Stafford Borough Council, in accordance with their Compact Action Plan, have made available a small grants fund. This fund will make awards to community and voluntary groups across the borough.



About Grants from the Stafford Borough Council Small Grants Fund
You can apply for a grant of up to £1,000.
These grants will be awarded to organisations who provide facilities or services for people in the geographical area covered by Stafford Borough Council.

What We Will Fund

Types of Organisation

We will support the following types of organisation;

  • Constituted community groups
  • Constituted voluntary groups
  • Registered Charities
  • Social Enterprises
Geographic Reach

We will support organisations based in, or working for the benefit of people in the following local authority areas;

  • Stafford

In order to qualify for a grant from this scheme your project must be supporting the following types of beneficiary;

  • People resident in Stafford borough, including Stone and the surrounding villages
  • People who are eligible to use locally provided services
Project Aims

Your project must meet one of the following criteria;

  • Benefit local residents
  • Bring about a lasting benefit to your members or the wider community
  • Help to increase your organisations sustainability or reach
Eligible Costs
  • Equipment costs
  • Capital costs
  • Training costs
  • Core costs
  • Revenue costs
  • Project costs
  • Event Costs

What We Will Not Fund

Types of Organisation

This fund will not offer funding to the following organisations;

  • Non-constituted community groups
  • Non-constituted voluntary groups
  • Organisations that have been established less than 12 months
  • Statutory organisations
  • Public sector bodies
  • Organisations that have a statutory responsibility
  • Organisations that do not have a proven track record of service delivery
  • Limited companies, sole traders or partnerships without charitable aims
  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £100,000
Geographic Reach

This fund cannot support organisations who are based in, or working in the following local authority areas;

  • Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle under Lyme, South Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke on Trent or Tamworth
  • Any area outside Staffordshire

This fund cannot support any organisation whose primary beneficiaries are

  • Not resident in Stafford Borough
Ineligible Costs

This fund will not offer support for the following costs;

  • Projects where funding could be obtained from Stafford Borough Council sports grants
  • Projects where funding could be obtained from Stafford Borough Council arts grants
  • Projects involving medical research
  • Projects focused on animal welfare
  • Funding towards religious projects or projects that promote religion, (although religious organisations can be funded for non-religious projects)
  • Party political activities, (where one particular political party is promoted above another)

Documents You Must Submit With Your Application

The following documents must be provided with your application form.  If you fail to provide these documents your application will not be considered for funding.  All documents should be submitted at the time of application.

  • A copy of your governing document, (constitution or Memorandum and Articles of Association)
  • A copy of your most recent accounts, (audited or independently examined)
  • A recent bank statement, (dated within the last three months clearly showing account number and sort code)
  • A copy of your safeguarding policy
  • At least three quotes for any capital items

Closing Dates & Submission Deadlines

The following dates are submission dates and panel dates for 2019.

  • Applications submitted before 18th April 2019 will go to the panel on 1st May 2019
  • Applications submitted after 18th April 2019, but before 15th October 2019 will go to the panel on 29th October 2019
  • Applications submitted after 15th October 2019 will go to the panel in May 2020
How To Apply

To apply for a grant of between £200 and £1,000 please submit an application using our online application facility.  You can attach your supporting documents to the application.

If you are unable to make the application online please call us on 01785 339540 and we can send you a paper application form.

If you need help and support in completing your application please call us and we can assist you.

If you need help with your policies or procedures, or other governance issues, please contact Support Staffordshire on 01785 413160.