Round two opens for Neighbourhood Fund bids

A group of people representing Hearts & Helpers gather in a  group in celebration

Charities, schools and voluntary groups have another chance to bid for funding from the second round of the Enfield Neighbourhood Fund for projects to transform their communities.

The fund presents an opportunity to access a share of a £1.2 million pot that will create positive change and improve outcomes for residents in Enfield.

Round two offers funding for projects of between £5,000 and £100,000 run by charities, voluntary groups, public bodies, educational institutions and other community groups.

The Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “The first round of funding was extremely successful with plenty of interest from groups who demonstrated that they could make a real difference in local communities .

“This time round, we have increased the share of funding available by £50,000 to £400,000. I look forward to seeing innovative project proposals that will help reduce deprivation, improve the environment or widen access to employment opportunities and skills. In the current environment, the need has become more acute to support communities and neighbourhoods to thrive which is why I am incredibly proud to announce the opening of the second round of the Neighbourhood Fund.”

To help organisations to write a successful bid, the Council has again asked Enfield Voluntary Action to run an online workshop to provide guidance. This will take place on 3 November. Information on the fund, the workshop and the application form can all be found on the Community Development webpage.

Last year’s eight winning community bids from round one were:

*Hearts and Helpers: Opening up of allotment site to the community. This project is pictured with kind permission of the Hearts and Helpers team.
*Edmonton Community Partnership: Funding for two new roles
*Skills and Training Network: A skills and work placement programme
*Enfield Methodist circuit, Trinity Church: Building of a new intergenerational neighbourhood community centre on the Elsinge Estate
*Chicken Shed Theatre: New network hub
*Enfield Vineyard: Community gym and cafe
*Friends of Firs Farm: a new on-site community hub
*Tottenhall Recreation Ground: Improving equipment at the grounds including a new sensory area and climbing wall

The money for the Enfield Neighbourhood Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, known as CIL, which is a levy on new developments that is used to support and deliver infrastructure to the benefit of local communities and neighbourhoods. The second round for bidding in now open.

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