1 The Finance & Policy Committee consider all grant applications
2 Applications must be for projects that benefit the local community
3 An organisation may normally only submit one application for a grant every financial year
4 The organisation must be non-profit making
5 Grants are not made retrospectively for projects
6 The organisation must demonstrate a clear need for financial support and show how fund raising has taken place, if applicable
7 Organisations applying will need to provide a set of audited accounts for the previous financial year and any other financial information as requested by the Town Clerk
8 Organisations just starting up must submit basic financial information
9 All grant funding must be claimed by successful applicants before 31 March
10 Any unused monies not used for the purpose intended should be returned to the Town Council
11 Applicants must acknowledge Marlborough Town Council's financial support in any publicity or printed material
12 Cheques must be made out in the name of the organisation making the application
13 A report must be made about how the grant has been used by the end of the Financial Year for production at the Annual Town Meeting. Failure to do this may jeopardise future grant applications
14 Grants may be considered for award to individuals only in exceptional cases
15 The Town Council will not consider grant applications for: a) Political or religious activities b) Statutory bodies to fund core services c) A private profit making/commercial organisation d) Running costs - e.g. rent, rates, electricity etc e) Projects that have already started (so the money would be awarded retrospectively) f) Projects which could reasonably be expected to secure finance by other means
Based just outside Marlborough, Greatwood is a charity that takes in retired racehorses and combines their rehabilitation with educational programmes for disadvantaged children and adults with special educational needs (SEN). Currently home to 43 horses, Greatwood is going from strength to strength with over 2,000 children having benefitted from their interactions with these intelligent animals. Town Mayor Cllr. Mervyn Hall was delighted to hand over a cheque for £427 to Jane Muir-Brooks, Greatwood’s enthusiastic and dedicated SEND Teacher, to be used to provide safety and protective equipment for learners enrolled on educational programmes. Retired racehorse, Louis, was happy to pose for the camera too!
Read more about this wonderful charity here and the Town Council’s small grant scheme here
Our Mayor, Cllr. Lisa Farrell, was very happy to meet Ewa Sojka of Revitialise to hand over a Town Council grant cheque for £708 which will be used towards a respite holiday for disabled people from Marlborough. Ewa explained the range of respite options available to both people with disabilities and carers, which include holidays themed for young people, for couples, with evening entertainment and trips to the continent and the Isle of Wight. They also offer less obvious breaks, such as stays to include Christmas shopping trips so that people can go shopping without their usual carers in order to make sure there’s a surprise for everyone under the Christmas tree.
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people and carers for over 50 years. Revitalise also offers inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest and most diverse volunteering programmes of any UK charity. Read more….
On Friday, 11th September our Mayor, Councillor Mrs Margaret Rose, handed a cheque for £500 to Alzheimer's Support at it's carers meeting in Marlborough. This was grant funding from the Town Council towards the fabulous work this organisation does in Marlborough and surrounding area. It's a small independant charity set up in 1991 and supports people with dementia and their family carers. The group runs its carer's group in Marlborough High Street and works closely with the local surgery and other agencies.
The Town Council runs a small grant scheme and there is still money remaining for this year’s allocation. Criteria and an application form can be downloaded here. More information is available at the Alzheimer's Support website: http://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk.
Pictured: Our Mayor, Janet Dove, Babs Harris and Gaynor Mapp
L-R: Susan Elks, Janneke Blokland, Town Mayor Cllr. Mervyn Hall, Juliette Plank and Betty Dobson
On Friday, 6th April our Town Mayor, Cllr. Mervyn Hall handed over a cheque for £500 to representatives of Marlborough Area Poverty Action Group. The Town Council is delighted to be able to support the group which will use the grant award alongside other generous donations to help children and their families participate in activities in the summer, including a trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park and Camp Activ8activities. Read more...
On Thursday 16th March, our Mayor handed over a cheque for £350 to the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. This was a grant from the Council's Small Grants Scheme towards the Trust which provides free home security for the elderly, vunerable and disadvantaged people throughout Wiltshire. Over the last year, 68 homes in Marlborough have been secured, over twice the number the previous year. Pro-active, preventative visits have also increased, from 26 to 49. The grant is being ring fenced for Marlborough to provided security equipment at an average cost of £26.50 per home. Doug Batchelor received the cheque on behalf of the charity. More information is available at: http://www.wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk/
If you are part of a community or voluntary group holding an event to celebrate our Queen's birthday, please get in touch. You may be eligible to apply for funding for this from our Small Grants Scheme. If you would like to apply, please let us know by Wednesday 11th May 2016. Apply here