further £6.5M from the sale of the land now occupied by the Avanti Meadows Primary School.  This must be spent on capital projects and it is likely that a proportion will be allocated to sport.  The Council is considering investing in a sports centre to the North of the Town and is currently undertaking preliminary studies to establish the feasibility of such a venture.  The responses to the grants and ‘expressions of interest’ announced today will also help inform this potential project.