It is now over three weeks since Community Assets opened and interest is very high. We’ve been getting far more phone calls and emails than normal as a result of this. Many of these have been fairly complex. Due to this increase, it has been taking us longer than usual to reply. Sorry if you’ve been affected by this and do please bear with us.
We have also been getting lots of questions that are unfortunately a less good fit with Community Assets.
Based on the budget for this funding, we are only expecting to fund between 10 and 15 communities over the next year. It means the level of competition for grants will be very high. We will in turn only encourage requests that will very strongly address inequality or disadvantage.
What we’re less likely to consider
Although we realise the benefits of the work of these organisations, we’ve found a harder case for applying might be from:
- Sports groups delivering sports only activities
- Scout groups
- Heritage focused
- Men’s sheds
- Play parks or park improvements
- Community Councils
- Churches (when the church will still own it)
- Car parks
From all organisations, requests we are less likely to consider are:
- General refurbishment
- A lease (unless exceptional circumstances are involved)
- A building that will only be used for headquarters
If you applied to us before to Growing Community Assets and it was unsuccessful, this doesn’t mean it will automatically be considered for Community Assets. At a minimum, we will expect you to have addressed any issues raised in the feedback you received from us.
Meeting before you apply
Due to the volume of queries we are receiving, unfortunately we won’t be able to meet with applicants. As much as we would like to do this, initial contact will normally be by email or phone (0300 123 7110).
We will visit you if there’s potential
After the initial contact, if we feel there is potential for you being considered, one of our Funding Officers and Capital Advisers will arrange to visit you. More information on this is on page 3 of the Guidance Notes.