Release Date: 06/07/2012
Local people can now apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to help make Richmond upon Thames a better place through the Council’s Civic Pride Fund for Individuals.
The fund, which was initially only available to constituted local organisations, will be rolled out to residents who want to make a difference in their community. Since it's launch in June last year, over £90,000 has been awarded to more than thirty different local community groups.
Organisations who have benefitted include the disability charity, Richmond Aid for their Richmond Spade Project which helps vulnerable residents to access their gardens and green spaces with ease; a replacement pitch roller for Ham and Petersham Cricket Club, and accessible renovations to a new community hall for St. Philip and St. James Church in Whitton.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture said, “We’re giving local people the opportunity and the means to bring positive change to their community. Richmond upon Thames is already such a beautiful place but there is always room for improvement. The efforts of local people in our community bring real vibrancy to the borough, and we are pleased that this fund will help make these ideas a reality. If you have a local project that you feel will benefit the community and the area you live in, I would like to encourage you to apply for this grant and have your chance to really make a difference.”
The fund will be available to individuals, young people and groups with a common cause. For more information please visit the Civic Pride Fund page. Top priorities will be ensuring the borough remains a borough to be proud of, community areas stay in top shape and local parks and gardens remain some of the best in London.