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Funding for community projects (Small and Faith Fund)

Small and Faith Fund 2018–19

Applications are now open for the Small and Faith Fund 2018–19. We have a total of £100,000 to give to community projects. If you run a community, voluntary, and faith organisation, we invite you to submit innovative, fresh ideas for one-off projects that will benefit local communities in the borough.

How it works

  1. Come up with an idea for a community project.
  2. Set up a fundraising project on our Crowdfunder page.
  3. If your project reaches its target through crowdfunding or match funding (funding which is not crowd sourced e.g. grants, gifts or earned income) and meets the criteria below, we will we will consider giving your project a grant.
  4. The maximum proportion of funding we can make to any project is 65% of project total cost, up to a maximum of £10,000.
  5. You must raise as much money as possible from your community and not rely on our pledge.

How to use Crowdfunder

When you set up your Crowdfunder campaign, you need to submit:

  • online terms and conditions agreement (this allows the Council to pledge to your project)
  • a comprehensive budget and projected costs
  • your organisation’s bank account details.

After we have assessed your project, we will tell you if you need to submit a governing document.

If you can’t use Crowdfunder

  • If you think Crowdfunder is not suitable for your campaign, you need to complete an application form.
  • In your application, you need to include terms and conditions, a comprehensive budget and projected costs and your organisation’s bank account details.
  • If you don’t use Crowdfunder, you need to show that you have raised at least 35% of your funding.
  • The closing date for applications is 27 July 2018.
  • After we have assessed your project, we will tell you if you need to submit a governing document.

Eligibility

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

  • be submitted by a community, voluntary or faith organisation
  • focus on benefitting residents in the Lewisham borough (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 link up with a local organisation (contact us if you would like help with this)
  • activities that promote political views or religious beliefs
  • commercial or business-related activities
  • statutory organisations
  • spending that has already taken place
  • projects that already receive funding from Lewisham Council.

If your project isn’t eligible for the Small and Faith Fund, you can still try and bring your idea to life through crowdfunding.

Funding criteria

We can only fund projects that reflect our funding priorities.

Funding priorities

The Small and Faith Fund aims to support:

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

We are keen to fund projects that will invest in the community long-term or develop sustainable activities.

We want to hear about projects that:

  • offer new, innovative ways of working with the community, not just business as usual
  • have clear support for the project from the community and match funders.

Find out more

Contact us to ask a question or discuss your project in more detail.