The Thriving Communities Fund was officially launched yesterday (9 January 2020) by Hounslow Council.
Published: Friday, 10th January 2020
The Fund will make available approximately £1.9m to deserving causes. The intention is to provide a new, simplified way for community groups to apply for funding to improve their communities. The new scheme brings together a number of existing funding streams which have supported community and voluntary sector services, into a new, single point of contact for all types of council community funding.
Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce, announced the details yesterday (Thursday 9 January) to a packed audience of community groups, volunteers, local residents and other interested parties at Hounslow House. She said: “This is an ambitious programme and part of the five year ‘Thriving Communities Strategy’ (2019 – 2024) which the Cabinet approved last year. The scheme sets out how the council will work in partnership with our residents, our voluntary and community sector and other public bodies and businesses to deliver positive and lasting benefits for the many different communities across the borough.
“So whether you are a small sports club in need of some new equipment costing only a few hundred pounds, or a fully fledged Community Centre looking for up to £50,000 to keep your facility going, the Thriving Community Fund could be the answer you have been looking for. We have gathered together funding from the key Cabinet areas of Communities, Housing, and Regeneration, and between them I am delighted that we have simplify the arrangements for communities to access them”.
As part of the strategy, the council has reviewed how community projects were funded in the past with the aim of improving their local community and the services that they receive. Following this review, the council is now proud to announce this new fund will be easier to apply for and will have a more straightforward evaluation process.
Full details of the Thriving Communities Fund are available on the Hounslow Council website