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Area Wide Grants

The Area Wide Grant scheme 2020/21, Round 2, is open for applications and £50,376 is available to allocate. As a general principle, the maximum level of award will be £3,000 with flexibility for both exceptional circumstances and budget availability.

Local voluntary, community, social enterprise organisations and town and parish councils can apply for funding for projects, events and services that benefit the residents of South Gloucestershire in at least 6 of the 14 Community Engagement Forum (CEF) areas as illustrated on the CEF map.

Examples of projects that have already benefitted from an Area Wide Grant are available as case studies under the download section of this page.

All organisations must complete registration details online and have these approved prior to application. For more information read our Registration guidance below.


The closing date for the first round of applications has passed and decisions on awards have been published. the deadline for Round 2 applications is 23 October 2020.

Stage in AWG process Round 1 Round 2
Closing date for applications 30/04/2020 23/10/2020
Sub-group meeting 23/06/2020 07/01/2021
Organisations notified of award decisions in week commencing 03/08/2020 15/03/2021


Area Wide Grants process

Help and support

Contact the Grants Helpline, 01454 865865, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, to request an AWG Application form and Guidance, or you can email your query to


In support of the Area Wide Grant programme, a number of Principles for Area Wide Grants have been agreed to provide a transparent, accountable, consistent and legal process to be adhered to.

See 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, 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 refer to our Registration guidance.

Register or login


On 29 March 2017 the Environment and Community Services Committee (ECS) resolved to adopt arrangements and procedures for Area Wide Grants. For reference you can view the decision paper on the agreed procedures for Area Wide Grants.

A member subgroup whose membership gives political and geographical spread will review AWG applications and make recommendations to the Executive Member for Communities who has responsibility to determine the final decision.

The sub-group is convened twice a year and applicant organisations are invited to attend to provide a short statement in support of their project.


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.

Grants Annual Reports

You can find information on how the scheme is working, how the funding is being spent and what it is achieving for our communities, by reading the following:



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