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 is a charity that awards grants to locally based, not for profit, voluntary and charitable projects and organisations based in and serving the people of Worthing. We will seek to increase the number and diversity of grant applications to ensure we reach a wider selection of local communities so that the grants awarded reflect the diverse needs and demography of Worthing residents.
The decision on whether or not to award a grant is made by an Appraisal Panel made up of representatives from recently successful applicants. They 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 drawing excluded people into community engagement
• Improving the community
• Improving or enhancing an existing service
Worthing Community Chest will:
• Actively encourage and support projects and proposals with differing or complex needs, especially those applying for funding for the first time
• Encourage and support the local community in developing projects that enhance community life
• Treat every application individually, equally and fairly
• Ensure that the money for which we are responsible is spent only on the items agreed when the grant is awarded. To make sure this happens, we operate a reimbursement scheme rather than an upfront payment of the grant
1. Your application must primarily benefit people living within the Borough of Worthing.1. Your application must primarily benefit people living within the Borough of Worthing.
2. You may apply for any amount up to £1500.
3. You will need a bank or building society account with at least two unrelated people authorised to sign cheques or make withdrawals.
4. You will need a set of rules or a constitution and also an agreed management structure. We can advise new projects with this requirement.
5. Your application is more likely to be successful if you can show evidence of “matched funding” for at least 50% of the amount you request. This can be from other funding sources or can be calculated using the rate of £10 per. hour for the hours worked by your volunteers.
6. We are less likely to fund existing organisations that have reserves or realisable assets valued at more than twelve months of their operating costs.
7. The project/organisation’s annual income must be less than £100k. This is inclusive of both restricted and unrestricted funds.
8. You will have twelve months in which to claim the funds from the date the grant is awarded.
9. Successful applicants will be expected to take an active role on the Worthing Community Chest Appraisal Panel for the following year.
10. We 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. We are less likely to award funding to applications for rental, insurance or office expenditure but these 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. Applicants will be allowed 2 consecutive successful applications. Applicants cannot then apply for a further 4 years.
14. Applicants must not be in receipt of direct funding from statutory authorities.
15. Applications will not be accepted for activities deemed to be primarily political or religious in nature.
16. Retrospective application i.e. for expenditure already incurred, will not be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: It may not always be possible to fund all projects that meet these criteria. If the sum of money requested in any one round of applications exceeds the funds available, then the Appraisal Panel shall award grants only to those projects it regards as best meeting or exceeding the aims listed above. Dated: 27 September 2017
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 2017/2018 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.