Apply now for cash to help your community

Published: Thursday 27th March 14

The next round of the council’s Big Society Fund is now open for applications.

Local community groups, residents associations, sports clubs and other grassroots organisations can apply for grants of up to £5000 from the Wandsworth Big Society Fund (WBSF).

The grants are given for projects that promote active citizenship, support voluntary work, and that make a real difference to the quality of life for people who live in Wandsworth. So far, in eight rounds of funding, more than 140 grants have been given out.

In the most recent funding rounds, projects supported included the Putney Village (pictured right), a new community support network for retired people in SW15. Members can get out to social events and have access to a village co-ordinator to help them take care of their home and general wellbeing. Visit www.putneyvillage.org.uk. 

Other community projects awarded grants in round eight included Carney’s Community, which combines boxing sessions at Earlsfield ABC in Garratt Lane for vulnerable young people with intensive support and mentoring. The picture above shows Sky Sports filming a documentary at the charity last week.

Project Manager George Turner said: "As a relatively new charity targeting the most disadvantaged groups, having the support of WBSF has enabled us to set up new sessions that really meet the needs of the people with whom we are engaging.

“The flexibility of the fund has meant that we could mould our project into what really works best and create the best outcomes for those involved.”

Cabinet member for finance Cllr Guy Senior said: "Wandsworth has a strong and vibrant voluntary sector and is full of people, organisations and communities keen to do their bit to help others and make their neighbourhood an even better place to live.

“The council is keen to play its role by supporting these valuable local community projects through our Big Society Fund.”

The deadline for applying for round nine of funding is May 19. You will need to get the support of your local ward councillor, and are advised to approach him or her as soon as possible, as they are likely to be busy with the upcoming council elections on May 22.  

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