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.
In addition, Councillors have agreed to temporarily modify the principles of the Member Awarded Funding (MAF) scheme in order to support the work of Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups during the current health pandemic.
How to apply
To apply for MAF you can contact your local councillor to discuss your project proposal and to request an application form.
How MAF can be used
MAF can be used in a number of ways:
- as a grant to voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations or town or parish councils
- 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 Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups supporting vulnerable residents
Councillors are individually responsible for allocating their MAF budget and can:
- award all their annual MAF budget to one project
- divide it amongst a number of projects
- combine their MAF budget with other councillors to give greater support to a particular project in a given year
Help and support
We are also offering Grants Advice appointments where we can schedule a convenient time to call you for a telephone advice appointment of approx. 30 minutes to talk about your project plans and how to register online; call 01454 865865 to book.
MAF Principles and Process
In support of the scheme, 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 for information on the minimum and maximum levels of award, restrictions and exclusions and when payments are made.
The steps in the process are shown in the MAF Process flow diagram.
The MAF principles have temporarily been varied, but only for Mutual Aid Groups (MAGs) set up to assist residents during the Covid-19 pandemic as follows.
The requirement for Mutual Aid Groups to register with the online grants system is removed as a temporary measure. They will instead be required to have their contact details and service provision published on the council’s Community Aid Directory
To submit details of your group, online forms are available on the Community Aid @South Glos page.
To provide financial safeguards, Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups will be required to partner with another organisation already known to the council and registered to the grants online system. This might be for example a Town or Parish Council or voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE) organisation. Payment of awards to Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups will be made to bank accounts of the partner organisations.
If you are a new Mutual Aid Group applying for support, refer to the section above on the variation to MAF Principles for Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups.
For all other applicants, 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. This can be completed at any point but must be completed prior to the payment of award 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
- financial accounts for the most recent reporting year
Town and parish councils, public bodies, registered charities and South Gloucestershire Council services are deemed to be automatically approved, unless specifically identified as not meeting appropriate standards of financial stability and probity, but must still provide full details and supporting documents.
For more information please see our Registration Guidance.
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:
- MAF/AWG Annual report 2019/20
- MAF/AWG Annual report 2018/19
- MAF/AWG Annual Report 2017/18
- Member Awarded Funding (MAF) Annual Report 2016/17
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. VE Day payments are also included. All award data is published on the Open Data webpage.
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