The Spring Fund helps communities in Lambeth and Wandsworth with projects that bring together residents, volunteers, businesses and local authorities to strengthen neighbourhood bonds, create new opportunities and transform lives. It’s about funding smaller, grassroots community efforts that energise neighbourhoods and deliver on local goals.
The Fund has been created to help neighbourhoods thrive and to make sure that everyone has a chance to share in the benefits that communities have to offer. We believe that local organisations are at the heart of driving change and can bring people together around a common purpose to open up social and economic opportunities. By breaking down barriers, connecting communities and working collectively, we can all accelerate the pace of progress.
Communities in both boroughs have been awarded grants that support civic activism, generate new cultural events, organise community members towards a common goal, create welcoming green spaces, build new opportunities for young people, improve community safety, and much more.
Organisations applying for Spring Fund grants should show strong community ties to Lambeth or Wandsworth and meet some of these funding requirements in their proposals:
We’ll fund constituted groups that have a charitable purpose, such as registered charities, CICs, CIOs, non-profits, voluntary or community groups, social enterprises and resident associations. Non-registered charities will need to provide a written constitution.
Organisations applying for funding must be rooted in the local community and show a real understanding of neighbourhood issues. We also like to see residents actively involved in all projects.
We’ll support a variety of activities, from pilot schemes, leadership development programmes and community food projects, to gardening clubs, cinema clubs, sport and arts activities and work training programmes. And we’ll try to add extra value where we can in areas like developing specific skills or bringing organisations together.
Organisations with income of £500,000 or less can apply for grants of up to £5,000 and grants last for up to one year. Only one grant is allowed within a 12-month period.
Funding decisions are made throughout the year so we accept applications at any time. But we’ll only consider one application at a time from any organisation during a 12-month period. We’ll make our decision as quickly as possible, but no more than three months from the date of the application. It’s advisable to apply in plenty of time if funding is required by a specific date.
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