The community sector unit in Lewisham is launching its main grants funding programme for 2011/14.
The Community Sector Unit provides a range of support to community, voluntary and faith organisations in the borough. They can provide:
* funding for voluntary and community sector projects
* advice on organisation management and fundraising
* community centres, offices and other premises for community activities
* assistance to develop new initiatives and services
* support to help you engage with key central and local government policies
* legal assistance and advice.
To apply for main grant funding 2011-14 applications must:
be for activities or services that benefit Lewisham residents the application should describe any specific target groups and how they will benefit from the proposed activity
be from a constituted third sector organisation with charitable aims and objectives;have a written equal opportunities policy that covers all equality strands
demonstrate clear financial management procedures and arrangements which allow the management committee to ensure the effective use of resources
evidence a track record in securing external funding or the potential to attract external funding in the future
Previously Lewisham Council has funded some arts organisations through the Arts Service grants programme and some through the Community Sector Unit. The Arts Service grants programme has now been incorporated into the Community Sector Unit main grants programme. This will offer one, clear and coherent funding stream for all voluntary sector organisations, including all of the funded arts groups. A distinct funding stream is being developed for arts festivals as they currently fall outside of the remit of the grants programme.
Advice on applying for funding
They will be running a series of events to help you think through and prepare your application. They strongly recommend that you attend one of these sessions so you are fully aware of what is expected and how applications will be assessed.
Sessions will be held on:
Tuesday 22 March 2011 (general application advice)
Friday 25 March 2011 (outcome training).
There will be a morning and afternoon session on each day lasting approximately two hours. Times to be confirmed.
To book a space call 020 8314 7855/ 9061 or email email@example.com.
If you would like to discuss your application with LEAN or use us as a ‘critical friend’ please email Jane Hendrie.