Wandsworth Big Society Fund

The Wandsworth Big Society Fund is a new Wandsworth Council small grants fund.

It will fund projects which:

(a) Encourage, promote and support active citizenship, civic action and volunteering.

(b) Support the aims of the borough’s sustainable community strategy, Our Wandsworth 2018, to make Wandsworth safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable;

(c) Show support from within the relevant community; and

(d) Draw in other resources from the community or elsewhere to complement the Council’s contribution.

Who can apply?

The following area eligible:

(a) An existing constituted ‘not for profit organisation’ or ‘civil society’ organisation based in the Borough of Wandsworth with an income of less than £50,000;

(b) any informal group of individuals based in the Borough of Wandsworth, but also includes more formal groups such as a residents’ or tenants’ association; business association, cultural group; sports organisation; scouts, cubs and guide troops, parent/teacher association, etc

Ward Councillor Support

All applications will need the endorsement of a local ward councillor. This is to ensure that applications meet a local need, have demonstrable local support and meet with the broad aims of the Fund.

Match Funding

Bids between £1,000 and £5,000 will need to provide evidence of match funding. This can include in-kind donations e.g. discounted fees or rent as well as costed volunteer time.

Timing

The Fund is open for applications and bidding deadlines for this year are 31st May and 17th October 2011.

Interested?

Further information, including guidance and details of how to apply at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/wbsf

Queries can be mailed to wbsf@wandsworth.gov.uk

For further information, please contact Steve Diamond, Deputy Economic Development Officer at sdiamond@wandsworth.gov.uk or 020 8871 6205.