Guidance notes for RBH community grants

Eligibility criteria for RBH’s Community Fund

  • Be an unincorporated association (community group), registered charity or CIC (Community Interest Company) with a turnover of less than £150,000 in the previous financial year.
  • Ensure that there is at least a 12 month gap since the completion of any previous RBH Community Funded project run by your group
  • Have a bank account open in the name of the group.
  • Keep up to date financial records.
  • Be willing to provide monitoring information on your project, including copies of receipts for all goods and services bought with the funding.
  • Meet all current government guidelines around Covid-19
  • Clearly demonstrate a benefit to RBH customers and/or communities
  • Be completed (including all monitoring information requested by RBH) within 2 years of receipt of your grant
  • Not have already started
  • Be based entirely in Rochdale Borough: Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood, Milnrow and Littleborough. (Priority may be given to projects which address one or more neighbourhood priority as identified on RBH’s neighbourhood action plans)
  • Deliver outcomes in one or more of the following areas of benefit:
    • Work and Skills - help people to access employment opportunities and update their skills. E.g. weekly Job Club.
    • Digital Inclusion - help people access and use digital technology.
    • Financial Inclusion - help people to manage their money and make it go further. E.g. Pantry project or debt advice sessions.
    • Health & Wellbeing - help increase peoples’ health and wellbeing. E.g. Keep fit class, walking club, gardening club, health drop in sessions.
    • Lessening social isolation. E.g. a mums and tots club, a luncheon club for older people, or a gardening club.
    • Providing activities for children and young people. E.g. sport or homework clubs.
    • Improving or developing a green space in your neighbourhood.
    • Promoting mutuality across neighbourhoods - projects that bring different neighbourhoods and communities together in promoting RBH’s Mutual values.

What we will and wont fund

  • What we will fund
    • Sessional workers
    • Room/venue hire (Max of £10 per hour)
    • Venue running costs that are specific to your project
    • Transport costs
    • Equipment hire or purchases for your project
    • Training
    • Food and drink (Max of £5 per head)
    • Publicity materials for your project
  • What we will not fund
    • Salaries or paying your own staff
    • The day to day running costs of your group, for eg utility bills, Council tax
    • Routine repairs and maintenance
    • Purchase of vehicles
    • Purchase of property
    • Items that only benefit individuals
    • Purchase of alcohol
    • Debts or fines of the organisation
    • Political or religious activities
    • Fundraising activities for your organisation
    • Fun Day type events or one off social outings eg. a coach trip to a theme park
    • Bouncy Castle hire or purchase, nail art or face painting activities
    • Projects that duplicate existing provision in your community
    • Costs you incur when putting together your application
    • Things you have already paid for


RBH is a Mutual organisation with tenant and employee members, and we value feedback from our members. Have you consulted with members of RBH about your project? If so, please tell us about this and the feedback you’ve had from them about why they support your project and the benefits they feel it will bring to their neighbourhood and community.


The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting many of the activities groups can organise and also how they are run. Groups applying to the Community Fund will need to tell us how their community project will be able to run safely. Examples of how a project could be adapted might include: running an activity online instead of meeting at a venue, applying safe social distancing rules to an outdoor gardening project.

Groups are also encouraged to submit applications that address specific issues being caused by Coronavirus in their community. For example: a project that helps people who are shielding at home and are feeling lonely and isolated.

Additional Resources

Here are some helpful links to current information and guidance for community groups from our local partner organisation Action Together and online activities from the Community Catalysts:

Coronavirus Rochdale Community and Voluntary Information:

Community Catalysts:

Additional Guidance

RBH Community grants are between £250 up to a maximum of £5000.

Applicants are limited to one project grant in any financial year (1st April to 31st March).

If you are a community group based in one of RBH’s Independent Living Schemes (ILS), you will not be able to apply. Please contact the Community Partnership Team to find out about the funding that is available for groups based in ILS.

If your group is not eligible to apply for funding, you can contact the Community Investment Team for advice. Action Together  can also provide information on other sources of grant funding and support to new community groups.

Once you have submitted your application, it will go to the RBH Members’ Community Funding Panel. This is made up of RBH Members and it is responsible for deciding which projects will receive a grant.

Please note that the decision of the Members’ Community Funding Panel on RBH Community grant applications is final. There is no right of appeal.

Application Dates

The Members’ Community Funding Panel will meet on the following dates to consider applications:

28th April 2021 – the deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 5th April

28th July 2021 – the deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 5th July

27th October 2021 – the deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 4th October

26th January 2022 – the deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 4th January

What happens if my application is successful?

If your application is successful, you will receive a funding agreement outlining the Terms and Conditions of the grant, project monitoring, and any documents or checks you will need to provide (all successful applicants will need to provide evidence of Public Liability Insurance cover for their project). This agreement must be signed and returned BEFORE the grant can be released.

How we can help

If you would like to discuss your project idea, please contact the Community Investment Team on 01706 273977 or email us on:

The online application form can be accessed at:

If you have completed a paper version of the application form, please return it to:

RBH Community Investment Team
The Strand Hub,
17 The Strand,
OL11 2JG

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