Member Awards 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. 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? 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. Advice Sessions are being offered to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and Town or Parish Councils. You can book an appointment to meet with a Grant Officer for help and advice on the grants processes for Area Wide Grants (AWG) and Member Awarded Funding (MAF). We can provide advice and support on: How to register your group online How to apply to your Councillor(s) How to fill in an application form. The dates and times are as follows: Wednesday 1 November 4-7pm Monday 6 November 10am-1.30pm Friday 10 November 9am-3pm The sessions will take place at the Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, BS37 5AF Contact the Grants Team to book an appointment, [email protected] or 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.