Do you have an idea for improving the community in Rushey Green? The Rushey Green Community First Panel has grants of up to £2,500 for projects which help people, or improve the environment, in Rushey Green.
Groups of local residents – could be mums, older people or teenagers – are just as welcome as established community groups. Anyone with a good idea to run an activity, help others or clean up the neighbourhood should apply.
The scheme is designed to encourage volunteering: groups are asked to match the funding with volunteers’ hours, or donations and gifts in kind.
Rushey Green ward covers central Catford up to Lewisham hospital and includes Ladywell Fields, Mountsfield Park and the Catford playing fields.
Last year the charity gave funding to a wide range of activities from free theatre classes, career advice and money management workshops for young people to environmental clean-up projects that brought young and old together and passed on skills. More established groups like the Toy Library and Lewisham Young Women’s Resource Project were also able to extend their services and train new volunteers in Rushey Green.
You can apply for a Community First grant by visiting the Rushey Green Community website.
Each group is asked to fill out a form explaining their project idea, what they would use the money for and how they would match it with volunteering and/or donations.
The panel is holding a workshop for interested people, with advice on how to fill out the form, at the Town Hall in Catford on Thursday 6 February at 7.30pm.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon Monday 17 February. Groups will be told if they have been successful or not in March.