Member Awarded Funding South Gloucestershire Councils' Member Awarded Funding (MAF) scheme that gives councillors the opportunity to make awards to projects and services that benefit residents in their ward, is in its second year of operation. Each councillor has £3,000 to award to local projects and services before 31 March 2018. South Gloucestershire Council is holding Grants Advice sessions on 20 March 2018, 10am-1pm, at the Badminton Road office, Yate, BS37 5AF. Grants up to £3,000 must be awarded before 31 March 2018. Local community groups, social enterprise organisations and town and parish councils are eligible to apply to their ward councillor for funding to support local projects, events and services. To find out more, book an appointment with a Grants Officer on 01454 865865 or email [email protected]. For more information about the scheme, visit http://www.southglos.gov.uk/MAF This year awards have already been made to youth groups, community centres and sports clubs. If you have an idea for a project or service that will benefit your local community, contact your councillor to discuss your plans and to ask for an application form. Councillors have the option to award all their annual funding to either a single organisation or divide it amongst a number of groups. They can also elect to combine their individual fund with other councillors across ward boundaries in order to provide greater support to a particular scheme. More information? South Gloucestershire Council offers advice and support How to register your group online How to apply to your Councillor(s) How to fill in an application form. Advice Sessions - you can book in to speak with one of the grants team. To book email [email protected] Tuesday 20 March 10.00-13.00 Please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/MAF for further information and to register for the scheme; or contact the Grants Team by email [email protected] or call us on 01454 865865. Notes Robust criteria are in place to ensure funding is allocated appropriately. Details of funds awarded by each councillor (as well as unsuccessful applications) will be published on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/maf In February 2016, full Council took a decision to introduce MAF which started in October 2016. MAF replaces the previous Community Grants scheme.