Photo of a child at a Phoenix community event

£100k funding opens to community groups

Updated: 8 January 2020 at 16:10pm

Please note: applications closed on 28 February 2020.

Community organisations and projects can now apply for a share of £100,000 to benefit our residents in 2020/21.

Now in its 8th year, the Community Chest has given hundreds of thousands of pounds to projects, events and good causes in Lewisham that bring new opportunities and experiences to our residents.

Projects supported previously include baby massage classes for new parents from Phoenix homes, holiday clubs for young carers in Lewisham, and a women’s football team.

Toby Lee, Coach of South East Parakeets FC, said: “The Community Chest is massively important because it gives people with an idea for their community the opportunity to actually do something about it. There’s only so far that you can go with an idea before you need help from others: Phoenix helped us reach more people and cover costs of venues and hiring spaces.”

The £100,000 comes directly from tenants' rents to be re-invested in the community. That's why decisions on which projects to support are made by tenants, with a vote in the spring deciding who wins grants worth up to £20,000 each. In 2019, more than 400 residents had their say.

Individuals and organisations from across the borough of Lewisham – and further afield – are encouraged to apply for a slice of the funding. In your application, you will be required to explain how your project will benefit our residents.

Applications close on Friday 28 February, with a decision on small grants made soon after. Those projects looking for a grant worth up to £20k will be shortlisted by a panel of tenants, with voting due to open in late April.

Good luck – and thank you for your application to make our community a better place.

More information can be found on the Community Chest section of our website.