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Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about the Community Chest.
If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Community Chest was set up in 2013 to fund projects that will make a difference to the Phoenix community. Since then, we have awarded close £700,000 to over 70 projects which have supported our residents and the wider community in many ways. Previous projects have covered a wide range of activities, from family away days to African drumming classes.
We believe that these projects help create a stronger community and support our residents to gain new skills and access experiences and opportunities that may otherwise not be available.
The Community Chest was awarded the 24housing Community Achievement award in 2015.
Up to £100,000 of funding is available each year, and applicants can apply for smaller grants of up to £2,500 or large grants of up to £20,000.
Applications for the 2020 Community Chest opened in January and closed at midday on Friday 28 February 2020.
Anyone can apply! We welcome applications from Phoenix residents, local businesses and voluntary organisations. All you need to do is demonstrate that Phoenix residents support your idea and that the project will benefit people in our area.
To apply, please complete the application form and return this to us by midday on Friday 28 February 2020 (please note that applications have now closed).
It is important that you read and understand our funding criteria before submitting your application.
You must be able to demonstrate that your project will improve the lives of Phoenix residents. To find out more about our residents and the community have a look at our Community Insight report.
You need to be able to clearly show how you will monitor the outcomes of your project and the evidence you will use to achieve this.
We also require all projects adopt our safeguarding policy which can be downloaded here and to complete our policy adoption agreement.
If you are successful in your bid for Community Chest funding, you will be required to attend our setting up your project workshop on Thursday 21 May. This training will also include safeguarding training.
We can only accept applications for one project.
As a resident-led organisation it’s important to us that residents lead this process. Residents set funding priorities for projects, help shortlist them and vote for their favourites.
Our evaluation panel reviews the applications. The panel includes Phoenix residents, Board members, and young people as well as external representatives from the local Ward Assemblies and Voluntary Sector.
The panel decides which small grant applications will be funded.
Large grants are awarded subject to a two stage process. At stage 1, the evaluation panel will review and score all applications. The highest scoring projects will proceed to stage 2 where they can promote their project at the Phoenix Festival. The funding for large grants will be decided by Phoenix tenants voting for their favourite project(s) either at the Phoenix Festival, by postal vote or online.
Find out more about our scoring process on page 4 of the criteria document.
We are able to acknowledge and publicise your grant award and the nature of your project or event:
If accurate and approved content is provided to us in good time we can promote events or opportunities to our residents and broader community via:
We are also happy to display leaflets (created and supplied by the grant recipient) in the Green Man reception area and may be able to arrange displays of posters (created and supplied by grant recipient) on our estate noticeboards.
We ask that every project clearly outlines how they will measure the impact of their project in their application from the very start. It is very important that you provide evidence of the impact of your project. This might be by including an evaluation form for project participants to complete at the beginning and end of the project.
We will also monitor the number of Phoenix residents who are involved in projects. We will expect that priority will be given to Phoenix tenants and leaseholders followed by people who live in the Phoenix area only.