The Wimbledon Foundation has awarded grants totalling £55,000 to 12 charities and community organisations in Merton and Wandsworth, the two London boroughs annually impacted by The Championships.
Carney’s Community, Commonside Community Development Trust, Glass Door Homeless Charity, Katherine Low Settlement, KIDS, Rethink Mental Illness, South London Refugee Association, St Teresa’s Church Community Development Project, The Baked Bean Company, The Squad Club, Wandsworth Community Chaplaincy and Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust have each received grants of up to £5,000.
The Wimbledon Foundation’s Community Fund distributes £100,000 annually to support local organisations tackling social problems and helping to reduce inequalities in the two boroughs. This is the fifth round of funding to date and projects supported address a variety of issues including mental health and wellbeing, poverty and isolation.
One of the successful applicants is KIDS Lady Allen Adventure Playground in Battersea. The playground provides a safe place for children with a range of disabilities to play freely in a setting which support their requirements. The grant from the Wimbledon Foundation is being used to provide transport to and from the playground for some of the most disadvantaged and isolated children in the area. Michael Koudounas, Trusts and Foundation Manager at KIDS said, “The grant is allowing 40 disabled children and young people from low income families to come to the playground and have the opportunity to play and learn, to build friendships and to increase their sense of independence.”
Another charity to benefit is Glass Door which provides accommodation, advice and support to homeless people. The grant enabled Glass Door to operate their Wandsworth night shelter every night over the Christmas fortnight. Dr Steven Platts, Chief Operating Officer at Glass Door said, “We are so grateful to the Wimbledon Foundation for recognising the need for life-saving shelter for the increasing number of homeless people in London. The grant meant we could bring people in from the harsh, cold streets and offering them a hot meal and safe place to sleep.”
Grants of up to £5,000 have also enabled Wandsworth-based charity Katherine Low Settlement to run their English language programme with a further 20 adults from newly-arrived refugee families while the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust are using an arts-based course to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst pupils in eight Merton schools.
Helen Parker, Wimbledon Foundation & Community Manager said: “Once again we received applications from so many excellent projects and we are proud to be able to support the fantastic work these organisations do to tackle social problems and improve the lives of local people.”
Click here to apply for funding from the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund. The closing date is Friday 3 March 2017.