Community projects awarded more than £125k of council funding

Published: 7 October 2016

A range of arts and community projects, charities and local organisations will share a total of £125,888 from the Wandsworth Grant Fund.

In total 26 projects have been recommended to receive a grant in the third round of funding under the council grant scheme. 

In its first two rounds of funding since the scheme was launched last year, 72 awards were made totalling £367,822. Subject to final grant agreement, projects receiving funding in the third round include:

Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust

The project will improve access to the River Wandle, the Wandle Trail and wider Wandle Valley Regional Park by creating a welcoming gateway at Trewint Street. The works will include improvements to pedestrian and cycle access, improved wayfinding and interpretation and general landscape improvements that will make the site more attractive and inviting. 

Wandsworth Advice Forum

A welfare law training programme will be run for local advice agencies in the core areas of welfare benefits, housing and homelessness law and debt. This will help bring community groups together and build the capacity, confidence and skills, particularly of volunteers, to assist disadvantaged groups.

Alderbrook Primary School Gardening

The scheme will introduce gardening activities to every family by extending the new roof garden project. The school has created an allotment space to enable every child to have access to a vegetable patch, as well as a new art room.

Other projects and groups getting significant amounts of funding include: Storm, Age UK Wandsworth, Regenerate, DASCAS, Providence House Youth Club and Puppets with Guts

Grants committee chairman Cllr Melanie Hampton said:

“The applicants were again of a very high standard in this round of funding. We are confident that the successful schemes will benefit their local communities and greatly enhance the borough.”

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 

Evaluation and assessment is done by specialist council officers, and councillors scrutinise the process to ensure value for money and that money is going where it will most benefit borough residents. Recommendations for funding were agreed by a meeting of the council’s Executive on October 3. 

Round 4 of the Wandsworth Grant Fund is currently open for new applications, with a deadline of midnight on November 8. Full details are on the website.

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