The Calor Rural Community fund offers rural off grid communities the chance to win funding for projects that will improve local life.
Projects with a value of up to £10,000 will be eligible to apply for a funding grant between £1,000 and £5,000 to support their chosen project. Projects supported by the Fund may include for example adult learning classes, new furniture for the village hall, or providing new equipment for youth clubs and other similar groups.
Applications for funding are divided into three categories: £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000 and winners from each category are carefully selected following a three stage process:
- Organisations must first submit a proposal application and which will be screened by Calor to check that it has met the eligibility criteria,
- The general public will vote for the application that they would like to see win a grant. Applications with the highest number of votes from each grant category at the end of the voting period will be deemed as finalists, and
- The winners from each grant category will selected by an independent panel of judges with the highest score based on a number of criteria.
- has been in existence for a minimum of 6 months;
- is a not-for-profit organisation;
- exists for the benefit of the wider community and not the individual;
- operates on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law,)
- is non-politicalproject must be capable of completion within 12 months of the date of the grant if successful;
- be carried out in the UK for the benefit of an off-grid rural community in England, Scotland or Wales
Applications to receive a grant for a project will start on 5 March 2019.
Entrants must register their details www.calor.co.uk/communityfund