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Area Wide Grants

The Area Wide Grants (AWG) Scheme 2017/18 is now closed to applications.

The budget of £140,000 for the year 2017/18 will be allocated in accordance with the timetable set out below.

Action September to December 2017 October to January 2018 November to February 2018
AWG subgroup meeting 09/11/2017 18/12/2017 17/01/2018
Organisations notified of award decisions week commencing 15/12/2017 26/01/2018 22/02/2018
Project monitoring November / December 2018 December / January 2019 January / February 2019


On 29 March 2017 the Environment and Community Services Committee (ECS) resolved to adopt arrangements and procedures for Area Wide Grants. For information see the Committee papers.

Following the move by South Gloucestershire Council to a cabinet form of governance, the decision on the award of each grant will be determined by the Executive Member for Communities and Tourism.

View the decision paper on the agreed procedures for Area Wide Grants.

A member subgroup whose membership gives political and geographical spread will be reviewing AWG applications and making recommendations to the Executive Member for Communities and Tourism.

Applicant organisations will be given the option to attend this subgroup meeting to give a short presentation in support of their project.

Area Wide Grants process


In support of the Area Wide Grant programme, a number of general principles have been agreed to provide a transparent, accountable, consistent and legal process.

Area Wide Grants can be applied for to support community projects or services that cover a wider area of South Gloucestershire than Member Awarded Funding .

There is a general principle that applications should directly meet the needs of residents of at least 6 of the 14 Community Engagement Forum (CEF) areas or the equivalent in ward areas.

As a guide, the maximum award is £3,000, but flexibility has been given both for exceptional circumstances and budget availability.

Read the Principles for Area Wide Grants and Terms and Conditions  and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


All organisations must be registered to the grants online system and have the registration approved prior to making an application.

You only need to register once and you can update your organisation’s registration details at any time.

If your organisation is already registered you should check that the details are correct and the policy documents and accounts are up to date.

It is a condition of South Gloucestershire Council that all organisations must supply the following documents:

  • constitution or governing document
  • equality and diversity policy
  • safeguarding policy
  • copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts.

For more information please see our Registration guidance.

Register or login



We publish all grant awards to meet our obligations under the Local Government Transparency Code. This code is issued to meet the government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

We have published our payment data made through the following schemes, Community Grants, New Homes Bonus, Positive Activities Subsidy and Three Year Grants since 2013. Awards made under Member Awarded Funding have been published since its launch in 2016, and future awards made under the new Area Wide Grant will also be featured. All award data is available on the Open Data webpage.

Help and support

The Grants Helpline, 01454 865865, is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or you can email queries to .

We are holding a grants advice session on 14 February 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at our Badminton Road office, Yate, Bristol BS37 5AF. To book an appointment, contact the Grants Team at or call 01454 865865.

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