Fund your idea

There are plenty of ways to fund your project or idea and plenty of support available from the Council and the Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service (RedbridgeCVS).

There are three key Council grants available

Funding source

Some development projects must pay a charge to help fund infrastructure such as transport schemes and schools as well as local improvement projects. This fund is managed by the Planning team.

Description

Examples of local improvement projects include:

  • a Borough-wide bulb planting scheme
  • an employability project which will help residents to develop skills and secure jobs
  • upgrading and replacement of scout toilet facilities with new plumbing and fittings for Seven Kings Scout Group (Seven Kings ward)

To learn more and download the application form visit the CIL web page.

Application process and guidance

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Local Neighbourhood Fund is opening for application and consultation from Tuesday 4 December 2018 to Friday 1 February 2019 enabling residents to secure funds for local projects.

To learn more and discuss your idea speak to a Council Planning Officer at:

  • Wanstead Library – on Tuesday 8 January 2019 between 4:30pm to 6pm
  • Gants Hill Library – on Tuesday 15 January 2019 between 4:30pm to 6pm
  • Redbridge Central Library – on Tuesday 22 January 2019 between 5pm to 7pm

Fund size

Not specified


Funding source

Managed by the London Community Foundation (LCF) on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge

Description

This fund is for projects that would help the Council to address corporate priorities and the recommendations of the Fairness Commission. For example, supporting social action and self-help to enable residents to engage in activities to develop and improve their local environment. 

Application process and guidance

The London Community Foundation distributes grants on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge.

The purpose of this grant scheme is to increase civic participation in the local area and encourage participation in regular volunteering. The scheme will enable the voluntary and community sector to respond to emerging social need and to pilot new initiatives.

Applications must address one or more of the following priority areas and your application should demonstrate how your work will address this.

  1. Improving life chances of disadvantaged children, young people and adults
  2. Developing social networks improving the ability of residents to support one another to feel safe and part of the community
  3. Supporting the health and well-being of residents preventing the need for health and social care interventions
  4. Supporting social action and self-help to enable residents to engage in activities to develop and improve their local environment 

For further details and to apply visit the Voluntary sector grants web page

Fund size

£5,001 to £25,000

 

Funding source

Managed by the London Community Foundation (LCF) on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge

Description

The fund will support organisations to provide smaller community based initiatives, capacity building of new and small organisations or for one-off purchases of equipment. For further details and to apply visit the Voluntary sector grants web page

Fund size

Maximum £5,000

 

Redbridge Hive- crowdfund your idea in your community

Raise funds in your community using the online Redbridge Hive online platform. The online platform allows you to pitch your idea, upload images and plans, upload a budget and track your backers.

The Council is able to match fund 40 to 60% of your project cost. There is a match-funding pot worth £50,000! For example, if you and your community raise £300 for a project the Council may decide to match-fund this with up to £480. To learn more about Redbridge Hive and match-funding criteria visit the Redbridge Hive Crowdfunding web page.

 

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service (RedbridgeCVS)

RedbridgeCVS provide fundraising support including one-to-one advice from their Community Fundraising Officer and regular news about funders. They have helped local groups raise over £1 million. To find out more about their support services visit the RedbridgeCVS website

 

Alternative grant funders

List of alternative grant funders including business funders

 

Setting up a constituted group

Most funders will not provide funding to non-constituted groups. Setting up a constituted group involves writing a constitution for the group, a set of rules which explains things like how it’s structured and how people are elected to positions.

If you want to set up a bank account for the group, the bank will want to see your constitution. A model constitution for a small charity is available to download from the Charity Commission website.

To arrange an informal chat with your local Neighbourhood Officer about these funding sources contact us here.

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