The Meridian Water is now inviting bids for a share of the new small grant fund to help fund Edmonton focussed community projects. The fund will provide grants to organisations or groups of individuals who come together to deliver community-led projects in the three Edmonton Wards.
The Meridian Water Community Chest Fund can be used to help deliver a wide range of projects (both capital and revenue) and they want to fund projects that will make a real difference to the lives of local people and their community.
The fund is open to bids from not-for-profit external stakeholders to the Council (such as faith groups, schools, community groups and charitable organisations). You may not be a formally constituted group – Tenants and Residents Associations, Parents and Teachers Associations, even a group of residents with a common cause can come together to apply for this small grants chest – as long as you have a written Terms of Reference for your group.
The Meridian Water Community Chest Fund is a new fund that has been set up to help improve neighbourhoods closest to Meridian Water in the wards of Upper Edmonton, Edmonton Green and Lower Edmonton.
These three Edmonton Wards in Enfield are amongst the most deprived in the UK and to help bridge the gap towards other parts of the Borough, the Council wishes to ensure that residents local to the Meridian Water development are the primary beneficiaries of the benefits brought about by the investment into the area.
- Around £100,000 will be allocated to ‘small’ grants for more informal local based groups initially (depending on number of bids received). These grants can be up to £2500 in value and information.
NB – all successful applicants will be required to promote the project and acknowledge the Councils funding. This must be included in the promotion of their project and their work including photos or physical outputs. The source of the funding will be set out in promotion, linking projects to donor organisations wherever possible.
To be eligible, your proposed project must meet the following criteria:
- Bids must exceed the minimum threshold of £1000 and must not exceed the maximum funding threshold of £2,500.
- The delivery of this project is contingent on funding from Enfield’s Meridian Water Community Chest Fund.
- No Council departments can apply. Projects must not directly benefit individual councillors.
- Individuals or for-profit businesses will not be considered.
- MW Community Chest cannot be used to fund the same project twice
- Whilst the fund can cover project related overheads, salaries or rent, the proposed project should not have significant ongoing financial/revenue implications, such as long-term maintenance or ongoing retained staff costs (except where it can demonstrate how on-going running costs can be funded from other sources).
- Must propose a project that delivers a clear community benefit within one, two, or all three of the Edmonton Wards of Lower Edmonton, Edmonton Green or Upper EdmontonAND be submitted from an organisation or collective based within one of the wards.
- Must address at least one of the following themes from the 2020 Enfield Poverty Commission Report “All things being Equal”:
- Any application proposing work with young people will have to prove safeguarding is in place.
For more information, visit https://meridianwater.co.uk/community/