Scottish and Southern Energy – Resilient Communities Fund

Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) are offering grants of up to £20,000 to support community resilience projects in their network areas

The fund has been established to support communities to prepare for future emergency weather events and is particularly focussed on projects which help vulnerable or isolated people living in the SSEPD network area.

The fund will support projects that:

  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event.
  • Enhance community facilities and services specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event.
  • Improve communication during an emergency situation, to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services.

People’s Postcode Trust – Dream Fund

Provided by: People’s Postcode Trust

Funding is available to give organisations in Scotland, England and Wales the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. Projects should fall under one of the following categories: community development, environmental protection, health, human rights, sports, and the prevention of poverty, distress and sickness.

Fundraising

There are numerous ways that communities can raise funds from small events which can be labour intensive but can turn around money quickly, for example lotteries, raffles, fairs, street parties, bazaars, afternoon teas, car boots, street fairs, fetes and sponsored events (swims, walks, pub crawls, etc). Large events can be complex to organise but can generate significant amounts of money, including bike rides, fun runs, dinner dances, gala balls and other fundraising events.

Defra Forestry and Farming Improvement Scheme

Applied for by individual farming, forestry and horticultural businesses. Grants of £2,500 to £35,000 available but funds are for between 15% and 50% of the total costs dependent on location.

If you would like to discuss a potential application, or for further advice on the application process, please contact the Forestry and Farming Improvement Scheme helpline on: 0300 060 4761 or email them at: FFIS3@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Council Tax precept

Councils can hold a referendum to increase council tax to raise funds. For example, Gloucestershire held a local referendum to allow council tax to be increased to raise funds for investment in additional drainage and maintenance work after the 2007 floods. Cockermouth residents also agreed to pay an extra levy on their Council Tax over three years to help fund flood defence works for the town.

Parish precept can be raised for projects that improve the quality of the area.

Community Interest Company (CIC)

In order to gain funding from a variety of sources you may need to become a Community Interest Company (CIC). The level of community involvement varies, some CICs depend on the input of the community whereas others undertake actions on their behalf.

Case Study Example: A community-led partnership was formed by Bucklebury residents with support from the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council to deliver a flood alleviation for their village in Berkshire. The villagers set up a CIC after the floods of 2007 to enable them to raise funding and to work towards preventing future flooding. The scheme cost £600,000. £65,000 was raised from residents and £550,000 was provided by Bucklebury Parish Council and the Thames Regional Flood Defence Committee. The flood alleviation scheme included building bunds, digging a bypass channel and developing a new ford to divert flood flows around the village.

Home equity loans/refinancing

Property owners who have equity within their properties can release this money through extending their current mortgage or taking out a new mortgage.  The money can then be used to fund property level flood resilience measures.

Equity release can be in the form of an additional income, a cash lump sum, or both. The Money Advice Service gives you information on how the different types of equity release scheme work and what you should expect from firms that sell them.

This is quite a quick process, taking only months between making a decision to mortgage or re-mortgage and having flood resilience measures installed.

 

Community Foundation

This needs to be led by the local community and aims to benefit the whole community. The grant size is variable but is likely to be less than £10,000.

Charitable Trusts

A Charitable Trust can be established with the specific purpose of dealing with and managing contributions for a particular cause or project. The Trust does not procure funds, but it is a mechanism for obtaining, holding and administering funds. Funds can be collected from the community/general public and is administered and allocated by the Trust. The community members will need to set up the Trust, involving substantial time and commitment. The Trust would then need to raise the funds required and long-term involvement would be needed.

Council Tax precept

Councils can hold a referendum to increase council tax to raise funds. For example, Gloucestershire held a local referendum to allow council tax to be increased to raise funds for investment in additional drainage and maintenance work after the 2007 floods. Cockermouth residents have also agreed to pay an extra levy on their Council Tax over three years to help fund flood defences for the town.

Parish precept can be raised for projects that improve the quality of the area.