Croydon Council’s Active Communities Fund open for applications

CROYDON COUNCIL’S ACTIVE COMMUNITIES FUND

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The Council’s Active Communities Fund is inviting grant applications for projects starting in the autumn of this year. We now have a budget of £180,000, nearly twice the amount available in previous years, and are hoping to be able to fund even more innovative community projects than we have in the past.  Details of the new ACF round are set out below.  The main fund awards grants of £1,001 to £5,000 to projects for up to a year with the possibility of a second year if the project is successful.

The main ACF fund gives grants of up to £5,000, but the fast track part of the ACF, Micro Grants, gives grants up to £1,000 on a rolling programme with no fixed deadlines.  Using a simpler form and fast track process, you should not have to wait more than three months from the time you submit your micro grants application to hear whether you have been successful or not.Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 09.41.41

What will be funded?

The ACF has three key priorities:

  • Developing active and inclusive communities
  • Helping people care for one another’s health and wellbeing
  • Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Applicants need to be able to show that their project will contribute towards at least one of these.

Developing active and inclusive communities

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Promote community cohesion, bringing together people from different backgrounds through events, awareness campaigns and other local projects;
  • Encourage women’s participation and voice in areas where they are underrepresented;
  • Help young people gain confidence and provide opportunities for them to reach their full potential, or
  • Help bring public land and buildings into community ownership and projects which are trying to prevent valued community assets from being lost.

Helping people care for one another’s health and wellbeing

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Develop a community response to combating domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV) and female genital mutilation (FGM);
  • Work with children and families to help them to be more physically active, to eat well and maintain a healthy weight, or to take more control of their own health and lifestyle choices, or
  • Support the public health goals set out in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-18;
  • increased healthy life expectancy and reduced differences in life expectancy between communities
  • increased resilience and independence
  • a positive experience of care

Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Promote a broad, holistic approach towards food and fuel poverty;
  • Give access to good quality welfare benefits advice or provide community based information and signposting to advice and support, or
  • Promote digital and financial inclusion.

The maximum award for a micro grant is £1,000 and for a small grant it is £5,000.  The Council will normally provide only one grant per group at any one time.

To be eligible;

  • Projects must be based in Croydon.
  • Applicants should have expenditure of less than £30,000 per annum.
  • Applicants should have no more than the equivalent of two full time paid staff.
  • Applicants must meet the Council’s requirements on governance, management, financial competence and equalities.
  • Projects must demonstrate good value for money.

Priority will be given to new activities and to groups which have not previously received ongoing funding from the Council.

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The Council cannot help you write your application. However, they will be holding workshops to help you understand how to complete the form.

Three of the workshops will be held at Bernard Weatherill House and one in Croydon Town Hall.  They last 2½ hours.

Monday 11 May 2015 at 6pm – **Bernard Weatherill House; First Floor; 1.14 Purley**

Tuesday 12 May 2015 at 2pm – **Town Hall; First Floor; Room F10**

Tuesday 2 June 2015 at 2pm – **Bernard Weatherill House; First Floor; 1.13 Norbury**

Thursday 4 June 2015 at 6pm – **Bernard Weatherill House; First Floor; 1.14 Purley**

Contact Yvonne Gaye to book your place (yvonne.gaye@croydon.gov.uk or 020 8604 7029)

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5.00pm Monday 6 July 2015.

You can get more details and get access to the application forms by clicking here Active Communities Fund which will take you to the Active Communities Fund web page and the on line application forms.  Please note that there are different forms for small and micro grants. If you have not applied to the Council on line before, please click on ‘New Applicant’ to register.  If you have applied before, please use the email address and password you used previously.  Please do not use the ‘Login’ link on the green band across the top of the web page.  This is only for the Council’s customer accounts.  Grant applications use a separate system which is not connected to the customer account system.

If you are interested in seeing what type of projects have been funded in previous rounds, you can find them as downloads at the bottom of the Active Communities web page

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Yvonne Gaye on 020 8604 7029 or yvonne.gaye@croydon.gov.uk.

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