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The application deadline for the Community Grants has now passed (March 13th, 2018). Please note applications will not be accepted after this date.

The next round of grants will be advertised in early 2019 with a mid March closing date.

 

The application forms, guidelines and FAQs are for information purposes only.

 

Community  Grant Scheme FAQs

What is the purpose of the Community Grant Scheme?

Who is eligible to apply under the Community Grant Scheme?

When will the Community/LPT  Scheme for 2018 be advertised? 

What is the closing date for receipt of applications? 

What is new on the 2018 application form?

What is the PPN for my group?

What are the advantages to registering for PPN?

How can the group register with Kildare Participation Network (PPN)?

How can the group apply for a grant?

Why does Kildare County Council need a copy of the group’s Bank or Credit Union Statement?

We sent a Bank/Credit Union Statement last year, do we need to send another?

What activities are not funded under the Community/LPT Grant Scheme?

What are the criteria for assessing Community/LPT Grants?

What is the maximum grant awarded for Community/LPT Grant?

How will we be notified of the outcome of our application?

How will the grant be paid?

What other conditions must my group comply with?


What is the purpose of the Community/LPT Grant Scheme?

The purpose of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to Community  groups engaged in activities which encourage community participation and promote the well being of communities in County Kildare.

Who is eligible to apply under the Community/LPT   Grant Scheme?

In order to be eligible under this scheme your group must be formally established and must be able to produce Articles of Association or Minutes of AGM/Meetings.

The  group  must be engaged in activities which encourage community participation, volunteerism and promote the well-being of communities and all funded activities must be located within the County.

When will the Community/LPT  Scheme for 2018 be advertised?

The Community /LPT Grant scheme will be advertised in mid January 2018.

What is the closing date for receipt of applications? 

13th March 2018  is the closing date for all Community/LPT Grant Applications.

What is new on the 2018 application form?

The 2018 application form includes for the first time:-

- page 1 includes a brief description of the proposed project. 20 Words max please.

-details of your groups’ PPN Registration Number  (See separate question on this.)

-Grant Agreement Form This form must be signed by the group’s Treasurer and another member. Any grant awarded will not be paid out without the completion of this form.

What is the PPN for my group?

If you are registered on Kildare Participation Network (PPN) but do not know your number you can find same at http://www.kildareppn.ie/memberslist.asp.

If you are not registered, please visit the PPN website http://www.kildareppn.ie/index.asp and register your group now . It only takes 10 minutes.

What are the advantages to registering for PPN?

The PPN is the main link through which the local authority  connects with the community/ voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors. For any Group to qualify for Council supports it must quote its PPN Registration Number. This will assist to streamline grant applications and creates opportunities for exchange of information.

How can the group register with Kildare Participation Network (PPN)?

In order to register for PPN groups must be voluntary, community based, non-party political, not for profit and active in County Kildare with at least 3 members. Full details on registration may be found at http://www.kildareppn.ie/index.asp

How can the group apply for a grant?

To make application for a grant the following must be submitted:

  • Fully completed and signed official Application form.  For a copy of this application form please click here.
  • A recent copy of the group’s Bank or Credit Union Statement showing the banks Sort Code and BIC and the groups IBAN and Account Number.
  • Tax Clearance details if relevant
  • All copies of receipts for spending from previous grants awarded must have been submitted to Community and Culture Department.  Copy of invoices is not accepted as proof of spend. Applications from groups, who have not complied with this requirement, will not be considered. 
  • Applications may  be submitted by email to grants@kildarecoco.ie or to Community & Culture Department, Level 7, Aras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas ,Co.Kildare on or before  the closing date 13th March 2018

Why does Kildare County Council need a copy of the group’s Bank or Credit Union Statement?

All payment of grants are made directly by EFT into your Bank or Credit Union Account. In order to verify the account details we require proof of this. You may simply send us the heading of a statement with the balance amounts blanked out.

We sent a Bank/Credit Union Statement last year, do we need to send another?

Yes, our Accounts Department will close the groups account after each year. To reactivate the account we require confirmation of your groups bank details, a bank statement is the most convenient way to ensure we have the correct details.

What activities are not funded under the Community/LPT Grant Scheme?

Activities which are not eligible include:

  • Projects that benefit individuals
  • Teaching/Staffing in schools
  • Projects which are clearly the remit of another agency
  • Ongoing running costs e.g. administration.

What are the criteria for assessing Community/LPT Grants?

Grant applications will be assessed using the following criteria :-

  • Applications must have been submitted fully completed by the closing date.
  • Projects that foster social inclusion/Integrated communities.
  • Projects that encourage participation in community development.
  • The capacity of the group to deliver the project.
  • Projects that are innovative.
  • Application that shows evidence of costing and local contribution to the project.
  • Quality of application - clear description of projects and costing

What is the maximum grant awarded for Community/LPT Grant?

The maximum Community/LPT Grant is €3000.  However, there is no guarantee that the maximum grant will be awarded.

Click here for Application Form.  For Guidelines outlining in detail terms and conditions of the scheme click here.

How will we be notified of the outcome of our application?

Once the applications have been fully assessed, a report is presented before the relevant   Municipal District Council Meeting  in April 2018, where final approval of applications is made. 

The Community and Culture Department will then issue a letter of award via email and/or post informing the group of amount successfully awarded. 

If your application is not successful you will received a letter explaining why your group was not awarded a grant.

How will the grant be paid?

All payments from Kildare County Council will be paid by EFT directly into the group’s bank or Credit Union Account. Post Office Accounts are not acceptable.

Your Treasurer’s contact details (including email address)  must be submitted on the application, as a remittance advice will only be sent to your group’s treasurer.

What other conditions must my group comply with?

  • It will be a condition of funding that the contribution of the grant from Kildare County Council is acknowledged in any promotional material associated with the project.
  • On completion of projects official receipts marked “Paid" must be submitted together with a full project report detailing how the grant was utilised and how it benefitted the group, including photographs and a statement of income and expenditure. Copy of invoices is not accepted as proof of spend. Future applications will not be considered if this condition has not been met.
  • All funded activities must be located within Kildare.
  • Any monies unspent must be returned to Kildare County Council.
  • No double funding from Kildare County Council sources will be allowed. However, groups can choose to combine this scheme with grant aid other than from KCC
  • All applications must be made on an official application form and submitted to Kildare County Council by email  grants@kildarecoco.ie or to Community & Culture Department, Level 7, Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Co Kildare.