3 Easy Steps to Getting Funding for your new Website
Get a quote for the costs of setting up your new website from Parish Council Websites
Fill out a Transparency Fund application form. These are available from your local CALC
Once we get the information we need from you, your new website will be ready in 3 weeks
The Transparency Fund is providing grants of up to £500 to cover the costs of setting up a new website or updating your existing one so that it complies with the Transparency Code. The fund will run over three years (2015-18) and is administered by NALC.
The Transparency Code came into force in April 2015 and requires all smaller councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 to provide taxpayers with a clear picture of Council’s activities, spending and governance by publishing this information on a website. You can read more about it on our Transparency Code page.
The Transparency Fund was opened in September 2015 to cover the costs of complying with the Transparency Code and applications are being considered on a monthly basis, while funding remains available.
The Fund will be administered through the CALCs who will be dealing with both member and non-member authorities.
How much can you claim for the cost of your website?
You may claim up to £500 for the cost of setting up your website along with ongoing hosting costs. You can also claim for the extra time a clerk needs to upload the documents.
Who is Eligible?
All smaller Town and Parish Councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 are elibible to apply.
What else can you claim for?
Funding can be used to purchase items that the council does not already possess in order to allow them to comply with the Transparency Code. For example councils will need access to a computer to upload documents to a website – the fund can provide up to £350 (ex VAT) to purchase a computer. Other items that can be included in a bid to the fund include a scanner, internet access, and the extra time a clerk needs to upload the documents.
How can you apply?
To apply, councils must contact their CALC to request guidance and the simple application form. NALC are handling applications on a monthly basis while funding remains available.