Grants

Community Grant Fund logoAs part of our mission to support the local community, Lawley and Overdale Parish Council runs a grant scheme, to help local groups support, entertain, and educate residents of our parish.

We have an annual budget to provide these grants to voluntary groups and charitable organisations operating within, or otherwise benefiting, the parish.

How our grants can help you

We will consider grants for a range of purposes, such as:

  • Purchasing new equipment.
  • Transportation costs for group trips or outings.
  • For training your staff or volunteers.
  • Activities that raise the profile of the area.
  • Running costs of a group that is experiencing a period of hardship.
  • Hosting special events or celebrations.
  • The provision of recreational facilities.
  • Start-up costs for a group or charity.

Who can apply?

Unfortunately, Lawley and Overdale Parish Council cannot consider grant applications from individuals. Grant applications can only be accepted from constituted charitable organisations and voluntary groups.

To be eligible, your group must provide evidence that any grant awarded will be used to benefit the people of Lawley and Overdale Parish. We ask that you provide documentation of this when you apply.

If you have already applied for a grant within the last 12 months, you can’t apply again.

Please download our Grants Policy (.docx, 90 KB) for the full terms and conditions.

How to apply

Download the files below, and have a read through them. If you think that your group or organisation could benefit from a community grant, fill in the grant application form, and send it back to us. Please include all required documentation.

You can email your application to clerk@lawleyoverdale.org.uk. If you’d rather post it to us, you can find our address on the Contact Us page.

Who we’ve helped

This is just a selection of the grants we’ve issued over the years, and how they’ve helped a variety of people in our community. Your group could be next!

S.T.A.B.L.E – Supporting those affected by lifelong epilepsy

The charity provides emotional and often practical support where possible by supporting families and individuals. It also helps to raise awareness of epilepsy and the impact on the lives of everyone involved.

Grant funding from the Parish Council has really helped the group over the past 10 years, from contributing to insurance and running costs, the replacement of the original storage facilities, which had become too small, and support to hold a local event in the community to raise awareness of epilepsy

Home-Start Telford & Wrekin

A non-profit organisation that provides much needed and valued support to young families. Volunteers offer one-to-one assistance with both parents and children, practical help with shopping, attending appointments, as well as providing information and links to other organisations including health and educational services.

Grant funding has helped towards the recruitment and training of volunteers who visit and support vulnerable families in the local area and provide days out.

Hope House Hospice

The charity provides vital support to children and their families through respite care, home care, social work and sibling support. It also offers counselling and bereavement support to families living in Shropshire who have suffered the death of a child regardless of the circumstance.

In 2016/17 grant funding enabled the charity to continue to provide the immense level of care and support to those who need it. Including the purchase of new computer games and DVD’s for children in respite care.

In 2019, funding was awarded to continue to provide nursing care for poorly children and to provide support for their families and siblings.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Parish Council provided funding to the charity to help towards the cost of vital PPE equipment.

Samaritans of Telford

A nationwide charity, with offices based in the local community. The volunteers offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. They provide confidential support 24 hours a day, for those who are experiencing distress and despair. They not only help those who are going through a difficult time but also train others to do the same.

The charity required help with funding to improve their crisis phone service and computers. Building works have also been undertaken to create an open plan office space.

In 2010-2011 granted funding helped purchase new IT equipment and training for volunteers and in 2013 the Parish Council was pleased to fund new lighting equipment and again, training for volunteers.

Telford Gateway Club April 2017

The Club provides sports and leisure activities, along with new experiences for those people aged 18 and over with learning difficulties. Run by volunteers, it enables attendees to enjoy themselves, undertake social activities and excursions, whilst providing valuable respite to for their parents and carers.

Funding from the Parish helped towards transport costs for a club members holiday.

Entourage Street Dance Crew

Formed in 2015 the group consists of children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, providing them with the opportunity to illustrate their creativity and passion of street dance.
The group, two of which live in the Parish, needed help with funding to compete at local, national & international level.

Funding helped to cover flight costs to Germany to compete in the European Champions, where they were crowned the winners and then went on to win the World Street Dance Champions. They later appeared on ITV’s Little Big Shots with Dawn French.

Laura Deighton Dance Company

The local dance school teaches an array of styles from Jazz, Ballet, Tap to musical theatre. Pupils are encouraged to learn and improve their dance techniques, which also has a positive effect on their confidence.

The school holds a show every year, and also takes part in various festivals and local events.
In 2018 the Parish Council was able to financially assist a student who lived in Lawley who had been selected for the English Youth Ballet production of Cinderella.