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£300,000 funding available for community groups

The Peabody Group is encouraging community organisations to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to deliver projects in their neighbourhoods…writes Christopher Carey.

The programme, managed by the London Community Foundation, is in its fourth year and will award up to £300,000 in 2018/19, double the total of previous years.

The maximum grant request has also been doubled to £10,000, and two-year funding will be available for the first time.

Applications are being invited from organisations or project groups and can be for any amount between £500 and £10,000.

Priority will be given to three areas:

Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of their communities

Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident-led, they must demonstrate strong connections with the local residents and a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete.

Youth-led projects up to the age of 24.

To be considered for funding, projects must follow one or more of the three fund themes:

Healthy –   helping people with their physical and mental wellbeing

Wealthy – supporting people to become financially independent through employment, enterprise and education

Happy – helping people make the most out of their lives through active citizenship, volunteering and community involvement

Previous beneficiaries include a £5,000 award to fund a facilitator for Barnet Lone Parents Centre’s volunteer programme, and £4,490 to provide work and education placements for 15 disadvantaged young people in Haringey.

Martin O’Donnell, Head of Communities at Peabody said:
“The Peabody Community Fund has gone from strength to strength. Resident groups and community organisations have been able to use the money to deliver innovative new initiatives in our neighbourhoods.’’

Organisations should apply before the October 10th deadline in order for their proposals to be considered.

Interested groups can visit /www.peabody.org.uk for more information.

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