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The Area Wide Grants (AWG) scheme 2022/23 is open for applications.

Who can apply

You can apply for AWG if you represent one of the following organisations:

  • a voluntary or community group
  • a charitable or social enterprise organisation
  • a town or parish council

What can be funded

Applications must be for projects that benefit our residents in at least 6 of the 14 Community Engagement Forum (CEF) areas. These are shown on the forum map.

Projects must contribute to one or more of the priorities and aims within the Council Plan 2020-24 to be eligible for funding.

Awards are made to projects that:

  • reduce isolation and exclusion
  • bring communities together
  • promote health and wellbeing
  • address a particular community need

View the case studies in the downloads section of this page for examples of projects that have been funded.

Find information on how funds have been allocated in the annual reports in the downloads section.

We publish all grant awards and project descriptions on the open data webpage

How the scheme works

Grants can only be made to registered organisations.

Read the principles document for information on the minimum and maximum levels of award, restrictions and exclusions and when payments are made.

Awards cannot be made to projects that have already taken place.

Further information can be found in the terms and conditions and frequently asked questions.


The closing date for applications was midnight 15 October 2022.

Applications will be reviewed by a sub-group of members in January 2023.

Organisations will be notified of award decisions in March 2023.

Projects should not start until notified of a funding decision.

How to apply

You must create a registration account online and provide full details of your organisation so that the record can be approved before you make an application. Read the next section for more information.

When the registration details for your organisation have been approved you can contact to request an application form.


You must provide details of your organisation using our online registration form. This helps us to communicate with you and process payments.

You only need to register once and you can update your organisation’s details at any time.

You can create a registration account before or after making an application but we cannot approve the record or pay you unless all details have been completed satisfactorily.

All organisations must supply the following:

  • constitution or governing document
  • equality and diversity policy
  • safeguarding policy
  • financial accounts for the most recent reporting year

Read the registration guidance for more information.

See our grants privacy notice to find out how we use your data.

Advice and support

If you need advice or help with registration, contact the grants helpline, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm:

01454 865865

You can book a telephone appointment to discuss your project plans and get advice to help you to register online. Use the contact details above to request an appointment.

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