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Area Wide Grants

The Area Wide Grant scheme is open for applications.


The timetable for processing 2019/2020 awards for applicant voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and town and parish councils is set out below.

 Action  First Round  Second Round
Closing date for applications 8 May 2019 tbc
AWG subgroup meeting 4 July 2019 tbc
Decision taken by Executive Member for Communities and Tourism 5 Aug 2019 tbc
Organisations notified of award decisions in week commencing 5 Aug 2019 tbc

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.

All organisations must complete registration details online and have these approved prior to application. For more information please scroll down the page and refer to our Registration guidance.

Once your organisation has met the registration requirements you can contact to request an AWG application form and guidance.

As a guide, the maximum level of award should be £3,000 with flexibility for both exceptional circumstances and budget availability.

Please refer to the Principles for Area Wide Grants and Terms and Conditions  and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


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.

Case Study

An example of a project that recently benefitted from an Area Wide Grant is available as a case study.


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 October 2016 and awards made under the Area Wide Grant scheme have been published since December 2017. 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 .

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. 



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