Peterborough Communities Fund

Update - Funding Fair

Now the Communities Fund has closed, Peterborough City Council worked in partnership with PCVS (Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services) to organise a Funding Fair as a follow up to the fund. Eight grant-making organisations and funders came together to offer drop in sessions for members of the public and charitable organisations - speaking to them directly about how they could make applications and potentially secure funding.

The funding Organisations who attended were Youth inspired, BGL, Health Exchange, Living Sports, Near Neighbours, PCVS, National Lottery and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

The Funding fair took place on the 5 December 2019 12pm to 4pm and was a huge success.

Over 80 members of the public and charitable organisations attended and it was lovely to see so many different groups and individuals.

Communities Fund 2019

The panel would like to thank all the applicants very much for their submissions.

We have had a fantastic response to the Communities Fund for all 3 panels making it very competitive - we received 128 applications totalling over £1million for £300,000 pot available.

24 applicants were awarded funding of over £300,000 (details below).

We wish all those who were unsuccessful all the best with their projects.

The Communities Fund has been made possible as a result of Peterborough’s status as an Integration Area and Central Government funding for the Integrated Communities Strategy.

Communities Fund 2019 - winning bids

In 2019 we began funding projects that get people involved with their local areas, and bring communities together.

Applications were invited from organisations from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors, based in or outside of Peterborough.

The winning bids were selected by the Peterborough Together Partnership Board, which looked for applications which clearly demonstrated longevity and a commitment to bring the City’s many diverse and growing communities together.

First round 

  • Basketball Club Vytis - £2,307.50 to support an eight month project - from September 2019 to April 2020 - to provide an indoor structured basketball programme for six to nine year olds from different backgrounds and with mixed abilities.
  • Art Pop-up - £8,122 to launch a 20th anniversary engagement project at the Langdyke nature reserve connecting diverse rural and urban community groups through art workshops and nature events/activities. The project aims to increase participation from all community groups at nature reserves across Peterborough.
  • Olive Branch Community Garden - £18,000 for an inclusive gardening project. The Olive Branch Community Garden is used to grow food for the local community of Dogsthorpe and is a place for locals to enjoy, learn to grow their own food and relax.  The funding will pay for a project and enterprise coordinator with the purpose of opening up the community space for the public and local groups, to host regular activities, events and workshops and enable regular opening times.
  • Bainton and Ashton Parish Council - £1,637.86 to bring together young and old residents to create a colourful spring bloom for all local people and walkers/cyclists.  The project will specifically seek to involve families with children, elderly residents at risk of isolation/loneliness and social housing residents not already involved in village activity. Plantings will be on show and a series of village open days will take place in spring 2020 to establish a wider community partnership and enable local people, invited groups and passing walkers/cyclists to enjoy some colour at a usually grey time of year.  

Second round

  • Princes Trust - £18,802.43 to deliver Peterborough for all - a project to bring together young people to develop skills such as confidence, resilience and communication through a series of open discussions, on stereotyping, well-being and safety, as well as team building activities and career planning. Young people will be encouraged to speak openly and share their experiences, helping to break down barriers and encourage integration.
  • Thomas Deacon Education Trust - £13,137 for the Gladstone Bilingual Community Project, a community cafe and club designed to bring multilingual communities together to develop their language skills and help them to connect with others.
  •  Refugee Support Network - £16,071 for an educational mentoring programme that matches young refugees with trained community volunteers. The volunteers meet them on a weekly basis for a minimum of six months to support them in their education.
  •  Vivacity - £20,000 for Socius East (formerly Fabric of Society), a dynamic social engagement project for deprived communities and schools with low literacy levels, using textiles and crafts to bring people and families together.
  •  Compass CIO - £16,970 to fund WELCOME, a new project to encourage dialogue and cohesion among members of different communities in Peterborough through cooking and a debate club.
  •  Lord's Taverners - £13,000 to fund Wicketz, which will use the sport of cricket as the catalyst to create everyday interactions and improve community cohesion amongst young people aged 8-16 from deprived areas of Peterborough, including Gladstone, Bushfield and Dogsthorpe.
  •  Hestia Radio Community - £16,600 - To establish and deliver 10 new educational video production/editing courses in the TV broadcast unit and offer two work placements, giving young people and those with a disability a voice. 
  •  Gladstone District Community Association - £19,892 - The Inclusive Communities project will promote improved confidence and skills for newly arrived immigrants and communities through the delivery of social, leisure and learning activities.
  •  Peterborough Football & Sports Development Foundation - £7,941.39 to provide a community cafe for the local community, to tackle issues such as social inclusion, loneliness and to support anyone looking for somewhere to go during the day. 
  •  Gladstone Connect - £2,875 for a Senior's Club which will build a sense of shared belonging among elderly residents in the Gladstone area, bringing them together from all communities to enjoy a diverse range of activities in safe, welcoming surroundings. Activities may include bingo, board games, singing and other music-related events, dances, gentle exercise, films, and illustrated talks. 
  •  Family Voice - £19,954.24 for the Building Stronger Communities project to create a hub for Orton residents and SEND families across Peterborough to take part in activities, and receive advice, signposting and information on topics relevant to them.

Third round

  • The Peterborough Diwali Festival Committee - £5,100 to deliver the Peterborough Diwali Festival, which is celebrated every year at Cathedral Square in Peterborough. Since its launch in 2013 it has provided a platform for ten communities of Asian origin to come together to celebrate this single event. It promotes better understanding of cultures to all city residents.
  • Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) Dogsthorpe branch - £16,630 to deliver a Growing Communities project, which aims to bring communities together to transform neglected communal green spaces in Dogsthorpe into cleaner, more biodiverse spaces that will make neighbourhoods more attractive, pleasant places to live.
  • Kingsgate Community Church - £16,072 to deliver the 'Celebrate Parnwell' project, which aims to foster community spirit by bringing people of different backgrounds together to celebrate local identities, culture and develop strong and positive relationships through positive interactions.
  • 62 Gladstone Street (arts group) - £5,396 to launch a new summer programme for all young people in and around Peterborough, including arts-based workshops, talks and courses, such as monthly film clubs with cinema from all corners of the world.
  • African Caribbean Association - £1,275 to put together a Celebrating Windrush Day event on 22 June, which will bring people of Caribbean descent and their neighbours closer.
  • Cambridge Women's Resource Centre (Peterborough branch) - £17,000 to deliver the Together 4 Women project, which will support women into employment through group work and one to one provision. The project will work with vulnerable women with complex needs such as debt, domestic abuse and mental health issues from all cultures and backgrounds. It would be open to all women in the Peterborough area, but focus on those who are not in education, training or employment.
  • Metal Arts - £10,967 to develop and launch a visual arts project with international artist Kate Genever, called 'Consequences.' The project celebrates intercultural, inter-generational conversations between women across Peterborough through collaborative drawing.
  • Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA) - £15,575 to engage with women who find it difficult to get their voice heard and support them to take part in community work, building capacity and confidence to integrate in society. 
  • Community First - £16,915 to deliver Project Thrive, which will enhance the lives of those living in the Central Millfield and New England areas to improve the environment, community safety, young people's activities and sense of belonging through volunteer-led action.