Council invests in Local Community Fund

Mulberry Place
Tower Hamlets’ thriving voluntary and community sector (VCS) is set to be given a huge boost as the council pledges to invest £2.6 million a year for three years in a new Local Community Fund (LCF).

The council is inviting VCS organisations to bid for funding for vital local projects from the LCF. This application round will be open until 17 May. These organisations play a key role in helping to make local residents safer, healthier and to improve their access to new technology, skills and jobs.

The LCF replaces the existing mainstream grants programme. It was approved by the cabinet last October and has been developed with the VCS after an extensive consultation.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We have an active and committed voluntary sector that works tirelessly to support our local community. Our new Local Community Fund is designed to ensure that the unique expertise we have on the ground can be used to directly contribute to building a better borough for everyone.”  

The amount of funding put aside for specific areas in the next year is:

  • inclusion, health and wellbeing (£990,000)
  • employment and skills (£435,000)
  • community safety (£195,000)
  • digital inclusion (£60,000)
  • information and advice (£980,000).

The council is working closely with Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) in developing the programme, and there will be extra support, information and training available to community groups who wish to make a funding bid (visit www.thcvs.org.uk or email vcs@towerhamlets.gov.uk)

The first of the chosen community schemes will start to be delivered from October 2019. 

Candida Ronald, Cabinet Member for Resources and the Voluntary Sector said: “I’m delighted that we are investing in our voluntary and community sector. We consulted on the new community fund, and we now look forward to receiving bids that will deliver projects that will make a real difference to our residents’ lives.”

The LCF will sit alongside a new £180,000 per year small grants programme, which will provide funding of up to £5,000 for small scale innovation, neighbourhood action, community cohesion, prevention and the development of local partnerships.

Visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lcf for more information on how to apply for funding and the support available.

Posted on Monday 25th March 2019