Applications to improve or develop land (works to play areas for example) or buildings will only be considered from the group that has legal responsibility for the site, as owner or lease holder. The lease agreement should make clear where responsibility lies for the upkeep/ development of the fabric of the building, and interior fittings/ décor. Where funds are requested to improve or make changes to a leased property, the term of the lease should be at least 5 years – if a large grant is requested, the minimum term may increase to 10 years.
Building/ ground work or repairs will only be considered where there is clear evidence that the site serves a wide community purpose, and/ or clear plans are in place to increase its availability to the community. Buildings that serve a limited membership will not be considered – this includes church buildings that are only used by the congregation and for the typical functions of a church (weddings, funerals etc).
Conservation/ preservation works to heritage sites will not generally be considered.
Before making an application for building works, please ensure that you have:
- Secured planning permission, or any other approval/ permission necessary
- Have contractor’s quotations to evidence the cost of the work
We expect the buildings that we fund to be fully accessible, and we expect access needs to be considered with all capital projects to ensure the widest possible benefit.