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Area Wide Grants

The Area Wide Grant scheme 2022/23 is open for applications. See the timetable below for processing Round 2 applications.

The budget this year is £70,000. As a general principle, awards up to £3,000 can be made 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.

Applicants must demonstrate how projects or services contribute to the priorities and aims within the Council Plan 2020-24. Projects that could be eligible for funding include those that help mitigate some of the effects of the pandemic, including projects that reduce isolation and exclusion, events that bring communities together, activities that promote health and well-being or services that address a particular community need.

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


The timetable for processing AWG 2021/22 applications is shown in the table below.

Stage in AWG 2021/22 process         Round 1   Round 2
Closing date for applications 9 May 2022   October 2022
Sub-group meeting date 15 June 2022   January 2023
Organisations notified of award decisions w/c 1 August 2022   March 2023


Area Wide Grants process

Help and support

Contact the Grants Helpline, 01454 865865, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or 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 complete registration details online and have these approved prior to application. For more information read our Registration guidance below.


Register or login

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 before requesting an application form.

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 about what you need to apply see our registration guidance.

See our grants privacy notice to find out more about how we use your data.


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 subgroup whose membership gives political and geographical spread will review AWG applications twice a year and make recommendations to the Executive Member for Public Health and Equality of Opportunity who has responsibility to determine the final decision.


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 in the Annual Report:

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