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Esmée Fairbairn fund now open for applications

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new funding pot of £200,000 to support crowdfunding projects in Hull, Manchester and the London Borough of Lewisham.  The fund went live on the 28th of September and people and organisations who are interested in crowdfunding projects that bring the community together using the arts, culture, food or green spaces can apply for pledges to their campaign on Spacehive.com. Individual project creators could receive a pledge of up to £2,500 whilst organisations could receive up to £15,000 for projects that fit the criteria.

Through crowdfunding Esmée aims to get its money to projects which have genuine community support and demand alongside individuals, the council and local businesses. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. Their aims are to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK by funding organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. This is a brand new way of funding projects for Esmée and they’re excited to explore and learn from the opportunities crowdfunding offers.

“Crowdfunding is an amazing way for people to decide what happens in their environment and democratise the way community projects are run” says Caroline Mason, CEO of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to fuel a more efficient, impactful, and accessible approach to grant funding local projects across the UK.

If you have a great idea to transform where you live, then upload your idea on Spacehive.com, start crowdfunding and you could receive a pledge from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Find out more about the fund and how to apply here.

 

 


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Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – NOW OPEN!

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Applications now open

The second round of funding for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme is now open

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. The scheme is open to community groups across England, Wales and Scotland to apply for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 to improve local green space. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, wildlife areas, seafront improvements and community gardens.

Tesco customers will be able to cast their vote on which shortlisted project in their area they would like to see receive the top grant from 1 October 2016.

Find out more about the application process here.

The first round of Bags of Help funding is already set to award £11.5m to over 1,000 groups.

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Community project toolkit

Groundwork has also launched a new Community Project Toolkit; containing hints and tips for communities looking to develop local green space projects.  

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Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – NOW OPEN!

Groundwork

Applications open in April 2016

The second round of funding for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme is now open

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. The scheme is open to community groups across England, Wales and Scotland to apply for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 to improve local green space. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, wildlife areas, seafront improvements and community gardens.

Tesco customers will be able to cast their vote on which shortlisted project in their area they would like to see receive the top grant from 1 October 2016.

Find out more about the application process here.

The first round of Bags of Help funding is already set to award £11.5m to over 1,000 groups.

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Community project toolkit

Groundwork has also launched a new Community Project Toolkit; containing hints and tips for communities looking to develop local green space projects.  

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Growing Localities Awards 2013/14

A total of £2,500 prize money is being offered to projects which use nature to enhance and improve local communities and the lives of vulnerable or socially excluded people, generating positive outcomes such as health and well-being, new skills and knowledge, new relationships, and a sense of purpose and belonging.

This year, entries are invited for projects and initiatives in London that involve any one or combination of:

  • GARDENING AND GROWING FOOD – for communal eating and small-scale enterprise
  • LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS – bees, chickens, pigs, etc for the experience of care but also to farm
  • NATURE-THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS – woodcraft, photography, film-making, writing, etc
  • EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUT NATURE AND WILDLIFE – including trips and excursions to teach people about flora and fauna
  • RECLAIMING AND DEVELOPING WASTELAND – projects initiated and led by residents and tenants
  • ‘GREEN’ EXERCISE – groups  for walking, cycling, running, etc with a nature theme 

Entries are invited from not-for-profit organisations in the capital such as:

  • Community-based and voluntary organisations
  • Faith groups
  • Health organisations
  • Homeless agencies
  • Hospices
  • Prisons
  • Resident committees
  • Schools
  • Social housing providers
  • Social care providers
  • Supported housing providers (providing mental health services, substance misuse, learning disabilities, etc)   
  • Deadline for entries – Friday, January 24th, 2014

For more information on the awards and to enter click: here


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Congratulations to Old Hands at Mud Pies and Shed Heaven

So the votes are in for the People’s Millions and huge congratulations to London Play and Assembly SE8 who won with Old Hands at Mud Pies.  They have won £43,232 to help reduce social isolation among older people in Lewisham by involving them in a vibrant outdoor play project.

Congratulations to London Play and Assembly SE8.

Congratulations to London Play and Assembly SE8.

The ‘Old Hands at Mud Pies’ project is based on a simple truth: children and older people enjoy being around each other. Children’s energy and enthusiasm can be infectious and brings out the playful side in everyone. Older people have a lifetime’s experience to share and often as parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents, can quickly connect with children. However, some older people become isolated as their families move away and perhaps fear of crime, ill health or loss of confidence prevents them from forming new connections within their community. Meanwhile, in a borough with the highest proportion of single parents in London, many Deptford youngsters are missing the influence of older people in their lives.

This is an ideal setting in which to involve older people at a level they are comfortable with, be it planting and digging and building, or sharing childhood stories and games with young people. The sessions will make older people feel valued, energised and connected and give them a space to contribute their ideas and skills in an environment where their participation makes a difference.

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Congratulations to Shed Heaven

However, all was not lost for Shed Heaven who won the People’s Millions Bonus Award and therefore also won £50,000 towards their project.  Shed Heaven, in Grove Park, Lewisham, will pass on to local young and inexperienced people real woodworking and practical skills. And Shed Heaven will mentor and teach newcomers how to run community music workshops, radio plays, etc.

The new facilities will be used to deliver activities open to all age groups to allow for shared learning between generations.

This is fantastic news for everyone involved.  Massive congratulations to everyone that put the time and effort in to writing these bids.  You should all be very proud of yourselves.  Both projects are going to make a huge difference to the people of Lewisham.


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Green Flag success in Lewisham

Keep Britain Tidy a record breaking number of parks and green spaces for 2013!

A number of parks and green spaces in Lewisham are among a record breaking 1,447 that have won a prestigious Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award.   Together with the Horniman Gardens, which is managed by the Museum Trust, Lewisham now has an outstanding 14 Green Flags, ranking it among one of the top 10 London boroughs and joint seventh nationally.  Lewisham also retained several Green Flag Community Awards (formally the Green Pennant Award) and picked up a new one for Frendsbury Gardens.

Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said “I’m extremely proud that once again, our borough has retained Green Flag awards for our magnificent parks and open spaces.

“I’m especially pleased that Frendsbury Gardens has received an award. As one of our newer open spaces, it’s a great example of how a community, supported by the Big Lottery fund, has turned around a disused space into something which is now award-winning.”

“Our parks management team at Glendale work very hard all year round to make our parks clean, safe, enjoyable and stimulating places to visit. I would also like to give a special thanks to all of our park friends and user groups, who do so much to ensure that our parks benefit the whole community.”

Cllr Susan Wise with the Friends of Frendsbury Gardens

Cllr Susan Wise with the Friends of Frendsbury Gardens

Green Flag Awards are run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and recognise and reward the best parks in the country. Green Flag Awards are judged against eight criteria including: a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, clean and well maintained, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement, marketing and management.

The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.   The record number of awards across the country means more people than ever before will have access to well-managed, quality green space, which is vital to people’s health and wellbeing.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.  Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

For some sites such as Devonshire Road nature reserve, this is the fifth year running that they have been successful, which is a fantastic achievement and everyone involved should be very proud. Many other sites have been awarded for a number of years running as well.  Frendsbury Gardens was successful at their first attempt at entering this year, so a big congratulations to them.

The successful Green Flag Parks were as follows;

Bellingham Green
Blackheath
Brookmill Park
Chinbrook Meadows
Cornmill Gardens
Deptford Park
Hilly Fields
Ladywell Fields
Manor House Gardens
Manor Park
Mayow Park
Sydenham Wells Park
Telegraph Hill Park

The successful Green Flag Community Award Nature Reserves were;

Albion Millennium Green
Devonshire Road nature reserve
Frendsbury Gardens
Grove Park nature reserve
Horniman nature trail


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Green Flag success for Lewisham Parks and Nature Reserves

Lewisham Parks win 11 Green Flags and 3 Green Flag Community Awards given to Community Groups

The Green Flag Community Award® (formally Green Pennant Award) is a national award that recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales that are managed by voluntary and community groups.  The Award is part of the Green Flag Award® scheme, the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.

 

This year Devonshire Road Nature Reserve won the award for the fourth year running, Grove Park Nature reserve won it for the third year running and Grow Mayow in Mayow Park were successful at their first attempt in applying for the award!  This is a fantastic achievement and everyone involved deserves massive congratulations.

Not forgetting the fantastic achievements of the parks.  11 sites were successful this year, a number of which were recieving them for at least the second time and one Mayow Park recieved it for the first time!  The successful parks were Mayow Park, Sydenham Wells Park, Bellingham Green, Manor House Gardens, Hill Fields, Ladywell Fields, Chinbrook Meadows, Cornmill Gardens, Blackheath, Brookmill Park and Telegraph Hill Park.

Is you local Park the best in the UK?

You now have a chance to vote for your park in teh People’s Choice Awards.  The People’s Choice Award is an annual online vote that gives the public the power to decide which one of the 1,290 parks or green spaces flying the Green Flag Award or Community Award this year, should be named the site of the year.  All you need to do is visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk to register your vote.  Select your region on our interactive map, find your favourite park or green space and click the ‘vote for this site’ button.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award winner closes at midday on Monday 12 September, and the winner will be announced on the 21 September. So get voting!!