Chelmsford City Council

Community funding scheme

This scheme is available to voluntary or community organisations who work for the benefit of Chelmsford residents. It has three parts and each have different eligibility criteria, depending on if you need the money for revenue or capital costs.

Revenue costs are ongoing costs that you have to pay as a normal part of providing your project. Capital costs are large one-off investments, such as to improve buildings or buy equipment.

Discretionary Fund Grant

This scheme is open to applications once a year, in October. You can apply for revenue funding up to £10,000.

If you apply outside of the October window, we will forward your application to Chelmsford CVS, who can direct you to alternative funding opportunities.

For advice on the discretionary fund, you can contact the CVS on 01245 351888.

Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Grant in unparished wards

This scheme is open to applications all year round. You can apply for capital funding for community infrastructure projects located in Chelmsford’s nine un-parished wards.

Greener Chelmsford Grant

This scheme is open to applications all year round. You can apply for capital funding for ecological and green initiatives.

The total pot of money available in this scheme is £100,000.


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We will allocate funding to projects that contribute to the themes from our Corporate Plan:

  • Fairer and inclusive
  • Greener and safer place
  • Healthy, active and enjoyable lives
  • Connected Chelmsford

Funding for the Greener Chelmsford Grants must also align with one of the four themes in the Greener Chelmsford Grant Guidance Notes.

We will not grant funds for projects that have already happened or that promote a particular religious or political belief.

If you have any queries relating to the criteria or grants policy, you can contact us.

How to apply

You need to read the eligibility criteria before you apply. You also need to confirm your eligibility as part of the application process and confirm that you accept our Terms and Conditions.

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The Discretionary Grant Fund is only open in October. We award grants in March each year, which you can use in the coming financial year (April to March).

For the other two schemes, the timescales depend on how much you are applying for.

If you are applying for less than £10,000, we will review your application and officers will make a recommendation to the Community Funding Panel. We will then tell you the outcome of your application.

If you are requesting funding over £10,000, the Community Funding Panel will review your application. The Panel will then make recommendations to Cabinet for a final decision.

If you submit an application between:

  • 1 April and 30 September, Cabinet will discuss your application in the following March
  • 1 October and 31 March, Cabinet will discuss your application in the following September

For awards of £10,000 or more, you may also need to submit further information to support your application.

Unparished wards

The un-parished wards are:

Past grants

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