Guidance Notes for Capital Grant Applications 2021-22
Despite the ongoing disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we are going ahead with this year's Grant Funding Scheme. However, we are fully aware of the continuing pressures on Kent schools and with this in mind, we are extending our application window once again for this year. This should help give all schools a better opportunity to apply for funding towards your active and sustainable travel improvements. If we can be of any assistance or if you have any questions, please do get in touch, as we are very happy to help. The contact details are at the bottom of this guidance document.
Where is the funding from?
The funding has been allocated as part of Kent's Integrated Transport programme for 2021-22.
This is the small scheme investment programme for highways and transportation improvements across the county. A key objective of the Integrated Transport programme is to develop schemes which encourage sustainable travel and reduce congestion.
School travel plans, reviews and the support and buy-in of Kent schools are viewed as key components of this objective.
What funding is available?
Capital grants of up to £5,000 per school, subject to available funds and a competitive bidding process.
Larger bids may be considered where 50% match funding is provided i.e. for a grant of in excess of £5,000 the total project value must be in excess of £10,000. As well as this, bids for £5,000 or under, which can demonstrate match funding - from the school or another source - will be looked upon favourably, although this is not a requirement of the bidding process.
When and how will the funding be allocated?
Successful applicants will be notified by email and will be asked to sign an online Funding Agreement, outlining the key Terms and Conditions of the grant (see Grant Funding: Your Agreement).
Schools will be expected to fund all projects up-front and invoice Kent County Council ( sample template) on completion of the works. Proof of purchase e.g. copies of contractor invoices and photographs will be required. Schools will be required to self-manage all funded projects including procurement and installation.
Proof of legitimate use of these funds must be received by Thursday 24th February 2022.
What can the funding be spent on?
This is *capital* funding that can be spent on any physical feature *within the school grounds* which you can demonstrate will support the aims, objectives and targets within your School Travel Plan. Categories include:
- Cycle/scooter storage - This could include, secure, sheltered, open or closed cycle or scooter storage of any size or capacity. This also refers to the replacement of old structures for new.
- Pupil safety measures - This refers to any change to the physical infrastructure on site, that will improve safety for pupils and wider school community.
- Footpath improvements - Creation of a new pathway for people who are scooting, cycling or walking on the school site, or resurfacing or refreshing markings on an existing pathway.
- Bus pick-up and drop-off facilities - This might be seating or a shelter for students to use whilst waiting for buses on the school site.
- EV charging points - It could also be used for electric vehicle (EV) charge points to help encourage EV use amongst your staff and visitors!
Please note: the above list is not exhaustive, and innovative bids will be looked on favourably.
For more examples of how schools have used their Capital Grant Funding, take a look over the Inspiration.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible to apply for this funding you must:
- Have, or be working towards, an approved school travel plan. Please note: if your School Travel Plan has not been created using the Jambusters system you will need to ensure that you have uploaded a copy of your current School Travel Plan to your school's profile.
- Not have accepted funding in the last round (financial year 2020/21) of KCC's School Travel Plan Capital Grant Awards bids. Unsuccessful applicants may still apply.
- Have fully completed the Annual Travel Review, including the 'Hands Up' travel survey data, for 2021 together with the Capital Grant application section on this site, and have submitted this online by 5pm Friday 25th June 2021. If you are not already registered click here or to login click here
- Be able to fully implement your scheme within the financial year 2021/22 (schools should check if planning permission is required prior to submitting the Capital Grant application, which may affect you being able to implement the scheme within the timings required)
- Be able to provide evidence of other funding sources, should you choose to use this grant as match-funding for a larger project
How will applications be assessed?
All applications will be objectively scored and assessed based on the information provided in the Application Form.
Applications will be assessed by the Transport Innovations section in KCC Highways, Transportation and Waste.
All applicants will be informed by email of the outcome of the assessment process on or before Friday 9th July 2021.
The decision of the assessment panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning unsuccessful applications.
All provisionally successful applications may require a site visit or to provide additional information or clarification of project proposals, prior to final grant award.
Tips for applicants
Please note that it is the responsibility of the school to contact the Reg 3 team at KCC (email@example.com) to double check if any of the works for which you are applying require planning permission or whether they can be carried out under Permitted Development.
We strongly recommend that at the application stage, you provide as much information as possible regarding the proposed project.
Providing a quote(s) from potential suppliers at this stage would be beneficial, so that you can apply for the specific amount of funding that you require. We know that providing an exact quote might be tricky for suppliers at this time, however even just a reasonable estimate would be sufficient to accompany your application.
Having a firm idea of what you wish to achieve with the funds is essential, so as a school, have a good think about how the grant could benefit the students, staff members and parents in terms of providing access to sustainable and active travel. This should tie in nicely to your school travel plan.
Read these Guidance Notes carefully before submitting your application, to ensure that you have a good understanding of the funding criteria and to avoid disappointment.
Who can I contact for further advice and clarification?
Schools Transport Support Officer
phone: 0300 041 8018
Here you can see a few examples of the wonderful projects that some schools have completed using their Grant Funding. Wellie sheds, cycle and scooter storage (all pictured) are some of the more popular requests that we receive.
One of the installations we see again and again each year are the wonderfully colourful "scooter pods". Here is some more information about these installations in particular:
Each Scooterpod holds up to 12 scooters. Where space is really at a premium, the Scooterpod can be split in half and placed against a wall or solid fence, losing only 2 spaces per Pod. They are compact enough to post out to you and will arrive with full instructions, nuts and bolts, ready for fuss free, self installation.
Our products do not require any ground works before installation, unlike traditional storage which require extensive and costly foundations and footings to be laid.
Great to brighten up and keep your school sites tidy. Just wheel the scooters in and lock them.
Should a school only have grass then we can provide a base to allow it to be free standing or taken in overnight, at weekends and during school holidays or if they want to change the siting of the pod on a regular basis. The bases are £39.99 each.
All Primary colours and pink, purple and orange are available and recyclable. Our black version is made from 100% recycled materials. They truly capture the children's imagination!
An environmentally sustainable product, Scooterpods are proudly manufactured in the UK! We are the only Carbon Neutral cycle/scooter parking supplier in the country.
Remember: The supplier that you use is entirely your choice and I would always recommend shopping around and checking customer reviews to ensure that the supplier meets your expectations as cost, design and overall service
Grant Funding: Your Agreement
If you are successful in your bid for Capital Grant Funding, you will receive an email notification informing you of the amount of funding that you have been awarded and you will be required to sign the contract stating that you agree to deliver your project as per the terms and conditions. In the excitement of accepting the offer of funding and getting started on the project, people regularly overlook important aspects of the Funding Agreement.
In order to ensure that your project runs smoothly, I have prepared "5 Key Points" that you should be aware of before you sign the Funding Agreement:
- Make sure you note the exact amount of funding that you are being offered
- It's great to have received the full amount that you have requested, however there are occasions when Part Funding is awarded instead.
- Make sure you upload your Bank details
- Without your bank details (sort code, account name & number) we cannot reimburse your funding! It is good practice to upload your bank details as soon as you sign the Funding Agreement. However, it should be uploaded no later than mid-January to ensure that you can receive your funds promptly.
- Check the Grant Conditions
- You may have requested funding for several measures, however, the funding you have been awarded may only be to cover a particular aspect of your proposed project.
- Don't forget to log your monthly reports
- Monthly report/update/progress report - call it what you will, but it is an essential part of keeping us informed of how your project is coming along. You will receive an email reminder at the start of each month, however it is your responsibility to complete this - even if it's just a one-liner to say, "no further progress to report this month"!
- Uploading Evidence
- As your project draws to an end, you will need to ensure that you are uploading your evidence on to the Jambusters site promptly. This evidence must be uploaded to your site by the absolute latest, Thursday 24th February 2022.
Funding Agreement - This is the contract that you sign when you accept (or decline) the funding offered. It is available on the Jambusters site from the moment that you are offered your award amount. Simply log on to Jambusters and click on the "Grant" tab on your page to view the agreement at any time.
Part Funding - You may have been awarded part of the amount that you requested and not all. This can happen due to a number of reasons. Commonly this occurs when no quote was provided within the application to give a clear cost of a project. For example, you might have applied for £5,000 "for scooter storage". However, I am aware that scooter storage can be purchased and installed for less than £1,000. Part Funding may also occur when the grant conditions outline that only particular aspects of your project will be funded.
Grant Conditions - This will appear within the first few lines of your Funding Agreement. The Grant Conditions specifically outline what the awarded amount can be spent on. This could be "Towards X as requested". Or it may be that you requested funding for, "pedestrian shelter and seating areas, as well as the replacement of existing bike storage", however your Grant Conditions state, "Towards the replacement of the existing bike storage only". In this instance, whilst you may choose to install the additional items yourself, ONLY the Grant Conditions will be provided reimbursement.
Evidence - This refers to the Supplier Invoice (the invoice from the contractor(s) who has completed the installations on the school site), Photos (of completed installation), Final Invoice (invoice from your school to me, to request the reimbursement of funding).