St. Marys Guildhall
St. Marys Guildhall

St Mary’s Guildhall

Community Grants Programme 2023-25
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In 2020, The National Lottery Heritage Fund generously awarded Coventry City Council a grant in support of the transformation of St. Mary’s Guildhall, which has enabled much needed enhancements to the historic site including greater accessibility, the conservation and redisplay of the magnificent tapestry, and the development of state-of-the-art interpretation facilities.

A further key objective of this funding was to increase opportunities for local communities to experience St Mary’s Guildhall, and to benefit from greater contact with heritage.

To support this objective St Mary’s Guildhall, in partnership with Coventry City Council, has launched a grant scheme for organisations to deliver projects that will allow Coventry communities to engage more deeply with St Mary’s Guildhall, and encourage a long-lasting relationship with heritage.

Tier 1 Grants will be larger awards, between £2,000 and £8,000. This is for larger projects to which only constituted organisations may apply.

Tier 2 Grants are smaller awards, between £250 and £1,999. The deadline for this final round of funding is the same as Tier 1.

The next, and final round of funding for both Tier 1 and Tier 2 grants open as follows:

19 February to 29 March 2024

Full details of the timeline is available at the end of this document.

Tier 2 Grants are smaller awards, between £250 and £1,999, to which both constituted organisations, and non-constituted community groups may apply.

Applications for Tier 2 grants can be submitted until 29th March 2024, with award decisions made each quarter.

Deadline for applications Applicants notified of decision following quarterly panel Project delivery period 
29 March 2024w/c 29 April 2024 May 2024 to Mar 2025 

Project brief

Funding is available exclusively for projects that meet one or more of the grant priorities:

  • A wider range of people from different backgrounds will be involved in heritage activities.
  • Links in some way to the themes of St Mary’s Guildhall, either through the building, its collections or the stories told.
  • People will be able to develop new skills.
  • People will be able to learn about the past hopefully leading to more engagement with places like St Mary’s Guildhall in the future. 

Eligibility – Who can apply?

  • For Tier 1 applications, only constituted not-for-profit organisations may apply. This covers any not-for-profit organisation with a written constitution, formally constituted in the UK with their own bank account and at least two signatories (registered at different addresses). This includes registered charities, Community Interest Companies and Companies Limited by Guarantee.
  • For Tier 2 applications both constituted not-for-profit organisations and non-constituted community organisations may apply.
  • For non-constituted community organisations, the applicant will be required to provide 3 letters of reference from someone who has worked with your group and is not related to or living at the same address of the lead applicant, as well as evidence of previous community work undertaken.
  • Organisations which are not already in receipt of Coventry City Council funding for their project.
  • It is permissible for organisations to partner with non-constituted groups and freelance practitioners in the delivery of projects, but applications can only be made by, and grants awarded to, eligible parties.

Eligibility – Project criteria

  • Eligible projects must
  • Be seeking funding from this grant programme that is between £2,000 and £8,000 (Tier 1) or £250 and £1,999 (Tier 2).
  • Organisations may supplement projects with funds from other sources (excluding Coventry City Council), but ‘match funding’ is not a requirement.
  • Link to one or more of the grant priorities.
  • Primarily involve Coventry residents (CV1-CV6) as participants.
  • Be delivered within 9 months of date of grant award (including submission of final report).
  • Any projects involving the creation and/or display of artwork in outdoor public spaces may require approval of the artwork proposal by the Coventry Public Art Gateway (PAG).
  • Involve activity and outcomes that can be measured and evaluated as part of a final project report.

Eligibility – What we won’t fund

  • Projects which do not primarily involve Coventry residents (CV1-CV6).
  • Projects which do not meet the project brief and one or more grant priorities.
  • Projects which have already happened or are going to happen before the decision date for the grant application, or projects which are due to finish after the closing date of the grant.
  • Projects that are already being funded by Coventry City Council.
  • Capital costs, including the purchase, repair and maintenance of buildings and facilities.
  • Projects used to support any political organisations or for campaigning on any political issues, or involving the dissemination of any material that is capable of being defamatory.
  • School or college courses or items already within the curriculum delivery. For a school/college-based project to be considered it must demonstrate identifiable community involvement and benefit.
  • Prizes, competitions or fundraising events.
  • Projects without activity and outcomes that can be measured and evaluated.

How to apply

Key dates for the final round of the grant

  • Expression of interest no later than: 18th March 2024 
  • Expression of interest discussions*:  19th February 2024 – 18th March 2024
  • Applications close: 29th March 2024
  • Applications assessment: 2nd April – 26th April 2024
  • Applicant notification*: w/c 29th April 2024
  • Project delivery phase**: Mid May – December 2024

*Subject to change depending on volume of applications and availability of panel. Applicants may be contacted for further information/clarification during the assessment period.

** Subject to change depending on the satisfactory submission and completion of any required documentation.

Download an application form below.


Application notes
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Application notes

For guidance on completing an application form please download the application notes PDF. 


Application form
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Application form

If you would like to apply for St Mary’s Guildhall Community Grants Programme 2023 – 2025. Please download and submit an application form before the closing date. Application closing date: 15th September 2023.

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Download the Prospectus for St Mary’s Guildhall Community Grants Programme 2023-2025. 

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About St Mary’s Guildhall

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