Your application timeline:
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Things to think about before you apply for funding:
Our Grants Appraisal Panel meets four times a year to consider funding applications.
Closing dates for applications 2018/2019 are as follows:
July 31st (August Panel), October 31st (November Panel), January 31st (February Panel) and April 30th (May Panel).
Fully completed applications which meet our criteria will be considered at the first available meeting. Before you apply, please take a moment to read through them. This will help you make the right decision about whether you could receive funding from us. Most importantly, your group or project must be based in Worthing, and be of direct benefit to the Worthing community. For some great case studies of groups we have worked with before, please click here.
Tip: You must be a community group with a clear, charitable purpose, or constitution. You must have a dual signatory bank account, a set of accounts and/or a budget plan you can share with us. If you are not sure that you have these in place, or you’re not sure what they are, don’t worry just give us a call, or email us.
You can access our application form online here.
Tip: We suggest printing out a copy of the form to work on, or starting a Word document if you are able to do so. This will allow you to work on your draft first before entering the information online. Once online, you can ‘save and return’ to your online application as long as you do so within 30 days. If you do not have access to a computer, or do not feel comfortable with an online form, please contact us and let us know.
When should you apply:
Consider when you expect your project to take place. If you are planning a Summer event, apply to us in February or May so that you can plan around your funding. This is especially important because you may not be immediately successful.
We aim to let you know the decision of the Appraisal Panel as soon as possible. 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 more time to consider your application
- A refusal, with an explanation why the application was not approved
What happens to your application after it has been submitted:
After you have submitted your form, your friendly Grants Administrator will contact you as soon as possible to let you know your application has been received safe and sound!
Step 1: we will ensure that our standard criteria are met. Please see tip at the top of the page. We will then work through the application and list any further questions we may have for you. At this stage, it is likely that we will invite you to come and meet us for a chat. It’s really important to us that we are not faceless, and that we hear all about about your group and your project from the person who knows it best – you! We may invite one of our trustees to join us at this point. Our aim is to work with you to make sure your application is the best that it can be.
Step 2: your application is submitted to our Grants Committee. This group of people consist of our Trustees, and our Grants Administrator. They will complete all the necessary checks including finance (your project budget and day to day accounts), governance (your constitution, safeguarding and previous group activity), and your project (including your aims and objectives, evidence to support why you think your project should happen, planning and resources and risk assessments). If the Committee have further questions, we will contact you to discuss them. The Committee decide which applications will go through to the Appraisal Panel.
Step 3: congratulations, you’re through to the Appraisal Panel! Our Panel consists of independent representatives from our previously funded groups. If you are successful in your application, this will be a part of your relationship with us. You too will get the opportunity to experience the funding process from the other side! The Panel considers each application in turn, and vote to award funds. Neither the Grants Committee, nor the Grants Administrator have a vote at this stage. Once all the decisions have been made, the Grants Administrator will be in touch as soon as possible to let you know the outcome.
Your application has been successful, what next?
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.
We also have a very active and successful recycling pop up programme which we run with our groups. Please see our current pop up calendar here.
Evaluation of the Use of Your Award
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.
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