Big Local SW11 Small Grants

SMALL GRANTS AWARDS SPRING 2015

Total Award Grant available: £4,500

Maximum amount of award available for each project: £1,000

Criteria: Must meet our Vision and Values:

* Achievement and Potential

* Safety and Belonging

* Influence and Ownership

* Community and Relationships

* Sustainability

We received 8 applications, with a total of almost £5,500. Our methods were to go through all applications and score each on a scale of whether they fully, partially, barely or not met our criteria.

We awarded 4 grants of varying amounts for a total of £2,460.

The Awards we granted are:

*Senia Sedic on behalf of Women of Wandsworth – £300 for an inter-generational art class in Haven Lodge to tackle gap between generations, loneliness of elderly and to enhance the community spirit and bond between three generations. The aim of this event is to raise an awareness of inter-generational needs and offer this event as a possible solution to ubiquitous social problem of neglect of elderly and children growing up without their grandparents with them.

Date Saturday 9th May 2015

Place Haven Lodge, 2 Wolfetencroft Close, Battersea SW11 2SH

Number of people cca 20 elderly, children, 10 Mums

 

*Lightbox Theatre – £550 to create a professional video of our Battersea Odyssey show, in May 2015 Since late 2013, Lightbox has been working on an inter-generational outreach project called Battersea Stories. This has involved interviews and workshops with more than 120 residents, and has been part-funded by a £500 grant from Big Local SW11. We have amassed a wealth of fascinating, entertaining and moving accounts, and are creating a professional show to bring these to life. Battersea Odyssey will be performed in Katherine Low Settlement during the Wandsworth Arts Festival. Audiences will be led on an interactive journey around the historic building, and will hear professional actors deliver real people’s Battersea stories, in their own words. It will be a vibrant urban tale about notions of home, belongings and change, focusing on some of the interconnected life stories that emerged from our outreach. We would like to create a professional video of Battersea Odyssey and of audience responses to it. We will use the video to extend the life and reach of this outreach project by it in schools, community groups and care homes and making it available to local libraries and heritage centres.

 

* Esther Clevely, Senior Youth Worker Providence House – £610
We have identified the need to begin an after school provision in the local area for young people ages 6-13 to come from the hours of 3:30 – 5:30pm. The club will provide a space to play, complete homework, learn life skills such as cooking and take part in structured discussions. We would also like to employ tutors to deliver a rolling programme of engaging and more specialists workshops such as dance, art, drama, sports to keep a level of engagement and introduce the children to more diverse pastimes then may already have access to. This is something Providence House has long wanted to support however due to lack of funding and staffing we have been unable to do so. The project will be supported by local volunteers and some of the money applied for will go towards covering expenses as well as resources for activities and tutor fees.

 

* Melissa Martin, Creative Arts School – £1, 000
My project is about helping children under 10 that cannot afford to do creative arts at school or with any other outside company like Stagecoach or Italia Conti. We provide reduced rates that parents can afford each term. We have started off musical theatre. Then hopefully we will move to offer classes like street dance, drama as that is a popular demand in the area.

In making grant awards to the successful applicants in this round, there remained unallocated money in the grant pot. The panel agreed this money would be used for Quick Wins Spring Grant 2015 projects.

SMALL GRANTS AWARDS – JUNE 2014

Total Awards: £5,000

Maximum amount of award to be applied for: £5,000

Criteria: Must meet our Vision and Values:

* Achievement and Potential

* Safety and Belonging

* Influence and Ownership

* Community and Relationships

* Sustainability

We received 27 applications, 5 of which were between the hours of 10 pm and the stroke of midnight, with a total of almost £22,000. Of course this meant that a large number of applicants would be disappointed.

Our methods were to go through all applications and score each on a scale of whether they fully, partially, barely or not met our criteria.

We awarded 9 grants of varying amounts for a total of £4,992.

The Awards we are granting are:

* Joanna Gondek on behalf of Battersea High Street Residents Association – £1,000 for the start of a project of a seat, planter and bronze plaque. The plans are to have a number of these from Clapham Junction to the River. They can act both as a stop gap refuge for those who need a break during the walk. The first seat will be a trial to see if the plants/play and urban history/artistic influence works and they will work with the Council to obtain further funding for the remainder. In cases when you are looking for funding you do need to show that your idea will work before others tend to invest.

* Harriett Low on behalf of Battersea Mum’s Fitness – £900. Grant to get equipment for a group of mums who meet every Thursday mornings: outdoor mats etc.

* Antoinette Prince – Mental Group Therapy – £1,000 for a group therapeutic sessions of 20 weeks. This grant is made on condition that it is only residents from the Big Local area, we will need to be told how the referrals are made and we will need a regular progress report.

* Agnieszka Abdulwahah – £362 for equipment for a youth running club.

* Teisha Clarke/Chantelle Boyce – Pennethorne Family Club. Their application was in 2 parts – £300 for trips and £200 for games, craft equipment for the Family Club. We only made the award of £200 for the games and craft etc.

* Marcus Hockley – £275 for a skateboarding course for the youths interested in skateboarding. We discussed that there have been complaints about some skateboarders damaging property and were advised that these were not from the area. There is currently an exercise taking place with Wandsworth Council for a skateboard park in the area and the application is to ensure that the youths are taught how to skateboard. Andy Beech to monitor and champion the project. We felt that this could have been a Quick Wins award but as there was a small pot of funding available we made the award.

* Mark Woodbridge – £500 for a summer led film project for the students currently on the GCSE Maths and English course.

* Melissa Martin – £255 – for a children’s performing art and craft workshop. Another project we felt suitable for a Quick Wins award but made as there was a small pot available.

* Emma Faulkner – £500 out of a request for £850 for a Battersea Stories project.


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