A grants officer will acknowledge receipt of the application and confirm whether the parish council/project is eligible for funding, and whether the application is complete. If any clarification or additional information is needed, opportunity will be given to provide it.

If an application does not meet the criteria it may be refused at this stage by a grant officer. It would not then be presented to the councillors for their consideration. Applicants will be notified by email within a month of receipt of the application.

If an application meets the criteria the applicant will be notified along with details of the date at which the application will be presented to the panel for their decision. The panel of councillors will consist of the political group leaders, lead members for the environment and climate change and the Head of Resources. The panel will meet twice a year.