S106 Grant Eligibility

Before completing a S106 Grant Application form, please ensure that you have read the following guidelines.

Eligibility of the project for S106 funding

To be eligible for a S106 grant a project must provide improved or increased community or social infrastructure, the need for which has arisen at least in part, as a result of a new development taking place.

S106 funding is available for capital projects only. Revenue funding towards on-going running costs is not available.  The types of project that might be eligible will be dependent primarily upon evidence that an assessment has been made of local community needs and that the project provides new or improved community or social infrastructure, the need for which has at least arisen in part as a result of new development in the community.  Some examples of the types of projects which might be appropriate are listed below:-

Community Centre/Village Halls:

Upgrading facilities which are the main community centre in a village and which are available for anyone in the community to use. The funding can support works such as new build, extensions, refurbishment, provision of disabled facilities and provision of facilities which will enable the hall to diversify its use.  Examples of an eligible project:

  • The installation of a new kitchen.
  • Complete re-roofing of a facility.
  • Entrance improvements including access ramps and automatic door openers.

Minor repairs, redecoration and movable equipment items are excluded from the grant scheme. Examples of projects that would not be eligible for funding:

  • A new cooker.
  • The replacement of broken roof tiles.
  • Painting a meeting room.

Multi-purpose sports and leisure centres which serve the general public:

Building a new facility, extending or refurbishing an existing facility or the provision of disabled facilities.  When designing and developing facilities and implementing projects, applicants are advised to consider best practice guidance provided by Sport England and the relevant National Governing Bodies. The Sport England guidance can be found at the following link: http://www.sportengland.org/facilities-planning/tools-guidance/design-and-cost-guidance/

Examples of an eligible project:

  • The installation of a new sprung floor.
  • Complete re-surfacing of an astro pitch.
  • Upgrading toilets and changing areas to improve accessibility.

Minor repairs, maintenance, redecoration and movable equipment items are excluded from the scheme.

Examples of projects that would not be eligible for funding:

  • Patch repairs to an astro pitch.
  • Fixing a broken shower.
  • Goal posts or other sports equipment.

Play facilities:

Building new or substantially refurbishing play areas, teenage zones, skateboard facilities and similar.  The need for the facility should also normally have been identified within the District Council’s Play Audit 2012-13 and Action Plan 2013-14 in order to be eligible. This Audit has identified gaps in current play provision across the District and grant aid should focus primarily on addressing these needs. In addition, we would expect to see evidence that families and young people have been consulted and have participated in the design of the proposed play facility. Examples of an eligible project:

  • New play equipment
  • New safety surface
  • A youth shelter

Minor repairs, maintenance, redecoration and movable equipment items are excluded from the scheme.   Examples of projects that would not be eligible for funding:

  • Patch repairs to safety surfaces.
  • Painting existing play equipment.

Open Spaces:

Grants are available to parish councils and community groups for the purchase or leasing of land for formal/ informal public open space, recreation and allotments. Leases must be for a minimum of 25 years or, where land is to remain in private ownership, there needs to be a Covenant or written agreement in place which protects public access and use of the site in perpetuity.  Grants are also available for improvement to existing open spaces such as improving access, education or other facilities. Please note that planting enhancements will only be considered as part of whole woodland/orchard development projects.  Examples of an eligible project:

  • A new trail and signage in an existing open space that improves accessibility
  • Securing a piece of land to develop into a community orchard

Maintenance and repairs to existing provision are excluded from the scheme.

Examples of projects that would not be eligible for funding:

  • Repairing a sign
  • Replacing or repairing a damaged bench.

Making an Application

Applications can be submitted as a hard copy to address on the application form or alternatively an electronic version can be supplied using the link below: