Community Grants

Community Grants are available to independent and not-for-profit organisations working for the benefit of local communities in North Hertfordshire.

The Community Engagement team work with residents and other appropriate organisations to identify and respond to issues that promote the development and enhancement of community wellbeing. They improve the ability of people to participate in the work and enjoyment of voluntary groups and activities.

How grants are allocated

The allocation of community grants is decided on by the District Councillors in the town where the project takes place.

These decisions happen at the appropriate Area Committee. Each Area Committee meets four times a year.

If you would like more detailed information on Area Committees, visit the Council Constitution page and select the PDF titled ‘Section 9: Area Committees’.

How to apply

First, decide what kind of grant you are applying for:

  • Community Grant – for local projects that benefit an area of North Hertfordshire
  • District Wide Community Grant – for projects that benefit the community across North Hertfordshire.
  • Community Facility Capital Grant – to improve Community Centres, Village Halls and buildings that the local community use.
  1. Read through the criteria outlined at the foot of this page.
  2. If you think that your project might fit the criteria, download a grant application form which can be found at the foot of this page.
  3. Complete it in Microsoft Word.
  4. Gather any relevant supporting documentation e.g. Accounts, Business Plans, Constitution, Quotes, Safeguarding Policies.
  5. Email your application with copies of your supporting documents to:


Pre-applications must be submitted by the pre-grant application deadline (found on the table below.) This is for anyone who needs support with completing the application or isn’t sure whether their application fits with the relevant grant criteria.

You can complete the application form as much as possible and email it to We will advise on what else needs to be completed or supplied by the grant deadline.

Submitting your application

  • Applications with all necessary supporting documentation must be emailed by midnight on the grant deadline date.
  • Applications must be submitted on the application form provided on the web page and be emailed as a readable Microsoft Word Document (not PDF). No other version will be accepted.
  • Handwritten forms will not be accepted unless under exceptional circumstances by prior arrangement.
  • Incomplete applications after this date will go into the pre-application process for the next meeting round.

Grant assessment

Members of the Policy and Community Engagement team will meet to assess each application on its merits against the Grant Criteria agreed by Cabinet in January 2020.

If the application meets the criteria, it will be put forward for consideration to the relevant Committee or Panel meeting.

Grant deadlines 2020/21

Community grant deadlines

Pre Grant Application Deadline



Grant Assessment meeting


Committee Meetings

13 April 2020

3 May 2020

6 May 2020

June/July 2020

27 July 2020

23 August 2020

26 August 2020

September/October 2020

5 October 2020

26 October 2020

28 October 2020

December 2020

25 January 2021

15 February 2021

17 February 2021

March 2021



Telephone: 01462 474000 and ask to speak to the Community Engagement Team.

We encourage all applicants to apply online where at all possible to save on the amount of paper used.