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Member Awarded Funding

Local voluntary community groups, social enterprise organisations and town and parish councils can apply to South Gloucestershire councillors for funding for their local projects, events and services.

Contact your local councillor to discuss your proposal and to request an application form and guidance on how to complete this.

Advice sessions

We are holding advice sessions for representatives of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and town and parish councils to meet with a grant officer to get help and advice on the process for Member Awarded Funding (MAF), including,

  • How to register your group online
  • How to apply to your councillor(s)
  • How to fill in an application form.

To book an appointment at one of our advice sessions, contact the Grants Team, or 01454 865865.

Date Time
Wednesday 1 November 2017 4pm to 7pm
Monday 6 November 2017 10am to 1:30pm
Friday 10 November 2017 9am to 3pm

The sessions will take place at the Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol BS37 5AF.


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.

Read the Principles and Processes policy document and Terms and Conditions for more information.


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.

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. All award data is published on the Open Data webpage.

Help and support

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

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