We support local communities in many ways. In this section find out about our contestable community grants, event sponsorship and the creative communities schemes Funding, Sponsorship and Grants Community Grants Creative Communities Scheme Events and Sponsorship Local Economic Development Grants Purpose of our contestable grants Local Community Grants: Grants made available by each Community Board to support local activities and initiatives. Local Community Event Sponsorship: Grants made available by each Community Board to support local events (either through a dedicated event fund or via the Community Grant programme). Local Economic Development Grants: The Thames and Coromandel-Colville Community Boards have each set up a fund to support local initiatives that will develop tourism infrastructure and visitor attractions. Major Event Fund: Grants made available by the Council to support major events. Confused? Give us a call... Which grant programme are you eligible for? Each of the grant programmes has a different set of criteria. You are welcome to apply for more than one grant, but please be aware that only one grant per organisation (per event or activity) will be granted. If after reading the criteria you have any queries about which grant programme is most applicable to your situation please contact Customer Services on 07 868 0200. Developing business relationships can be an effective way to generate ongoing financial support, but it's not as simple as asking for money and promising to share their logo in return. If you're keen to develop sponsorship relationships that provide real value, thre are hands-on workshop exploring the Secret of Sponsorship. Where to find potential sponsors in your own community. Who is the perfect fit for you and how can you plan your approach so that you increase your chances of getting a YES? What businesses are really looking for in a sponsorship relationship. There's more to it than logos and thank-you speeches, so how can you create a package that businesses actually want? How to decide what your sponsorship package is worth. Are you underselling yourself or overestimating what you've got to offer? Simple steps to take you through the whole sponsorship process from whoah to go. Are you missing out critical steps that could increase your chances of getting a good result? Get templates and examples for sponsorship packages, letters, proposals, contracts and more. Workshops are being arranged for early 2019 which will give you the tools and strategies you need to develop an effective sponsorship plan, and will leave you feeling re-energised in the process.