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Small and Faith Fund

Small, one-off, crowdfunded projects that benefit our communities can get funding of up to £10,000 through the Small and Faith Fund 

Application period

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the course of the year.

How does it work?

Once you have an idea, create a project through our crowdfunding partners Crowdfunder.

As soon as your project is verified, you will be able to start fundraising towards your target, gaining support from your family, friends and the local community to make your project happen.

We will assess each project against the funding criteria. If your project is successful, we will pledge an amount of up to £10,000 towards your fundraising goal.

To be considered for council funding you first need to raise at least 15% of your project costs via Crowdfunder. Remember that you should not rely solely on our pledge, but should raise as much as possible from your local community. Please note: the maximum contribution available from us is 65% of the overall project cost. 

Priorities

The Small and Faith Fund aims to stimulate local development that enables organisations to develop projects in the following areas:

  • community activities
  • work with vulnerable adults
  • arts- and sports-related initiatives, particularly aimed at promoting intergenerational activities and widening access.

We are keen to see projects that aim to develop sustainable activities and have an element of long-term community investment.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Small and Faith Fund, projects must:

  • be submitted by a faith, community or voluntary organisation
  • focus on benefitting residents in Lewisham (minimum 85% of recipients of project)
  • actively promote equal opportunities and social inclusion.

 We cannot fund:

  • individuals – if you are an individual with an idea you could work with a local organisation (contact us if you would like help with this)
  • activities that promote political views or religious beliefs activities that promote political views or religious beliefs
  • commercial or business-related activities
  • statutory organisations
  • spending that has already taken place
  • projects already fully funded by other Lewisham Council sources.

Projects that aren’t eligible for council funding can still upload their ideas and make them happen purely through crowdfunding.

Documents

You will need to submit:

  • online terms and conditions agreement
  • comprehensive budget and projected costs
  • organisation bank account details.

You may also need to submit:

  • governing document
  • equalities and diversity policy
  • public liability insurance
  • child protection and vulnerable adults policy
  • DBS checks declaration.

If you have any queries, or if you would like to discuss your project in more detail, please email community.enterprise@lewisham.gov.uk or call 020 8314 7858.