High Wycombe town community facilities grants criteria


Community Facilities grants are awarded to not-for-profit voluntary and community sector groups based and operating in one of the unparished Wards of High Wycombe. The maximum award is £10,000.

Grants are capital monies awarded for one-off projects, for the purpose of improving or upgrading a community facility. Applicants must provide proof that they are offering a service to their local communities which will be of direct benefit to residents living in the unparished wards of High Wycombe.

Evidence must also be provided to show that a grant will provide value for money in terms of what can be achieved for residents.

Main Criteria

The project must meet at least one of the Council's 2020 to 2025 priorities. The Council has identified four key priority areas against which all applications will be assessed.

No group is expected to meet every priority; however, there may a strong synergy between the priorities and actions in one area that may contribute to the delivery of more than one priority.

For a facilities grant, 50% of the cost of works must be match-funded up to a maximum of £10,000. The applicant must provide proof of matched funding. A facilities grant will normally be based on the lowest of three quotations, copies to be provided with the application form.

The council's key priorities are:

  • increasing prosperity
  • strengthening our communities
  • improving our environment
  • protecting the vulnerable

For further information on Buckinghamshire Council’s priorities, see our Corporate Plan for 2020 to 2025.

Examples of Successful Applications

Examples of the type of application which would meet the criteria are listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list:

  • improving or updating toilets
  • refurbishing sports facilities, for example a shower block
  • refurbishing a kitchen
  • building maintenance
  • renewing a floor
  • re-decorating

Typically, we award funding to:

  • constituted voluntary-led organisations with charitable aims
  • registered charities
  • charitable incorporated organisations (CIO)
  • social enterprises
  • community interest companies (CIC)
  • companies limited by guarantee that have charitable aims
  • membership groups

Grant terms and conditions


The small size of most voluntary and community groups means that they are reliant on grants and donations to deliver their project. It is essential that applicants provide evidence with their applications that there is a need for a grant and that the activity for which funding is required will not go ahead without it.

Application forms must be signed by an officer of the applying organisation e.g. Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer.

Grants may be applied for at any time during the year. However, the grant fund has a finite budget and grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis. Decisions will be made within 6 weeks of receipt of applications.

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Alternatively, applicants can request the application form and criteria from: [email protected].

If you are unhappy with our decision

There is no right of appeal on decisions. This applies at all stages during the application, due diligence and decision-making processes.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application, you can make a complaint.

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