Posted by Ian Rathbone on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
COMMUNITY PROJECTS groups based or active in Homerton Ward are being invited to make bids for their projects to the Chatham Ward Community First Panel. Although there has been a name change for the ward, the old ward name is being used for this year!
“We would like to encourage bids typically around £500 although bids can be made up to around £2,500,” said a spokesperson.
The final deadline is noon, September 8, 2014. An application form can be found attached to this post on the Well Street Market website. This is a different form from previous years.
The priorities for funding for this year are taken from the Chatham Ward Community First Panel Community Plan (attached to this post) which can also be found on the Well Street Market website. Your application must fit with at least one of these:
1. Build greater community cohesion by holding community events
2. Provision of more recreational activity for many older people who live on their own
3. Learning opportunities for young people who might otherwise perpetrate or fall victim to anti-social behaviour
4. Projects that address issues of exclusion, for example support for children living in deprived households and those unable to access key services
5. Mount special events that stimulate the local economy, generate jobs
Community Aspirations include:
1. Addressing public health issues, such as healthy eating
2. Projects from the community that confront the gang culture
3. More activities and facilities for young people
4. Spaces that allow for social interaction between residents
5. Encourage businesses to invest to take advantage of economic opportunities
6. Addressing the empty shops and supporting local people to start new enterprises
7. Develop ways of delivering more community housing
8. Making open and green spaces more available for play
9. Projects that encourage more cycling and walking people’s preferred transport modes
Please send your completed form to: Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk. We can’t accept any posted forms at the moment. You can email us for information at Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk. Those bids that the panel will be recommending to the CDF will be notified by September 15. The final decision on awarding the grant will be made by the Community Development Foundation (CDF).
All last year’s bids have been approved by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and the funding distributed.
The Chatham Ward Community First Panel is:
The Panel Partner is Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA).
The programme can:
• Support local projects that improve the quality of life for local people
• Promote a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources
• Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups
• Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area
It can result in:
• Communities being able to help themselves and others
• Neighbourhood groups that are better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about that community
• Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing confidence, capability and partnership
Nearly £50,000 is available to be given out over four years in small grants for organisations based or working in Chatham ward.
Community First aims to encourage people in Homerton ward to:
• Support the social action projects they need, improving the quality of life for themselves and others in their neighbourhood.
• Participate in relevant local decision making, promoting a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources.
• Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups.
• Work with businesses, charities and public authorities, encouraging people to help others and themselves to improve the quality of life locally.
• Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.
To receive Community First funding any group or organisation must:
• be a not-for-profit, third sector voluntary or community group
• be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community
• have a bank account with 2 signatories OR nominate an organisation which has a bank account with 2 signatories to hold funds on its behalf
• have a governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures. New groups are not required to have this in place, but should agree to develop one.
• provide evidence of significant community participation in their application through the group’s matched element to the project
• show that their project is in line with the priorities identified for the ward
Examples of what can be funded are:
• the purchase of equipment, like a computer, oven, furniture
• the costs of putting on a local event or workshop
• training for volunteers
• additional activities to expand an existing funded project
• activities that support community activity
• activities that meet an identified need in the local community
• funding to support an organisation to achieve a quality or other standard relevant to their activities.
Community First cannot fund the following:
• statutory organisations, such as Local Authorities, schools and the Police Force
• arms length public sector organisations that are controlled wholly or in part by, for example, a Local Authority, a Primary Care Trust or agencies of these
• any party political activity
• commercial ventures
• organisations working in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or those that primarily benefit communities overseas in Europe or elsewhere. The grants must be used for activity within local communities in England.
• certain types of activities that support Asylum Seeker groups. Further information can be found at: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk
• Groups funded by the CF programme will need to demonstrate match funding. The matched element should principally be in volunteer time but can also be donated cash, goods and services.
• As grants awarded will be small and volunteering opportunities in some cases may be limited, many groups will, nonetheless, be dependent on volunteers to help deliver projects. CDF are recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time.
• In order to greater reflect current labour market costs, CDF is using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and within this the Median gross hourly earnings rate. From the current survey (December 2010) CDF are therefore recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time. The ASHE is the ONS principal source for earnings estimates collected in April and uses data on 181,000 employees. The statistics (drawn from current HM Revenue & Customs PAYE records) although higher, are based on current labour market costs and give a more realistic indication of how much it might cost a group to employ a full or part time member of staff in the (volunteer) role. CDF are opting for this median value as it represents the middle ground used to calculate the pay rate for a typical worker within a homogeneous group and will be adjusted annually to reflect changes in labour costs.
If you want to contact the Panel, then please write to:
Please leave a few days for any reply as we do not have admin staff! It would also help if you gave a phone number to contact you on.
If you need to contact the Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA):
email@example.com This is not the contact email for the Panel.