Localities Bid Fund


Updated 4 July 2018

What is the Localities Bid Fund all about?

The Council has allocated a total of £500,000 to a pilot Localities Bid Fund across the Scottish Borders. The Fund is designed to support community projects and initiatives across the Borders that address local priorities and benefit your community. The Fund is split across the five Area Partnerships and support community activities decided by a public vote.

When does the Localities Bid Fund open and close?

The fund opened for applications on Monday 2 July 2018 and will close at 12 noon on Monday 1 October 2018.

What if more than one bid comes in for the same project/idea?

The Communities and Partnerships Team would contact the named leads and encourage them to join forces to strengthen their bid. This would also optimise the community vote however if they wish to remain separate that would be their own decision.

How much is available in each area?

The funding for each area is as follows:

  • Berwickshire - £48,374.30
  • Cheviot - £50,568.20
  • Eildon - £95,802.30
  • Teviot and Liddesdale - £40,080.30
  • Tweeddale - £61,416.20

How much can my project bid for?

Non-constituted groups can bid for up to £5,000. Constituted groups can bid for up to £10,000.

What do you mean by ‘constituted’ and ‘non-constituted’?

A constitution is a written agreement of what a group is going to do and how they will do it. In basic terms, a constitution is simply a set of written rules, effectively the ‘instruction manual’, or an agreement governing the aims of the organisation, how it will be run and how the members will work together. The group is run on a voluntary basis and it set up as an organisation in its own right with a management committee, constitution and its own bank account.

Will the Localities Bid Fund cover all the costs of our project?

No, all projects will be expected to match the amount bid for with a 10 per cent cash contribution.

Will all the bids that go forward to the public vote be published on the SBC website?

Yes they will, all applicants will be notified within one week of the decision of each assessment panel, and a list of applicants going forward to a public vote will be published on the Council’s website.

I have got an idea but no experience of pulling a project together, will this stop me from submitting a bid?

No, we welcome new, innovative and creative ideas. There is a wide range of support available to help you.

Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (BAVS) can help projects in the Berwickshire Area. Tel: 01361 883137

The Bridge can help projects based in other areas of the Borders.

Central Borders tel: 01896 755370

Roxburgh tel: 01835 863554

Tweeddale tel: 01721 723123

Is there anyone who could help me fill in an application form?

Of course, give the Communities and Partnerships Team a call and they will assist you. Please be aware that if your group requires support, the cut-off date is 3 weeks before the final deadline. Please call us on 0300 100 1800.

What will you fund?

Your project/idea must be a new one and align with one or more of the following:

Has a local priority been identified in my area?

The following area has identified a local priority:

Teviot and Liddesdale – The natural environment

What is the Community Plan?

The Community Plan details what the Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership agree are the key challenges that the Scottish Borders experiences, and what the Partnership want to achieve. The Community Planning Partnership is made up of both statutory and non-statutory partners from across a range of public, third and community sector organisations.

The priority areas identified in the Community plan are:

  • economy, skills and learning
  • health, care and well being
  • quality of life
  • place

What will we not fund?

The Localities Bid Fund will not support:

  • salary or staffing costs
  • upgrades or replacement to existing facilities or equipment
  • refurbishment of existing buildings or land
  • fund trips abroad or activities which only benefit individuals or closed memberships
  • feasibility studies or research
  • organisations who aim to make a profit 
  • political or religious activities 
  • any retrospective costs already incurred by the applicant 
  • projects that disadvantage any parts of the community
  • public sector provision that is required by statute (law)
  • payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities, including schools, i.e. projects that take place in school, during school hours and/or only for the benefit of the pupils will not be considered. PTAs/Parent Councils can apply but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit
  • projects not aligned to Council and/or Community Planning Partnership policies, strategies and priorities
  • applications from groups based outwith the Scottish Borders or for activities carried outwith the Scottish Borders

If your idea or project is not supported by the Localities Bid Fund please get in touch with us as there may be more appropriate funding.

What types of projects are you looking for? Can we get the potholes fixed in our village?

We are looking for new community activities, something that is completely different. It is not about upgrading facilities such as village halls, fixing the roads or funding existing projects.

Can our school use the fund to buy new books and stationery?

No I am afraid not, we are looking for new, exciting projects.  Also as a school is part of the Local Authority, it would not be eligible to apply.  However if they come up with an innovative community project, the Parent Council could apply to the Localities Bid Fund.

Is this fund to replace Council Services?

No, we are looking to give communities the opportunity to identify and deliver projects that are important to them in their local community.

What is to stop the larger towns winning all of the votes?

In the first round of the Localities Bid fund we found that the projects that had a done lot of marketing/campaigning in the area were successful irrespective of the size of their town/village.

How is this different from the Community Grant Scheme or other SBC Community grant funds?

The Localities Bid Fund is very different from any other community grant funds in that the process is Participatory Budgeting, which means the public, will vote and therefore ultimately decide on whom the funding is allocated to. It is our job to engage communities, increase their awareness of the fund and help them to see that it is an exciting, new process which ultimately allows them to decide what they want.

Where can we get an application form?

Application forms are available on our website. If you do not have access to the internet you can get a paper copy. Please call us on 0300 100 1800.

How can I find out more about the Localities Bid Fund?

More information is available on our website.

If my bid is unsuccessful at the Community Vote will there be other options for funding?

Yes, if you still wish to pursue your project you can discuss further options with the Communities and Partnerships Team.

How old do I need to be to vote?

You need to be 16 years of age, or older, in order to vote.

How do I vote?

You will need to be pre-registered in order to vote. Information about how to do this, and where you can vote, will be available soon.

Our group was successful in Round 1. Can we submit an application in Round 2?

Yes. All new ideas and projects are welcome.

Further information is available on our website or you can contact the community grants co-ordinator online.