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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.

You can Contact your local councillor to discuss your project proposal and to request an application form.


Help and support

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

We are also providing opportunities for 1 to 1 support on how to apply to the scheme. You can call or email the Grants Helpline to book a 30 minute appointment at our Badminton Road office in Yate, BS37 5AF. Appointments are available between 1pm and 3.30pm on the following dates:

  • Monday 24th June 2019
  • Monday 8th July 2019
  • Wednesday 24th July 2019

We can advise on:

  • how to apply to your local councillor(s)
  • how to fill in an application form
  • how to register your group (scroll down for more details).

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.

Steps in the process are shown in the MAF Process flow diagram

MAF can be used in a number of ways:

  • as a grant to voluntary, community or social enterprise groups 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.

Councillors are individually responsible for allocating their MAF budget to local community projects and services 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.

Each councillor has a budget of £3,000 to spend on projects that benefit residents in their wards. The minimum award is £250. Records of Members’ Budget balances are regularly updated for reference.

For information you can read the Frequently Asked Questions.


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
  • copy of the organisation’s most recent financial accounts.

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.

Register or login

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


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