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34,000 funding available for community projects in Grange ward

Grange ward in Bermondsey has been allocated nearly £34,000 of a £30 million Government fund for community projects in the 600 most deprived neighbourhoods in England.

The Community First initiative is part of the Government's 'big society' programme. Its 30 million Neighbourhood Match Fund is intended to encourage people to give time and expertise to local projects.

In Grange ward a panel has been set up to distribute the funding. Its members include Bill Owen, Cllr Mark Gettleson, local artist Austin Emery and Nick Riley of the Stansfeld Oxford & Bermondsey Club.

Over the next three years the panel will make grants of between 250 and 2,500 to local projects who can demonstrate that the Community First cash will be matched with other grants and donations, in-kind support or volunteer time.

The panel will fund activities and events that are open to and for the benefit of the Grange ward community as a whole – especially proposals which improve the environment, offer activities for young people, foster community cohesion or develop local pride.

More information is available on the GrangeWardAward blog or by emailing

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