Release Date: 08/06/2012
Local community groups, residents, organisations and town centres in Richmond upon Thames have benefited from over £90,000 in funding from the Council’s Civic Pride Grant, since it was re-launched in June 2011.
The Civic Pride Fund was set up to provide small, one-off grants to local community groups and organisations in the borough; from funding for community markets to building restorations, gardening projects and a cricket pitch roller. The grants go towards community projects that are being carried out to instil pride in the local area, make Richmond a beautiful borough both for residents and visitors, and build stronger communities.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture said:
“Civic Pride is at the heart of every great community. In Richmond we have Civic Pride by the bucket load, which makes me so thrilled that we have been able to provide these one off grants to local organisations and members of the community who are keen to get involved in making our borough a beautiful place to live and visit
We have provided grants to almost 30 organisations locally including FiSH Neighbourhood Care, Richmond Aid, EMAG, The Vineyard Community Centre and many more. We look forward to continuing to provide this fund over the next year, especially in times of austerity it is vital that we can support local oragnisations to carry out small local projects that benefit the borough as a whole.”
Richmond Aid received £5,000 from the Civic Pride Grant last year to help fund their local Richmond SPADE project. The project provides a gardening service to less able residents to make their gardens more accessible allowing them the chance to enjoy their own space more.
Alex Bringing, Richmond Aid’s Operations Manager said:
“The grant from the Council’s Civic Pride Fund helped to give the project the boost it needed to continue providing such a valued service in the borough. Civic Pride is all about enhancing the local area, creating places for people to enjoy and be proud of. SPADE is a great example of a local community service where volunteers are able to use their talents and hobbies to help create beautiful safe places for the enjoyment of others.”