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Capital Clean-up funding - Application Deadline March 24th!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Capital Clean-up funding for improving your neighbourhood. Application Deadline March 24th!


This is just a quick reminder that Capital Clean-up grants of up to £1500 and FREE clean-up kits are still available to constituted groups and informal groupings of friends and neighbours.

The funds can pay for planting, building raised beds, painting, graffiti removal, murals, generally making improvements to an otherwise neglected space.


Key info:

*Grants of up to £1500 and FREE starter kits are on offer to community groups and local businesses who want to join Capital Clean-up this summer.

*Constituted groups can apply for both grants and kits, groups that are not constituted can apply for kits only.

*Clean-up activity has to take place between May - August 2014!

Deadline for applications: March 24 2014!

- Grants of up to £1500 for groups that might what to transform an area through,


*Clean-up Kits to support groups that want to tackle littering issues in a particular space, which includes enough kit for 10 people (including litter pickers, high-vis vests, gloves, hoops and refuse bags) and £50 homebase vouchers for some planting or painting.


For more information and to find the application documents go to

Funding available for community clean ups - deadline 24 March 2014.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The next round of Capital Clean-Up funding is open, groups can apply for money or equipment. We applied this time last year for Hither Green Lane (SE13) and bought lovely street planters- more permanent than pressure washing graffiti.

Councils simply dont have the money- and so residents need to get together and find their own solutions. This grant is designed to support those efforts.


So if you walk past a manky corner on the way to the station in the morning- gather some friends and do something about it! Maybe we can even get some volunteers down to help too.

Application form and guidance notes here


We have to be more persistent than the tag artists and chicken bone droppers, the plant thieves and the scrotes who don't pick up after their dogs. [/soapbox]

Funding available for nature, art and wildlife projects

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 7, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)


The City of London Growing Localities Awards 2013/14

Celebrating excellence in using nature to enhance and improve local communities

Does your organisation use nature to improve people's lives?

 Enter the Growing Localities Award

A total of £2,500 prize money is being offered to projects which use nature to enhance and improve local communities and the lives of vulnerable or socially excluded people, generating positive outcomes such as health and well-being, new skills and knowledge, new relationships, and a sense of purpose and belonging.


This year, entries are invited for projects and initiatives in London that involve any one or combination of:

  • GARDENING AND GROWING FOOD – for communal eating and small-scale enterprise
  • LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS – bees, chickens, pigs, etc for the experience of care but also to farm
  • NATURE-THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS – woodcraft, photography, film-making, writing, etc
  • EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUT NATURE AND WILDLIFE – including trips and excursions to teach people about flora and fauna
  • RECLAIMING AND DEVELOPING WASTELAND – projects initiated and led by residents and tenants
  • ‘GREEN’ EXERCISE – groups for walking, cycling, running, etc with a nature theme

 Entries are invited from not-for-profit organisations in the capital such as: 

  • Community-based and voluntary organisations
  • Faith groups
  • Health organisations
  • Homeless agencies
  • Hospices
  • Prisons
  • Resident committees
  • Schools
  • Social housing providers
  • Social care providers
  • Supported housing providers (providing mental health services, substance misuse, learning disabilities, etc)


Entries will be judged based on criteria including:

Originality – the distinctiveness and memorability of the project idea

Replicability – how others could be inspired by and run similar projects themselves

Reach - the numbers of people involved in the project, particularly in engaging the wider community

Diversity - of people engaged, particularly those who are ‘hard to reach’ or have challenging needs and who are brought together with the local community

Impact – of the project (demonstrated qualitatively or quantitatively) on people’s health, well-being, relationships, skills, knowledge, sense of purpose and belonging.


Deadline for entries – Friday, January 24th, 2014

Shortlist announced – End of February 2014

Winners announced – April 2014


Rules and procedures

Entries must be completed using this entry form and submitted electronically here

Receipt of all entries submitted online will be automatically acknowledged.

Entrants may be asked to provide further information.

The judges' decision is final. Awards will be made at the judges' discretion and no correspondence will be entered into concerning any decision. Not all the awards advertised may be awarded if the judges consider the criteria have not been met. Additional commendations may be made at the judges' discretion.

The content of any entry may be used for informing other practitioners and also for publicity purposes unless the entrant withholds their consent to this in writing.

Entrants are deemed to have accepted these rules and procedures and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition.

For more information on the awards and to enter click here.

Lewisham Central Community First – FUNDING deadline extended to 19 January

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Lewisham Central Ward Community First



Lewisham Central Ward Community First has extended the deadline for applications to its funding programme. The extended deadline for applications is 19 January, 5pm, 2014.



To apply for funding from Lewisham Central Ward Community First, please complete the Lewisham Central Ward Community First application form (download here) and return it, via email, to the Lewisham Central Ward Community First Panel.



Please ensure that your project meets the priorities identified in the Lewisham Central Ward Community First Plan (download here ). Funding will be awarded for projects up to one year between April 2014 and March 2015. You can apply for a grant of between £250-£2,500. Your project must be located in the Lewisham Central Ward. Only non-profit organisations and community groups may apply.

For full details, including the application form and Community Plan, please go to our website here.



The Lewisham Central Ward Community First Panel are happy to answer any queries and to discuss projects in advance of submission. Please contact us at [email protected]

We welcome new panel members too – do get in touch if you are interested!

Best wishes

Jo Honeybone

Chair, Lewisham Central Ward Community First Panel

Funding for Wildflower projects.

Posted by Chrissie on November 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Grow Wild UK is a environmental project by Kew Botanical Gardens. They are currently searching for groups which want to transforms neglected  outside spaces into wildflower meadows.

So if you have a space in mind - why not get in touch? 

The London Beekeepers' Association is looking for green spaces in London that might need a polliantor freindly make-over.

Any potential project should be large scale and have permission from the landowner. 

Email details of your site to Angela Woods: [email protected]

Web: The London Beekeepers' Association

Lewisham Central Ward: Funding for community groups available

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Lewisham Central  Assembly funding is now open for groups and organisation who can deliver pojects which improve the Lewisham Central area. The main purpose of the fund is to assist the Assembly to deliver actions in their action plan.

As such, all funding proposal must show how the project they are proposing meets one or more actions on the Assembly action plan.

There is £12,500 available to apply from. In addition, a Locality fund of £2,500 is also available for community activities or projects of a one-off nature. Projects proposed for the £2,500 grant does not need to adhere to one of the Assembly priorities, but must benefit or enhance local community.

Contact Ade Joseph on 020 8314 6026 or email [email protected] to find out more about the fund or to request an application form.

Closing date for all application is Monday 16 September 2013.

Click for  Assembly Fund Poster 2013-14

Click for MF guidance 2013-14

Click for MF- Fund project proposal application form 2013-14

 Local Assemblies Website

Take the Next Step with your community group

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on June 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Development Courses



  • Do you have an idea to change your community?
  • Does your community organisation need to sharpen its skillset?
  • Does your group want to bid to deliver council services?
  • There are funding , training and development opportunities around currently.


Free Business Planning and Development Workshops | Apply by 24 June


Bidding for Contracts course for small organisation | A local course from Voluntary Action Lewisham


Fredericks Foundation | Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Hackney, Islington and Westminster


Want to start a Social Enterprise and from a migrant or BAME background? | London-wide applications


Bromley: Funding for Local Groups | Bromley only


Pocket Parks Programme | Greater London Authority Scheme to renovate public spaces


Spacehive | A social and environmental funding platform

Win a wildflower haven for your community- Nominate a location today.

Posted by Jenny on April 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you know of a patch of land that’s in need of some TLC? The Co-Op are running a competition with Plantlife to transform unloved areas of land into wildflower havens for the whole community to enjoy.


Seven areas – one in each of our membership regions – will win a facelift and be planted with pollinator friendly flowers, to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.* It’s all part of our Plan Bee


*Nominations are open 18th March-30th May 2013. Photograph provided by Plantlife.

@Spacehive: Funding deadline approaching for projects looking to improve their locality.

Posted by Jenny on April 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Apply by April 15th


Got a project to improve your town centre? This is the final call if you want match funding from Experian.

 - so make sure you get your application off asap!


To apply for match funding:


1. Upload your project to Spacehive and start fundraising!

2. Fill out Experian's simple application form here.


In you're successful the money - up to £5,000 - will be added direct to your funding thermometer. Nice!


Email [email protected] and we'll get back to you pronto.



Lee: Funding available for Lee based projects @Lee_SE12

Posted by Chrissie on April 12, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)



Grants Available- Affinity Sutton Lewisham Fund



To support projects which are benefiting Affinity Sutton residents in Lewisham on one or more of the following three estates: Leybridge, Newstead and Orchard Gardens. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Community groups, registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, social enterprises or Community Interest Companies are all eligible to apply. Please read guidelines for more information.

Income Threshold


Closing date -  Friday 26th April 2013


Application Form (download from website)


Please note applicants must be targeting projects at residents based on one or more of the above noted estates. You are encouraged to contact Affinity Sutton’s Neighbourhood Investment Officer Judy Ferguson to discuss your idea prior to applying – further detail can be found in the guidelines Please do ensure you read the guidelines fully before completing an application.

Contact: London & East Region:  0300 100 0303

Information from the The London Community Foundation's grants e-bulletin