Council cash for community schemes

Published: Thursday 22nd November 18

Projects celebrating black culture, helping refugees, getting older people online and improving sports and community facilities will be among those sharing the latest wave of funding from the Wandsworth Grant Fund.

This is the ninth round of funding from the council’s grants scheme since it launched in 2015. During 2018-19 up to £319,000 will be given out to deserving groups and projects in three waves of funding. Of this, £20k will go towards running next year’s tenth annual Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

See the full list of applicants.

One of the recipients, the Black Heroes Foundation, will use its grant for its Black Heroes Wall of Fame project. Previously the WGF funded the group’s Soul Food Café which is still going strong.

Levi Roots at the launch of the Black Heroes Foundation

The organisation recently received a Points of Light award, an award scheme recognising outstanding community volunteers run by the Prime Minister’s office. Theresa May sent a personal letter to Black Heroes founder Joyce Fraser May praising the Soul Food Café, adding: “Your dedicated work running ‘The Black Heroes Foundation’ is highlighting the extraordinary contributions African and African-Caribbean people have made to life in Britain.”

The Wandsworth Grant Fund award will go towards a new project which has been developed from the Black Heroes Soul Food Café. The Wall of Fame bring together oral history, exhibition, theatre, music, song, spoken word, film, digital and printed explore how integral black history is to the creation of all aspects of British society. 

Other projects receiving funding include:

Age UK, Wandsworth. The Digipals scheme offers free, friendly computer support to older people.  Upcoming sessions include December 5 in Wandsworth Town Library and December 12 in Southfields Library. Find out more.

The Balham and Tooting Sports and Social Club.  The money will go towards restoring the roof.

CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) is using its grant to pilot a girls' group for 13-19 year old refugees and asylum seekers.

The CARAS Youth Council

Digilab Tooting  is a technology hub for young people to learn digital and interpersonal skills. The grant will fund a 16 week programme to teach young people digital skills such as basic computer literacy, coding, film making and digital marketing. 

Incredible Edible. The money will go towards a project on three housing estates in Nine Elms; Patmore, Carey Gardens and Savona, as well as local schools, children's centres and sheltered housing linked to the estates.  The focus will be on getting fit, helping a neighbour and planting fruit and vegetables.

King George’s Park Permanent Allotment Association. The money will buy a shredder and compost bin panels.

Providence House. The youth club will use its grant for boiler and heating improvements.

The Roehampton Football Academy will enable boys and girls to play the game and to progress onto playing friendly competitive matches. Alongside, the project give them opportunities to be coaches and referees. 

The Rotary Club of Battersea Park has been a given a grant for its annual Christmas Day lunch for the elderly. To find out more about this year's lunch, email or call 020 7223 8005.

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Movement for Life programme will offer specialist therapeutic movement and dance activities for adults with learning disabilities and autism and to provide regular sports ad other physical activity sessions for people with disabilities, led by Disability Sports Coaches.

St Michael’s Church in Battersea will use its funding to develop an intergenerational gospel choir.

The Wandsworth Tree Wardens will use their grant to become a more efficient and effective organisations through events, activities and a summer tree watering service.

Welcare works with children and families. The money will go towards its My Next Step project to support vulnerable children moving from primary to secondary school.

Westside Football Club is starting a girls’ football project providing coaching for under 14s at Wandle Recreation Centre and Beatrix Potter Primary school.

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

Applications to the Wandworth Grant Fund require the backing of ward councillors. 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:

“Since we launched the Wandsworth Grant Fund three years ago we’ve handed out almost a million pounds, and it’s been exciting to see some innovative projects that have really made a difference to their community flourish as a result. I would encourage any local groups with a good idea to get in touch with their local councillor to see if they could be eligible to apply for a council grant.”

Application deadlines for the next round of funding is December 17.

Go along to a Meet the Funder event in Battersea on Thursday 29 November. One-to-one application surgeries will be held on Tuesday 4 December and Thursday 6 December.

To find out more:

•           Visit

•           Email

•           Follow @grantswandb on twitter

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