How projects are assessed
Our Fund is overseen by an independent Community Fund Panel, made up of our customers, who review our applications and ultimately decide where our money should go.
Application internal review
Before applications are taken to the Panel, there are a number of things our internal team will need to do first:
- Do a final eligibility check to make sure you can apply for the Fund
- Carry out due diligence checks
- Internal scoring and comments
- Get subject matter expert advice when necessary
If your application passes our internal review and is a good fit for our criteria, your application will then be taken to the Community Fund Customer Panel who review the applications on a monthly or quarterly basis, depending on which funding pot you’re applying for.
You can find more details on assessment in our application guidance document (PDF).
The criteria we use to assess your application
What is the need for this project in the community and have the community been involved in the planning?
Is the project planned well and have a sufficient budget breakdown?
Will the project be sustained and bring benefit beyond the investment period?
Value for money
Does the project seem like good value for money in comparison to similar projects?
Contact the Community Fund team
Our Community Fund team work hard to ensure you have a fantastic experience during the application process.
If you have any feedback about the process, you’d like to ask a question about your application, or if you’d like to raise an issue, you can email the Community Fund team. We’ll endeavour to get back to you within three working days.
Apply for funding
If your organisation and project are eligible, you can apply for funding from the Community Fund.