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.

Possible Major Grants Programme: Expressions of Interest Invited from Organisations serving the Town

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is considering making available a fund to provide capital grants to local organisations which benefit the residents of the Town.  The Council has already invited expressions of interest from sporting bodies, it is now inviting expressions from any organisation serving the town which may benefit from a capital grant.  Although no firm decision has been made, it is likley that grants available under this fund will be in the range £10,000-£1,000,000.  Smaller grants are available under our regular grants programme details of which appear above.

Thgis call forms 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.  In addition the Council has received 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 the Council is keen to hear from organisations who may benefit from a part of this fund.

Expressions of interest should be made on the form below and must be received no later than 15th January 2022.