Our Happy Place Community Grants

Summary of the Grant Scheme

£25,000 is now available to match fund community projects to benefit people in the Worcester city wards of Warndon, Gorse Hill and Rainbow Hill. People are encouraged to give time, expertise and resources towards the projects they identify in their local areas. The Our Happy Place (OHP) Community Grant will match these pound for pound (up to a maximum of £2,000), helping to stimulate local action towards meeting community needs. 

Am I eligible to apply for an OHP Community Grant?

To be eligible to apply to receive an OHP Community Grant you must satisfy all the following criteria:

  • You must be a community or voluntary group or organisation or charitable organisation (members of the group applying must be 13 years of age or older). The grant is not available to individuals so if you have an idea for a project you must form a group to apply for funding. You will need to create a set of rules which all members of your group agree to abide by. This is called a Terms of Reference.  For some useful advice on how to set up a project, please visit the My Community Starter website: http://www.mycommunitystarter.co.uk/aboutthiswebsite.htm
  • Your project must target benefits towards people who live within the Worcester city wards of Warndon, Gorse Hill and Rainbow Hill. Every project funded by a grant must respond to a need.  Need is the term used to describe a problem or issue, or situation where something needs to change to make things better for a person, group of people or environment. The Big Lottery Fund has a useful webpage on ‘Identifying need' here: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/funding-guidance/applying-for-funding/identifying-need
  • Your project must be completed by 31 August 2017.
  • You must be able to commit a match funding amount to the project. This means that every £1 applied for in grant funding must be matched by a matching amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time).
  • You must be applying for project funding. A project is a discrete piece of work that will make a difference.  We can fund new or existing projects. You can make more than one application at any one time, but each application must be for a different project.
  • Your project must address and deliver on one or both of the following outcomes
    • To connect more  people to opportunities in the areas of learning, skills, training and employment
    • To empower individuals, groups and organisations with capacity and skills to enable them to better identify their needs and play a fuller part in contributing to their own well being and development.
  • The Big Lottery Fund has a useful webpage about ‘aims and outcomes' which you can find here: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/funding-guidance/applying-for-funding/aims-and-outcomes
  • You must be able to provide a project evaluation at the end of your project by completing and returning the ‘end of project report form' which can be found on the Worcester City Council website or can be sent to you on request. The Big Lottery has a useful page on ‘Tracking progress' which you can find here: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/funding-guidance/applying-for-funding/tracking-project-progress

How do I apply for the OHP Community Grant?

You can apply for the OHP Community Grant at anytime up until 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

Please fill in an application form and return to:

By post to:

Val Lazenby
Worcester City Council
The Guildhall

By email to: val.lazenby@worcester.gov.uk

You will receive an email, phone call or letter to confirm receipt of your application.

If you have any further questions please contact Val Lazenby on val.lazenby@worcester.gov.uk or 01905 722314.