Ladywell has almost £63,000 to spend on community projects – but only if members of the local community put in bids for the funding!
Residents have until November 21 to submit bids for community projects and activities they want to see funded in their area. So time is short.
The next Ladywell Ward Assembly on November 4 at St Andrews Centre, Brockley Road, will focus on the community funding initiative.
It will include a workshop to provide information on the funding available and offer support to help groups put forward their proposals.
Officers from Lewisham Council and your ward councillors will be on hand to provide answers to any questions you may have about the bidding process.
The funds have been made available under Lewisham’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy scheme, part of the Community Infrastructure Levy which Lewisham charges on new developments in the borough.
Grants from under £10k up to £50k will be available in Ladywell.
Any project proposals have to fit the ward’s priorities which are: transport and streets; open/green spaces and nature; community facilities; air quality; community safety; and children’s services.
A further Covid-19 Recovery priority aimed at helping neighbourhoods recover, rebuild and adapt after the pandemic has been added by the council.
Applications for NCIL funding are open to residents of Ladywell ward, including Ward Councillors, Tenant & Residents’ Associations, amenities group, business and community groups made up of residents.
An individual resident can also suggest ideas for community projects.
Where the project is not delivered by the council, an established organisation or group will be expected to help facilitate the bid submission and manage the funding..
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Residents in each ward are now being urged to put forward ideas for projects that will support and benefit their neighbourhoods.
Each ward in the borough has its own funding pot and a set of priorities chosen by residents at their ward assemblies such as community projects, green spaces, youth spaces, and air quality.
A further Covid-19 Recovery priority has been added across all wards to help neighbourhoods recover, rebuild and adapt after the pandemic.
Ladywell has been allocated just over £62,900. Its top priorities are: transport and streets; open/green spaces and nature; community facilities; air quality; community safety; children’s services; and covid recovery
The funds are from the council’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL). These are raised by the Community Infrastructure Levy which Lewisham charges on new developments in the borough.
Grants from under £10k to £50k will be available in Ladywell. Community groups have to submit their proposals by November 21.
Once ideas have been submitted, residents in each ward will help decide which projects they want at their local assembly meetings.
The Mayor and Cabinet will give final approval with projects likely to start in April next year.
The council will hold several workshops throughout October and November to provide information about the fund and answer any questions and queries that may arise.
To find out more about what can be supported through the NCIL fund, make an application, or to book onto a workshop please visit Community Funding webpage or contact the NCIL team on 020 8314 6595 or email@example.com.