Are you eligible?
WHO CAN APPLY
WREN can accept applications from the following types or organisations:
- A Registered Charity which operates a community facility
- A Church or Parochial Church Council
- A Parish or Town Council or a Management Committee or User Association acting on behalf of a Parish or Town Council
- A Local Authority
- A CASC Registered Sports Club
If you are not one of the above organisation types, you may still be able apply for funding if you are able to be Secondary applicant with a Parish Council, Local Authority or Charity which has an involvement in your project site. You must discuss this with WREN prior to application.
Please note the project site must be owned, leased or under appropriate management agreement by either the Applicant organisation or secondary Applicant organisation.
WHAT WE FUND
The FCC Community Action Fund supports projects sited at the following types of public amenities:
- Village Halls and Community Centres
- Public Play Areas
- Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
- Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
- Churches – community spaces only
- Nature Reserves
- Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
All projects must be located within WREN operating areas (click here to check)
Be available to the general public
Examples of projects eligible for funding under category D:
- Replacement doors and windows in village hall or community centre;
- Provision of children’s play equipment in public open space;
- Construction of footpaths and cycleways in a public park;
- Providing all weather play surface for MUGA (multi use games area);
- Dipping platform and all weather paths at a local nature reserves
- Provision of Skate Park.
Costs which may be included when applying for WREN funding include:
- Capital items
- The cost of small items of equipment used by volunteers and staff to deliver the project
- Architect or design fees up to a maximum of 5% of the WREN funding request.
Whatever type of project you are applying to WREN for it is important that we are able to assess specific and measurable project outcomes to show how your project will make a difference.
Day to day management and running costs, together with routine maintenance costs will not be funded.
What we cannot fund:
WREN is unable to fund the following:
- Projects which have already started
- Purchase of land
- Revenue or salary costs of staff including training and travel costs
- Purchase or lease of vehicles
- Construction of new buildings or extensions to existing buildings (see below for guidance)
- Any work relating to car parks
- Projects located at leisure centres, swimming pools or sports facilities that are owned and managed by a Local Authority
- Projects located within schools or on school grounds
- Scout Halls and other uniformed group HQs where there is no evidence of wider community use
- Any works to public highways, roads (either on or off project site, adopted or un-adopted) pavements beside highways, roundabouts. This does not include recreational footpaths, bridle paths or cycle ways.
- Litter bins, dog bins and lampposts
- Projects involving Membership-only organisations where the general public (i.e. non members) are unable to use the facilities
- Village or town centre enhancements such as walkways, street works or signage
- Projects in hospital grounds, hospices, day care centres, residential homes or sheltered accommodation
- Projects to provide or enhance overnight accommodation or residential areas of any amenity
- War Memorials that do not have full public access or are not located within a public park
Community building/extension projects:
WREN is unable to accept applications for funding towards the fabric of any new build and/or extension projects. This list includes but is not limited to:
- bricks and mortar,
- the provision of any mains supplies, (water, gas, electricity, oil) to the building.
WREN will consider applications for funding for the internal fittings of a new building or extension, but you should demonstrate that you have the build costs secured. The list of internal finishes includes:
- floor coverings
- renewable energy technology e.g. ground source heat pump, photovoltaic panels
You should note that if you wish to apply for the Government’s Feed in Tariff in respect of energy generating technology WREN will not fund that aspect of your project.
WREN is still able to award funding towards the refurbishment of an existing community building.
If you need help with your project; you want to see if it is eligible, or are not sure if WREN funding is suitable, please contact WREN House on 01953 717165 where you can obtain advice and guidance.