Terms & Conditions

Provident Good Neighbour Promotion Terms and Conditions

The Provident Good Neighbour Community Programme exists to financially support community organisations which best demonstrate a Good Neighbour approach to their local community. Since 2009, the Good Neighbour Community Programme has supported many projects across the UK and Ireland, to help improve the lives of people living in disadvantaged communities.

Grants to the value of £45,500 are being offered by the Good Neighbour programme to projects in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

This is an award/grant scheme run by Provident Loans which is a trading name of Provident Personal Credit Limited. Provident Personal Credit is part of the Provident Financial Group, which includes other companies such as Vanquis Bank Ltd and Moneybarn Ltd. More information on the Provident Financial Group can be found at www.providentfinancial.com.

The Grants

  • We will be awarding a total of £45,500 to good causes/projects in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland who are based in a disadvantaged area and demonstrate a Good Neighbour approach to their local community.
  • The grant is not a loan and as such will not be subject to interest or repayment.
  • The grants will be allocated according to the map outlined on http://www.providentgoodneighbour.co.uk/, with a total allocation per region of £13,000 for the North & Scotland region, £13,000 for the Central region and Northern Ireland, £13,000 for the South region, and £6500 for Republic of Ireland.
  • Each of the three UK regions will be split into four areas as outlined on the map. There will be one main grant recipient per area that will receive £2,000 and two runner up grant recipients that will receive £750 and £500 respectively.
  • Counties which make up the North & Scotland region are as follows:
    • Northumberland
    • Tyne & Wear
    • Durham
    • North Yorkshire
    • East Riding of Yorkshire
    • West Yorkshire
    • South Yorkshire
    • Cumbria
    • Inverness-shire
    • Aberdeenshire
    • Banffshire
    • Perthshire
    • Argyll
    • Angus
    • Sutherland
    • Stirlingshire
    • Dunbartonshire
    • Bute
    • Kirkcudbrightshire
    • Peeblesshire
    • Selkirkshire
    • Dumfriesshire
    • Ayrshire
    • Kincardineshire
    • Lanarkshire
    • Roxburghshire
    • Clackmannanshire
    • Moray
    • Caithness
    • Nairnshire
    • Midlothian
    • East Lothian
    • Berwickshire
    • Fife
    • Renfrewshire
    • Kinross-shire
    • Orkney
    • Shetland
    • Wigtownshire
    • West Lothian
  • Counties which make up the Central England & Northern Ireland region are as follows:
    • Lancashire
    • Greater Manchester
    • Merseyside
    • Derbyshire
    • Nottinghamshire
    • Lincolnshire
    • Cheshire
    • Staffordshire
    • Leicestershire
    • West Midlands
    • Warwickshire
    • Shropshire
    • Herefordshire
    • Gwent
    • South Glamorgan
    • Mid Glamorgan
    • West Glamorgan
    • Dyfed
    • Powys
    • Gwynedd
    • Clwyd
    • Derry
    • Antrim
    • Tyrone
    • Fermanagh
    • Armagh
    • Down
  • Counties which make up the Republic of Ireland region are as follows:
    • Donegal
    • Leitrim
    • Sligo
    • Mayo
    • Roscommon
    • Longford
    • Westmeath
    • Meath
    • Dublin
    • Louth
    • Cavan
    • Monagham
    • Galway
    • Clare
    • Limerick
    • Kerry
    • Cork
    • Waterford
    • Tipperary
    • Kilkenny
    • Wexford
    • Carlow
    • Wicklow
    • Kildare
    • Laois
    • Offally
  • Counties which make up the South region are as follows:
    • Cornwall
    • Devon
    • Somerset
    • Dorset
    • Wiltshire
    • Hampshire
    • West Sussex
    • East Sussex
    • Kent
    • Surrey
    • Greater London
    • Berkshire
    • Oxfordshire
    • Gloucestershire
    • Bristol
    • Northamptonshire
    • Cambridgeshire
    • Norfolk
    • Suffolk
    • Essex
    • Bedfordshire
    • Buckinghamshire
    • Hertfordshire

 

Submission Criteria

  • We’ll support almost any registered charity or recognised voluntary organisation benefiting the community, including community investment companies (CICs), with the exception of those listed in the exclusions. Examples of those we would support include community drop-in centres, youth clubs, resident/neighbourhood associations and employability programmes.
  • The activity or project must benefit the community and address their needs to make a significant difference to the local community.
  • The grant may be used to wholly or part-fund an activity or project within the specified criteria.
  • Organisations must have systems in place to manage finances, and be able to show evidence that financials have been audited by an independent organisation. We may ask for evidence of this during our judging process.
  • The organisation must have the experience and capacity to deliver and maintain the activity we provide a grant for, we may ask for evidence of this during our judging process.
  • You must be able to produce an activity or project plan if requested.
  • All entries matching the submission criteria will be judged.
  • Examples of qualifying projects we’ve awarded grants to in the past are detailed here.

Submission Restrictions

  • Your project/organisation must reside permanently in the UK or RoI.
  • If you have a management role within the nominated organisation, including as a trustee, you must not be an employee of Provident Financial Group, Provident Personal Credit Limited, Cheque Exchange Limited, Moneybarn or Vanquis Bank Limited.
  • The company reserves the right to decline any application which it feels is not for charitable purposes.
  • We cannot support the following:
    • Commercial organisations
    • Sponsorship or marketing appeals  
    • Sports kit and equipment, unless it is part of a Good Neighbour supported community activity such as after-school sports 
    • Individuals – including students
    • Food banks
    • Mainstream activities and statutory requirements of hospitals and medical centres (including NHS Trusts), universities and colleges
    • Establishment/preservation of endowment/welfare funds
    • Organisations that redistribute funding for subsequent grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals. This is because the beneficiary will not necessarily benefit 100% from the money. It is likely that management and administration costs will be deducted prior to redistributing the funding and, in addition, it cannot be guaranteed that the organisations which receive the redistributed funds are organisations which fall within the specified criteria
    • Expeditions or overseas travel
    • Building projects for places of worship, other than where such buildings provide accommodation for eligible community groups/programmes
    • Single religious or ethnic groups – we don’t support organisations who are promoting their own values.  We would however consider supporting the activities of such organisations if they are aimed at supporting the wider community in accordance with these guidelines
    • Political or military groups or activities – although we would consider supporting organisations who support veterans
    • Capital appeals for building projects, e.g. for rebuilding a community centre, heritage centres, visitor centres, museums and theatres
    • Historic restoration/historic publications
    • Overseas organisations – this is about supporting our local communities
    • Animal welfare organisations
    • Projects currently in receipt of funding through Provident’s Good Neighbour community programme.

How to Enter

  • By submitting an entry that meets the entry criteria, entrants will be in with a chance to win a grant for their project
  • By submitting an entry, entrants agree to be contacted about involvement with publicity for the Provident Good Neighbour Community Programme, e.g. being available for photos and quotes
  • North & Scotland projects can enter between January 30 and March 19 2017
  • Central England and Northern Ireland projects can enter between April 24 and June 18 2017
  • Republic of Ireland projects can enter between July 24 and August 20 2017
  • South projects can enter between September 25 and November 19 2017
  • Each project must supply the following information:
    • Name of organisation
    • Type of organisation (not for profit organisation/registered charity (including charity number)/local good cause (benefits the wider community and is not for profit))
    • Full contact name (and position if involved with organisation)
    • Email
    • Phone
    • Name of project/activity (if applicable)
    • Website (if applicable)
    • An image of the organisation
    • Description of organisation
    • Description of project/activity (maximum character count: 2500)
    • Description of why the project should receive the funding (maximum character count: 1250)
    • Description of what the project would use the funding for (maximum character count: 1250)
  • All entries will be accepted, but must be in line with the submission criteria to qualify for funding.

Shortlisting Entries

  • The entries will be reviewed by a panel of Provident judges.
  • There will be a shortlist of a maximum 12 projects per region
  • All entries will be judged against a set of criteria which includes:
    • Clear purpose
    • Projects that are making a real difference, are based in a disadvantaged community and demonstrate a Good Neighbour approach to their local community
    • Clear indication of how the grant will be used
    • Why this organisation deserves the funding
  • We reserve the right to change the shortlist at any time and without notice
  • During the shortlisting period we reserve the right to visit projects at the place of operation to take photos and discuss the detail of their entry
  • The judges’ decision will be final in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Projects will be made aware that they have made the shortlist via the email they supplied when entering the promotion.

Voting

  • The shortlisted projects will be made available for public voting on the following dates:
    • North & Scotland between April 3 and April 18 2017
    • Central and Northern Ireland between July 3 and July 16 2017
    • Republic of Ireland between September 4 and September 17 2017
    • South between December 4 and December 17 2017
  • You can only vote for a project once, and you can only vote for one project per area. This will be monitored via IP address.

Winners

  • The winners will be announced on the following dates:
    • North & Scotland, April 19 2017
    • Central England & Northern Ireland, July 18 2017
    • Republic of Ireland, September 19 2017
    • South, December 19 2017
  • The winning four projects from each region of the United Kingdom as voted for by the public will be awarded £2,000; eight runners up from each region as voted for by the public will each be awarded £750 and £500 respectively. This will result in one winner and two runners up per area.
  • In the event of only two projects put forward for voting, the winner will receive £2000 and runner up £750.
  • The winning two projects from each region of the RoI as voted for by the public will be awarded £2,000; four runners up from each region as voted for by the public will each be awarded £750 and £500 respectively. This will result in one winner and two runners up per area.
  • The judges’ decision will be final in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winners will be contacted using the email address and phone number supplied in the entry stage.
  • Winners agree to provide timely feedback when requested to demonstrate how the grant has been used and the impact it has made – this may also include follow-up publicity.
  • We reserve the right to terminate this programme at any stage without prior notice.