The Community Assets & Facilities Fund is for capital developments, and is designed to help communities create and maintain the community assets and facilities needed to meaningfully participate in community life. We want to look at projects that are designed to help the wider community – for example, these can include new buildings, major renovations, playgrounds and skate parks.
If you have a community asset that needs to be built, developed or maintained, and you’re looking for between $30,000 – $250,000 this is the fund to apply to. Before applying to this fund, we recommend that you pick up the phone and give us a call so we can work out what the best way forward will be.
Once we’ve had a conversation about your project, applying for funding is a two-step process, starting with submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for review. From here, you will either be invited to complete an application form, or your Expression of Interest will be declined.
If your Expression of Interest is accepted, you’ll need to complete an application, which will go into more detail about your project. Once your application has been presented to the Board, it will either be accepted or declined.
We will have two application rounds each year, and the funding is contestable, so you’ll be competing with others to get your funding.
When can I apply in 2019?
Before applying for funding under this fund, please contact us to check that this is the right fit for your project, by calling us free on: 0800 878 720 or emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expressions of Interest for the Community Assets & Facilities Fund will be considered in May and November each year. The closing dates for EOIs are 30 May and 30 November.
To apply for funding, you’ll need to show that your project:
- Aligns with ECCT’s vision for community facilities, which:
- Encourages and enables community participation
- Supports access to services
- Supports connection with the community
- Is fit for purpose
- Has a demonstrated need
- Is located where communities need them
- Has the right management processes in place
- Is affordable and sustainable
If you think your project meets these criteria, give us a call.
Step 1 – Expression of Interest
Once we’ve had a conversation about your project, applying for funding is a two-step process, starting with submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). At this stage, we don’t need your full project plan.
Once we have considered your EOI, you will either be invited to complete an application form, or your EOI will be declined.
Step 2 – Application
If your EOI is accepted, then you’ll need to complete an application, which will go into more detail about your project. You’ll work with our Community Advisors to prepare all the documentation needed for consideration of your project. Once your application has been presented to the Board, it will either be accepted or declined.
The size of the grant will depend on the project size, potential use and reach in your community, and its alignment with our investment principles. In some cases, a two-stage application process may be used. This means you can apply to us for feasibility, planning, design, and construction activities, and payments may be split across these stages.
You can also apply at any stage of your project, and we have a helpful diagram so you can work out where you are in your project lifecycle.
Please note: we are unlikely to fully fund a project by ourselves. We may ask if you have other funders lined up, and how much you will be putting towards a project yourselves.
Eastern & Central Community Trust will not provide funding for earthquake strengthening or retrospective expenses.
How do you know if you’re on the right track with your project?
You can find the checklists that Eastern & Central Community Trust uses when looking at CAFF EOIs and applications here.