The highly popular ward budget scheme gives each of the boroughs wards their own budget to spend on local projects.
Since commencing in September 2011, each of the 22 wards have shared a total £1.1m budget to make a difference in a local area and has given residents an opportunity to influence how their local priorities are supported.
Grants can be paid to constituted groups or organisations with a dedicated bank account but not to private individuals.
Any direct grant award must be spent within 6 months on the items agreed in the proposal and terms and conditions and proof of purchase, along with accompanying receipts must be provided.
What ward budgets can fund:
supporting a local scout/guides group for a specific activity
supporting a community event such as summer or Christmas fetes
repairs and renewals of community facilities
purchasing new street signs or furniture
Ward budgets may be used for match funding.
Ward budgets can be used for either capital or a revenue proposal, as long as this does not commit the council to future funding or maintenance.
What ward budgets cannot fund:
a specific individual or small group of people
the mainstream activities of a commercial or voluntary sector organisation
anything that could adversely affect the environment or community within the ward
retrospective applications, for example you can not purchase equipment or equivalent and then submit an application for funding