Funding

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wMUCH small grants

Do you have a project which could support an increase in community led housing in the West Midlands? You might be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £1000 to pay for costs that will help you to progress your project. Please check the explanation and eligibility criteria under ‘Who can apply’ below and the kinds of costs and activities that we can fund under ‘What you can spend the money on’. Applications will be open until funds are allocated.

Who can apply

 

These grants are designed for early stage community led housing groups and organisations to pay for costs of up to £1000 that they would otherwise struggle to meet and are needed to help them progress in their development.

Community led housing organisations who are a bit further along in their journey may also be eligible for help with similar costs if they are not able to pay for them using existing funds or if they are in a funding gap.

Applicants should also meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • Your project must be based in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton  

  • Your project must align with wMUCH’s organisational objectives of increasing community led housing and community control of existing homes in the West Midlands  

  • Your project must evidence community benefit e.g. have a positive impact on the local community, a specific group of people (an intentional community), or both  

  • You must be able to complete the activities and spend the grant by 30 Sept 21  

  • Your organisation must have a bank account  

The maximum value of funding that each organisation can receive from this fund is £1000.

What you can spend the money on

 

This list does not include everything. If you’re not sure whether your costs or activities would be eligible, please contact us at hello@wmuch.org.uk.

We can fund a variety of costs and activities required for your project, such as:

  • Community engagement including room hire, speaker costs, refreshments, materials, online tools e.g. Zoom or Survey Monkey

  • Publicity and promotional activity – creating and distributing material both physical and online e.g. printing, postage, website development

  • Legal advice, including on governance

  • Professional service fees such as valuations and site surveys

  • Training e.g. on governance issues, running a community organisation, using online tools

  • Costs associated with registering an organisation/ incorporation.

 

We cannot fund:

  • Core costs such as staff and your organisation’s running costs

  • Activities already completed or costs already incurred

  • Support from a wMUCH Adviser. Please contact us about this separately at hello@wmuch.org.uk, as we may be able to offer you some free advice.

How to apply

If you meet the description and eligibility criteria set out under ‘Who can apply’ and are seeking funding for costs and activities similar to those described in ‘What you can spend the money on’, then you can apply for up to £1000 by completing a short online application form.

If you would like to see the questions and prepare your answers in advance, the questions on the form are available below. 

If you have any questions about your application, please contact us at hello@wmuch.org.uk.

Application questions

  • Contact name 

  • Organisation name 

  • Phone 

  • Email 

  • Is your organisation incorporated? 

  • If your organisation is incorporated, what is its legal form? 

  • If your organisation is incorporated, what is your company/ organisation/ charity registration number? 

  • Do you have a bank account? 

  • Where is your project based? 

  • Describe your project’s aims and how these will benefit the community.  How do they support an increase in community led housing and community control of existing homes in the West Midlands? (200 word limit). 

  • How will you deliver your project? (200 word limit). 

  • What risks and challenges do you anticipate in delivering your project? (100 word limit). 

  • Costs - Please detail the project costs that you would like this small grant to cover by adding one item and the corresponding amount to each line below 

  • Please tell us about any other funding that you have received for your project. Include the source of funding, the amount and a brief description of what this was for 

  • Please confirm that you will be able to spend this grant and complete these activities by 30 Sept 2021 at the latest 

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