27 Local Organisations Awarded Council Funds

But another 24 have applications turned down

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Lyric Hammersmith

Hammersmith and Fulham Council

Cabinet Meeting Agenda, July 18 2011

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27 local groups and organisations will share £1.2 million of funding from Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

The council's Cabinet gaves its approval to the funding at a meeting held on Monday July 18.

Among the biggest winners are Lyric Hammersmith, which is receiving £240,000, H&F Citizens Advice, receiving £70,000, Bishop Creighton House, £58,000 and the Barons Court Project, a day centre for vulnerable people, £95,000.

Here is a full list of the organisations receiving grants, who fall into five categories designated by the council:

Health and Wellbeing
Foundation 66 (ARP Charitable Services) -  £45,000 
The Barons Court Project - £95,000 
Broadway Homelessness and Support (Health Opportunities Programme) - £40,000 
HAFAD - £40,000 
Mencap - £45,000 
Opportunities for All - £35,000 
West London Centre for Counselling - £45,000

Safer Communities
Advance - £85,000 
Broadway Homelessness Support (Central and Eastern European Support Programme) - £31,000 
CALM - £12,000 
H&F Victim Support - £20,000 
Outside Chance - £18,000 
Standing Together Against Domestic Violence - £45,000 
Wormwood Scrubs Chaplaincy - £14,000

Arts, Culture and Sport
Albert and Friends - £12,000 
Lyric Theatre - £240,000 
Staying Put (H&F Bike Project) - £25,000 
The Riverside Studios - £15,000 
William Morris Society - £15,000

Environment and Community Transport 

Groundwork - £30,000 
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association - £40,000 
HF Community Transport Project (Development Worker) - £15,000 
HF Community Transport Project  (Coach voucher scheme) - £15,000 
Staying Put (Furnish) - £35,000 
Urban Studies Centre - £10,000

Homelessness Prevention and Home Safety 

Bishop Creighton House - £58,000 
H&F Citizens Advice Bureau - £70,000

The council says 13 of these organisations are being funded for the first time, including HAFAD - Hammersmith and Fulham Action on Disability - which is receiving £40,000 to help its peer support project, encouraging disabled people to access mainstream services, the H&F Bike Project, which will receive £25,000 to help it set up a cycling club in the borough and the Urban Studies Green Service, which aims to educate, inform and encourage young people through creative environmental projects, and which will receive £10,000.

However, many other organisations were left disappointed. The council says in total, it received 70 applications from 51 organisations. This equated to £3.9 million worth of applications received for £1.2 million of funding available.

Cllr Joe Carlebach, cabinet member for community care, said: “This council has one of the largest voluntary sector budgets in London and that recognises the incredible contribution that the voluntary sector makes to this borough.

" Like councils the length of the country, we are under huge financial pressures as a result of the national budget crisis. However, we will do our absolute best to protect vital organisations and services from the budget pressures that we face.

“Nevertheless, we simply cannot afford to fund every single group and I recognise that there will be a number of disappointed organisations today. We have gone through a careful process to seek the best possible value for money for taxpayers in these circumstances.”

The council says its funding decisions were all made with the aim of maintaining a thriving third sector in the borough that grows its contribution to Hammersmith & Fulham’s society, economy and environment.

It will be taking applications for the next round of Fast Track Funding in the Autumn with a decision made in Spring 2012. This pot provides grants of up to £10,000 for local groups and last October, 36 community groups achieved funding.

The next round of large voluntary sector grants will take place next year.

Cllr Carlebach also encouraged voluntary sector groups to apply for external funding.

" The recent £1million Big Lottery Fund grant for the White City area is an excellent example of how the community can benefit from different forms of funding from outside of the council," he said.

July 19, 2011