Grant Funding Programmes

The Council operates two grant schemes, details of which appear below. The objective of the Small Grants Scheme is to support and encourage a diverse range of community and youth activities, initiatives and events that meet the needs of the Nelson parish residents. We provide the small grants to organisations up to the maximum sum of £1,000. 

The Ward Initiative funding programme is designed to allocate funding to each ward within the Nelson Town Council boundary via the ward Councillor. Each of the six wards has a budget of £1,000 set aside for small grants to for improvements within the ward. Councillors may also help fund additional activities for voluntary and community groups that do not fit the small grants criteria.

As our grant funding programmes are often over subscribed, we recommend that applicants explore as many other funding opportunities as possible, to ensure that we can support as many groups and projects as possible.  


 The Small Grants Scheme

Grant aid, up to a maximum of £1,000 is available to organisations, groups and, in the right circumstances, individuals for the following purposes:

* Capital cost of new or improved facilities or equipment

*  Funding towards a public service

* Support towards a specific community event

* Improving the environment

* Enhancing the quality of life

Applicants must ensure that they are a constituted group and must meet the criteria before submitting the application. Further details can be found on the small grants application form below. 

Please use the link below to download the application form.

Small Grant Application Form
Small Grant Application Form (MS Word)

 Ward Initiative Funding 

Each of the six Nelson Town Council wards has an allocation of £1,000 for their Ward Initiative. The funding programme is designed to make improvements within the ward. Funding from this budget can cover a range of additional provisions such as benches, litter bins, landscaping or tidying up of communal land or providing flowerbed. 

Applications will be considered from individuals, groups and organisations who meet the grant criteria. If you have a project that requires funding and meets the criteria then please contact your local ward Town Councillor in the first instance. If the Councillor is able to support the project, then he/she must ensure that support is given to the application from the other ward councillors who are required to sign the application in order for it to be considered and processed. 

Please use the link below to download the application form.

Ward Initiative Funding Application Form PDF
Ward Initiative Funding Application Form (MS Word) 

Organisations or persons applying for any form of grant should be aware that they will be expected to attend the meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee considering the application. The Finance and General Purposes committee meet on a monthly basis and have delegated authority to make a decision of the level of grant awarded to each applicant. The grants are awarded at the discretion of the committee who may also recommend to full Council to award a higher grant exceeding the threshold in exceptional circumstance only. 

All of the relevant necessary forms and supporting documentations is to be submitted to the Town Clerk at least 10 days prior to each committee meeting. 

Organisations that benefited from the Town Council's Small Grants programme include:

  • The Royal British Legion
  • The Dementia Association
  • Friends of Nelson Station
  • Southfield Residents Association
  • Hodge House Residents
  • The Salvation Army
  • Nelson Brass Band
  • Nelson Football Club