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Community projects encouraged to apply for funding

Local community projects in North Southwark are being encouraged to apply for a grant from Land Securities' Capital Commitment fund, which offers funding of up to GBP 5,000.

Over the last two years the Capital Commitment Fund has provided grants to a range of community projects from dance workshops for teenagers, to IT training for vulnerable and disadvantaged people; from children's sports clubs, to a local history group. 2005 recipients included Waterloo FC.

The grants go to voluntary or community groups like tenants' and residents' associations, youth clubs, self-help groups, ethnic and cultural support groups, disability support groups, community centres, playschemes and elderly support groups.

However, the fund doesn't provide grants for profit-making organisations or activities, statutory
organisations (like schools), or individuals. Religious or political activities are also excluded.
Retrospective grants are not available, and you can't apply if you have previously received a grant from the fund.

The fund will consider applications from a wide range of projects, including theatre projects, school holiday playschemes, sports events for youth groups, trips for underprivileged children and educational projects. Priority will go to projects focused on children, young people and/or education.

The deadline for outline applications is 2 December 2005. If your idea is shortlisted,
you will have four weeks to make a full application. Final decisions will be made in March.

If you would like to discuss your ideas or check your eligibility, call Katharine at Capital Community Foundation on 020 7582 5117 or email katharine@capitalcf.org.uk?subject=I%20read%20about%20Capital%20Commitment%20on%20the%20London%20SE1%20website">katharine@capitalcf.org.uk.

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