Community Fund now open for funding applications!

Release Date: 13 October 2020

Do you have a big idea about a project for the area where you live but get stuck on how to pay for it? Why not apply now for the Richmond Community Fund? 

The Richmond Council Community Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy. This is a tax paid by developers to help reduce the impact of a development, a portion of the total tax collected will fund local priority projects.

This money might be used for a variety of projects, including green space improvements, resources and equipment for community use or community centre renovations.

Any local resident, business or community group, living or located within the borough can bring forward a proposal.

The fund is now open and will close on Friday 4 December. 

Cllr Michael Wilson, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Equalities, Communities and the Voluntary Sector, said:

“We know that residents have a strong vision for the future of their community – particularly during these difficult times. This fund will help make some of the community ideas and initiatives a reality.

“I hope many more community organisations and local groups will get involved and work with Council officers and local ward councillors to bring forward strong project proposals for funding.”

Hear more from Cllr Wilson.

Amounts available in Round Four include:

  • £161,000 for the east of the borough (Richmond, East Sheen, Barnes, Mortlake and Kew)
  • £252,000 for the west of the borough (Twickenham, St Margarets, Whitton, Heathfield, Hampton, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, Strawberry Hill, Teddington and Hampton Wick)

There has been no levy collected in the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Plan sine their plan was ratified in 2019/20.

Previous projects that have been successful in being granted Community Fund monies range from a toy library scheme, new community café and kitchen, restoration of a local church Hall, new electric vehicle for a local youth group and improvements on a local high street. 

Any local resident, business or community group, living or based within the borough can bring forward a proposal which should be for more than £5,000 and must meet certain criteria.

For more details on how to apply and the criteria contact your local Community Engagement Officer on communityconversations@richmond.gov.uk.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact  Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P404/20

Updated: 30 October 2020