Sign up for Charlton’s Community Voting Day: Help decide who gets grants to help the neighbourhood

SE7 street sign
You can help the area bounce back from the pandemic

Want to have your say in who gets grants for projects to help people in Charlton? Sign up for Community Voting Day and you can do just that.

Last month, we reported how community groups and individuals could apply for grants of up to £2,000 each for projects to help Charlton bounce back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now you can sign up to help decide who gets the money in a 90-minute online meeting to be held at 10.45am on Saturday 27 March.

The details of the groups and people involved are a tightly-guarded secret – you’ll have to sign up to find out who they are – but they’ll all relate in some way to health and wellbeing. The scheme is being run for Greenwich Council’s public health team.

You’ll be able to watch the groups pitch for your vote – think of it as like Dragon’s Den, only it’ll be full of your neighbours rather than irritating bigheads. In fact, if you can spare a chunk of your Saturday morning, you’ll be guaranteed to find out a lot more about your local area and the people who live in it. You might even find a project you want to help yourself.

Voting is open to people who live in Charlton ward. (Check which ward you live in.) You can register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/142367014573

Good luck to all those taking part – we’ll bring you news of the winners after the event.

(Declaration of interest: We’re not affiliated with anyone taking part in the event, but we have had a small hand in discussions about making it happen.)


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Charlton Community Voting Day is coming: Apply by 8 March for grants of up to £2,000

Springfield Grove estate
Grants are on offer for health and wellbeing projects to benefit communities in Charlton

Last week, we reported on how you can apply for grants up of to £2,000 for health and wellbeing projects that well help communities in Charlton. Residents will also have the chance to vote for which projects get funding. GAYLE WALLACE, who is running the scheme for Greenwich Council, has more details on how you can get involved.

I am delighted to share key information on the new Community Voting Day funding available in Charlton – including how to get involved as an applicant or resident voter.

There are small (up to £500) and medium (up to £2,000) grants available for health-related projects to be delivered for the benefit of Charlton residents. Anyone can come forward with an idea they would like funded, and local people will vote on which they want to fund.

Where to apply for funding

If you have an idea you would like to put forward for funding, you need to submit it at the link below by 8th March: https://tinyurl.com/charltonfundingapplication

Getting support with your application

There will be a series of online workshops between now and the 6th March. These can help you with making an application and getting comfortable with doing a presentation for residents on the Community Voting Day – on Saturday 27th March from 10.45am – 12.15pm. You can find the schedule for these workshops below.

If you are an individual rather than organisation, you will need a “sponsor” organisation who will be able to hold funds for you. kellyann.ibrahim[at]royalgreenwich.gov.uk can help match you with a sponsor.

Registering to vote

Charlton residents can register to vote in the online “Dragons Den” on 27th March at this link. We would encourage all potential project applicants to actively recruit residents in the Charlton area to register and attend. They will be able to take part in a great community event and help shape their local area.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/142367014573

Funding application support workshops

Please feel free to join any the dates and times on offer. You will gain hints and tips on how to develop a rounded application ready for submission.

Saturday 27 February, 11am-12.30pm
Monday 1 March, 3pm-4.30pm
Thursday 4 March, 6-7.30pm
Saturday 6 March, 10.30am-12noon

Join by Zoom or Skype for Business.


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Got an idea to promote health and wellbeing in Charlton? Apply for up to £2,000 in funding

Maryon Wilson Park
Funding could be used to help people in Charlton get out and about

Community Voting Day is coming to Charlton on Saturday March 27. Greenwich Council has a pot of government money to spend on community health and wellbeing schemes in SE7 as part of its response to the pandemic. GAYLE WALLACE, who is running the scheme, explains…

Individuals and organisations are encouraged to apply for ‘small grant’ funding of up to £500 or ‘larger grant’ funding of up to £2,000, to provide projects that will improve health and wellbeing in the local area.

The criteria for funding applications have been set by local residents from the Charlton Neighbourhood Delivery Team, who have been championing health in the community for some time.

This is a unique opportunity, as it will be local residents in this area who will vote to decide which projects will be successful through an online (lockdown compliant) Community Voting Day, based on the principle of participatory budgeting. This will be held on Saturday March 27 (time to be decided). It’ll be a community-style Dragons Den.

The funding is being dispensed through the Royal Borough of Greenwich. I have been commissioned by the council to deliver the Community Voting Day process for this area.

Residents and organisations have the opportunity to gain funding through making an application outlining a project that they wish to deliver (based on the criteria set by the local community).

As well as organisations, we are actively encouraging individuals with great ideas, enthusiasm, and the energy to deliver, to apply. To support this aim we are also looking for organisations willing to play the role of an umbrella/sponsor organisation for an individual or small group that has a good idea but may not be constituted.

The application forms will be available shortly, with a final decision being made (as to who gets the funding) at the community voting day to be held on March 27, to which all from the community would be invited to take part.

Training will be available to help those interested in applying to help them formulate their project ideas, complete application forms, and to make a great presentation to the local community.

If you have any further queries regarding this funding, please do feel free to contact me at gayle.wallace[at]btconnect.com or call me on 078144 22696 for a brief discussion.


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