Peterborough Communities Fund

The Communities Fund is now closed.

The Panel would like to take the opportunity 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 and hope to see as many of those applicants at the Funding Fair scheduled for the 5 December 2019, details to be confirmed shortly.

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

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:

  • 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. 

A total of £300,000 has been approved for successful community fund applications and will be paid to the groups in the coming days.

Read more about the Communities Fund 2019 in our press release.

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