Member Awarded Funding
The Member Awarded Funding scheme is currently closed to applications until after the results of Council elections in May 2019.
Who can apply?
Local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and town and parish councils can apply to South Gloucestershire councillors for funding for local projects, events and services.
Help and advice
The Grants Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, 01454 865865.
Alternatively you can email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can book an appointment to speak to a Grants Support Officer at the Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, BS37 5AF. We can advise on
- how to register your group online
- how to apply to your local councillor(s)
- how to fill in an application form
MAF can be used to
- as a grant to voluntary, community or social enterprise groups or town or parish councils.
- as a contribution to or as match funding to local projects
- secure delivery of additional council services or services from other public sector organisations during the year
Councillors are individually responsible for allocating their MAF budget to local community projects and services. Councillors can spend their MAF budget by
- awarding all their annual MAF budget to one project
- dividing it amongst a number of projects
- combining their MAF budget with other councillors to give greater support to a particular project in a given year.
Each councillor has a budget of £3,000 and their budget balances are regularly updated. The minimum award is £250.
Under the MAF 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.
To enable us to communicate with you and process payments you must 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, but must still register their details and supporting documents online.
For more information please see our Registration Guidance.
Grants Annual Reports
For information on how the scheme is working, how the funding is being spent and what it is achieving for our communities, please read the MAF/AWG Annual Report 2017/18 and Member Awarded Funding (MAF) Annual Report 2016/17.
An example of a project that recently benefitted from a Member Award is available as a case study.
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 awards made under the Area Wide Grant scheme have been published since December 2017. All award data is published on the Open Data webpage.
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