Council cash for community schemes

Published: 22 February 2018

Projects supporting the arts, people with disabilities, prisoners and care leavers are among those sharing £79,309 from the Wandsworth Grant Fund’s seventh round of funding.

In total £297,661 of grants was earmarked out by the council in the 2017/18 financial year in various waves of the Wandsworth Grant Fund.  From this £25,137 was allocated to fund the 2018 Wandsworth Arts Fringe

See the committee agenda and full list of applicants.

Projects receiving funding include:

ArtsCity Nights – A large-scale mass community art project will be held as part of this free art festival which will link Nine Elms and Battersea to the Southbank Centre.

Baked Bean – a healthy lifestyle course for people with learning disabilities, complex needs and autism and Aspergers.

Chocolate Films – Filmmaking workshops for teenagers from the Nine Elms area

Element Creative – Three six-week motivational projects with care leavers

FAST-e:merge UK Ltd – Outreach and mentoring work with young people

Flagz Mas Band – helping young people express themselves through Carnival

Give a Book and Prison Reading Group – bringing together prisoners and their children through family reading

In2scienceUK – summer work placements with top scientists for young people from low income backgrounds

London Sports Trust – pop-up sports programme in parks and open spaces

Odd Eyes Theatre – film project to bring together communities

Prison Choir Project – professionals will perform Carmen alongside prisoners

Redefine Theatre Company – a show performed by care leavers about the care system at Battersea Arts Centre

Share Community – horticultural therapy for people with mental health needs

Stress Anxiety Communities Involvement – physical, social and educational activities for financially disadvantaged women with anxiety, stress and/or depression

Wandsworth Mediation Service – New database for service that mediates disputes

Other projects and groups getting funding include: Balham Milap Group: yoga, exercise and outings for the over 70s, Bec Korfball Club: new equipment, Furzedown Community Network: children’s activities at a festival, Tooting and Balham Sea Cadets: refurbishment of the toilets and fitting a shower.

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:

“Round seven has seen grants awarded to some really interesting and innovative projects that will strengthen their communities and help vulnerable local people and I look forward to seeing how they progress.

“We have three rounds of funding still available in 2018 so I would urge community groups, charities and local residents with a good idea to get in touch.”

Application deadlines for the next three rounds are of April 9 , August 20 and December 17.

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