Grants and awards for groups looking to Buckingham’s future

Grants and awards for groups looking to Buckingham’s future

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, met with representatives of groups awarded grants by Buckingham Town Council in 2022 to speak with them about their projects and distribute the cheques.

This was a second opportunity for grant holders to meet the Mayor for those unable to attend the Mayor’s Reception earlier in the year.

Local resident, Chris Mullis, also collected his Friend of Buckingham award for his efforts managing the Buckingham Support Network, which helped those isolating access food and medication during covid lockdowns.

Chris Mullis – Buckingham Support Network

Jon Barnett – Buckingham Youth Clubs
£5,200 has been granted to Buckingham Youth Clubs, to support the running of three youth clubs for secondary school age young people in Buckingham, all the youth clubs are supported by trained staff and give young people opportunities to try new things and explore opportunities.

Adrian Johnson - Buckingham Town Cricket Club
A contribution of £1,500 towards installing roof-mounted solar panels at the clubhouse.

Chris Northey – Buckingham Tennis Club
£1,500 annually towards replacing the 10 floodlights at the Tennis Club with environmentally friendly LED lamp alternatives.

As part of Buckingham Town Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan grant applicants are asked to consider the impact on the environment of their project and any steps they can take to mitigate them. This has led to a rise in the number of applications focused on environmental projects.

Councillor Margaret Gateley, Mayor of Buckingham said “It was a great pleasure to meet key members of different community groups, which have been awarded grants this year. It was really interesting to hear about their planned projects. I was also delighted to meet Chris Millis to give him his Frend of Buckingham award: he responded quickly to the need of our community for support during the pandemic, making a real difference to many people. We are fortunate to have so many individuals and community groups, working hard for the good of our town."

Over £30,000 to be given to local groups in Buckingham as Town Council Grants

A number of fantastic projects were chosen for grant funding from Buckingham Town Council this year.  Last year the Town Council carried out a review of the support the Council provides to the community and voluntary groups in the town.  As a result, the Town Council offered four-year grants for the first time.  The Council received a good number of strong applications.  More long-term grants have been awarded in previous years, providing local organisations with some secure funding to enable them to plan ahead.

This year there was an increase in the number of environmental projects applying for funding, including for solar panels to be installed at Buckingham Town Cricket Club and upgrading outdoor floodlighting at Buckingham Tennis Club to more environmentally friendly LED versions.

A full list of the projects funded is below:

Four-year projects:

Please note each four-year grant amount includes an annual 3.5% uplift.



amount awarded 2022 – 2026

Citizens Advice Bucks

Free qualified advice for anyone in need through the Buckingham office.


Buckingham Youth Clubs

After school and holiday youth clubs for young people.


Chandos Park Bowls Club

Bowls Green maintenance


Buckingham Summer Festival

Annual Festival Gala Concert


Buckingham Fairtrade Steering Group

Promotion of Buckingham as a Fairtrade Town


Buckingham Old Gaol Trust

Towards staff and maintenance costs


Chandos Park Tennis Club

Replacement of floodlights with environmentally friendly LED system


Project Street Life

Subsidy of annual residential for young people who will benefit but cannot afford to otherwise attend.


The Council has also made a number of one-year grants, including new projects from Transitions UK: who mentor vulnerable young people at risk of offending and a contribution towards a beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St Peter & St Paul’s Church.

One year projects:


Project Name

amount awarded

Transitions UK

Aspire Partnership Project (Buckingham Hub) mentoring for vulnerable young people


Buckingham Parish Church

Platinum Beacon for The Queen’s Jubilee


Buckingham United Football Club

Club Training Equipment


Buckingham Town Cricket Club

Roof-mounted Solar Panel Electricity Installation


West End Bowls Club

Flood Defence for clubhouse


Swan Community Hub

Swan Community Hub – free parent & child summer clubs for families with young children


Buckingham & District Angling Association

“Accessible for all” fishing platform at Woodfields.


Lace Hill Residents’ Association

Community Spirit activities around the estate.


The Chair of the Resources Committee, Cllr. Lisa O’Donoghue said “Thanks to members of this Committee we were able to agree these grants, which will help local groups and organisations give back to the community. This year many applications focused on the environment, from keeping back the floods, harnessing the sun or shining friendlier lights in the dark, benefitting us and future generations. This is why the grants process is invaluable and my fellow councillors and I look forward to seeing this money put to good use.”

Buckingham Town Council award record number of Community Grants

Buckingham Town Council has allocated a record amount of community grant funding for 2019/20 following a high number of recommendations.
Following an increase in applications to the Council for funding there will be an increase of £2,200 in the grants allocated to local community groups, meaning the Council will award a total of £25,511 in the coming financial year.
The Council are keen to support Citizens Advice Aylesbury Vale, and have decided to allocate the organisation one pound per household, based on the precept figure. This follows a recent decision by Winslow Town Council to take the same approach. “Our hope is that all other parishes will do something similar and ensure our local Citizens Advice is on a solid financial footing” said the Mayor.
“The Town Council is always keen to help local organisations that support our community. It is really impressive to see the good use that our local groups make of the limited funding that is available.”

Grant Applications

Grant Applications Open!

Apply for funding now!
Do you run a local group or activity for residents of Buckingham? Do you have an idea for a project that would benefit the people who live in Buckingham?
Buckingham Town Council would love to hear from you! Application forms for our 2019/2020 grants are available on our grants page. Let us know about your project by NOON on FRIDAY 2nd of NOVEMBER. Don’t forget to attach your latest audited accounts, or if your group is less than a year old, a business plan.
Any questions?
Email or call the Buckingham Town Council office on 01280 816 426 and ask to speak to Louise Stubbs.