Elephant and Castle Community Fund – London

Elephant and Castle Community Fund Opens to Applications

Funding is available to support a range of activities which improve well being, build on the strengths of local people and celebrate the rich cultural diversity in the Elephant and Castle Opportunity Area in Southwark.

The main focus of the Fund will be on improving well being, and all projects will need to show how they are helping residents to feel happier, healthier and part of the community in which they live, work or study.  Projects must fall under one of the following themes:

  • Further education, skill building, training and entrepreneurship – supporting residents to improve educational attainment, develop skills and access training supporting pathways to employment as well as developing socially enterprising activities of benefit to the community.
  • Arts and culture – supporting residents to engage in arts and cultural activities particularly focused on increasing community engagement, improving residents’ well being, increasing community cohesion and improving the local environment.
  • Environment – supporting projects that will improve the local environment for people who live and work in the area with particular emphasis given to projects that will improve residents’ well being and where residents are directly involved in delivering the improvements themselves.
  • Older residents – supporting projects that engage and improve the lives of older residents in the area, particularly those that deal with isolation and improving well being.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for projects spanning up to 12 months

For 2015 the London Community Foundation will be trialling awarding one grant of up to £10,000 for a 24 month period for an exceptional project with clear outcomes.

Proposed projects and activities should demonstrate strong community engagement and be based on local need. They need to show that the project is improving the physical or mental well being of participants and must demonstrate how the proposed work meets a gap in current provisions and complements existing services.

Priority will be given to projects:

  • Rooted in the geographical area and led by local residents.
  • Working with the most disadvantaged members of the community, in particular, those who are not currently accessing services.
  • Encouraging community cohesion and celebrating diversity.
  • That will have a long-term impact on the Elephant & Castle community.
  • Demonstrating a sustainability plan for continuation beyond this funding period.

The deadline for applications is 9am on 13 April 2015.