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The Spring Fund: grants of up to £5000

What can be funded: Organisations applying for Spring Fund grants should show strong community ties to Lambeth (or Wandsworth) and meet some of the following funding requirements in their proposals:

  • Encourage better connections between, and amongst local communities, so people feel a greater sense of ownership and responsibility for the places where they live;
  • Improve the wellbeing of local people by building their confidence and strength of character;
  • Open up new economic opportunities for residents;
  • Create locally-based solutions to improve community conditions;
  • Motivate residents to join in with neighbourhood activities;
  • Improve the capabilities of local organisations to deal with neighbourhood issues.

Examples given on their website: pilot schemes, leadership development programmes and community food projects, gardening clubs, cinema clubs, sport and arts activities and work training programmes. They also try to add extra value where possible in areas like developing specific skills or bringing organisations together.

Who can apply: They will 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. They will not fund local authorities directly but would support a partner organisation (meeting the above criteria) working on a joint project with a local authority.

Organisations applying for funding must be rooted in the local community and show a real understanding of neighbourhood issues. They also like to see residents actively involved in all projects.

No deadlines – Applications can be made at any time. One application per organisation in a 12 month period.

What the Spring Fund won’t support:

  • Individuals or causes that will benefit only one person, including student grants or bursaries
  • General and round-robin appeals
  • Promotion of religion and places of worship
  • Replacement or subsidy of statutory funding, or for work we consider should be funded by government, such as residential and day care, housing provision, individual schools, nurseries and colleges, or a combination of any of these
  • Individual campaigns
  • Organisations seeking to distribute grants or funds to others
  • Capital developments and individual items of equipment
  • One-off events, such as conferences, seminars, galas, or summer schools
  • Educational initiatives linked to the national curriculum
  • Medical research or treatment, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation services
  • Counselling and psychotherapy services
  • Animal welfare, zoos, captive breeding and animal rescue centres
  • Retrospective funding, meaning support for work that has already taken place
  • Work that is not legally charitable
  • Organisations who have applied unsuccessfully within the previous 12-months.

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