Expression of Interest

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Welcome to the Heart of England Community Foundation Expression of Interest for the WMCA Community Environment Fund.

Before you proceed with your application, please read the following information carefully.

You will process my details in accordance with the following policies and information:

Questions followed by an asterisk are mandatory and must be answered.

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Please note that we do not score questions individually. Some have a higher word count because we require more information from you. The questions are designed so that we can determine if your project, activity, or service meets the criteria and so that we can ensure we have all the information we require to make a decision. If we think there is some information missing a member of the team will contact you. 

Before completing this Expression of Interest, please refer to our Fund Fact Sheets for details of the funding programmes available.

If you are unsure about applying or have any other queries then please contact our Grants Team on 024 77800 520 or e-mail us: and we will be happy to help.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your Expression of interest.

Contact Details

The contact person should be someone who has a good knowledge of the organisation as this is the person we will contact if we have any queries.

Organisation Details

As it appears on any governing documents.

If the organisation doesn't have an independent location we will use the contact details of the primary contact.

The telephone number should be one at which the organisation is easily contactatable, especially during office hours. 

Staying connected online

We'd like to keep in touch with you during the grant application process and beyond, so please  provide your organisation's website and social media details if you have any.

Organisation Details

Organisation legal status (select all that apply)

A registered charity is an organisation that is established for charitable purposes and registered with the Charity Commission. 

Groups made up of members of the local community, for example Residents Associations.

An incorporated firm without share capital, in which the liability of its members is limited by the amount each one of them undertakes to contribute at the time the firm is wound up, usually £1.

Introduced in 2005, CIC’s, are designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.

You must select at least one status from the list above

Project, Activity or Service Details

Projects may tick more than one option.

 Natural environment - to protect, restore and enhance nature and wildlife.  Access to green and blue space - to provide better access to and community use of green and blue space for health and wellbeing  Climate adaptation - to make communities more resilient and prepared for the impacts of climate change  Circular economy - to reduce waste and keep resources and materials in use for as long as possible.  Environment awareness - to improve knowledge of environment issues and support behaviour change.
Please input postcodes in the correct format e.g. B12 1AB, B23 2CD.

Project, Activity or Service Details

Please provide a detailed breakdown

Documents required:

Terms, Conditions & Reporting Requirements for WMCA Community Environment Fund grant approved by Heart of England Community Foundation

  1. The grant will be used only for the exact purpose specified in the approved application, and no other purpose.  The offer letter, which confirms the award, will also explain if Heart of England Community Foundation (HoECF) wants us to alter any part of this application.
  2. No major change can be made to the project without the express written approval of HoECF.
  3. We will not sell or otherwise dispose of any equipment or other assets purchased with the grant without the express written approval of HOECF.  If we sell any equipment or assets, we may have to repay a part of any money so received.  The amount which we repay will be in direct proportion to the share of the project costs which came from HOECF.  The decision taken by HOECF on the amount to be repaid will be final; except in the case of a clear error.
  4. No purchase or order of any goods or services specified by this approved application has been made before we received the offer letter confirming the grant.
  5. We will not change the sections of our Constitution which relate to purposes, paying members of the governing body, distribution of assets, or admitting members without first receiving the express written permission of HOECF.
  6. We will inform HOECF of any changes to our bank or building society accounts.
  7. We will comply with any relevant legislation affecting the operations of the project.
  8. We will acknowledge HOECF, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in our Annual Report.  Our Chair or Secretary’s report at the AGM, the accounts covering the grant period, and in any publicity material we produce about the project.  We will supply copies of all these documents if requested.
  9. We agree that HOECF, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) can use our name and the name of our project in its own publicity materials, and we will inform them of any situation where confidentiality is a particular issue.
  10. We will complete our project and have spent the grant by no later than February 2025. If we have received a large grant we will have completed our project and spent the grant by no later than December 2024.
  11. If we do not spend the entire grant, we will promptly return any unspent balance to HOECF.
  12. We will monitor the project, and complete and return all required Monitoring Reports to the schedules provided.
  13. We understand that HOECF will not increase the amount of the grant if we overspend.
  14. We will keep all financial records and accounts, including receipts for items bought with the grant, for at least two years from receipt of the grant.  All receipts should be retained and copies submitted with monitoring forms.  These records will be made available to HOECF on request.  We understand that this does not release us from our legal responsibility to keep records for a longer period.
  15. We will have all the necessary insurances in place prior to beginning any activity
  16. We will have the necessary written permissions relating to and projects relating to buildings and land
  17. HOECF may withhold the grant, or ask us to repay the grant, in whole or part, in the following circumstances;

·        If we fail to keep this contract in any way

·        If the application form was completed dishonestly or the supporting documentation gave false or misleading information

·        If we do not follow equal opportunities practice in employing people, recruiting new members and providing our services

·        If we do not implement and follow our Child Protection Policy/Vulnerable Adult Policy (if appropriate) in all aspects of our activities

·        If any member of our governing body, staff or volunteers acts dishonestly or negligently in their work on behalf of the group at any time during the project

·        If we fail to complete the project within the specified timeframe

·        If we close down, become insolvent, go into administration, receivership or liquidation (sequestration), or make arrangement with our creditors.

  1. If our group closes down, we will not sell or otherwise dispose of any equipment and assets without first receiving the specific written agreement of HOECF.
  2. These terms and conditions will apply until we have spent the entire grant and HOECF has received and approved our Monitoring Report.  If we bought any equipment or assets with the grant, these terms and conditions will apply until the end of the working life of the assets.
  3. We will comply with monitoring requirements and complete an End of Grant Monitoring Form and share any project pictures and provide a case study
  4. HOECF reserves the right to impose further terms and conditions on the grant in the following circumstances;

·        If we are in breach of the Grant Agreement

·        If any part of the other sources of funding for the project referred to in our application to HOECF is withdrawn

·        If HOECF becomes aware of any actions on the part of the members of the governing body, volunteers or staff of our organisation or any person or organisation substantially involved in the delivery of the Project which may have a detrimental effect on the Project

·        If in the reasonable opinion of HOECF such conditions are necessary or desirable to ensure delivery of the Project in the manner anticipated in our grant application; or following an agreed change to the Project.

  1. We may not assign, change, subcontract or novate this Grant Agreement or the Project without the prior written consent of HOECF.
  2. This Grant Agreement shall as regards this Project supersede all prior understandings between you and us and shall constitute the whole agreement between us and shall not be modified or varied without the prior written consent of HOECF.
  3. These conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and the parties hereby choose and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  4. No provision of this Grant Agreement is intended to or create any right or benefit enforceable against the parties to this Grant Agreement under the contracts (Rights of Third Parties Act 1999).
  5.  We also give permission for Heart of England Community Foundation & West Midlands Combined Authority to record the information given in this form electronically and understand that personal information will be treated confidentially. All information will be held in line with The General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) and any related legislation which applies in the UK. The only purposes the information will be used for is deciding whether or not a grant can be awarded to your group, for customer care, for publicity and for monitoring. The information will be used anonymously for monitoring purposes and will not affect the outcome of your application. By providing us with accurate information you are enabling us to improve the support we can give to voluntary and community groups across the county.
  6. We agree that my organisation will help with and be involved in publicity about the grant if we are successful and I agree to being contacted by The Heart of England and West Midlands Combined Authority.