At Worthing Community Chest we award grants to local groups and charities who enable social and economic well being. Please check you are eligible for a grant and that you fulfill the criteria before applying. Detailed information is listed below, please get in touch at 01903 221080 if you have any questions.
Our Priorities for Funding
Worthing Community Chest’s priority is to award grants to locally based voluntary and charitable organisations and projects in Worthing.
The Appraisal Panel, which decides on all applications, will be looking for community projects that meet one or more of the following aims:
• Improving the quality of life for under privileged and disadvantaged members of our community.
• Promoting social cohesion
• Proposing a new or innovative idea for Worthing
• Promoting inclusion and draw excluded people into community engagement
• Improving the community
• Improving or enhancing an existing service
We know projects and proposals have differing needs, some of them complex, but we want to support these too and actively encourage these groups to apply for a grant.
Worthing Community Chest will:
• Encourage and support the local community in developing ways to enhance community life.
• Ensure that money we are responsible for is spent wisely and honestly. To this end we operate a reimbursement scheme rather than an upfront payment of the grant.
• Be accountable to the community for the funds.
• Treat each application individually, equally and fairly and provide as much support and help as possible, within our criteria.
1. Your project must benefit people within the Borough of Worthing.
2. A maximum of £1,500 may be awarded to an organisation in any funding period.
3. You must have or be setting up a bank or building society account with no less than 2 unrelated people who sign the cheques or authorise withdrawals.
4. You must have a set of rules or a constitution and a management structure.
5. You must show evidence of ‘matched funding’ of 50% of the value of the amount requested. This can be through volunteer time.
6. As a general rule existing organisations must have reserves or realisable assets valued at less than 12 months operating costs.
7. The project /organisation’s annual income must be less than £100k. This is inclusive of both restricted and unrestricted funds.
8. The applicant must claim the grant within 12 months from the date of it being awarded.
9. Successful applicants will be expected to take an active role on the Worthing Community Chest Appraisal Panel for the following financial year.
10. The Community Chest will not fund salaries, building maintenance or the general upkeep of property and its environs.
11. The Community Chest does not fund professional fees, for example accountancy, auditing, legal etc. Applications that include other charges will be considered on their own individual merits but are unlikely to receive funding unless they can be shown to be essential for the direct service delivery of the project to the clients/members.
12. Applications solely towards rental, insurance and office expenditure will be considered on an individual basis.
13. Successful applicants must leave 2 years from their Appraisal Panel decision date before applying for a subsequent grant.
14. Applicants must not be in receipt of direct funding from statutory authorities.
15. Applications will not be accepted for furthering political or religious activities.
16. Applications for new projects that have already begun will not be considered.
Evaluation of the Use of the funds
If you are successful you will have to complete the Grant Monitoring Form twelve months after being awarded funds. We would also like you to write a short blog for the website and use social media to promote Worthing Community Chest.
Timing of your application
The approval process is spread over the year, but needs to tie into meetings of the appraisal team. There are four meetings a year of the appraisal panel and they may defer applications for further information. Take this into account when you send in your application. Aim to submit your forms for the meeting before when you think you will need it. Only fully completed applications with checklist enclosures, will be considered at the first available meeting, the date of which is determined by the number of applications received.
Closing dates for 2016/2017 are as follows:
End of July, End of Oct, End of January, End of April,
If you have a project you would like to run in the Winter aim to get your application in for the July closing date. If the appraisal panel refers it for more information it can then be reheard at the second meeting and you will still have a chance of an approval for the winter.
You must make sure you enclose all the information we require. If you don’t we will not be able to process your application.
We aim to get you an answer to your application by the dates shown in the final column of the table. This decision may be:
• An approval for funding
• A request for further information
• A request for a meeting, to discuss the application
• A request for you to present your application at the next appraisal panel
• A request for more time to consider your application
• A refusal, with an explanation why the application was not approved
Your Part in the Worthing Community Chest
If your application is successful, a condition of your grant is that you will take part in the appraisal of future Worthing Community Chest applications. We see this as your chance to put something extra back into the community, to learn what grant funding appraisal involves, and to be involved in the decision making on funding for your community.
Previous appraisers have said that they have learnt a great deal about how to apply for funding from taking part in assessing applications. If you are unable to commit to attending daytime meetings there are other ways in which you can contribute to the Worthing Community Chest.
You will be trained in how to appraise project applications before you begin your term as an appraiser. Meetings occur over a late morning /lunchtime period on a weekday, four times a year. The Worthing Community Chest Grants Administrator is always in attendance and frequently a Director of the partnership is also there for advice and guidance.
If your project is approved we would ask you to join the Appraisal Panel, (providing this doesn’t cause difficulties with your own commitments), the following new budget year and our budget year is 1st July to 30th June.
Worthing Community Chest aims to ensure that all will be given equal consideration regardless of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin or level of ability, provided that the application meets our criteria and priorities. Organisations and projects that do not work to these same equal opportunity aims will not be funded. Appraisers who make comments or base assessments that do not uphold these equal opportunity aims will be challenged and may have steps taken to ensure they are not funded through the Worthing Community Chest in the future.