Renfrewshire Council

How to apply for the Community Empowerment Fund

What happens when you've applied, grant criteria, application documents and deadlines.

What happens when you've applied

After you have applied, we will work with the you to develop a more detailed understanding of the project and organisation, and to inform the assessment of your application.

Recommendations will then be developed, with the final decision on the awarding of grants made by Communities, Housing and Planning Board. 

Applicants should note that a successful funding application to the Community Empowerment Fund to support development of a project idea is not an indication of the outcome of a subsequent asset transfer request. Each asset transfer request will be considered on its own merits.

Applications for the funding will be considered throughout the year, with approvals made by elected members on our Communities, Housing and Planning Board.


Grant conditions

All grants will be subject to our standard Grant Conditions.

  • £1,000 to less than £10,000: All grant payments will be authorised subject to satisfactory compliance procedures outlined in the Grant Conditions and subject to scrutiny of any grants claims and receipts/invoices by ourselves.  Once agreed all grant payments will normally be made in one or two instalments at our discretion.
  • £10,000 or more: All grant payments will be authorised subject to satisfactory compliance with the bookkeeping and accounts procedures outlined in the Grant Conditions and subject to scrutiny of any grants claims and receipts/invoices by ourselves.  Once agreed, all grant payments will normally be made on a quarterly basis and may be paid in advance at our discretion. 

Please note: Grants are made payable to applicant organisations or individuals detailed in the main application form and are not transferable to other organisations or entities.


Application documents

Organisations and Groups should provide supporting evidence as follows:  

  • Bank Statement less than three months old.
  • Copy of your most recent Annual Accounts or Income and Expenditure Statement. These should be less than 15 months old, dated and signed as approved. (you may provide a link to OSCR/Companies House submitted file)
  • New organisations should submit estimates of income and expenditure for the first 12 months
  • A signed, dated copy of the organisation's Constitution or Memorandum and Articles of Association.  (you may provide a link to OSCR/Companies House submitted file)
  • Any other relevant reports or information to support your application such as supporting evidence , including media coverage, press cuttings, images, past publicity materials, reviews and letters of support (as PDF files where possible).

Application deadlines

These are the deadlines for applying for the funding:

  • Monday 5 December 2022
  • Monday 6 February 2023
  • Monday 10 April 2023
  • Monday 10 July 2023