Small Grants Information & Application

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Small Grant Funding for local community projects

What is Section 137 funding?

Section 137 refers to the Local Government Act 1972, which ‘empowers Local Councils have the power to spend up to a prescribed amount in any one year for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area or part of them.’

In order to ensure that several organisations may benefit from this fund in any one year, Whiston Town Council may consider applications up to a maximum up to £500.00 per organisation per year.

Who can apply?

Section 137 is open to any community, voluntary, charitable or non-profit making organisation based in Whiston or predominantly serving the Whiston community.  Organisations must be:

  • Properly Constituted
  • Have a bank account with at least two signatories

What can I apply for?

You can apply for funding which can be used for a range of projects (both events or equipment) that will make a positive impact in your community.

Examples of previously successful bids are:

  • Luncheon Clubs in Whiston providing Christmas Dinner
  • Supported Healthy Living Promotion with local park friends group
  • MALS – To help support carers
  • Nature project – local allotments

How will the application be assessed?

Each bid will be assessed on its merits and the application must evidence:

  • A clear rationale and evidence of need
  • How the proposal adds value to the community
  • What benefits the project will deliver

We will look favourably on bids that can show evidence of securing additional fundraising or in-kind support.

What happens after I submit an application?

If you are successful we will pay you by BACS, which you should receive within 1 day of the payment being raised.  You are required to acknowledge the Council as a funder of your project by displaying our logo on any of your promotional materials. You may not submit another bid to Section 137 for the same project within the same financial year. Please contact us if you are unsure whether this applies to you.

If you are unsuccessful we will tell you why we are unable to fund your project. You are welcome to re-submit another bid into the fund.

Receipts / evidence of expenditure

As of May 2023, all successful applicants will be required to provide receipts / evidence of expenditure.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

For general queries about Section 137 please contact the Town Clerk on 0151 430 7200 or