Funding for Rushey Green groups available now!

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 Ward in the heart of Catford.

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.

How to apply for a Community First grant

All the information is on our 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 deadline for applications is 12 noon Monday 15 December. Groups will be told if they have been successful or not in March.

Public consultation on three new groups for Rushey Green

Some new groups are proposed in Rushey Green and to get feedback from a wide range of stakeholders we are adding the documents to this website and inviting your feedback via our online form and the local community  meetings we are attending such as the Rushey Green Assembly.

  1. Rushey Green Festival Constitution
  2. Rushey Green Residents Association Constitution final
  3. Rushey Green Society

Rushey Green Community First: Match Fund

A note to all applicants who wish to complete their

Please remember this is a MATCH FUNDING programme with a difference. We can either match the value of cash or materials donated to your project or we can match fund the volunteering hours that are donated to you. We value volunteers as a core resource – so for every hour each volunteer, that they donate we will match fund your project with £11.09

Match Funding – what’s it all about

From our experience with last years applications, we felt applicants thought match funding was harder to do than it actually is. To help with your application we’ve added examples of how you should value MATCH FUNDING when completing the forms.

Rushey Green Community Projects can either match the value of cash or materials donated to your project, or we can match fund the volunteering hours that are donated to you. We value volunteers as a core resource – so for every hour each volunteer donates to your project, we will match fund their time with £11.09 towards your project costs

CLICK: Rushey Green Pensioners Tea Party – Example

£20,000 windfall for Rushey Green community up for grabs in March!

Funding open

Rushey Green’s Community First Funding programme is now open until midday 28th March, for applications for community projects in the heart of Catford: Rushey Green.

Rushey Green Community Projects has opened up its funding programme to groups in Rushey Green to access, so whether you’re a charity, local residents, or a group of local mums that want to do something in your communities this programme is for you, but you will need to be quick – funding closes midday 28th March 2013.

To help this years applicants we have a workshop on Thursday 21st March 2013 – 7pm at Lewisham Town Hall where we’ll help you complete your application!

In 2012 the programme funded activities targeted at the Disabled community, the arts, environment and planning, youth activity and supporting local residents in Rushey Green to have more of a say. Rushey Green Community Projects now wants to help even more communities, and we’re put together a simple application process to help you kick-start your projects.

Local residents have agreed the six broad areas of our work to focus on these are:

  • improving the built environment
  • dealing with traffic
  • activities for younger people
  • antisocial behavior and crime
  • activities for older people
  • Community Voice (local people having their say)

MS Society celebrate getting grant

Former recipient of a grant Barbara Britton, Chair of the Lewisham MS Society said “Funding from the Community First Project in Rushey Green has allowed us to develop services to people affected by MS in Lewisham. The application was easy to complete and manage – I wish all funding was as simple as this.”

The application deadline is Midday 28th March 2013. An evening will be held at Lewisham Town Hall Civic Suite on Thursday 21st March at 7pm for groups wishing to get support in completing the application.