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.