The Copeland Community Fund consider eligible applications on their merits, in light of the funding available and how much match funding the project has already brought in. Due to high levels of applications The Copeland Community Fund are unable to fund all the projects it would wish to.
Questions on the application form relate directly to the assessment of your project so you will need to ensure that all questions are answered as fully as possible.
Applicants should be aware that project assessments will be based on the following criteria:
a. the project is located in Copeland for the benefit of Copeland residents – if the project is outside Copeland it should have clear benefits for Copeland residents
b. applicants have checked that the project is in line with the NDA Socio Economic Policy
c. the project improves community life in Copeland for a significant number of people
d. the project addresses a specific community issue or need
e. there is clear evidence of need for the project i.e. no comparable facility/project exists nearby
f. the project has support from the local community and other organisations
g. projects are self-sustaining once the initial project funding has been invested. This will include ensuring that the project can be managed and maintained after the funding period ends, i.e. provide a sustainable impact in the community
h. LARGE GRANTS ONLY applicants demonstrate an attempt of securing 60% of total project costs from external match funding or fundraising – projects which span several years that have secured year 1 match funding will be considered
i. SMALL GRANTS ONLY applicants demonstrate an attempt of securing 50% of total project costs from external match funding or fundraising. Projects which span several years that have secured year 1 match funding will be considered.
j. the project demonstrates value for money
k. the project demonstrates equality and diversity
l. the applicant can demonstrate added value that the project may include, such as:
- The use of volunteers
- Training opportunities
- Promoting social inclusion
- Minimising the environmental impact of the project and low carbon emissions
- Capacity building
- Building a local asset
- Quality design
- Adding value to the community
- Promoting Tourism
It is not expected that every funding criterion will be relevant to all projects, but your application must be able to demonstrate specific and measurable benefits for the local community.
The Copeland Community Fund board reserves the right to make the final decision on any application received.