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Member Awarded Funding

In February 2016 we replaced the previous Community Grant programme with Member Awarded Funding (MAF).

Under this system, councillors are individually responsible for the allocation of their MAF budget to support local community projects and services. In support of this, a number of basic principles have been agreed to provide a transparent, accountable, consistent and legal process to be followed by all.

Voluntary/local community groups, social enterprise organisations, town and parish councils can apply for funding before 31 March 2018 for the 2017/18 financial year.


Contact your local councillor to discuss your proposal and to request an application form.

Read the Principles and Processes policy document for more information.


Important change

If your organisation has previously not been able to apply for MAF, as the principles and processes of the MAF scheme restricted councillors from awarding funds to groups (such as parish and town councils) on which they had a formal role, or on whose management committee they sat, then you will be pleased to note that we have made a change to the principles and processes to enable this. However, councillors will still have to ensure that their decisions are in accordance with the councillors code of conduct.



MAF can be used in the following ways

  • to secure delivery of additional council services or services from other public sector organisations during the year
  • as a contribution to or as match funding to local projects
  • as a grant to voluntary, community or social enterprise groups or town or parish councils.

For this financial year 2017/18, each councillor has a budget of £3,000. The minimum level of award is £250.

Councillors can opt to manage their MAF budget by:

  • awarding all their annual MAF budget to one project
  • dividing it amongst a number of projects
  • combining their MAF budgets to give greater support to a particular project in a given year

The Frequently Asked Questions document provides more information and is regularly updated.


To enable us to communicate with you and process payments please submit your organisation’s details using our online registration form. You only need to register once and you can update your organisation’s registration details at any time.

Registration can be completed at any point but must be finalised prior to the award of payment to successful applicants.

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

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

Town and parish councils, public bodies, registered charities and South Gloucestershire Council services are deemed to be automatically approved for registration purposes unless specifically identified as not meeting appropriate standards of financial stability and probity.

For more information please see our Registration Guidance.

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We publish all grant awards over £500 as part of 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. It makes it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services. We have published our payment data for Community Grants, New Homes Bonus and Positive Activities Subsidy for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Member awards will be published in Community Grant Open Data 2016/17.

Help and support

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

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