First winners of share of £100k community pot announced

Updated: 7 May 2020 at 14:55pm

Six projects have been announced as the first recipients of a share of a £100,000 pot for community initiatives.

When our community can safely come together again, our Community Chest-funded projects will offer a range of programmes, iniatives and opportunities to support our residents and the broader community. 

Phoenix’s Community Chest gives out £100,000 each year to projects that offer new experiences and opportunities to our residents. These are given out through a mix of small grants worth up to £2,500 and larger grants of as much as £20,000. Since the Community Chest was established in 2013, we have awarded £700,000 to more than 70 projects, benefitting more than 19,000 people.

The six projects to be awarded small grants from the resident-led evaluation panel range from a popular baby massage course for Phoenix residents to multicultural experiences.

They are:

  • Jelly Babies Baby Massage
  • Parent Partnerships
  • Phoenix Senior Super Singers
  • Sedgehill American Football Programme
  • Thrive in the Allotment
  • Wuntanara - Community African Drumming

Nine projects will now compete for shares worth up to £20,000, with a vote of all tenants to be held at the beginning of the summer.

Projects will campaign for tenants’ votes by promoting their projects themselves online and through Phoenix’s website. More information will be available soon.

Applications for the Community Chest were made in January and February, before the coronavirus crisis began in the UK. All projects will only run when it is safe to do so and will follow Public Health England guidelines to keep residents and others safe.