London, UK: Grants of up to £5,000 will be available to charities and community organisations in the London Boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth thanks to the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund, a new initiative announced today by the Wimbledon Foundation, the charitable arm of the All England Club, in conjunction with The London Community Foundation. The aim of the Fund, which will be looking to distribute up to £100,000 in the coming year, is to benefit the community and provide support for local organisations to meet social needs in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth. Organisations will be able to apply for funding towards work that focuses on meeting local needs through addressing one or more of the following themes:
- Projects which improve mental and physical health and well-being
- Projects which address education, training and employability needs
- Projects which address poverty, disadvantage and isolation
- Projects which encourage community cohesion and improve inter-community relationships (including inter-generational activities)
In addition, priority will be given to organisations supporting the following beneficiary groups:
- BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups
- Disability groups
- Lone parent families
- Older people
- Unemployed, those claiming out of work benefits
There will be two funding rounds during the year with closing dates of 5 September 2014 and 20 March 2015. Visit http://www.londoncf.org.uk/giving/wimbledon-foundation-community-fund.aspx for more information and how to apply.
Helen Parker, Wimbledon Foundation & Community Manager at the All England Club, said: “We are delighted to be launching the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund. This is an important development for the Foundation and helps us with one of our principal objectives, that of making a marked contribution to meeting social needs in the local community. We hope that the Fund will make a real difference to people in our local area and look forward to receiving applications and seeing funded projects coming to fruition.”
Sonal Shah, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, said: “Small grants to local organisations are a vital part of the funding landscape and we are delighted to be working with The Wimbledon Foundation to deliver grants in Wandsworth and Merton. We look forward to receiving the applications and would encourage groups to contact The London Community Foundation to find out more about the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund.”
The Wimbledon Foundation was established in June 2013 and aims to build on the success of an extensive programme of community and charitable activities over a number of years. The mission of the Foundation is to change people’s lives using the resources and heritage of Wimbledon. The Wimbledon Foundation is a registered charity (1156996) and a company limited by guarantee (8559364).
The London Community Foundation encourages and enables effective giving by individuals, trusts and local authorities. Dedicated to improving the lives of London’s most disadvantaged, child poverty, unemployment, isolation and homelessness are just some of the issues being tackled across the capital. The London Community Foundation has nineteen years’ experience of raising funds and public awareness to meet London’s most pressing needs and is a registered charity (1091263) and a company limited by guarantee (4383269).