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Any individual, local group, charity or social enterprise can apply for a grant. Applications must be in line with one of the priorities for the Fund, not-for-profit and not for personal benefit.

COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a widespread impact on how we all deliver services and support local people. We welcome applications that help to rebuild our communities following on from COVID-19, connecting people and finding new ways of supporting others and creating a borough that is a great place to live, work and study.

Applications to the Local Area Fund will also need to demonstrate how they can be provided within COVID-19 Public Health and government guidelines.

Eligibility

The Local Area Fund can only be used for: 

  • Revenue or capital expenditure which addresses the identified priorities  
  • One-off expenditure with no expectation of future funding 
  • Projects costing a minimum of £100 and less than £10,000

The Local Area Fund will not fund:  

  • Projects that are not for the sole benefit of residents of the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
  • Political activities   
  • Funding for lobbying or campaigning   
  • Activities that promote religion or faith (faith groups can apply for projects that are not religious or faith-based and they should demonstrate the wider community benefit)   
  • Statutory activities/requirements (including funding for core school functions)   
  • Individuals where the project is for personal benefit
  • Businesses, unless they have a lead partner who is either a charity or social enterprise and they are applying for a not-for-profit project
  • where the project is for private gain or is profit-making
  • Projects or activities that would be unlawful for the Council to support   
  • Projects that could mean the authority may not comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty 
  • Applications which are fundraising in nature
  • We do not fund retrospective activities or feasibility studies, however in some exceptional circumstances funding may be granted if Ward Councillors decide the project meets the Local Area Fund priorities in a significant way

Application stage

Each Council ward has a budget of £10,000 in total, therefore it is unlikely projects will be awarded the full £10,000 funding. Applicants should select one ward to apply to or if appropriate apply to a maximum of two wards if the project is on a ward boundary or has a wider reach. The Civic Pride Fund supports projects with a borough-wide remit.

Before applying applicants should check if the applicable ward(s) is 'open' for accepting applications and the amount of funding available for the ward. This information is available on the previous awards page. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and there are no deadlines.

Prior to applying, please download the guidance notes and read them, as they offer a guide to answering the questions in the application form and outline how to meet the criteria. Also, frequently asked questions are available should you need further information. Please download the application form and answer all questions fully.

All completed applications should be emailed to localareafund@richmond.gov.uk.

To ensure the application process supports people from a range of diverse communities, applicants can request to submit their application proposal in a different format if needed (e.g. a large print application form or video proposal). For further information please contact the Community Grants Officer to discuss how you would like to submit your application (see contact details below).

Timescales

After we have received all the information needed to assess the application, we will aim to make a decision within ten weeks. This process can take longer if additional information is required to enable us to complete the assessment.

If you need funding within a ten-week period or are not able to provide a complete application we recommend that you follow the following links for advice and support:

  • Richmond CVS offers advice and support to community organisations on how to build up project ideas and plan for future funding
  • Habitats & Heritage provides specialist strategic support to the environmental voluntary sector
  • Sport Richmond offers advice and resources to clubs, voluntary sports organisations and athletes to promote sport and physical recreation
  • Richmond Business Hub provides an online portal of resources support, advice and guidance which is useful for social enterprises

Successful applicants have 12 months to complete the project from the date of the grant award, unless an extension to the funding period has been agreed with officers.

Contact

For more information and guidance on applying to the Local Area Fund please contact:

Ben Smitton, Community Grants Officer
Telephone: 020 8831 6297
Email: localareafund@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 22 July 2021