In order to reflect the aspirations set out in the new Hertsmere Vision Document, Driving Better Futures, our Community Grants scheme for 2023/24 will support our aims that 'Hertsmere has a Strong Identity' and that 'Hertsmere is Inclusive, Equitable and Just'. (Position Statements 1 and 5).

With this in mind, applications for funding up to £3,000 are invited from voluntary and community groups to support initiatives which celebrate our diverse communities and promote inclusion. 

What can I apply for?

Funding may cover revenue or capital costs as a ‘one-off’ grant for a specific project, event, programme of events or equipment.

We are specifically looking for projects and initiatives which contribute to the achievement of the following commitments from the Hertsmere Vision document: 

  • Celebrate our heritage and identities
  • Champion social justice
  • Support inclusive communities


Some examples of possible applications are set out below, but any applications which can demonstrate how they will support the achievement of the above aims will be considered:  

  • Projects to support a particular group covered by the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010
  • Projects which celebrate our diverse community through creativity or culture
  • An inclusive event or celebration
  • Capital expenditure to increase accessibility of existing services/ groups/ projects to the whole community

 Any project must engage with or benefit Hertsmere residents. Applications with match funding will be considered favourably, but this is not essential.   

How do I apply?

Please read the Guidance Notes before completing the Application Form and then send your completed application form and supporting documentation via email wherever possible to or in hard copy c/o Liz Gore, Partnerships and Community Engagement at the Civic Offices

CLOSING DATE: 5pm, 10 July 2023. 

Have a look at our 'Support to the Voluntary Sector Annual Report' to see how the funding was allocated in 2022/23

Who can apply?

  • Any properly constituted group, club or organisation, which is based in, or operates for the benefit of, residents of Hertsmere.
  •  All organisations, groups or clubs must have either charitable, voluntary or not-for-profit status
  • All organisations, groups or clubs must have a bank account in the organisation name that requires at least two signatories who are unrelated.

Priority will be given to voluntary and community sector organisations based in our around Hertsmere and delivering activities or services to the people of Hertsmere.  At least 50 per cent of those benefiting from the grant must live or work in our borough.

Who isn't eligible to apply?

  • Individuals
  • Faith groups whose sole purpose is promoting or benefiting a belief or group of believers
  • Profit-making organisations / groups
  • Statutory bodies / other public bodies

What has been funded before?