Community Engagement Forums (CEFs) - frequently asked questions

What is the Community Engagement Forum?

Community Engagement Forums are public meetings at which you can raise any concern or make any comment about your local area and your local services.

They are split into two parts an open community forum where all residents of the CEF area can attend and a Partnership Board meeting which is open to the public but contributions can only be made at the chairs discretion.

The Coummunity Forum meetings give you a chance to speak directly to the people who deliver your local services, for example policing, street cleaning and road safety. This is a chance for you to have your say about the issues that are important to you and the place where you live.

The Partnership Board meeting is where funding applications are discussed and necessary decisions are made for the furtherance of forum business. The Partnership Board is made up of District Councillors, Parish Councillors and co-opted members of the community.

What is the Community Fund?

Each CEF receives an annual budget that it can distribute to groups and organisations within its own CEF area. There are two types of funding available; grant funding and project funding. The Allocation of Funding Framework can help you decide if you can apply, and what type of grant you can apply for.

How often do CEFs meet?                                                                       

CEFs will meet no less than 4 times in a year the timetable for each CEF will be decided by their Partnership Board and all dates will be published on our website.

How often can organisations apply?

If an organisation has been given a grant they cannot apply for funding for the same project for another 2 years. They may apply for funding for another project but they must be able to demonstrate that it is a completely separate project.

If an organisation is unsuccessful in their application for funding they are welcome to re-submit an application at any subsequent CEF meetings.

What sort of projects will be funded?                                                                    

Each CEF will develop their own Community Development Plan (CDP) which will focus on areas of priority for that community. Applications for funding must show that they meet one or more of the objectives on that CEF’s CDP. It must also show it has community support e.g. by giving evidence of discussions and consultations with local stakeholders.

How do you apply?                        

The application process is the same across all CEF areas. You can download an application form here. Once completed, please email it to cefadmin@selby.gov.uk

How long does it take?                 

All applications will be discussed at the next CEF Partnership Board. Please see our timetable for application deadlines for each board here.

Once it has been discussed by the Partnership Board and a recommendation has been made it will be passed to Selby District Council to check and approve. A final decision will be made within 3 weeks of the CEF Partnership Board it was discussed at.