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WHAT IS THE WATFORD CHARITY SUPPORT GRANT?

 

Watford Borough Council has partnered with Watford & Three Rivers Trust (W3RT) to deliver a programme of support and grants to Watford-based charities that have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, and would benefit from targeted support to help them resume, develop and improve their operations.

 

For charities who meet the application requirements, the programme will include:

  • One to one support from a W3RT adviser.

  • Assistance in identifying where actions can be taken to help improve business performance, including how grant funding can be used to resume and develop operations.

  • The opportunity to apply for grant funding to help support recovery, including specialist consultancy advice, accessing training or purchasing new equipment and software to improve operations.

  • Onward referral to other sources of support relevant to organisation needs.

Who can apply?

A charity can apply if it meets the following criteria:

  • It is based in Watford.

  • It is formally constituted, i.e. registered charity, CIC, company limited by guarantee or social enterprise.

  • It has been impacted by COVID-19.

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Photocaption: Bob Jones, CEO of W3RT with Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Holder for Community, Cllr Aga Dychton

How much is the grant worth?

  • Charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

What can the grant be spent on?

 

  • Grants are primarily to fund specialist consultancy, training, equipment and tools to improve efficiency of operations, e.g. software, and improve premises, to help your charity resume and recover.

  • A full list of what is and isn't eligible spend can be found on the W3RT website.

How long does the programme run for?

  • The programme will close on 31 March 2022

  • Watford Borough Council has allocated £97,500 in grant money.  The grant element of the programme will close when all of the grant monies have been awarded.  This may be sooner than 31 March 2022.

Who decides whether the grant is awarded?

The application and decision making process is described in full on the W3RT website.

 

All grant applicants will benefit from one-to-one advice and support regardless of the outcome of their application.

Why should I apply?

If your charity has been adversely affected by the pandemic, this grant could help pay for specialist expertise, training, equipment and tools to resume, develop or improve your operations, and recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Even if your charity is not awarded a grant, applying to the programme will still allow you to access expert advice and be directed to other sources of support and funding, to help your charity recover.

What are the benefits?

All applicants will benefit from free advice and support from the experts at W3RT.  If your application for a grant is successful, your business can be awarded up to £5,000 to be spent on specialist consultancy services, training, equipment and tools.

How does the application process work?

If you are interested in applying to the grant scheme you must register your interest by completing a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form via the link below.

Your form will then be checked through by our partners at W3RT who you will contact you to determine your eligibility for advice, support and a grant.

You will be supported through the application process by W3RT specialists, making it as quick, simple and easy as possible for you.