Community schemes share council funding

Published: Tuesday 9th January 18

Local projects are sharing £78,000 from the Wandsworth Grant Fund’s sixth round of funding.

In total £319,500 of grants has been handed out by the council in the 2017/18 financial year in various waves of the Wandsworth Grant Fund. An additional £25,000 will be allocated to fund the 2018 Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Wandsworth Grant Fund recipients

See the committee agenda and full list of applicants.

Projects receiving funding include:

The Pitch Circus Festival – a youth engagement programme teaching circus skills to young people in youth clubs and schools.

Growing Ethelburga Estate – creating a community kitchen garden and composting hub on the estate. The project is a partnership between the London Cooking Project and the Ethelburga Community Gardening Club

Positively Engaging Youth – this project from the Storm Family Centre will include mentoring and workshops in mental and sexual health, job preparation and more.

Earlsfield Stories from Tara Arts will be a community-led four-year project culminating in a full-length community theatre production, telling the story of Earlsfield through the experiences of its residents.

Waste Not Want Food will see lockable industrial fridge freezers installed at the Venue Community Centre and Providence House Youth Centre to enable New Covent Garden to donate surplus food. This will be distributed to local people to encourage healthy eating.

Give a Little Volunteer Programme at the Youth Legal and Resource Centre will recruit and train volunteer administration and legal assistants.

Other projects and groups getting funding include: Arts and Crafts at The Graveney Canteen to enable people attending the communal eating project to also enjoy creative activities, Join Our Digital Community at the Mercy Foundation Centre to improve English and computer skills and enable people to access online opportunities such as job searching, the ValueYou scheme which encourages volunteering by providing a discount card and gift vouchers, Art for All from the Work and Play Scrapstore which will install permanent and semi-permanent artwork underneath the tower blocks on the Hazelhurst Estate and money to support the one-day free music event The Tooting Folk and Blues Festival.

The Wandsworth Grant Fund supports a wide range of not-for-profit activities in the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment and Attractive Neighbourhoods
  • Children and Young People
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement
  • Raising Aspirations and Potential
  • Health and Well being

The fund has streamlined the way the council allocates small grants. Just one team now manages the administration of various different grants that were previously overseen by several council departments, including funding towards the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

Evaluation and assessment is done by specialist council offers and councillors scrutinise the process to ensure value for money and that money is going where it will most benefit borough residents.

Grants committee chairman Cllr Melanie Hampton said:

“Yet again local voluntary and community groups, charities and organisations have come to us with interesting and creative projects for funding. The council is very proud of the support that it gives to local groups, helping them to grow and thrive but we want to reach out and to help more of you.

“Community driven grassroots organisations understand where they can help most and we’re keen to hear about them. Please get in touch to find out more about the Wandsworth Grant fund and help is on hand to guide you through the process.”

Three rounds for 2018 will be available, with application deadlines of April 9 , August 20 and December 17. Full details of these will be available on the website by the end of January.

To find out more about the Wandsworth Grant Fund:

• Visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/wgf

• Email wgf@wandsworth.gov.uk

• Follow @grantswandb on twitter 

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