Welcome to the Avison Young Community Fund!

As part of our on-going commitment to the communities we live and work in, we have developed this fund so that you can put forward the causes, projects and charities that you think we should support. We know that many of you are involved in the work of charities or other organisations and this is your chance to support them financially as well.

Please take time to read and understand the process. You will lead the initial steps in the process, working closely with the organisation that you are putting forward for funding. This will require you to answer certain questions on their behalf.

Groundwork act as fund managers for us and are here to support you throughout your application.

We look forward to supporting some wonderful projects and really making an impact in your communities. Good luck!

ProcessAvison Young Community Fund Application Process Chart

Eligibility Check and Stage 1 application

Stage 1 should be submitted to Groundwork by you as the Avison Young employee. You will need to upload your response using the link in the ‘Apply’ section of this website. You should work with the organisation you are proposing to answer the questions accurately.

Panel Decision

Stage 1 applications are assessed by Groundwork, and if successful, a Stage 2 application form will be sent directly to the organisation you’ve proposed. Groundwork will let you know this has happened. Successful applications for grants of up to £500 will be awarded at this stage.

Stage 2 Application

This will be completed and submitted by the organisation you’ve proposed. Once submitted this will be assessed by a Panel of Avison Young staff.

Eligibility

It is essential that we understand whether we can actually provide funding to the organisation and project before you start the application process.

We need to make sure that the organisation is set up to receive grant funding, has robust management and that the project will complete as intended. Groundwork will request eligibility evidence from the organisation before funding is awarded, so it is essential that organisations know these requirements and can answer yes to the eligibility questions in the Stage 1 form.

You will therefore need to work with the organisation you are putting forward to complete the eligibility checklist before proceeding with your application

Please note that the maximum grant size available is £2,500 and funding is not available for the following:

  • Sports kits or club uniforms
  • Running costs and organisation overheads
  • Work that has already taken place
  • Other grant giving schemes
  • Religious activities (ie. those with a religious focus)
  • The purchase of prizes
  • Fundraising activities (ie. the cost of a skydive)
  • Hosting of events or other celebrations

Apply

Applications will need to be made online using the online form that can be accessed here.

Groundwork grant officers will assess Stage 1 applications, within one month of receipt. If successful, a Stage 2 application will sent to the organisation you have proposed, and you will be notified so that you can continue to support them.

Successful applications for grants of up to £500 will be awarded this stage.

If you have any questions at all, Groundwork staff will be happy to help so please get in touch at AYECF@groundwork.org.uk